In any order picking, assembly, packing, or palletizing process, time spent walking is wasted. Value is realized at work areas, not in transit between them. In many operations, order pickers can walk as many as 12 miles a day. This level of walking makes workers tired and more prone to error, injuries, and declines in productivity. While some degree of walking is unavoidable, much of this is simply commuting time to retrieve supplies, or inefficient design that makes the job harder and less efficient than it should be.
How can you reduce time walking, and increase the time people spend getting things done?
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