Shipping warehouses continue to grow, both in size and distribution reach, due to the internet and the continued growth of shoppers making purchases on e-commerce sites. More and more internet users are turning to e-commerce websites to make regular purchases, like groceries and toiletries, along with big purchases or gifts, like grills, bikes, or televisions.
Because of this, shipping warehouses have had to increase their productivity while also trying to increase their profits. Implementing smarter shipping labels like integrated labels, duplex shipping labels and fold under labels, which combine the packing list and the mailing address label, have helped many companies with massive shipping warehouses to increase their package output per day while also saving money on supplies that aren’t necessary anymore.
The shipping process varies for each company and their respective industry, but for the most part, certain types of products are split into groups and a number of employees work for a specific group, fulfilling orders that are just for products in their assigned group.
Once they receive an order, they will grab the items from the inventory shelves, then begin the packaging process. In some cases, a single employee handles an entire order, but in other cases, some employees only pull inventory for orders while others package them. And in larger distribution centers, this is all handled by an automated system, leaving a person out of the process all together. This usually depends on the size of the company and the size of the inventory.
After the order is packaged, the mailing address label is printed and affixed to the package. An employee or verification software may double check the order and the shipping label to ensure they match before sending it off to be shipped. Although the process seems a little overwhelming, having the right shipping labels in place can make all the difference in this process.