Kitting is the task of building advanced “kits” out of various components, to merge with finished goods or to stand-alone. Examples include computer components or furniture packs. If you ship similar orders in quantity, the potential savings and benefits of fulfilment kitting can be significant. Not all items can be kitted though. Some components are too big or too fragile for kitters to handle. The items typically kitted are repeat or volume items that take up substantial processing time. High value parts are suitable for kitting as well, because the process offers better damage control.
Keep the assembly process simple.
*Item placement is vital for safe packing, movement, and unpacking of kits.
A 3PL supplier can perform kitting for you, but with some planning it can be done in-house. In-house kitting gives you more control and a quicker lead-time. Kitting can either be located in a central picking store or in decentralised areas close to the assembly stations. Utilising a central picking area offers you the benefit of making many different kits in the same area. A great solution is to install a mezzanine floor, as your central pick zone. Mezzanine levels make use of your vertical space and will safeguard against other warehouse operations infringing on the kitting area.
An efficient kitting system requires accurate inventory records and a well-planned kitting procedure. Designing your kitting system should be done with the same care and planning as designing a picking system. Whether you outsource order fulfilment or do it yourself, kitting could be the breakthrough your business has been waiting for.