As e-commerce continues its upward trajectory (12 percent annually), it’s estimated labeling volume will similarly increase. E-commerce order fulfillment requires 3 times the space of traditional warehouses, necessitating warehouses to optimize room by relabeling pallets more frequently. The e-commerce warehouse and DC must break down pallets and ship individual items, meaning the numbers of inventory items are multiplied.
Labeling is required for selecting , packing and shipment. within the automated picking process, warehouse personnel link parcels to orders via barcode labels because the totes travel through the building before shipping. While packaging and shipping, labels and packing slips are generated to organize cartons for couriers. If the warehouse or DC is shipping to retail stores, each carton and pallet must be labeled for tracking and tracing.