The Elimination of Waste, Increasing efficiency, and Achieving Cost Reduction through Interleaving of Tasks
Task interleaving is designed to reduce deadheading, or waste in movements through the warehouse—a Lean doctrine, i.e., when a worker, for example, picks products and drops them off at a dock and then returns to the picking area without performing any useful tasks along the way. In most operations, some workers are dedicated to picking, while others are dedicated to put-away. Task interleaving is most common in operations with workers that have permission to do both. So instead of a warehouse associate returning all the way across a warehouse to a pick zone, they may stop at a nearby receiving dock, pick up a pallet for put-away, and then store it in a location near where their next pick occurs.