Pick Stock in a Distribution Centre/Warehouse

Unit Standard Title

Pick Stock in a Distribution Centre/Warehouse

Unit Standard ID


NQF Level





3 Days

Learner Ratio

10 Learners per group

Entry Level

It is assumed that the learner has competent in:

  • Communication at ABET NQF level 4, or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at ABET NQF Level 4, or equivalent.
  • The use of applicable machinery/equipment for picking of stock in the orginization.
Purpose of Unit Standard

The unit standard is intended for people who pick stock for dispatch to stores/customers in a Distribution Centre or Warehouse.

These persons are able to identify stock listed on a picking advice, pick the correct quantity, pack and move the stock ready for dispatch to customers/stores in a manner that prevent losses and enhance the efficiency of the supply chain.

Course Outcomes
  • Interpret instruction to pick stock.
  • Pick stock.
  • Stock is moved to load point.
  • Prevent shrinkages and losses while picking stock.
Embedded Knowledge
  • The organisational method for notifying items to pick and the understanding of these notifications.
  • The effect of incorrect picking on the business.
  • The different organisational packing containers and their uses.
  • The different stock in the DC/Warehouse, their characteristics and the best methods of packing them.
  • Different methods/machinery/equipment for picking in the organisation.
  • How to identify the different problems that could be encountered when picking stock and to whom they must be reported.
  • Organizational requirements in respect of tagging/identifying stock/containers with their destination.
  • Load points and how to choose the correct load point.
  • How to minimise damages when picking, packing and moving stock.
  • The impact of damages on the organisation.
  • The terms shrinkage & losses.
  • The effect of shrinkage and losses on profits and employees.
  • Causes and preventative methods for shrinkage and losses as applicable to the process of picking stocks.
  • Common terms and concepts used when picking stock in the DC.
Costing per Course
  • Contact your Ikaheng representative for a proposal.


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