As the tides of innovation flow through warehouse operations, the carousel picking system appears as a game-changing solution. The carousel picking system is more than a tool for picking products. It improves efficiency, accuracy, and worker well-being in storage facilities and distribution centers.

Gone are the days when manual retrieval meant hours spent searching for items. With carousel picking, items arrive right at the fingertips of the operator and upgrade the precision throughout the order-picking process.

Read on to learn about the different types of carousel storage systems and their many advantages over traditional methods. Also, read about how the carousel picking system improves productivity in modern storage facilities. To see more material handling solutions, visit our market page.


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Types of Carousel Picking Systems

Horizontal Carousel System

horizontal rotating shelvesIn the world of warehouse operations, the horizontal carousel system stands out. It is sometimes known as a revolving storage solution. Essentially, it operates on a horizontal plane using carousel pods. It features horizontal rotating shelves on oval tracks that cycle products to the selector in a smooth, continuous loop.

This high-density design saves space and removes the need for workers to walk or push carts down long aisles. Instead, items come directly to the operator, improving picking speed and precision. Visit our online store to see our industrial storage products.

Vertical Carousel System

The warehousing world is seeing another significant innovation: the vertical carousel system. It is also known as a vertical shelving carousel. It functions much like the horizontal carousel but uses vertical space.

Imagine vertically rotating storage bins moving up and down, bringing items from various heights down to the picker’s level.

vertical shelving carouselThis not only increases stored items in less floor space but also makes sure that workers do not need to climb or overreach, improving both safety and efficiency.

Each system represents a modern approach to warehousing. They are designed to increase picking productivity. They offer a sharp contrast to traditional manual picking methods, which can be both time-consuming and prone to errors.

Increasing Productivity with a Carousel Picking System

Businesses are always looking for ways to improve productivity. The carousel picking system is helping businesses achieve this goal.

Moving beyond manual picking, this system promises efficiency and a shift in how we perceive stock picking.

Let’s delve deeper into how carousel systems improve efficiency in different ways.

Swift Picking Speed

goods to picker carouselThe most significant benefit of carousel picking systems is how fast they are. Unlike when workers walk around a warehouse to find items, these systems bring things right to the operator or goods to person. This means less time walking and more items picked every hour. This results in quick order processing and faster deliveries.

Precision Picking

Making errors while picking things by hand can waste time and resources. That is why carousel picking systems are built with accuracy in mind.

This makes sure that the right product reaches the operator every time. This precision not only reduces errors but also minimizes the chances of returns. This results in saving costs in the long run.

Design and Workers’ Well-being

It is crucial to remember that productivity is not only about numbers; it involves people, too. Carousels are made with people’s needs in focus. Instead of pickers having to bend, stretch, or lift heavy items, the carousel brings items to the correct height and distance.

This helps reduce physical strain, care for workers’ well-being, and lowers tiredness, ultimately making work more efficient.

Reducing Wasted Time

carousel picking systemsOne major problem with manual picking is the time wasted. Workers often spend much of their time searching for a specific part or item on big shelves.

Carousel systems, on the other hand, have an organized layout and smart storage. This means that items can be found easily, saving time spent searching. This simpler way helps with quick order processing.

Integrating Picking Software

The heart of the picking system lies in the software. It serves as the nerve center, directing operations with precision.

This integration does more than make tasks easy — it redefines how stock management functions and order fulfillment at its core.

Real-time Data

Having quick access to information means that operations go smoothly. The data provides the most current information about stock and the order in which items should be picked.

Stock Updates

Gone are the days when checking inventory was hard work that could stop operations. With picking software, stock levels are continuously checked and updated. This active approach helps keep the best stock levels, avoid overfilling, and spot possible shortages before they become an issue.

Efficient Tracking

The software monitors each item’s movement from entry to dispatch. This helps ensure quick access and fewer errors.


Every stakeholder has a clear view of operations. This results in promoting accountability and efficiency. The user-friendly interfaces also mean easy navigation, even for those less tech-savvy.

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Contact us for More Information on a Carousel Picking System

Southwest Solutions Group provides design and installation services for carousel picking systems. We will also provide a free consultation to determine your needs and specifications before the design begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


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“Working with Southwest Solutions including Matt, Susan, and especially Brad was great. They provide amazing customer service. Brad and the install team were especially great. Very professional, easy to work with, and did the work quickly and very well with very little input from us. If we need help with carousel storage moves, parts, or new equipment we will start with Southwest Solutions. ”

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“The team at Southwest Solutions were nothing short of fantastic. First meeting with Craig, I received a customized design, in person, based on my office needs while still maintaining an efficient layout and being cost effective. Craig explained everything clearly, allowing me to understand that as modular mill-work, I would be able to move it if I ever changed offices, but without the added sales pressure to immediately make a decision. Once I had decided, I worked with Chris who assisted in picking out the finishes and scheduling the delivery and installation. The professionalism of Craig and Chris spoke volumes and I would highly recommend anyone looking to transform or fit-out an office to contact Southwest Solutions.”

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“I just want to take a minute to let you know how good of a job your install crew did yesterday. They were quick, fast, courteous and very consensus during the install. They were awesome to say the least. Being in the service business ourselves, we know that you can never hear the words “Good Job” often enough. Please pass this along to your crew.”
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