Labor management software helps distributors forecast how many employees will be needed for a given shift and job level. The software measures and reports on the performance of order pickers by collecting data on the number of locations visited, inventory picked, equipment used and paths traveled to pick or re-stock inventory. This data is used to establish picking standards. With this information distributors will know how many employees it takes to pick a set number of orders.

Knowing these numbers can help save distributors money. No longer will they schedule too many employees for a shift resulting in unproductive workers sitting around without tasks to do, or worse, too few employees on hand to pick orders, resulting in having to pay overtime.