The first example of a RapidPut configuration includes batch picking as the first step in the process. This allows the order fulfilment operation to efficiently pick all the items for a group of orders at one time. Next, all the batch picked SKU items travel in totes to the put wall. The RapidPut operator scans each item. The tote of batch picked items has many different SKUs bound for multiple customer orders. After each scan, the operator is directed by lights to the correct put location on the put wall. The packing operation occurs on the back side of the put wall.
In the second version of RapidPut, operators pick the quantity of one SKU required for multiple orders and sends it to the put wall, for example twenty pieces of one SKU in a donor tote. Once the SKU is scanned, the light-directed put wall directs one to this location, three to that, and so on.
In a third version, the SKU buffer (Dematic Multishuttle), delivers totes, typically with one SKU in each tote, to the put wall. For each SKU, the put operator removes what is required from the donor tote (light-directed) and then the donor tote goes back to the Multishuttle buffer. The items are typically placed in order containers. Configurations vary from 1:1, 1:6, 1:12, 1:24 or more. Order containers could be cardboard boxes or totes.