When customers expect their orders delivered tomorrow, you need a flexible, real-time solution that can fulfill orders and handle peak demand.
The Dematic RapidPut solution helps you
- Increase throughput
- Minimize order cycle time
- Accommodate priority orders without expensive expediting
- Scale up as demand fluctuates, operations grow, or the number of SKUs change
A big RapidPut advantage comes from Dematic software algorithms that move items through a distribution center without grouping them into waves. Instead, orders are queued by shipping deadlines and system capacity, and then released when processing is most efficient.
The RapidPut solution continually evaluates and prioritizes the pool of pending orders to ensure
- Equipment is used to capacity
- Urgent orders are picked, packed, and shipped first
- Order changes and cancellations are managed in real time
- The distance that worker move is minimized (walk paths and pick zones are designed to optimize pick density)
The first example of a RapidPut configuration includes batch picking as the first step in the process. This allows the order fulfillment 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 light directed 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 lighted 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.