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“When we implemented the FastFetch high-speed order fulfillment solution with Ascension Logistics, we saw a 200% increase in lines shipped per hour worked. During last peak season we were able to ship 34% more orders with 15% less labor in our single biggest day. With this system, we now have plans to scale back from 3 full shifts down to 1 12-hour shift during our next peak season. The ROI on the system is unbelievable with a less than 12 month full payback and we are not even fully up and running. Can’t wait to see what a full integration with FastFetch and Ascension Logistics does to our bottom line.”

– Joe Plassmeyer, BuySeasons



  • Voice guides the picker through the picking process

  • Lights on product bays highlight pick locations and display pick quantities

  • Lights on the cart highlight put locations and put quantities

  • Wireless barcode scanning is an alternative to light-directed picking to confirm that the right product was picked

  • The entire process is orchestrated by a tablet PC without the need for continuous connectivity to a host computer


  • Employs a multimodal picking approach that blends voice, barcode scanning, light directed picking and putting

  • technologies into a single system

  • Works with both lighted and non-lighted product locations

  • Operates without the need for a host computer to control lights on bays

  • Can speak any language

  • Tablet can display images of products being picked

  • Readily scalable to fit both small and large operations

  • Provides fault-tolerant operation

  • Uses cubing information for box selection


  • Pickers work in a hands-free, heads-up mode

  • Fast, accurate order fulfillment

  • Easy to interface to customer’s WMS

  • Reduces or eliminates the need for auditing and packing

  • Minimizes travel time in the DC to pick products

  • Flexible reconfiguration to meet changing business needs

  • Easy to learn, easy to use, and easy to maintain

  • Low-cost entry point with incremental expansion path

  • Excellent ROI with short pay-back period


  • Put walls are ideal when picking low-velocity SKU’s from large areas

  • Put walls provide efficient strategies for order building for both individual e-commerce orders and store orders

  • Optionally integrates with FastFetch’s cart-based batch picking system for gathering bulk products

  • When the needed items arrive at the put wall, they are scanned and lights associated with the individual compartments indicate which orders require the scanned product

  • Lights on the pack side highlight completed orders


  • Employs barcode scanning to identify a particular product and light-directed putting to place the product into the correct compartment

  • Items can be picked in bulk for multiple put walls

  • Can dynamically allocate compartments to orders

  • Supports multiple workers working simultaneously on both the put and pack sides

  • Can process waves with more orders than put wall compartments by reusing compartment that have been packed


  • Fast and accurate order fulfillment for e-commerce and store replenishment

  • Paperless operation

  • Scalable and flexible to accommodate changing business needs

  • Easy to learn, easy to use, and easy to maintain

  • Speeds fulfillment by using multiple workers simultaneously on both the put and pack sides

  • Improves throughput by over committing orders to put wall compartments

  • Reduces walking time by dynamically assigning orders to compartments close to the last put location


A put wall is a collection of compartments into which products can be placed as an intermediate step in order fulfillment. When used for e-commerce order fulfillment, for example, each compartment contains a customer order. For store replenishment, put wall compartments contain orders for particular stores. Put walls often employ one side for putting products into compartments and the other side for packing completed orders.

Our put wall technology employs lights on each of the individual put-side compartments to support light-directed putting tasks. Likewise, lights are optionally used on the pack side to highlight completed orders. To fulfill a collection of orders, the required products are first gathered in bulk and transported to the put wall. The individual items are then scanned which causes one or more lights on compartments in the put wall to display the quantity needed for an individual order.

When all of the products for a given order have been placed into the proper compartments, lights on the pack side of the put wall are activated to indicate that the order is ready to pack. Variations in this strategy can be employed to allow multiple workers to complete putting and packing tasks concurrently at the same put wall.


Pick-to-light technology is widely accepted as a means of improving the speed and accuracy of order fulfillment. With a pick-to-light strategy, light modules with numerical displays are placed adjacent to product locations. Picking areas are typically divided into zones, and a picker is assigned to handle all picking tasks within a zone. Zones operate like independent work cells on an assembly line.

When a tote representing a customer order arrives in a picking zone—often on a conveyor—the picker scans a barcode on the tote to signal that the tote has arrived. At this point, numerical displays in the zone show the quantities of the various products that should be picked and placed into the tote.


After completing a pick, the picker confirms the pick by pressing a confirmation button on a light module. When all picks in the zone are completed, the picker sends the tote to the next zone and inducts a new tote into the zone.


  • Uses a light-sensitive proximity switch to confirm picks rather than a mechanical button

  • Optionally supports displays of text and graphics on a monitor within each zone


  • Uses a light-sensitive proximity switch to confirm picks rather than a mechanical button

  • Optionally supports displays of text and graphics on a monitor within each zone


  • Fast and accurate order fulfillment

  • Paperless operation

  • Easy to learn, easy to use, and easy to maintain

  • Lights and ancillary hardware can be sealed in water-tight channels for operation in harsh environments

  • Orders can be customized based upon special instructions displayed when an order reaches a zone


Shipping excessive air has become more expensive with carriers charging for both size and weight. FastFetch’s Shipping Cost Optimization System uses artificial intelligence (AI) to compute the dimensions of a carton that accommodates the items to be shipped while minimizing wasted space; it then makes the right-sized carton available on-demand as orders are ready to be packed. With right-sized packaging, the average volume of shipping containers can be cut by as much as 30% and yield significant savings on shipping costs!

Modern dimensioning systems can readily determine the size of individual items that are to be shipped. Given the dimensions of the items to be shipped, FastFetch’s solution uses clever AI techniques, much like game playing algorithms that can determine a good move in checkers or chess – to explore possible item placements and orientations and arrive at an optimal-sized shipping carton. FastFetch’s algorithm for determining the optimal shipping carton executes in less than a second for most practical applications.


FastFetch’s solution is a complete solution encompassing carton storage, carton selection, and replenishment of consumed cartons. FastFetch analyzes historical order records to identify an assortment of cartons – perhaps 40 or more – that will accommodate the entire set of past orders with minimal wasted space. Multiple units of each of the assorted carton sizes are then maintained in carton racks positioned at packing stations. The system uses item dimensions to quickly determine which of the assortment of cartons is optimal for packing a collection of items with minimal wasted space. the system then identifies the optimal carton by illuminating a strip of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) so the packer can quickly access the optimal carton as soon as it is needed. Consumed cartons are replenished on the carton rack using voice and light0directed technologies on a delivery cart. Finally, orders are sent to a carton supplier on a frequent basis to replenish cartons that have been consumed.

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