FastFetch's focus is on two components within the logistics big picture, (1) reverse logistics and (2) picking orders. Both are critical to the logistics process. Our objective is to do them better than anyone else.

WHAT IS FASTFETCH?


NOTE: Even though manufacturing is not represented in this diagram, kitting, Kanban and other production supply activities are FastFetch applications.

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FastFetch combines three highly effective order fulfillment technologies:

1. FastFetch is —Voice Pick

  •Verbal instructions in any language (e.g. stop).

2. FastFetch is — next generation Pick-to-Light

  • Light displays on both pick slots and cart.
  • Cluster picking.

3. FastFetch is — Barcode Scanning

  • Uses a Bluetooth ring scanner.
  • Both hands free to pick.

FASTFETCH TECHNOLOGY


How Does FastFetch technology work?

FastFetch combines three highly effective and proven technologies (1) voice, (2) wireless barcode scanning, and (3) next generation "pick-to-light" providing the order picker verbal and visual instructions. FastFetch's patented light directed picking technology optimizes batch picking, reduces total walk time, and by grouping orders with common SKUs, enables efficient cluster picking.

Unlike most pick-to-light hardware, there are no buttons to push with FastFetch. Instead, when ready for "task complete", the picker waves a hand or the picked product in front of a flashing LED.

FastFetch is fully configurable with bluetooth technology for both voice and scanning. With ring scanners, for example, there are no cables to catch — and no heavy scan guns to carry. Simply click and scan.

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FastFetch is — Next Generation Pick-to-Light
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FASTFETCH APPLICATIONS

With WMS, ERP and home grown warehouse management systems, you may be asking, "Why does a distribution center need FastFetch?"

FastFetch's focus is on Reverse Logistics and on order fulfillment. We understand that all warehouse management systems have an order picking component. Some provide scanning capabilities when picking, others provide a batch picking feature, all vary substantially. We believe you will agree that none address the wide diversity of warehouse applications as well as FastFetch does. Our objective is to be the best solution available for the widest variety of picking applications, all utilizing the same software and all interfacing with WMS, ERP and home grown warehouse systems.

Therefore, whether your distribution center has 120 SKUs and an 18 foot pick path — or 500,000 SKUs and a pick path that covers thousands of feet, FastFetch has a picking solution that fits your application.

 

Single Phase Cart Picking
The heart of our patent, that separates our technology from others, is the coupling of lights on a cart with those on a bay. Single Phase Cart Picking takes advantage of a number of technologies that give order pickers the opportunity to double, sometimes triple their productivity rate. Some of these technologies include:

Single Phase Cart Picking

 

 

Cluster Picking
Pick items in Clusters (Many to One) Cluster Picking


Order Batch OptimizationOrder Batch Optimization


Pick items in Clusters (One to Many)
Cluster Picking


Order Batch Optimization
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Two Phase Put-Wall Pick/Sort
Two Phase Put-Wall Pick/Sort debunks the old adage, "Reduce touches to increase productivity" because, in the right applications, productivity actually increases dramatically with additional touches. The "secret" is in the definition of the word touch, described with the following:

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Two Phase Dynamic Slotting
Slotting is sometimes used by progressive companies to reduce picking time by grouping commonly ordered products (high velocity SKUs), consequently reducing walk time during picking. Due to the labor intensive nature of re-slotting, most companies seldom, if ever, re-slot SKUs according to changing velocities. Using its patented, light directed hardware that simultaneously uses light modules on both picking racks and large, batch carts with tablet PCs, FastFetch has developed a picking method that slots products for each wave without relocating inventory.

This picking method works best for one of two types of workloads:
A limited number of fast moving SKus, or
Segregated high volume SKUs (e.g. "fast movers") and low volume SKUs (e.g "slow movers") where fast movers are picked with "Single Phase" carts and slow movers are picked with "Two Phase Dynamic Slotting."

Two Phase Dynamic Slotting" looks a lot like "Two Phase Put-Wall Pick/Sort". The following comparisons illustrate both the similarities and the differences:

When the flow diagrams for "Two Phase Put-Wall Pick/Sort" and "Two Phase Dynamic Slotting" are illustrated side-by-side, the similarities and differences are much easier to grasp.

Similarities

Two Phase Dynamic Slotting


  • "Bulk Pick Carts" - both methods begin by picking inventory in bulk quantities onto a "Bulk Pick Carts" for large numbers of orders, dispatching carts to mutually exclusive partitions of the picking area to gather required products for all orders in the wave.
  • Pick locations - picking rack locations may contain light modules (think pick-to-light) to designate where and how many of each product to pick, or may not contain light modules (for slow movers) in which case barcode scanning can be used to confirm correct picking.





 

DIFFERENCES

Two Phase Dynamic Slotting

  • "Bulk Pick Carts" transition from picking carts into pick slots - the "Bulk Pick Carts" now become the forward picking area and a new cart called the "Batch Pick Cart", is introduced into the process.
  • "Batch Pick Carts become the new picking cart -the tablet PC is moved from the "Bulk Pick Cart" onto the "Batch Pick Cart".
  • Infrared Communication -the tablet PC sends an infrared command to the "Bulk Pick Cart" to illuminate light module(s) designating which product(s) should be picked for one or more orders on the cart.

 

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Conventional Pick-to-Light
Sometimes, conventional pick-to-light is the optimal solution. For example:

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Continuous (Waveless) Picking
Continuous Picking looks a lot like Single Phase Cart Picking during the initial picking activities. That's where the similarities end. For example:

Similarities to Single Phase Cart Picking

Single Phase Cart Picking


  • Light modules - they can be installed on either some or all of the pick slots and cluster picking is equally as effective.
  • Picking cart - carts can be designed to accommodate multiple box sizes and boxes selected based upon cubic dimensions needed for each order.





 

DIFFERENCES to Single Phase Cart Picking

Single Phase Cart Picking

  • Take away conveyor - as the picker passes the take-away conveyor, completed boxes are removed from the cart and replaced with new order boxes.
  • Continuous waving - there is no fixed batch assigned to the cart as there is with Single Phase. Instead, when a box is removed from the cart FastFetch selects a replacement order box that can be completed with SKUs that are downstream in the direction the cart if traveling.




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Reverse Logistics
Reverse Logistics is applicable to companies who receive multiple SKUs in the same box that must be put away into the warehouse. This experience is most common with (1) returns merchandise amd (2) a host of companies who stock small parts such as electronics, sporting goods, craft supplies and so on. In essence, inventory must be consolidated at receiving in order to minimize the number of trips into the warehouse for put-away.

Reverse Logistics

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