Waveless fulfillment systems create a continuous flow of orders through the distribution center, answering today’s call for more nimble material handling solutions.
“The growth of e-commerce fulfillment has really pushed for change in the fulfillment landscape,” says Adam Kline, senior director of product management for supply chain technology provider Manhattan Associates, which offers its Order Streaming product as a waveless technology solution.
“Order Streaming, or waveless picking, has its place in a dynamic, flexible world where DCs must be able to prioritize and reprioritize orders,” he says.
In a nutshell, waveless fulfillment systems provide a continuous flow of orders through the DC, as opposed to traditional wave-based systems that produce batches of orders that are released for an entire shift or portion of a shift. When a new order is received in a waveless environment, the order is automatically inserted into the flow of orders being processed, instead of being held for inclusion in a later batch.