The volume and complexity of e-commerce order fulfillment has created the need for solutions that streamline piece picking Solutions that store, transport, sort, sequence and consolidate eaches are in demand.
Even some of the most advanced warehouse automation has a breaking point. Demand for higher singulation and consolidation has only grown, with warehouses evolving from thousands to hundreds of thousands of SKUs. Items picked throughout the building must come together for an order.
The pouch system is now the centerpiece and fulfillment engine for e-commerce distribution centers.
Pouch sortation started in the garment industry. The simple rail systems densely stored and singulated premium clothing on hangers, but they also proved effective for sorting items into vehicles in route sequence. The specialized technology lingered quietly for decades, serving primarily the fashion industry. Meanwhile, the retail industry churned ever closer to omni-channel and D2C capabilities by innovating with conventional distribution technologies.