Outside the e-commerce industry, most would barely know or recognize the challenge of  consolidating orders placed on modern retail businesses.

In a facility that features discrete order picking (a shopping cart principle where one pick run equals one order), the consolidation of the order happens by itself. Likewise, an automated goods to person picking system can sequence the correct picking as it happens.

But in e-commerce facilities that fulfil orders in every thinkable category, such as the likes of Amazon, Otto, and Walmart, even an automated solution has to be broken up into manageable modules due to sheer size.

Find out more about two possible ways companies deal with the issue in this fascinating Swisslog blog