FastFetch Corporation receives software patent

FastFetch Corporation has been granted a patent on a strategy for right-sized packaging that uses artificial intelligence to select the optimal carton for shipping a collection of multiple items of different sizes and shapes. The strategy, marketed under the name IntelliPack®, is a novel right-sized packaging solution that enables orders to be shipped using fewer and smaller cartons while slashing shipping costs, corrugated materials usage, dunnage, and labor. IntelliPack® is a complete solution encompassing carton selection, carton storage, and replenishment of consumed cartons.

FastFetch’s strategy uses artificial intelligence to analyze alternative ways in which items to be shipped can be positioned inside a carton and chooses the smallest suitable carton from an inventory of pre-made cartons. IntelliPack® then identifies the optimal carton by illuminating a segment of LEDs beneath the selected carton. Finally, IntelliPack® manages replenishment of consumed cartons using FastFetch’s patented, multimodal, order fulfillment solution that combines lights, voice, and barcode scanning. Below are a few of IntelliPack’s® benefits and features.

• Reduces labor costs. LED segments illuminate to call attention to the best carton for packing. No more repacking for having selected the wrong size carton. Different colors enable multiple packers to share a carton rack.
• Reduces shipping costs. Shipping fewer and smaller cartons with reduced dim-weight greatly lowers small parcel carrier charges.
• Reduces material costs. Smaller cartons use less corrugated material and less dunnage.

• Selects cartons from a large set of sizes. Use 30 or more carton sizes with small inventory.
• Best cartons are determined before or after picking. Best carton size is calculated by FastFetch’s AI-based cartonization algorithm when order starts or arrives at the pack station.
• Cartons are available at load or pack station. One or more “carton racks”, with a full array of carton sizes, are located near cart/order setup points, pack stations or put walls.
• Analyzes Historical Orders to Determine Optimal Carton Sizes. Analyzes historical order data, including cartons used, to recommend best “N” (e.g., 30, 40, … 100) carton sizes for future packing. Reports savings if the actual carton size used is known.
• LED Lights Used to Indicate Carton for Retrieval. After scanning order barcode, a segment of LED lights is illuminated under the carton rack partition containing best size carton.
• LED Lights Used to Indicate Location for Carton Replenishment. After scanning a carton barcode on a delivery cart, an LED segment on the back of the carton rack is illuminated, indicating where the replenishment cartons of that size should be placed.
• Allows Multiple Pack Stations to Share a Carton Rack. LED segments illuminate with different colors for different packers at shared pack stations.
• Integrates with Carton Creation Machines. Sends instructions to a machine to make exact sized or replenishment cartons.
• Integrates with FastFetch Replenishment System. Sends transactions to the FastFetch batch cart picking system to retrieve and deliver replenishment cartons to carton racks.
• Places Orders to Carton Supplier. Sends carton consumption totals to carton supplier to frequently deliver replacement cartons using Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) without traveling to the site to count replenishment needs.
• Fast. FastFetch’s cartonization algorithm computes the best carton size in less than 1 second.
• Accurate. LED lights make carton retrieval virtually error free.
• Simple. Easy installation and interface to warehouse management systems.
• Affordable. ROI payback period is usually less than 3 months.
Click here to learn more about IntelliPack® and view a Video demonstration

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