RDS™ Order Release Automation
Software module for Wave Based
Batch Picking Processes

Numina Group’s RDS™ Real-time Distribution Software contains a very flexible and powerful order release management module for increasing picking productivity across the entire distribution center (DC). 

RDS goes far beyond traditional wave, batch or continuous order release methods. RDS Order Release uses intelligence automation (IA) software to optimize order fulfillment productivity. 

RDS includes algorithms to select orders based on several variables to more efficiently balance work modeled on historic picking performance and real-time metrics of the DC’s zones picking performance. RDS takes into account picking tasks and travel in each zone to synchronize the batch wave picking completion time across the DC.

Benefits of Batch Picking

In a discrete picking operation, the orders are individually picked. This often means returning to the same bin location dozens of times for each order every few hours. It creates excessive travel time for fork trucks or operators pushing pick carts.

RDS Batch order release software eliminates the waste. It provides a number of benefits, such as:

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Order release with wave and batch picking is well suited to streamline mixed SKU, less than case orders

RDS creates a low-touch rapid fulfillment operation in which orders are picked, packed, and shipped in a tight time window, same-day delivery method. 

A wave-based optimized batch picking process adds speed, accuracy, and efficiency, especially compared to discrete order picking.  

Increase Picking Density and Speed Across Synchronized Pick Zones

RDS Batch increases efficiency by analyzing the order pool, selecting orders and releasing the wave for the cart batch based on available pickers, travel path optimization, orders with like items and historical data. 


The operators or autonomous mobile-guided batch pick carts are directed to locations in travel order so batch picking of the items are picked and packed to both order cartons or totes within each zone. 

A “Speed Pick Process” is also interleaved with the carton and tote picking with pack rules logic for directing pick completed carts to the packing operations.

Totes with picked items from the zones requiring consolidation are directed to an order sorter or a put to light wall for directing the order consolidation and packing operation. Orders picked complete within each zone (totes or cartons) are sent directly to packing. 

The wave based batch picking software module increases picking density, speed, and productivity throughout the order fulfillment operation which is the primary reason many facilities are adopting this strategy to streamline the order fulfillment operation.

Numina Group Defines and Implements Complete Solutions

Warehouse improvement expertise, technology and automation knowledge, data analysis and comprehensive WES-WCS software implementation, are all in-house skills applied by Numina’s engineering team. We transform customer’s existing or new warehousing and distribution operations into highly efficient pick, pack, and ship operations. RDS™, our Real-Time Distribution Software, is a modular software platform that includes:

These software modules all work together for a complete order picking solution that manages batch picking processes for fork-trucks, batch push carts, and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

RDS’s comprehensive automated warehouse solutions includes all the software and technology components to deliver a solution tailored to the client’s needs for a unified operation.

Let us put our 35 years of warehouse automation expertise to work improving your warehouse operation. To learn more about Numina Group’s order pick, pack, and ship solutions, contact us today.

Increase in Order Fulfillment Productivity by 2X with RDS Order Release Software

Watch this video to learn how Green Rabbit, an e-commerce cold-chain fulfillment company, doubled order fulfillment productivity – without adding staff – by automating its order release process using RDS Order Release Optimization software, a component of Numina Group’s RDS Warehouse Execution and Control System.

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