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Engineering order fulfillment systems for distribution operations includes the consideration of many factors. Finding the design that is optimal for a particular application depends on the information from two key areas: the activity profile and the user’s business objectives. Elements of the activity profile (the data & facts) include daily unit volume, units per order, lines per order, packing sequence, unit cube & cube movement, unit structure, cartons per order, total SKUs, % daily SKU’s active, order download, % volume cross-docked, etc. A solid understanding of the activity profile will point the way to the most appropriate solution.