Rapidly growing packaging and MRO products distributor with two physical warehouses needed to become more efficient in their every day warehousing functions from receiving, put-away, picking, shipping to inventory counts.
With increasing amounts of time spent looking for items and performing cycle counts, Crawford needed a system to track inventory movements in real time and directly integrate into their VISUAL ERP system.
The company purchased RF Plus™ for VISUAL.The rollout and plan was as following:
12 ruggedized handheld computers
Barcode label printers
Phase 1 Head Office deployment consisting of Inbound, IBT, and Picking/Shipping
Phase 2 Brampton warehouse, adding inventory count process
Keys to the project’s success:
Use of RF Plus’ alias support function, Crawford was able to quickly add supplier’s UPC codes as alias part numbers into VISUAL. This saved having to re-label incoming product.
Scanning of the warehouse bin location barcode at put-away, transfers, and picking provided 100% assurance on location of product at all times.
Mobile devices made it convenient to perform real-time updating to VISUAL for all transactions.
Inter-branch Transfers (IBT) in RF Plus improved accountability and tracking of product movements between facilities
Training. Users need more than one training session to get it right.
98% pick accuracy
95% of orders processed by next day
Improved inventory visibility and accuracy by over 100%
In phase 2, the second facility was up and running within 3 days.