Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Switch to Revised Logistics Process Produces Near Error Free Order Picking for Auto Parts Dealer

Three Hundred Percent Productivity Hike in Warehouse Performance
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – The Augustin Group began its auto supply business over three decades ago, concentrating mainly on parts for PSA and Fiat vehicles and, like many since the ecommerce revolution, has seen its online business grow. Now investment in warehouse and logistics processing has been introduced to handle the 40,000+ line items the company retains in stock.

The Handewitt based supplier turned to Zetes logistics execution solution ZetesMedea to streamline processes and transform productivity, accuracy and inventory visibility at its warehouse facilities, from goods receiving through to order picking and final dispatch to its European wide customer base.

Prior to implementing the ZetesMedea solution, warehouse processes were heavily paper-based and error prone. As a fast-growing business, with hundreds of daily incoming orders being received across three warehouses. A new Warehouse Execution System (WES) was implemented to exchange order and inventory data with their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

On the warehouse floor, staff are now equipped with the latest mobile devices running the ZetesMedea application. In addition to being designed for user friendliness and fast on-boarding of new staff, it enables clear step-by-step guidance for every process to be undertaken. To achieve optimum accuracy and inventory visibility, critical event and product data is now captured in real-time and exchanged with the WES and ERP. Monitoring of operators enables continuous improvements in performance and Daniel Weger, Purchasing Manager at the Augustin Group comments:

“As a result of implementing ZetesMedea, we have significantly increased the speed of our processes, particularly with goods received, where productivity has increased by 300%. The accuracy of our inventory has also improved and with a clearly structured and seamlessly documented procedure, the error rate in order picking is virtually zero”.