Studies have proven that “pre-stamping” cigarette inventory (stamping at receiving beforeput away) is the most labor productive method for stamping cigarettes. The bad news is that it requires the highest inventory cost.
The same studies prove that “post-stamping” cigarette inventory (stamping after an order is picked) is the highest labor cost method because it delivers the lowest labor productivity rate for stamping cigarettes. The good news is that it yields the lowest inventory cost.
The question distributors have wrestled with for years is, “Should we ‘pre-stamp’ or ‘post stamp’?”
SmokePick® makes that question irrelevant.
Because SmokePick® achieves the labor productivity rate similar to a “pre-stamp” application AND an inventory cost that is similar to a “post-stamp” application. In addition, SmokePick® delivers an accuracy rate that is superior to either “pre-stamp” or “post-stamp” applications, exceeding 99.99% and typically 100%. If there is an error, the system will know exactly who committed the error and when.
Historically, “pre-stamp” applications have required fewer stamping machines than “post-stamp” applications because of the higher stamp rate at which “pre-stamp” applications achieve. SmokePick enjoys a similar stamp rate to “pre-stamp”, so fewer stamp machines and fewer stamp machine operators are required.
One last SmokePick® advantage…because inventories are reduced and because there’s only one unstamped pick slot per SKU, SmokePick® utilizes less warehouse floor space. (The reduction is a direct correlation with the number of pre-stamped inventories that currently exist.)
In summary, SmokePick® is the best-of-breed solution for lean distribution of cigarette products. Through the use of high-speed sortation, put-to-light technology, robust controls, and integration of all facets of the cigarette product life cycle, SmokePick® enables high product velocity and throughput with amazingly low labor requirements.
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