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.

 

Why?

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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Warehouse companies who distribute product from freezers combat conditions unlike those in any other department.

  • Initially, warehouse freezer space is more expensive to build; and then it’s more expensive to service than any other grocery department.
  • Over the past 20 years, SKU growth as a percentage of total SKU is higher in the freezer than in any other department. Many, if not most of the SKU represent slow, and at best, medium sales volumes. Each requires a pick slot, each requires reserve storage, each increases the travel distance required to put-away product, each increases the travel distance required to pick an order.
  • Workers are subject to frigid conditions, ranging from -8 to as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Special compensation and additional “warm up” breaks all add to the labor cost for freezer operations.
  • Product picked and shipped in error is expensive to return and recycle to another customer. More typically, discounts are given to encourage the retailer to keep the product.

For those companies who break cases in the freezer in order to ship single picked items, the order fulfillment process is compounded that much more.

When faced with an abundance of SKU, each requiring a pick slot, the single most significant challenge for freezer distributors is the height of the worker – they can only reach as high as the length of their arms. Once the height factor is used up, to accommodate the challenges, the traditional solution is to make pick slots smaller, either vertically or horizontally. Problems escalate once this decision is made. For example, received product is re-palletized to fit a smaller pick slot; and workers are forced to climb below beams to reach product.

IcePick®, Velociti Alliance’s solution for freezer operations, typically doubles the product stored in freezers, reduces labor by 30% to 50%, eliminates errors and the cost associated with errors, and increases the number of pick slots by 40% or more.

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We’ve just launched the beta of Velociti’s new web site!  Coming soon: online support requests and tracking, product updates, and more!

We thought it would be great, but now we know for sure!  Day one.  New system.  Nervous operators moving slowly.  …and they still finished their workload ahead of schedule!  CasePick® effectively harnesses the power of batch selection and sorting to reduce labor cost.  Accuracy?  Day one was flawless!  Take a look at CasePick®, it’ll add profit to your bottom line!