This pandemic period has been filled with learning and adapting to new things everywhere– especially in logistics. In this Newsletter, we discuss some of our clients’ experiences, with an emphasis on a sector that’s been challenged in more ways than one: the food industry.
Even in the toughest confinement period, these companies have had to make sure their product is distributed. They’ve confronted changes in a variety of ways: security protocols for their employees, having flexible plans of action in case employees test positive, altering how they distribute their product, etc.
It is in that last point, where we can better assist our clients in this industry. SDI’s unit sortation experience with scalable and flexible projects, allows us to design alternatives that make it easier for clients to tackle the changing demand due to E-Comm.
From light-directed technology, to Goods-To-Man shelve picking with AGVs; they are all possibilities that could help organizations, and areas
with which we have ample experience. These solutions, among others, could significantly help clients face their new challenges.
In addition to these, we will also discuss the virtual Business Breakfasts that we’ve held in LATAM this year in lieu of the physical events due to the pandemic.
Our commitment remains: To contribute with our experience in order to help our clients adapt to changes regardless of the reason.
Cristian Ahumada – Director of Operations LATAM
What was Ransa’s motivation to start this project?
It has been a part of the digital transformation strategy we’ve been unfolding, which focuses on converting logistics into a competitive advantage of our clients. We do this through agile and adaptable solutions; working alongside SDI, has allowed us to provide logistics services to one of the biggest supermarkets in the region.
What’s it like to work with SDI?
SDI has been our strategic partner and they have done a great job during the deployment and development of this project. SDI’s experience, flexibility and the ability to evaluate different scenarios, has allowed us to make better decisions.
What are the results you’ve had from working remotely during the pandemic?
As part of Ransa’s digital transformation, we have implemented several collaborative and communication tools that have made it easier for more than 1,500 employees to work in the seven countries in which we operate. These tools have made it so that we are able to respond with agility, efficiency, efficacy and with all we have to our clients’ needs, as well as provide continuity to our operations.
How has Ransa dealt with its logistics in the current (COVID-19) situation?
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve known that our work was essential. With the purpose of bringing well-being to families in Latin America, we continued operating to maintain the public’s regular supply of basic needs. With that in mind, we set two big objectives: to protect our employees and to guarantee our client operations, while following strict health and security protocols.
OMNI CHANNEL DISTRIBUTION
Navigating Omni channel distribution efficiently can be challenging, particularly amidst a global pandemic with unexpected shifts between channels.
As E-Commerce skyrocketed and brick and mortar sales generally declined, many operations have been forced to switch gears and put any available technologies through all kinds of stress tests.
THE FRENCH CLOTHING COMPANY LACOSTE, WAS NO EXCEPTION. THEIR E-COMM GREW BY
The systems in place were more automated to handle the higher volumes for Retail utilizing SDI’s higher speed automated unit sorters, while the lower volume DTC orders were processed utilizing SDI’s Put Wall technology.
The Put Walls proved to be pivotal, enabling LACOSTE’s partner, American Consolidation Inc., to handily process the huge increase in Direct-To-Consumer orders.
Fulfilling these orders resulted in a significantly greater number of sku’s with less units to be picked. The put wall methodology enables batch picking to multiple walls, thereby reducing picking labor.
The original Put Wall System was designed to be easily expanded and was installed in 2015. It had 50 cubbies– one cubby per order. Since the start of this spike, three other put walls have been added, and they’ve assigned a cubby for singles.
THEIR CHANNELS EXPERIENCED A COMPLETE REVERSAL, SWITCHING FROM
“The simplicity of the system is magnificent.”
Justin Bellezza, EVP of American Consolidation
The system was designed to process up to 10,000 units per day, but they’ve been processing about 12,000 per day during the pandemic, and more could be added if needed.
The diagrammatic screen on the rear face of the cubbies indicate when orders are completed. Once an order is packed it travels on to an in-line scale and automatic print and apply system (PandA) on its way to shipping. The packing process very easy and highly efficient.
What has proven key for them is having a scalable system that’s easy to operate. “The put walls are easy to expand and shrink as needed,” Jim Casson, VP of Operations at American Consolidation, said. “Perhaps as important, the ease and simplicity of the process makes training associates very easy.”
For more information about Put Walls contact SDI: info@SDI.SYSTEMS
1. According to product categories and processes that may have a difference in temperatures
2. Physical control methodology by fabrication lot (for recall process)
3. Process segregation to avoid cross contamination
4. Monitor box weight to minimize audit processes
5. Utilizing the appropriate components for the food industry
6. Human contact reduction with the product in the supply chain
For more information contact SDI: info@SDI.SYSTEMS
This year in Latin America we will have an online version of these events. Please visit our website and read our future Newsletters to stay on top of the agendas and all the details!