Following the walkthrough, Elektroskandia managed to significantly reduce the number of relocations from buffer to picking locations. In practicality, this means the business reduced non-value-creating work, as these relocations took valuable time that could be spent elsewhere. Rather than these relocations, Elektroskandia has been able to reallocate these resources to picking instead, resulting in better logistics performance, and ultimately, a better customer experience.
“Based on the advice that came from the DC walkthrough,” says Johan, “we managed to reduce the average number of relocations from buffer to pick-up site by making adjustments in the pallet area. The number dropped from 145 relocations per week down to 67. However, the gains didn’t stop there. We also changed the frequency settings, invested in new forklifts better suited to our new DC, and made other adjustments which resulted in total efficiency gains in the forklift picking area of around 18,5% when we compared year-on-year figures. This makes a real difference!”
As Elektroskandia and Consafe Logistics have worked together to maximize the potential of the new Distribution Centre, the partnership has only become stronger. Both businesses are constantly learning, improving and evolving.