Sanderson, the leading UK-owned wholesale distribution and cash & carry software provider, has won a contract to supply its Swords solution to toiletries wholesaler The Vitality Group. The deal, worth around initially 180,000, provides radio frequency technology that will replicate the existing bespoke system that the company uses to run a unique Contemporaneous Order Picking system. This system allows warehouse staff to simultaneously fulfil orders line-by-line as customers in the showroom place them.
On entering the showroom, customers use handheld radio frequency terminals to scan the barcodes of items they wish to purchase from the shelves. These barcodes are sent 90 seconds later to one of the multiple pickers stationed at the designated warehouse bay for that product. Picked items are placed on a large conveyor belt that runs under the racking in the entire warehouse. At the end of the conveyor belt all items go through a large scanner that identifies by the barcode which product belongs to each order and automatically despatches the items down one of 26 chutes for assembly into the correct cage.
Mike Hayward, systems manager at Vitality Group said:
Our existing system was written over 30 years ago to support our unique Contemporaneous Order Picking system. To ensure the continued success of the system, we required a non-bespoke solution that would simplify maintenance by quickly adapting to take advantage of new technology that could benefit our business. Swords is the only system on the market to provide this solution.
Jackie Taylor, Sandersons sales director for Swords, said:
This contract demonstrates Sanderson ability to support enhanced warehouse processes. Thanks to system flexibility customers can use Swords to deploy even the most innovative of initiatives that will deliver competitive services to help grow their business now and in the long term.