Peak-Ryzex provides cereal success for Kellogg's Corn Flakes

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Breakfast cereal and snack company Kellogg's has implemented Honeywell RF  barcode scanners as part of its highly automated supply chain. Supplied  and supported by Peak-Ryzex, Kellogg's uses the scanners throughout its UK  distribution centres and warehouses, with locations around North West England  and North Wales. Kellogg's operational processes are barcode driven and are  therefore dependent on 100 per cent availability of the equipment, which  Peak-Ryzex ensures with its next day exchange and repair  services.

"Our warehousing and distribution processes are barcode  driven so it is essential that we don't suffer scanner downtime. Without this  equipment, the nation's breakfast tables would miss their favourite cereal  brands. If we have an issue with any of the scanners, we place a call with  Peak-Ryzex and they provide an on-site replacement device, fully configured and  ready to go. It doesn't matter whether it is a brand new device or one we've had  in use for several years, Peak-Ryzex is able to provide a back up," says Paul Brown, IT Senior Analyst, Kellogg's.  The replacement is supplied from a Kellogg-owned buffer stock held by Peak-Ryzex and is logged via the Kellogg IT  service desk.

The scanner fleet comprises handheld and in-cab  devices for forklift trucks, including Honeywell Thor VM1 vehicle-mount  computers and MX7 Tectons, which run terminal emulation and link wirelessly to  Kellogg's Unix-based warehouse management system. The scanners provide a range  of automated barcode capture tasks from receiving raw materials, including  non-bulk ingredients and packaging, picking orders, to dispatching finished product. The barcode provides the essential supply chain link tracing everything  that comes in and goes out from the Kellogg's sites.  The Kellogg's main  scanner estate consists of VX3X Truck-mounted and MX7 Handheld  devices.

"The Honeywell scanners have proven to be reliable, which  they have to be for an operation of our size that moves millions of cases of  product each week across many sites. The terminals were selected when the  wireless networks were upgraded. They were most appropriate to us at the time  plus we have the assurance that if something does go wrong, Peak-Ryzex will  respond within the next working day with an exchange unit delivered direct to where it needs to be," adds Paul Brown.

"We selected  Peak-Ryzex following the recognition of the need to find a replacement for our  existing supplier. The company has proven to be dependable and flexible and we  have a great relationship with the support team. If we have any issues, we are  able to discuss them directly with our Peak Ryzex Account Managers and they  provide a quick solution. Availability of the barcode equipment and support is  essential to our operation," he says.

Kellogg's barcode driven  warehousing and distribution operations use the GS1-128 barcode standard. These  are printed on (A5-size) SSCC labels attached to the shipping units. Peak-Ryzex  also supplies Kellogg's with desktop barcode label printers backed by technical  consultancy. Kellogg's use the printers for various printing jobs, including  replacing damaged pallet labels, labelling cases of mixed products, and special  customer labelling. If there is an issue with a printer, an engineer is  dispatched to site next working day once a call is placed with Peak-Ryzex.

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