This past weekend, I hit the golf links for the first time of the season. I dusted off my clubs from their winter slumber and as my ball careened from rough to woods to water to sand and back again, I had only one explanation for my unexceptional play: the clubs.
(In golf, the justification for undesirable play is ALWAYS the clubs; NEVER the player. That’s at least what I’ll always tell myself. Please don’t tell me otherwise. I can’t handle the truth.)
Rather than running out and dropping hundreds of dollars (at least!) on a new set of clubs, I decided instead to re-grip my current clubs. My goal is to hit the ball more purely…and new grips will achieve that goal.
Grips endure sweat, dirt and the typical wear-and-tear, affecting the consistency of the grip, swing and shot. Adding new grips accomplishes my goal of striking the ball more purely and scoring betting at a fraction of the cost and risk that goes with replacing my current set of clubs.
So how does my golf game relate to efficiencies in your warehouse?
Simple: updating or replacing your WMS is not always the best method to improve DC operations. If your goal is to improve the efficiency and accuracy of hands-on processes in the DC, then mobile work execution may fit the bill, at a considerable savings compared to a new WMS. Just as new grips can extend the life of my golf clubs, implementing a mobile work execution solution can extend and breathe new life into your old WMS.
Let’s look at an example.
Back in 2013, Imperial Distributors, a supplier of health and beauty products, general merchandise and non-food grocery item, had a decision to make. Their 20-year-old WMS and paper-based picking operation left them consistently running late shifts and having increased quality issues.
Popular belief suggested that Imperial should upgrade their WMS (“buy a new set of golf clubs”). However, after exploring alternatives for optimized operations, Imperial “re-gripped their clubs” by implementing the Lucas Mobile Work Execution solution featuring Lucas Move featuring Jennifer and the Engage Management Dashboard and has since realized a 35% productivity improvement, 80% reduction in errors and cut new employee training time by a month.
“The Lucas software makes us stronger as a company, but it’s also been a tremendous asset to supervisors, managers and hourly associates, helping them do their jobs better,” says Perry Lundberg, VP of Supply Chain. Learn more about mobile work execution at Imperial by watching a replay of our 2017 ProMat presentation: Reinventing Your DC Without Replacing Your WMS.
Other Lucas customers have bypassed or deferred costly and time-consuming WMS upgrades with Mobile Work Execution software that can extend the life of your legacy system while drastically improving hands-on processes.
Here’s to hoping that re-gripping my clubs will result in an 80% reduction in golf errors…