Marcone Supply is the largest North American distributor of appliance parts and accessories, serving thousands of businesses through a network of 50 store-front locations and 11 Regional Distribution Centers. In addition to shipping to branches, Marcone’s RDCs also support direct fulfillment of customer orders. When you call to have your air conditioning or refrigerator repaired, chances are your repair technician is relying on Marcone to provide the parts he needs to get the job done. Shipping out the right product in a timely matter is crucial.
To improve RDC operations Marcone embarked on an end-to-end mobile work execution system implementation project to reduce receiving backlogs, improve next-day delivery performance, and reduce distribution costs. Like many other companies, Marcone had considered replacing their legacy WMS and moving to RF-based processes, but working with Lucas they were able to achieve their process improvement and inventory management goals without changing their existing systems. On the other hand, unlike other companies that implement voice-directed solutions in picking before considering other warehouse processes, Marcone’s goal from the start was to use voice-directed mobile applications in receiving and putaway, in addition to picking. Marcone is also using barcode scanning alongside voice to optimize process efficiency and accuracy.
The Lucas Mobile Work Execution system is installed in 11 US and Canadian locations, ranging in size from 4 to 72 users.
“The Lucas software integrated seamlessly with our WMS, practically eliminated downtime in receiving, and increased our shipping capacity by 50%. It’s totally revolutionized our warehouse operations.” -Jim Sheetz, CFO