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The Client & The Ask
Pet Supermarket is a leading pet supply retailer with more than 130 stores from coast to coast. In recent years the company’s DC in Sunrise FL was running out of space to meet rising sales and order volumes. But with the Lucas Mobile Work Execution solution the DC is able to pick and ship 30 percent higher volumes with the same space and staff (and less overtime), forestalling a DC expansion.
The Lucas Project At Pet Supermarket
Pet Supermarket’s DC was growing beyond the capacity of a paper-based picking process that restricted efficiency. The manual system generated over 1,500 sheets of paper a day, creating clerical work for three full-time associates, and making it difficult for front-line supervisors to react to shorts and manage production throughout the day. They had been using barcode scanning for receiving and replenishment, but managers had determined that a scan-based picking solution wouldn’t provide the gains in productivity they were seeking.
The first step in the project was an engineering study, in which a team of Lucas engineers visited the DC and worked with supervisors and other personnel to document current processes and systems and develop a preliminary functional design for the new Lucas system. The study identified the configurations required to tailor the Lucas software to Pet Supermarket’s operational needs, including Jennifer dialogue options and Engage management tools.
Prior to installing the Lucas solution, Do it Best was using paper pick sheets and pick stickers to pull orders. The manual picking process limited picking productivity, resulted in errors that had to be fixed in QC, and required printing mountains of paper which created clerical work for DC staff and pickers. The productivity and accuracy challenges were magnified during peak shipping seasons when the 8 DCs would bring on scores of temporary workers to help meet demand.