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Client engaged SDI to design a greenfield facility for a new corporate world head quarters and national Distribution center. After review of existing operations, SDI concluded that a process overhaul would create a far more efficient solution for the client. In this instance, the client is a leading manufacturer of high value wrist watches which are supplied to retail outlets. Each retail outlet has different requirements in terms of price labeling, and presentation. Although the base watch may be the same, it may be priced and displayed differently at 2 separate retailers. To minimize inventory, the watches are stored together until the order from the retailer is received.
Like styles are then picked in small batches with similar VAS activity. In this way, the most labor intensive activity ( VAS ) is made most efficient by standardization and more of an assembly-line approach.
The product arrives at the VAS area with pre printed tickets, string tags and appropriate boxes. After VAS, the watches are transported up to a “Mini Tilt “ unit sorter where the watches are sorted by order.
After all of the watches have been placed in the appropriate chute, the operator is alerted and the product is released to a carton packaging area.
The project was a huge success, reductions in labor were in excess of 30%, processing time was reduced from close to a week to less than a day.