East Granby, CT -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/23/2013 -- In 2002 Ici Paris XL became part of A.S. Watson which holds over 10,000 health and beauty stores. This triggered a tremendous growth period for the company. Similar growth is on schedule for U.S. retailers in 2014.
The retailer currently has nearly 250 stores, a number which is still increasing. Concurrently, the product range has been expanded, increasing the size and complexity of the picking operation. “We have an assortment of 15,000 products, but not every product is stocked in each store. People living at the coast simply buy other products than people living in Antwerpen or Wallonië,” noted Danny Roegies, project manager of the retailer. This rapid growth was one of the key reasons to choose the Pcdata Pick-to-Light solution.
Reogies added, “Because it was uncertain how fast the operation would grow, we had to be prepared for expansions and system changes. With the system this is no problem. Pcdata offers us the required flexibility for the future. Pcdata also has a lot of knowledge and offers the best value for money.” Deploying the system, Pcdata was not only responsible for installation and the Pick-to-Light element of the project, but as main contractor also oversaw the complete implementation including flow-racking conveyor system, strapping machines and software.
The Pcdata software meant the retailer was able to constantly control the workload. “In the warehouse we have a screen which shows the amount, order lines and crates we already handled and how many we still have to do. As soon as we see that one zone is getting behind, we can react immediately adding additional resources to that zone,” remarked Reogies.
Twice a week Ici Paris XL delivers to 250 perfumeries across the entire Benelux region from its distribution center, located in Vilvoorde, Belgium. The operation uses two techniques in its order assembly processes: Pick-to-Light for fast moving SKU’s and barcode scanning for the slow moving SKU’s. Pcdata, the supplier of the system, combined both methods to create a completely integrated and highly optimized order picking solution. Thanks to this system, Ici Paris XL is now in full control of the productivity and quality of their order picking operation.
Pcdata USA pick-to-light systems are part of a lean processes, offering shorter throughput times, fewer errors, significant cost savings; additionally the result is increased customer satisfaction, a faster ability to supply products, and process transparency. Traditional picking methods are one of highest expenses when operating a warehouse. Pcdata USA lowers that cost through leading edge Pick-to-Light systems. Recently, the Pcdata USA installation versus implementation products, are experiencing huge growth in hundreds of business sectors throughout North America.
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