Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/13/2016 -- Joe Hurley, Senior VP of Supply Chain at Giant Eagle, noted, "Travel time is the number one enemy of a labor standard, therefore, having a VGV moving product is very advantageous from a labor standards perspective. Unlike other AGVs that have wires ground or placed in the concrete, or reflectors on the racks, we wanted to be very flexible with how we can change routes. One of the keys to that flexibility was having our union personnel to be able to retrain the robot into a new route based upon business demand."
By using Seegrid VGVs, Giant Eagle reduced manned putaway travel by 20-30%, improved safety, cut product damage, reduced non value-added work, and increased hi-lift efficiency by 35-45%.
Giant Eagle serves more than five million customers annually through nearly 400 retail locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. Giant Eagle is based in Pittsburgh, PA. Giant Eagle is one of the largest, privately owned and family-operated companies in the nation and ranked number 27 on Forbes magazine's list of the top U.S. private companies with annual sales of approximately $9.3 billion.
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