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Case study logistics optimisation by the example of packaging of assembly groups/storage of retail products

Today more and more companies develop their products in the own laboratory and outsource manufacturing of final products to various partners in South East Asia. Owing to spatial separation high requirements are made on logistics.

Logistic processes along the total supply chain can completely be carried out by Hammer. In addition to packaging of assembly groups, commissioning and storage Hammer with its service portfolio covers the total supply chain. Transports and customs formalities are organised by Hammer by sea and air – finished products are transported on schedule. The entire range of Hammer services from one source, with regard to organisation, transparency and safety, offers a complete logistics solution.

The task
The task is to realise efficient logistics and that way create a possible “win-win-situation”. That way an increase in cost transparency and optimal use of personnel and warehouse resources is aimed to be realised – here shown by the example of packaging of assembly groups/storage of retail products for an IT-customer.

The solution

The process of packaging of assembly groups and storage consists of four partial processes: goods receipt, packaging of assembly groups, storage and outsourcing. For processing of these tasks Hammer disposes of in total 1000 qm logistics area with own terminal. After unloading at the terminal the goods are subjected to quality and quantitative control, misships and damages are immediately communicated to the customer. After that the goods are entered into the warehouse management system (WMS) among others with parameters size, weight and article number. The WMS generates a barcode and under consideration of the parameters assigns a suitable storage place to the goods. Finally the customer is notified of the goods status via interface.

Packaging of assembly groups is released by the customer by an assembly order, which is directly entered into the LFS. Then the material together with the product including accessory material is filled in and from a data base the corresponding packing label is determined and printed by scanning the serial number. Finally the sales packing is sealed in the shrinking tunnel or a blister machine. The completed goods are then booked in the LFS. Its withdrawal is released by the customer’s shipping order – for that the delivery note is transmitted by e-mail. After that the goods are booked out, by which scanner-controlled packaging of assembly groups is initiated. In the forwarding station a completeness check is again carried out by means of the delivery note data.

The processes described are consistently documented, visualised and broken down to each individual activity. Like this weak points in the process can be detected more easily and various measures for improvement of the process can be discussed. After that consideration of all processes leads to a complete evaluation of the project. Aim of this analysis is a profitability study of the entire logistics performances for our customer.

What is the benefit? Measures for process improvement can be realised and offers can be customized. The result is a “win-win-situation“, which on both sides leads to process improvements.