Too Many SKUs Going Askew
The distributor was faced with a great problem – explosive growth. Unfortunately, the proliferation of SKUs was wreaking havoc on productivity. To create space, slow-moving items were taken away from the pick aisle and shoved in corners on shelves here and there, requiring workers to leave the pick line to retrieve items.
“The number one time waster in order picking is footsteps,” says Mark Neuwirth, UNEX Vice President. “Leaving the pick line also wastes energy and jeopardizes the accuracy of the pick.”
The distributor turned to UNEX for help. “It was time for the customer to rethink the warehouse,” says Brian Neuwirth, UNEX President. “We had just the tool to get the job started.”
The UNEX team deployed SKUBE, UNEX’s proprietary software that analyzes an operation’s inventory and assigns products to the correct storage medium.
“SKUBE analyzed the movement of products so we could understand which items to assign to pallets, carton flow, or shelving units,” says Mark. “The analysis was the first important step to getting things in order.”