Transportation is the most significant part of supply chain costs. Lower freight costs for customer shipments is the “holy grail” of consumer product and other supply chains. But there is a way that companies like Procter & Gamble (P&G) have proven. P&G reported in a conference that they had converted the unstructured, non-repeatable processes of picking and loading into a repeatable process. By doing this, P&G encouraged customers to order more products (i.e., a larger shipment size) to receive the “best price” on the product.
Creating a repeatable process is no slam dunk. However, such a process must be software-driven and sufficiently flexible to handle customer-specific requirements and many variables inside and outside the shipping facility.
Procter & Gamble chose AutoO2 to drive repeatable picking and loading. With this in place across its network, P&G was able to adjust the price book and allow its customers to determine how they want to order. As you may guess, customers responded by ordering more products – driving up shipment size and generating overall reduced supply-chain costs. And because freight is the most significant component of the total cost, the savings were enormous.
AutoO2 generates savings by:
For example, pickers do not need to learn each product’s or family’s strength or stability; loaders can learn the different loading patterns based on order composition, state-specific-axle-weight restrictions, etc.
Some savings obtained by using AutoO2 are harder to quantify:
AutoO2 has many pallet and truck loading features corresponding to customers’ requirements and expectations.
Its development and support teams are agile and flexible, enabling new functionality to be delivered quickly, reliably, and cheaply.
In conclusion, using AutoO2 for case picking and truck loading lowers freight and logistic costs.
Additionally, it decreases the onboarding period for newly hired employees.
Moreover, loading every truck as fully as possible (by applicable laws and rules) reduces the carbon footprint and landfill waste caused by damage and improves the company’s sustainability.