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MAR 2017

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92 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | March 2017 "There's a tendency for operators to leave wide aisles to reduce congestion; however, the savings are greatly offset by the additional steps taken by the pickers." —Doug Bloss (pictured) and Alex Korcsmaros, Ryder Supply Chain Troubleshooting For the supply chain do's and don'ts of data accuracy and technology, visit and done." Continuous optimization is vital as stores open/close, supply networks change and transportation rates adjust to market conditions (i.e., fuel costs). From Tim Smith, EVP at Irvine, Calif.-based Lineage Logistics: Do use lean logistics ideals and procedures to optimize operations and save a significant amount of money. Don't ignore small details, such as tempera- ture variations on receiving docks and infrequent activities like driver strikes, when conducting supply chain- planning exercises. ey're among the most likely causes of disruption. From Doug Bloss, director of supply chain solutions for consumer packaged goods, and Alex Korcsmaros , director of customer logistics for consumer packaged goods, at Miami- based Ryder: Do optimize commodities within an outbound trailer by delivering dry grocery, frozen and perishables with multitemp trailers to mitigate stops per trailer and receiving dock resources at the stores. Do implement a temper- ature-monitoring device to track the integrity of the cold chain, and proactively identify products exposed to unsafe temperatures that could result in a recall. Don't drive down transportation rates to the point where your core carrier partners are less likely or unable to be responsive during peak sea- sonal demands, causing service and delivery issues. Regarding the warehouse, they offer this advice: Do limit the width of the pick aisles to reduce the number of steps each picker has to take. Aisles should be just wide enough to allow for a narrow- aisle-reach truck to turn. ere's a tendency for operators to leave wide aisles to reduce congestion; however, the savings are greatly offset by the ad- ditional steps taken by the pickers. Do implement automated stretch wrappers that allow pickers to drop pallets onto a conveyor, which moves a completed pick pallet to the wrap- per and out the other end for another operator to retrieve and stage the wrapped pallet. is allows the picker to continue picking and eliminates the wait time it takes for the wrapper to finish. Do set up a picking productivity incentive pro- gram with safety and accuracy qualifiers to motivate pickers to be more efficient. Don't set up pick aisles with pick slot pallets elevated from the ground. is increases the safety risk of pickers tripping over crossbeams. Having to maneuver over the crossbeams creates inefficiencies for the pickers. Don't chimney- or column-stack pick pallets, as this will cause cases to fall over, especially as the picker is maneuvering through the pick aisles. e picker should always interlock the cases to ensure increased stability of the pallets. In-store Success Once product arrives at the store, there are still some important supply chain issues to address, including tie-ins to planograms and promotions. Here are a few tips to consider: From Graeme McVie , general manager at Precima, in Toronto, with a U.S. office in Chicago: Do include marketing and merchandising teams in supply chain-planning meetings so you can integrate price, promotion and assortment model- ing into the overall product fulfillment processes. Don't forget to constantly measure supply chain performance and keep a moving baseline as service rates improve. From Ryder's Bloss and Korcsmaros : Do consider backroom space availability when designing delivery method, order size and deliv- ery frequency. Do align slot case pick slots with the store planogram, making allowances for movement and stackability. It's important that the retail stores have consistent store planograms for this layout to be effective. PG

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