Keells Super uses Motorola for real-time inventory of goods
"Our aim is to be the most technologically advanced retail chain in the South Asian Region and offer our customers
excellent customer service. With our new stock counting system, using Motorola's MC3000 mobile computers, we have achieved effective, efficient stock
reconciliation and greater time and cost savings for the company."
- Nalaka Umagiliya
Assistant Vice President - JKH Group
Head of Business Systems - Consumer Foods and Retail Group, John Keells Holdings PLC
Keells Super is one of the largest super market chains in Sri Lanka. It is a subsidiary of John Keells Holdings PLC, a Sri Lankan blue chip conglomerate. Traditionally, it has a reputation for being the most technologically
advanced supermarket chain in the country. Keells Super's many technology firsts have included integrated POS solutions, online shopping
(www.keellssuper.com), intranets, Enterprise Resource Planning (SAP),
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) with loyalty programs and
automated SMS alerts on key performance indicators (KPIs).
The Challenge : Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the stock taking and reconciliation process
In a single Keells Super store, there are between 12,000 – 15,000 individual items for sale. The IT team wanted to improve both the efficiency and
accuracy of the stock taking process. So they explored ways of adopting a
fully automated process to replace their manual stock taking and verification
process. In particular, Keells Super wanted to take advantage of mobile
computing combined with Wi-Fi technology. The team worked with
Crosspoint Business Solutions to help implement a new stock verification system using MC3000 mobile computers working on a Wi-Fi network,
across 30 supermarket stores.
In the past, Keells Super had used its entire staff for eight days to complete a
single stock count. So for eight days there was a black hole on inventory when
staff did not have an accurate idea of what was in the store. Staff were also
spending a great deal of time actually doing the count. This caused delayed reconciliation, posting and stock re-ordering. Inevitably, the result was poor
customer service and poor supply chain
management since purchasing and re-ordering was delayed for seven to eight days which often led to a shortage of stocks.
Keells Super also wanted to get all 30 stores
enabled with Wi-Fi, so the entire solution could be driven from a wireless backbone.
The Solution : Real-time access to information and stock taking using Motorola MC3000 mobile computers and AP-5131 wireless access points
Keells Super developed a real-time solution with Crosspoint based on Motorola MC3000 mobile computers, and the new mobile stock verification system was deployed across the Keells Super
chain. It is a wireless stock take and verification system linked to SAP (ERP) which is the backend. Motorola's MC3000 mobile computers are small, lightweight and rugged for applications requiring
high quality data capture and high performance
real-time computing. Using the MC3000 to scan the barcodes on each stock keeping unit (SKU), the data collected is transferred to the SAP system in real time, which does all the data manipulation and reporting.
At the same time, this wireless stock count and verification system makes it possible to do conduct stock count anywhere in the supermarket using Motorola wireless access points. Simple to deploy, the Motorola AP-5131 access points offer 802.11a /
b/g wireless networking flexibility, the latest wired and wireless security standards, and the speed required to support the most demanding applications, including voice and video.
The new system uses around 120 units of MC3000 mobile computers and wireless infrastructure of 60 access points including Motorola AP-5131 and others. Keells Super is planning to open 120 supermarket outlets with this system in the next three years.
As a direct result of installing this new Motorola stock taking and verification system, Keells Super has improved the accuracy of its stock taking and reduced its operating costs.
This case study is courtesy of Motorola Solutions USA
While not deployed by Peacock Bros., it does provide an example of how the Motorola hardware technology can be used and as an Authorised Solutions Partner. Peacock Bros. can deploy similar applications."
The Benefits: Accuracy, overall efficiency, reduced operating costs and enhanced productivity
As a direct result of installing this new stock taking and verification system, Keells Super has improved the accuracy of its stock taking and reduced its operating costs. The use of wireless MC3000 mobile computers in particular improved productivity as staff no longer needed to return to a central processing point and the data is transferred instantly across the wireless network.
Initially, the new system helped reduce the time to
do a stock take from eight to three days and this has now been reduced further to two days with more refined processes. From these two days only one day is taken for the actual mobile computer based stock count; the remaining day is taken for other documentation and manual work.
Operating cost has been reduced dramatically, as the whole workforce no longer needs to be involved in the stock take and it takes a fraction of the time, saving about US$53,000 per year at this level of operation. Accurate visibility of the available stock has also improved significantly.
Managers are now able to plan more effectively, keep stock levels at just the right levels and allocate staff resources more appropriately, all of which helps to provide a better experience for
Keells Super customers.
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