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The Glodina Towels warehouse in Durban successfully went live with DATASCOPE WMS on the 01 July 2013. Unitrans was selected by Glodina to manage their warehouse and the Unitrans team selected DATASCOPE WMS to assist them ease this mammoth task. Glodina Black Label is the country’s leading manufacturer of superior quality towels and related products. Glodina has manufactured high quality towelling for over 60 years and their decision to partner with DATASCOPE was wisely taken to regain control of their stock holding and take their business to the next level.

Timing was always going to be tight on this project, we knew it. Unitrans had one weekend to take over the stock control at Glodina and we had no access into the warehouse for stock preparation until that time… Fortunately, bin labelling could start well in advance as it did not interfere with the current operations. We performed rigorous practical training with the Unitrans staff and eventually, the excitement to “go live” reached fever pitch a few days before the cut-off point!

Stocktake was performed and variances were accepted. We were ready to “turn the key”! Carton picking began and after a few days, the rhythm increased. (The challenge for us was that Unitrans wanted to pick by carton and label each carton during the pick. DATASCOPE WMS was developed for this new picking method as well as enhanced so as to sort the pickslips automatically into groups according to Material Handling Equipment (MHEs) (e.g. Forklift, Man-Up). With this functionality, two pickers with different MHE types can pick the same pickslip. This dramatically increases the time taken to pick. This was especially beneficial, as Glodina’s typical orders can be hundreds of cartons in size.)

Thanks to the excellent commitment from all three sides (Glodina, Unitrans and DATASCOPE ), the back- log was caught up within a few weeks and the pace dramatically sped up.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are next on the list to finalize. It has been an interesting journey but we wish to thank all the committed persons involved in making this project a great success!

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