January 8, 2007, 12:00 AM

Web-enabled fulfillment system increases productivity 25% at Tween Brands

Using a Dematic fulfillment system integrated in a web environment with its Manhattan Associates warehouse management system, apparel merchant Tween Brands has increased fulfillment productivity by 25%, the retailer says.

 

Using a Dematic Corp. fulfillment system integrated in a web environment with its Manhattan Associates Inc. warehouse management system, multi-channel apparel merchant Tween Brands Inc. has increased fulfillment productivity by 25%, the retailer says.

Under the Dematic so-called “put-to-light” system, which is accessed over a web-enabled network, Tween Brands fulfillment workers scan products received at a warehouse, then view flashing light signals at stocking locations that indicate where to put a scanned product.

The new system has enabled the retailer to receive products at distribution centers and ship them out to stores within 1 to 4 days, Tween says. Nearly 60% of orders received at distribution centers are ready to be shipped to stores within 24 hours, it adds.

Depending on where stores are located, goods received at the warehouse are either processed through the Dematic system or cross-docked through the Manhattan Associates web-enabled warehouse management system from incoming trucks directly to vehicles headed for stores.

Just prior to deploying the Dematic put-to-light system, Tween Brands also upgraded its Manhattan Associates warehouse management system.

"We succeeded by first defining what we wanted to get from the implementation and then sticking to the plan," says Carol Brouillette, manager of special projects at Tween Brands. "The upgrade of the warehouse management solution went live and, two weeks later, the Dematic put-to-light system went live. There was no negative impact whatsoever on production."

 

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