Warehouse Efficiency and Productivity Significantly Improve with DSI® Cloud Inventory®

DSI® enables companies across the world to optimize their inventory. Founded more than forty years ago, DSI has helped a countless number of leading, global supply chain companies improve their efficiency and productivity by simply helping them better understand the state, location, and authenticity of their inventory. Having this knowledge translates into real dollars as companies are empowered to make better decisions, which strengthens their bottom line.

Four vastly different companies currently using DSI Cloud Inventory® include Art.com, ARB, Yalumba Wine Company, and Trek. While they each have different products and customer bases, all four turned to Cloud Inventory to transform their warehouse processes and improve their overall productivity.

Walmart’s Art.com sells posters, art prints, and custom-framed pieces directly to consumers. The e-commerce provider stores millions of unique items in multiple warehouses across the United States and the European Union. As demand for their products continued to increase, management at Art.com decided they needed to replace their paper-based processes to speed up production. Art.com warehouses were using a manual barcode process because of the wide variety of items and vendors they use on a regular basis. This required employees to confirm the correct piece of art via tiny thumbnail images while picking them to then ship to customers. Art.com needed a mobile-first solution to automate this unique visual pick process while also streamlining the data reporting back into their system of record, Oracle E-Business Suite. It was also vital that the solution optimize existing business processes without replacing or disrupting them. After reviewing different solutions, Art.com chose to implement a personalized Cloud Inventory app on iPads across their organization, streamlining the process of getting the right product to customers on time and with fewer errors. To date, Art.com has experienced a tremendous reduction in human errors and their employee base has saved a significant amount of time. Employees of all capabilities and skill levels were quickly able to adapt to the new inventory tracking system, and Art.com’s business became more efficient in a short amount of time.

ARB is Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of 4×4 accessories. With factories in both Melbourne and Thailand, ARB has an export network that extends across more than 100 countries. ARB needed a new system for optimizing and advancing their supply chain processes. They were already using Oracle JD Edwards but were looking to achieve a more sustainable supply chain, reduce errors, and increase visibility into their inventory. Having such a complex inventory stock, ARB needed flexibility in their solution. They wanted to improve in Australia as well as in international divisions and needed a solution flexible enough to work across their manufacturing, distribution, and retail operations. ARB chose DSI Cloud Inventory to transform their Oracle JD Edwards system and boost warehouse processes, which gave them the capability to support the entire product journey. ARB has now achieved efficient cycle counting processes to help achieve a more accurate, real-time view of their inventory. Their use of cycle counting has been extended to their U.S. and Middle Eastern operations. ARB also uses Cloud Inventory applications for kitting items, serialized items scanning, and validation.

Yalumba Wine Company is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, producing fine wine selections since 1849. Over the course of its history, Yalumba has expanded its business across agriculture and manufacturing with both domestic and international distribution. To sustain its growth and meet customer needs, Yalumba needed to improve efficiency in their warehouse processes, increase visibility of overall inventory, and provide accurate data to warehouse personnel. Yalumba’s main challenge was that its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system rarely reflected correct inventory levels because of manually recorded processes. This caused employees to lose productivity by travelling to pick inventory from locations that had already been picked on previous orders. Yalumba chose the Cloud Inventory platform, including its mobile-first supply chain apps, and implemented these apps to provide two-way communication between its ERP and mobile devices. This solution presented real-time inventory visibility as well as improved speed and accuracy in the warehouse. It also resulted in a major shift in ownership and responsibility for business processes from the office to the point of work. The improvement in the accuracy of inventory information allowed Yalumba to ship customer orders faster and more efficiently. Cloud Inventory helped Yalumba track and manage barrels and their contents, even in the disconnected environment of the cellars which currently do not have WiFi coverage. Their mobile apps perform online and offline to execute barrel-scanning operations from receiving to tracking fills and blends and generating barrel labels, leaving no inventory unaccounted.

Trek, based out of Waterloo, Wisconsin, is the largest bicycle manufacturer in the United States and second largest in the world. Trek designs and manufactures high-performance bicycles and accessories for mountain, road, triathlon, and urban use. With facilities in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Trek has created an international brand recognized for its reputation for cutting-edge bike technology. Trek’s main challenge was crowded warehouses and outdated processes with limited visibility of inventory data while continuously growing. Trek needed to automate and standardize its warehouse processes between shipping and receiving, directed picks and put-aways, and replenishments. Trek also needed to optimize its use of warehouse space to increase efficiency and migrate away from paper-based processes which caused a decrease in their production, all while maintaining their operations throughout the migration journey. Trek turned to Cloud Inventory in part because it features pre-built, certified integrations with Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Advanced Warehousing. The platform is multilingual and integrated from end-to-end, which helped Trek deploy standardized applications worldwide, mobilizing its warehouse processes while simultaneously supporting local languages across all its markets. Putting real-time information into the hands of their warehouse personnel increased productivity by more than 20 percent. Trek has achieved visibility into secure, accurate, and timely information, and in the process made its customers happier. Once real-time, actionable data was placed into the hands of Trek’s employees with easy-to-learn solutions, even temporary, seasonal employees leveraged Cloud Inventory’s benefits immediately.

Significant, measurable results were seen at Art.com, ARB, Yalumba Wine Company, and Trek, as well as numerous other companies across the world, after they chose to implement Cloud Inventory. These companies now serve as a model for ways in which other companies can implement the Cloud Inventory platform and apps to further their business efforts and become leaders in worldwide markets.

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