Loughborough, UK-based Colton Packaging has implemented a new £30,000 warehouse management system as part of a digital transformation of its business to meet the needs of its growing customer base.
The new warehouse management software package is designed to facilitate even more accurate and efficient processes throughout operations. The intuitive fully-automated solution incorporates all aspects of daily warehouse management, including stock takes, goods receipts, order picking and stock movements and transfers. Through the use of hand-held QR code scanners and barcode technology, staff can now implement automated stock management, where previously they were manually managing and tracking up to 5,600 warehouse bins with paper labelling.
Laura Colton-Smith, Managing Director, Colton Packaging, says, “This substantial upgrade is part of a wider investment in our bespoke, stock and serve packaging facility, including our new warehouse expansion that is currently underway. It supports our plans for modernisation through innovation.”
The new system speeds up stock transfers and facilitates stock rotation and warehouse movements. It also aims to improve stock take efficiency by an estimated 80%. In addition, accuracy and reporting are improved, providing better stock location and traceability for every palett, which is essential for food and drink manufacturers. Linking directly with Colton Packaging’s day-to-day management systems, the new warehouse software has also improved internal processes and provides accurate and in-depth management information to aid forecasting and decision-making.