In order to better manage shipments, the riha Group recently implemented an advanced automated data collection system that scans and logs all pallets coming into and out of its warehouses across Europe.
The riha Group, which makes a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, needed a more comprehensive solution in order to better manage its shipments and keep track of inventory. Not only does the company have to effectively manage all of its brands, but it must make sure it has a traceable supply chain to manage shipments crossing the multiple international borders present in Europe, AIM Global (an international trade association) reported.
Automated Data Collection Software's Compliance Benefits
Another issue that the data collection methods help address, according to AIM Global, is the threat of a product recall. Any issue has the potential of dramatically hurting a brand's reputation and thus the company's bottom line. With the pallet-based automated data collection and analysis, riha Group can accurately determine the starting point of any issue and quickly contain its effects by preventing problem beverages from being shipped.
"Manual documentation of pallet data on outgoing delivery notes is not practical for a company like the riha Group – the number of pallets delivered is too high and the distribution network is too complex," Data Collection reported. "Many companies increase the number of staff to compensate [for] the increased data collection needs and manually compare pallets and delivery notes using a hand-held scanner. Nowadays it is no longer just a question of the lorry being loaded with the right products – it goes beyond that. It is a question of certain pallets (SSCC, batch, best-before date) in particular. The increased amount of work during loading is coupled with longer loading times – and increased costs."
The tools will also help riha Group better deal with European regulations. For example, the European Commission recently proposed a new set of guidelines regarding the implementation of data sharing strategies intended to increase security. Data Collection reported that the logistic software now used by riha Group at its facilities in Germany, Switzerland and Spain enables the business to track and manage shipments across the continent with ease.
"On the user interface of the 'Gate Server,' which has been [optimized] for use with gate scanners, the loading staff can start or finish loading and stay up to date with the current status at any time," the news source said. "A traffic light shows the lorry driver if the pallets were booked; a green light means that the pallet was booked whereas a red light means that the pallet must not be unloaded. As soon as a load is activated, all scanned pallets are booked on the delivery note. The scanner starts to read continuously once the loading starts. This allows several different pallets, such as pallets half the standard Euro-pallet size, to be on the fork and [recognized] safely, even when the fork is moving quickly."