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Richer Sound Distribution

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Richer Sounds DISTRIBUTION Channel Richer Sounds is called Two-Way. It operates the warehouse we use. Two-Way drivers also distribute stock from the warehouse to the stores. The fact that we have a close relationship with Two-Way and use one organisation to do this work has benefits for both Richer Sounds and for Two-Way. * Richer Sounds benefits from using a company which specialises in warehouse and distribution. This is also more cost-effective than running our own warehouse. * Two-Way benefits because it can depend upon Richer Sounds' business in the future. Other advantages include the following. * Close working relationships between our warehouse and distribution manager and his colleagues and Two-Way staff. * Clear procedures (and paperwork) for ordering and delivering stock. This means orders can be processed promptly and accurately and we can fulfil store orders within two days. * Warehouse staff and drivers who understand the goods they are handling and how to load and handle these. * Fewer discrepancies and problems fulfilling orders. If a problem does occur it can be solved quickly by experienced colleagues. Our Distribution Director is Solomon Essah Essel. Solomon and his colleagues are responsible for the storage of our goods in the warehouse and distributing these to the stores. ...read more.

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The warehouse is open 24 hours from Sunday to Thursday but currently there are no night operations on Fridays or Saturdays. We store all the fast-moving lines at the front of the warehouse as this saves travelling time for our warehouse colleagues. The goods are stored on pallets and moved by electric fork lift trucks. We use electric trucks because they create less pollution than other types. Any packaging waste is placed in a large wheeler bin and taken outside where it is connected to a lift and lifted into a hopper. The hopper is then compacted (compressed) into a large skip. All waste goes to the landfill site except cardboard boxes which are recycled. The stores send in their orders to Store Operations electronically each Friday. We then check and edit the orders against our main stock database. This is important because - for example - if every store ordered 10 'brand X' DVD players and we only had 200 in the warehouse, we would have to allocate these fairly between the stores. The final list is a 'stores pick list' which is sent via our EPOS system to TwoWay. TwoWay drivers deliver the goods from Tuesday to Friday, the following week. Each store has its own specific day and time for deliveries. ...read more.

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The database is forwarded to M&S from the Service Bureau facility. The tags are forwarded to the apparel manufacturer and attached to the Individual garments. When garments are received at the store from the manufacturer or DC, they pass through a doorway RFID reader in the back room. This process counts the items and places them in inventory. Each week, M&S employees take inventory of the entire store with an RFID reader mounted on a mobile cart. RFID tags can be read while hanging at a 90 degree angle to the reader. The inventory process takes about 40 minutes, and there are 4500 items in an average M&S store. Inventory records from the weekly RFID inventory are compared to legacy inventory records. The RFID inventory is consistently lower than the legacy system, and therefore generates higher replenishment requirements. Stock is replenished based on the RFID inventory. This makes the: - Sales increase at store level - Reduction in number of orders placed by customer demand in store because the product desired is not available. - Decrease in shrink. In addition to RFID printer/encoders, supplies, Technology Investment Protection Program and guaranteed supplies, Paxar also has: * . An in-house RFID lab to assist you in optimizing read rates and ranges through proper inlay selection and tag placement * Free analysis of your store and DC to help you determine where RFID will best fit in your process flow; andProfessional systems integrators to design and implement RFID solutions. ...read more.

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