EPG LFS and Lydia Voice® Provide Refreshment
At Spaten-Löwenbräu GmbH in Dachau, Germany, high season begins in April and ends with the traditional Oktoberfest in Munich – an absolute seasonal peak. The only way this beverage wholesaler can manage this highly seasonal business and prepare seasonal staff for physically demanding beverage handling every year is if it has a well-placed logistics organization running in the background. Faced with an increasing volume of orders, Spaten-Löwenbräu decided to automate the processes within its logistics operation – and to do that, it has turned to EPG | LFS Warehouse Management System by EPG. At the same time, picking was switched over to Pick by Voice with Lydia® Voice. From the outset, the goals were clearly defined: more transparency, better stock management and flexible use of seasonal workers.
Two Picking Areas – For Greater Efficiency
The warehouse consists of two separate picking areas: one for keg picking and one for assembling cash-and-carry items such as cases and six-packs. Both areas are shown separately in LFS, with orders containing items from both product groups split accordingly. Orders are picked in parallel, and then, prior to loading, the items in each order are recombined in a consolidation area for joint delivery. This separation of the heavy and cumbersome kegs from the rather easy-to-pick packaging simplifies the entire process for employees. This way, the double- mast lift trucks used in the keg area can also do their work without posing a danger to the order pickers.
What are the advantages of Lydia Voice®?
Handling kegs and cases can be physically very strenuous – and dealing with lists or MDE devices makes the entire process even more complicated and slower. With Lydia® Voice, employees benefit from the high ergonomics of the solution. Thanks to the hands-free-eyes-free concept, order pickers can concentrate fully on their work, and this makes them much more productive. Employees at Spaten-Löwenbräu also have the choice of working with the Voxter® mobile voice computer and headset, or using the ergonomic Lydia® VoiceWear®, which is a vest with a built-in peaker and microphone.