YKK Accelerates Logistics Strategy With EPG
A custom product portfolio requires custom logistics management. Leading zipper manufacturer YKK has been using the EPG | LFS warehouse management system since 2014. What was a mammoth task for the company at the time because of its extremely wide range of different items is now proving to be a real lifesaver. The software from EPG (Ehrhardt + Partner Group) is growing with the company. It now managers a total of four sites in Europe and ensures maximum accuracy for the inventory of the zipper manufacturer‘ s very wide range of items and variants. EPG | LFS manages both production and storage, as well as the supply of spare parts to the company‘s own machines. Thanks to the positive experience from the first joint project six years ago, YKK has continued to look to the logistics experts at EPG for support. So far, stock differences have been reduced by around 60 percent.
Increasing Inventory Reliability and Response Times
YKK holds goods for a longer period for customers who place regular orders, which means that the inventory must be reliable. Inventory management in EPG | LFS therefore plays a central role, so the first step involved adding an automatic delivery and reservation function. „From the first project in 2014, we knew LFS can optimally implement our requirements and, above all, respond to the specific features of our business,“ says Alexander Sann, Logistics Manager at YKK in Germany. „That positive experience and the high performance of the software convinced us – and that‘s why we are also looking to LFS as we modernize our other sites“. The aim was to roll out the system throughout Europe, to guarantee 100% inventory reliability and to increase response times. „To remain competitive in the market, we have to keep up with the times and constantly automate our logistics, and LFS provides us with optimum support as we do so.“ There is Wenkbach, one site in the Netherlands, Mainhausen and Wuppertal, which are the four sites are currently running the software. And each one has its own specific features.