The logistics centre in Jiangsu Province, one of the largest in Asia was established in 2011. Operating as a giant central processor, the sorting and management of all the goods depend on powerful digital information acquisition and handling capabilities, including a 9km conveyor belt, order picking machines, and automated warehouse management systems.
Precision being a key element in the entire logistics process, Datalogic’s products and solutions ensure this is maintained at every step of the product cycle from scanning goods in the labelling area, on the high speed sorting conveyor, to the conveyor belt prior to loading and in the shipping holding warehouse.
The logistics centre required 200 Datalogic DS4800 barcode readers in all, with a single unit installed every 20-30 metres along the conveyor line. The customer has expressed complete satisfaction with the new process as it ensures that the entire management, classification and sorting of the goods are fully controlled and monitored.
Datalogic’s DS4800 readers provide high speed performance, even with damaged, inclined or contaminated barcodes. By using Datalogic barcode readers to identify goods’ data, error rate has been significantly reduced, according to the customer.
The logistics hub in China stores footwear and garments in a warehouse divided into the boxes unit and the pallets unit. Due to distribution and sorting needs, the garments distribution area is divided into three floors: the top floor has 45,000 independently coded set shelves, the second floor is equipped with two automatic sorting systems and the first floor contains the packing, loading and distribution areas.
After the goods pass all checks in distribution and sorting, they are moved to the packaging area, where the distribution centre system automatically prints a label for each order stating items and quantity. The computer can also estimate the volume of goods, helping the operator to choose the most appropriate package for a specific order, where the shipping label is then applied.
Datalogic’s series of DS4800 barcode scanners maintains the fast and efficient tracking process all along the transport conveyors identifying data and highlighting errors.
Before loading and shipping, the collected data enables the warehouse management system to screen the information according to delivery time and distribution needs. It also facilitates the evaluation of several transportation options and multiple logistics networks, thereby ensuring the goods are delivered in the most efficient, accurate and punctual manner, and at the lowest cost.
Dr Romano Volta, Chairman and CEO of Datalogic Group underlines the importance of ensuring fast and accurate logistics processes by generating data, which adds value to securing supply chains, and is a major factor in maintaining economies of scale and product quality for large operations. Several prestigious brands are currently enhancing their logistics through Datalogic’s solutions.