According to Peerless Foods, it selected RTS for its specialist knowledge in warehouse management equipment and understanding of the importance of supply chain management to a business.
The enabling technology RTS have provided has made Peerless Foods’ supply chain dynamic and will facilitate its direction of a paperless supply chain into the future.
In 2005, Peerless Foods acquired the Unilever food division, making them a large margarine manufacturer in Australia. Peerless IT had developed a PEERCORE ERP system to replace BPICS. This new system needed to be flexible enough to deal with the rapid growth the company was about to undertake. Peerless Foods also started building a new warehouse in
Braybrook to accommodate the growth of the organisation.
To reduce administration overheads and improve the efficiency of the forklifts within the cold stores, an RF terminal solution was identified as being required. Peerless IT contacted RTS detailing the requirements and RTS identified quickly, through their extensive experiences in this area, that a Windows XP product would be the only product that would meet their requirements.
RTS solution for Peerless IT RTS provided a solution which included the Intermec CV60 Windows XP rugged computer, a RTS freezer graded rugged scanner with an RTS interface unit to connect the scanner to it. RTS also provided a CISCO RF network for the freezer environment.
The key challenge initially faced was that the terminal could not power the barcode scanner, so RTS developed an ancillary device to interface it to the terminal to compete the solution.
It was also discovered that there was a need to extend the distance from the scanner to the barcode to enable the forklift driver to comfortably scan all barcodes which was easily resolved by RTS recommending specific changes to the barcode layout printed on the labels which
increased the scanning distance by 70%.
According to Peerless Foods, RTS has always been great to deal with and responsive in dealing with any of its support issues. RTS work well together to always look to develop smart solutions to further its business.
RTS continue to work with Peerless who are currently reviewing their processes to further improve efficiencies and it is anticipated that a fixed scanning solution will be employed to further achieve this. This type of solution will reduce or even eliminate any driver input to the terminal for regular tasks.
With the additional site expansion, RTS are consulting on process improvements to better improve the flow of product throughout the business. The solution will be duplicated into the expanded cold store facility currently under construction, which is due to be completed late 2006.
The RTS solution included using multi vendor products (RTS and Intermec) to achieve the customer’s specific objectives. RTS made a complex task simple, by effectively project managing each aspect of the installation, which allowed a efficient go live solution to be produced.
- RTS’s solution improved a serious scanning issue, where we now have 99.9% accuracy on barcode scanning
- Enabled the Peerless supply chain to be dynamic – assisting stock control, lot tracking, use by date monitoring, and electronic means of despatch of product