Seegrid Corporation (www.Seegrid.com)
In a recent issue of Forkliftaction.com it was explained how robots create an efficient supply chain. In Part Two of Express Lanes, the editor shared how grocery leader Giant Eagle is always looking for ways to make its supply chain more efficient. Seegrid robotic industrial trucks provide an option to remove wasted travel hours. Basic calculations were used to measure the distance that a hi-lift would have traveled if hauling product using the Seegrid robots. Comparing total time per mission (trip) before and after incorporating Seegrid robots revealed significant savings in travel hours. Time saved with Seegrid robots removed costs from the supply chain.
Giant Eagle noted incorporating the Seegrid robots in the retail support center operation has allowed us to improve dock-to stock speed and productivity. Giant Eagle measures non-value-added work in labor savings. Seegrid robots allowed Giant Eagle to reallocate some Team Members to greater value-added activities. Though there are less putaway operators hauling product from the dock, these valued Team Members are reallocated to jobs like replenishment and selection.
Flexibility is a huge benefit the robots deliver because drop zones, route changes, and slotting configuration for inbound product change daily. Giant Eagle needed driverless pallet trucks that required zero facility modifications and allowed for routes to be modified quickly based upon business needs.
Manned forklifts that perform long haul travel are less proficient and less lean compared to robotic trucks because they require an operator who is paid on an hourly basis to perform non-value-added travel. When robotic industrial trucks do the work of manned forklifts, forklift operators are reassigned to other job functions that are greatly needed and help increase productivity.
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