Elite Home Products, Inc. Achieves Efficiency, Service Gains with New Facilities and AccellosOne Warehouse

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Case study discusses how the New Jersey-based bedding products distributor has significantly improved accuracy, added new services and transitioned to automated, paperless processes after implementing Accellos’ Warehouse Management System

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – May 3, 2012 – Accellos, a leading provider of supply chain execution software solutions, has released a case study of Elite Home Products, a successful user of its warehouse management system (WMS), AccellosOne Warehouse. The case study discusses how the New Jersey-based bedding products distributor has significantly improved accuracy, added new services and transitioned to automated, paperless processes after implementing the AccellosOne Warehouse.

Company
Elite Home Products, Inc. markets a full range of bedding products — sheets, shams, duvets, blankets, etc. — through top mass-market retailers and it also fulfills on-line orders for a number of customers. Orders for conventional retail outlets range from a few pallets to multiple truckloads, with deliveries scheduled up to months in advance; online orders usually same-day.

Situation
Outmoded, dual warehouse facilities, manual procedures, burgeoning sales and fast-developing Internet fulfillment challenges combined to exert pressure on the company’s operations. With no racking or assigned bin locations, storage and retrieval was dependent on the “tribal knowledge” of the work force — where goods would be placed, and where and how they were to be found.

Solution
Elite relocated to a modern, single-level building and installed state-of-the-art AccellosOne Warehouse Management System (WMS) to manage the company’s warehouse processes. The warehouse is configured for maximum productivity, with the configuration replicated virtually in the Accellos software, which is integrated with Elite’s SagePro ERP software.

Results
Accellos Partner WAGCC implemented the software ahead of schedule and the concurrent moves to new facilities and the new WMS were achieved with no interruption in business. Staff took to the new system quickly; putaway, picking and shipping are faster, with 99 percent-plus accuracy. Many operations have been automated, with paper processes to be eliminated.

“Readying parcels for shipping takes only a couple of seconds,” said Al Maurer, Vice President of Operations of Elite Home Products. “We can prepare 1,000 parcels in only 50 minutes, or 8,000 in a single shift, with far fewer people than before.”

“We could not have achieved these things without the Accellos software and WACCG’s commitment and expertise, said Maurer. “With training, our staff was able to execute the new processes quickly and they’re fully on board with the new way of doing things.”

“We are excited about the results Elite Home Products has achieved through the use of their Accellos WMS,” said Michael Cornell, Chairman and CEO at Accellos. “Accellos has a long history of achieving similar results with consumer goods companies like Elite Home Products through the use of our WMS, EDI and shipping products.”

To read the full case study, visit http://accellos.com/elite-home-products/.