ASKO a.s. has been active on the market since 1991 and is a frontrunner in the wood processing industry, currently occupying the leading position among wooden material distributors in the Czech Republic. The firm has a turnover in excess of 1 billion CZK (54.9 million USD), employs a workforce of more than 100 individuals and deals with both Czech and global clients. It delivers wood to many construction companies and traders, and some of its largest clients represent "hobby markets" like Hornbach, OBI and Baumarkt. The registered office of the company is in Prague 10 Uhříněves, the location of the 17,000-sqm main warehouse site where KODYS HighJump WMS is in operation.
Due to the continual increase in the quantities of goods that ASKO stores and distributes, volumes of product passing through the warehouse would often be too large for even the most experienced warehouse worker to manage. Bottlenecks such as this gave rise to the need for a more effective record-keeping system as well as the automated control of warehouse processes, goods preparation and dispatching. The ultimate objective in applying these improvements was to increase efficiency and accuracy, decrease error rates and implement traceability.
HighJump European partner KODYS was able to provide not only the delivery of equipment, but a comprehensive service that included the implementation of software, data integration to ASKO’s existing ERP, Helios Green, and ongoing support and service. The complete KODYS solution consisted of the implementation of the HighJump warehouse management system, wireless networks, MC9060-G mobile terminals with Wi-Fi communication and Zebra Z4M and Z6M thermal-transfer bar code printers.
Receiving and Storage
When the shipment arrives at the ASKO warehouse site, all technologies are fully prepared and waiting. The warehouse team employs portable terminals running HighJump WMS, allowing them uninterrupted access to critical data from anywhere on premises.
First, the employee chooses a sales order from the ERP system. The ERP then issues a request for goods to the HighJump WMS according to the requirements of the order, through the incorporated data interface. Once the Operating Department puts this document into the shipping process, the operator promptly identifies it through a portable terminal and reserves the warehouse stock for shipping. The system then builds an optimized picking path for all goods listed on the order, and labels for marking the packages are printed automatically.
The last phase of the logistics process managed by HighJump WMS is shipping. During the loading of goods, the warehouse operator uses the portable terminal to read bar code labels on packages awaiting shipment. The WMS then traces the flow of material by means of the dispatcher interface. This function plays an important role in gathering statistics on the flow and status of goods, as well as tracing the details concerning any potential claim.
After implementation, the warehouse managers of ASKO calculated that the volume of claims due to erroneous deliveries (replacement) and undelivered goods significantly decreased. Simultaneously, the time necessary for the preparation of goods for sales orders decreased. Warehouse workers now know exactly where to look for goods, using portable terminals to navigate accurately to the desired storage areas. Ing. Kamila Pichrtová, IT and Logistics Manager, says, "Thanks to HighJump, we really have a detailed overview of the warehouse. We can easily trace the flow of goods and to respond faster to the requirements of our clients."
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