Santa Is Just Six Months Away – Prepare with Manufacturing Automation Solutions
The temperature outside may be soaring, but Santa’s sleigh is already getting ready for its flight in a few short months. Manufacturers know that summer is the peak time to produce goods available for sale in the Christmas season.
Last year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday set new records by making Black Friday 2016 the first day in retail history that mobile sales passed the $1 billion mark (swiftly following that up with another $1+ billion day in mobile sales on Cyber Monday), they also set a new record on Cyber Monday by spending a total of $3.45 billion. However, even with all these purchases, only 9% of buyers finished their shopping during the retail push and 23% of buyers admitted they still had a substantial amount left to purchase for the holidays.
Meet your retail partners’ needs and last-minute consumers’ needs by keeping your plant at high capacity now and throughout the holiday season. ONE by Scanco and ACS can help.
Faster Shipping for Last Minute Shoppers
Last-minute shopping used to affect only a small portion of shoppers, but the busy lifestyles of most people today mean that gift shopping is often completed online and with the expectation of speedy delivery. Between Amazon’s Two-Day Prime Shipping, overnight services, and other fast delivery options, consumers expect miracles when they shop at the last minute.
While having extra inventory around “just in case” you need it for those last-minute shoppers isn’t ideal, some flexibility in your production and inventory is necessary to meet such demand. How do you develop that flexibility? With manufacturing automation solutions such as ONE by Scanco and ACS.
Not only can such manufacturing automation solutions speed up time to market, they can cut down on mistakes and improve inventory management, too.
If you’re curious about what it takes to add manufacturing automation solutions to your existing system, the following outline of the implementation process can help you understand what this entails.
Implementation Checklist for Adding Manufacturing Automation Solutions
The implementation checklist for adding manufacturing automation solutions includes several steps that, when taken with the right software vendor, can help you add solutions quickly to your existing system.
- Business Consultation
A business consultation starts the manufacturing automation solution on the right footing. In this part of the process, we’ll discuss with your your company’s needs and how we can meet them. We’ll go over your expectations, timeline, budget and more to create a project plan to implement your manufacturing automation solution. This is usually completed by phone.
- RFID Assessment and Discover Phase
If, after our phone conversation, you feel that a ONE by Scanco and ACS solution is right for you, we’ll meet at your facilities to learn more about how you work and if your location can properly utilize and transmit necessary radio frequency waves (for RFID scanners) and access the cloud for real-time data updates.
After this meeting, we’ll come back to you with recommendations for manufacturing automation solutions that work for your company. Our recommendations include details on the solution and how it can be implemented in your company.
This stage involves software installations for mobile scanners and desktop/laptop programs, as well as custom code that ensures seamless integration with all your ERP software, add-ons, and custom code. We will work closely with your ERP reseller and your third-party independent software vendors (ISVs) during this step.
Testing is an important part of the process that helps ensure everything is functioning properly. In this stage, we test the system in a number of scenarios so that we can make sure it works seamlessly no matter how busy you get. We want to be sure that the solution enhances speed and that any unforeseen glitches are caught and fixed.
This phase helps everyone on your staff learn how to use the new system. While manufacturing automation solutions today tend to be easy to learn and use, some training is still a good idea to get the most out of your new system.
This is probably your favorite step in the process—launch time! This is the day when the solution goes live at your company. It’s the day you’ve worked towards and one worthy of celebration.
This is probably your favorite step in the process – launch time! This is the day when the solution goes live at your company. It’s the day you’ve worked toward and one worthy of celebration.
ONE by Scanco and ACS
ONE by Scanco and ACS can help you with manufacturing automation solutions that fit your company’s needs. If you’re ready to explore your options for faster, better shipping and mobile warehouse solutions, check out ONE by Scanco and ACS. To learn more, visit ONE by Scanco and ACS.