Woolworths Onwards and upwards
Taking things to the next level as usual is Woolworths, aka The Dapper One, which has hooked itself up with something called a Retail Advantage solution from a business known rather excitingly as HighJump. Woolies, you see, finds itself in the tricky, if enviable, position of having its stores increasingly doubling as fulfilment centres for online orders, and this requires some fancy footwork supply chain-wise. Retail Advantage offers a picking solution which will help Woolies reduce the number of times an item is handled, and eliminate inefficient and archaic paper records in the system, making better use of its time, space and human capital. This in turn will help the retailer standardise its processes and increase productivity. To complement the system, the business has also invested in the requisite hardware, including cool-crates, custom trolleys and wearable scanners, bringing all the mod cons of an up-to-the-minute DC into the store.
Comment: Brilliant stuff, which takes us back to the glory days of Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), a visionary movement which has had much to do with the shape of the modern supply chain.