12 May Supporting Technicolor with peak period
Worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector Technicolor, has signed a deal with imio to support the delivery of a semi-automated pack and despatch solution.
imio-PACK, a flexible and smart warehouse packing software platform, will enable the adoption of semi-automated ecommerce fulfilment at Technicolor’s warehouse in Rugby to support staff shortages.
Due to recent growth in its distribution business, Technicolor has chosen to introduce imio-PACK as it prepares for a significant increase in its order volumes in 2020. As part of the project, Technicolor expects that order productivity levels will treble as seen in Pets at Home’s recent installation at its Northampton Distribution Centre.
In order to deliver during peak periods and answer labour shortages within the sector, a combination of automation and intelligent software will be implemented. In collaboration with Automated Packaging Systems (APS), the project will see the delivery of five Autobag PS125 machines, semi-automating the process of packing, label printing and application, concluding with order sealing.
imio-PACK’s simple user interface (UI) manages packing and labelling processes, delivering efficiencies for ecommerce order fulfilment. Launched to market at the beginning of 2019, imio-PACK offers an integrated solution for automated, semi-automated and manual packing fulfilment processes.
Marcus Uprichard, Head of Business Development at imio says: “imio-PACK is a flexible solution for any warehouse packing function, and we are very excited to see it deliver results for a market leading business like Technicolor. imio-PACK will create a streamlined packing process, improving packing rates, reducing errors and staff training times – perfect for businesses looking to maximise existing staff productivity during peak times.”
Once implemented Technicolor will be capable of fulfilling all UK ecommerce orders during peak periods at five work stations, using one operative per station, per shift:
Ecommerce fulfilment is affected most by seasonal and market-related spikes in sales. The imio-PACK solution ensures that we can continue to fulfil orders during these periods, mitigating against short-term recruitment and training requirements.
“It is anticipated that imio-PACK will increase our throughput rate and allow traceability of our packing and despatch function, through order completion, audit trails and outstanding order reports, which will significantly improve our visibility of day-to-day operations.”