2005 Supply & Demand Chain 100 Case Study  Royal Appliance Mgf. Co. / Hy-Tek Material Handling, Inc.

Profiles in Supply Chain Enablement: A leading appliance manufacturer reduces DC labor costs 70 percent without affecting productivity

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  • Labor has decreased by 70 percent as the staffing need has been reduced from 22 full-time to five full-time operators, with optimum container rates still being met.

  • Ergonomic risk has been reduced through lessened physical requirements by human operators.

  • Reliance on temporary staffing has been eliminated.

  • Training costs have been reduced.

  • Reliability has increased.

  • Quality control has increased.

  • Product damage has decreased.

  • New distribution logistics have expanded Royal's capacity for meeting strategic goals of new product start-ups and its Concept to Consumer project.
For more stories of successful supply chain implementations, read the "2005 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100" article in the June/July 2005 issue of the magazine. Also watch the Today's Headlines section of SDCExec.com every Tuesday and Thursday for more in depth best practices drawn from this year's Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100.