IntelliTrack, a well-known Inventory, Barcode and RFID expert developed a cost-effective and efficient inventory management solution for the agriculture industry. This is the case of one of IntelliTrack’s clients: a seeds company.
Between January and June, the seeds company could ship approximately 600,000 packets of seeds. These small packets are filled with specific seed from large containers, then packed in thousand boxes to be shipped to agricultural sites in all regions of the country. The information about the location as well as the planting instructions is crucial for the integrity of the test results.
The Seeds Company’s management knew that inefficiencies were costing the company time and money. Their concerns centered on three areas:
- Preparing the packages.
Each box has to be completely and accurately filled with the specific seeds for each test site. The seeds have to arrive at each location within the planting date for that part of the country. Real time, detailed information on the actual seed, how full each box is, and where it is positioned in the shipping sequence is crucial for the success of the tests.
The workers are hired temporary and come from diverse backgrounds. They find difficult to maintain the necessary kind of attention to detail to properly fill the boxes and accurately record the data. At the end of a season, a number of boxes of product are misfiled.
- Shipping the product.
Freight is the most cost effective way to ship. Any delays in filling the boxes and preparing the shipments generate very expensive overnight delivery costs.
The ideal time for planting is different across the country. Therefore, it is important to have the seeds shipped and available on location at these critical times. If seeds packets for a specific location are misplaced and new packets have to be substituted, it takes extra time and labor, especially because the appropriate instructions have to be stapled to each packet. These instruction sheets themselves can cause problems during planting. If they fall into the chute along with the seed, they end up plugging the chutes of hundred thousand dollar planters while in the field. Lost time and expensive repairs have a major impact on the bottom line.
The IntelliTrack Solution
IntelliTrack was able to implement a cost-effective and efficient inventory management solution for the seeds companies in the agriculture industry.
- A unique barcode describing the details of the packet is printed on each envelope.
- A unique barcode identifying the box is printed and attached to each box.
- When workers prepare the packages for shipping, they use handheld wireless computers to scan both the packet and the box.
- IntelliTrack’s inventory software captures all the packet and box data in real time and validates if the packet belongs with the box.
- The consolidated inventory makes it easy to search, locate, and pack exactly the right product in the box destined for a particular agricultural site.
The inventory software from IntelliTrack has proven itself to be the ideal solution for the seeds companies’ operational and financial concerns.
Even after the first season of operation, the IntelliTrack inventory management system provided impressive results:
- Preparing the product.
Workers operating scanners on the floor were impressed with the ease of operation and the accuracy they were now able to achieve. Labor and other efficiencies resulted in a monthly saving of nearly $60,000, off setting implementation costs of scanners. By the end of season, the number of boxes that were misfiled or otherwise mismanaged was drastically reduced.
- Shipping the product.
A more efficient and accurate packing process eliminated the need for expedited delivery, significantly reducing transportation costs.
The end user customers who actually planted the seed were pleased to have the correct product shipped in the right quantity, at the right time.
The Seeds Company and IntelliTrack continue to work together to implement even more efficiencies in this tracking system. IntelliTrack has once again provided a solution which allows the client to be confident in managing its inventory in a complex environment.
To find out more about how IntelliTrack can help your company in better managing its inventory, call us at 888-583-3008, or visit us at www.IntelliTrack.net.