The role of Dimensioning Systems in Inventory Accuracy

June 19th, 2023

Dimensioning Systems

Efficient inventory management lie at the heart of successful warehousing, supply chain operations, and order fulfilment. As businesses strive for greater operations excellence, the need for accurate inventory records becomes increasingly vital. In this article, we will delve into the critical role of dimensioning systems such as Cubiscan, and particularly Parcelcube in addressing the common challenges faced in inventory management. These advanced systems offer innovative solutions that revolutionise the way businesses tackle inconsistent tracking, warehouse efficiency, inaccurate data, changing demand, limited viability, manual documentation, and other pressing issues.

Inconsistent Tracking and Warehouse Efficiency

Maintaining accurate tracking of inventory items is a significant challenge in many warehouses. Traditional methods relying on manual counting and measurements are prone to errors, leading to inconsistencies and inefficiencies. Dimensioning Systems provide a game-changing solution by automating the process of capturing item dimensions and weight. With the ability to accurately measure and track items, these systems enhance the overall efficiency of warehouse operations. By automating data collection, they significantly reduce the time spent on manual tasks, allowing employees to focus on more value-added activities.

Real-World Example

American Sportwear Group, the exclusive distributor of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein for Latin America, faced a common challenge shared by many companies after the implementation of dimensional weight pricing in 2015. They needed a cost-effective and efficient solution to collect dimensions and weight for their extensive inventory of over 100,000 SKUs. In their pursuit of optimisation, American Sportswear implemented the Parcelcube mobile dimensioning system, leading to significant improvement in their warehouse operations.

The introduction of dimensional weight pricing posed a pressing challenge for American Sportswear Group. They needed to collect dimensions and weigh data quickly and accurately for their vast inventory while ensuring cost-effectiveness. This data was crucial for optimising picking and storage operations, as well as determining accurate shipping costs. Manual measurement processes were time-consuming, prone to errors, and hindered operations efficiency.

American Sportswear Group decided to adopt the Parcelcube dimensioning system for their warehouse inventory operations. This innovative solution provided a mobile dimensioning system, including a cart and batteries, enabling efficient and precise collection of dimensions and weight. Moreover, the system seamlessly integrated with their existing Warehouse Management System (WMS), ensuring smooth data integration, and reducing implementation challenges.

The implementation of Parcelcube brought about significant improvements in American Sportswear Group’s warehouse operations. Absalon Villareal, the Operations Manager, testified to the system’s effectiveness, stating that they could effortlessly collect dimensions and weight for more than 100,000 SKUs in their warehouse. The benefits they experience were as follows:

  • Increased Efficiency: By eliminating manual measurement process, American Sportswear Group improved the speed and accuracy of their inventory management. The dimensioning system provided instant and accurate measurements, reducing handling time and minimising errors.
  • Enhanced Picking and Storage Operations: The availability of precise dimensions and weight data allowed American Sportswear Group to optimise their picking and storage processes. With accurate information about each SKU’s sizes and weight, they could make informed decisions on storage allocation, reducing wasted space and improving inventory management.
  • Streamlined Shipping Operations: Accurate dimensional data facilitated more precise shipping cost calculations, reducing the risk of undercharging or overcharging customers. By incorporating the dimensioning system into their WMS, American Sportswear Group automated the shipping process, eliminating manual data entry and ensuring consistency and accuracy.
  • Seamless Integration: Parcelcube dimensioning system seamlessly integrated into American Sportswear Group’s existing WMS. The simplicity of use and efficient integration minimised disruptions during implementation, enabling the company to quickly leverage the benefits of the system.

American Sportswear Group successfully tackled the challenge of quickly and cost-effectively collecting dimensions and weight for their extensive inventory through the adoption of Parcelcube’s dimensioning system. By implementing this innovative solution, they improved their warehouse operations, including picking, storage, and shipping processes. The accurate and efficient collection of dimensions and weight data led to increased efficiency, optimised resource allocation, and enhanced customer satisfaction. American Sportswear Group’s experience serves as a testament to the effectiveness of the Parcelcube dimensioning system in overcoming the challenges posed by dimensional weight pricing and streamlining warehouse operations.

Inaccurate Data and Changing Demand

Inaccurate inventory data can wreak havoc on a business, leading to lost sales, dissatisfied customers, and costly disruption in the supply chain. Dimensioning systems provide real-time, accurate data on item dimensions, weight, and volume. This data can be seamlessly integrated with inventory management systems, ensuring precise inventory records, and enabling businesses to respond swiftly to changing demand. By having an accurate view of available stock, companies can optimise procurement, minimise stockouts, and maintain customer satisfaction.

Real-World Example

Hasbro Ltd, one of the largest toys manufactures globally. Hasbro was in search of a cost-effective and high-quality alternative to their existing Cubiscan CS100 dimensioning system for their inbound warehouse operations in Newport, UK.

The challenge which Hasbro Ltd, a renowned toy manufacture,  was facing were that they needed an alternative dimensioning solution for their inbound warehouse operations in Newport, UK. They were previously using Cubiscan’s CS100 dimensioning system but sought a more cost-effective option without compromising on quality. Accurate and efficient dimensioning was crucial to their daily processes and optimising their warehouse operations.

To overcome this challenge, Hasbro UK decided to adopt Parcelcube’s dimensioning system as an alternative to their existing system. This choice was based on the machine’s cost-effectiveness and high-quality performance. Parcelcube provided the required features and functionality to meet Hasbro’s dimensioning needs for their inbound warehouse operations.

The implementation of Parcelcube’s dimensioning system yielded significant benefits for Hasbro UK. Chris, the warehouse Operations Manager, expressed his satisfaction with the system and the customer service provided by Parcelcube. The notable results achieved are as followers:

  • Cost-effectiveness: Parcelcube’s dimensioning system proved to be a cost-effective solution for Hasbro’s needs. It offered a balance between price and performance, allowing them to optimise their warehouse operations without exceeding their budget.
  • Integral Role in Inbound Processes: Parcelcube’s machine seamlessly integrated into Hasbro’s daily inbound processes. It became an essential tool in accurately dimensioning incoming items, enabling efficient inventory management and resource allocation.
  • Support and Professionalism: Parcelcube demonstrated excellent support and professionalism throughout the purchasing and implementation process. Hasbro appreciated the level of service provided by Parcelcube, which further contributed to their positive experience with the system.
  • Recommendation for Similar Requirements: Chris, the Warehouse Operations Manager, expressed his confidence in recommending the Parcelcube dimensioning system to warehouse with similar requirements. Hasbro’s positive experience serves as a testament to the system’s effectiveness and suitability for inbound warehouse operations.

Hasbro UK’s successful implementation of Parcelcube’s dimensioning system significantly improved their inbound warehouse operations. The system provided a cost-effective and high-quality alternative to their previous dimensioning solution. The accurate and efficient dimensioning capabilities of Parcelcube’s machine enhanced Hasbro’s daily processes and streamlined their inventory management. The positive testimonial from Hasbro demonstrates the value and effectiveness of Parcelcube’s dimensioning system for warehouse operations,

Limited Visibility and Manual Documentation:

Traditional inventory management processes often suffer from limited visibility, making it challenging to obtain a comprehensive view of stock levels and warehouse capacity. Dimensioning systems offer enhanced viability by capturing detailed item data, including dimensions, weight, and volume. This information enables businesses to optimise warehouse space, streamline storage allocation, and improve overall space utilisation. Moreover, dimensioning system generate automated documentation, reducing manual data entry and minimising the risk of human errors.

Consequences of Inaccurate Inventory Records

Inaccurate inventory records can have severe consequences for businesses. Excessive stock can tie up working capital and lead to obsolescence, while insufficient stock can result in lost sales and dissatisfied customers. Dimensioning systems mitigate these risks by providing accurate and up-to-date inventory data. With precise insights, businesses can make informed decisions about stock replenishment, identify slow-moving or obsolete items, ad maintain optimal inventory levels, ultimately improving profitability and customer satisfaction.

Dimensioning Systems offered by Cubiscan, and Parcelcube have emerged as indispensable tools in the realm of inventory management. By addressing common challenges like inconsistent tracking, warehouse efficiency, inaccurate data, changing demand, limited viability, and manual documentation, these systems revolutionise the way businesses handle their inventory operations.

As Reflex Systems, Parcelcube’s exclusive UK distributor, and your newly found knowledge of how dimensioning systems can undoubtedly improve your warehouse operations. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to greatly improve your supply chain operations! Contact us today to learn more about our cutting-edge dimensioning solutions and how they can enhance your efficiency and profitability. Take the first step towards optimised logistics and improved customer satisfaction by stepping up with Parcelcube!

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