DB Schenker: Mobile workstations

As a global leader in the air, land, sea freight and contract transport and logistics industry, DB Schenker is a company we are proud to list amongst our ever-expanding base of satisfied, high profile clients.

DB Schenker Ireland boasts world-class facilities in Dublin, Shannon and Cork; employing in excess of 170 permanent staff.

This Case Study has been provided by our sister company VisionID

 

The Challenge

Warehouse Operator, Wayne Morgan recognised that there were significant inefficiencies in the way in which pallets were received and recorded at his facility.

Protocol involved a manual process of physical movement of staff to the docking area, to collect and pack slips off the pallets, followed by arduous movements back to their workstations to input data and print labels, followed again by a long walk back to the pallet location to physically apply the label to the pallet.

One thing was clear, the employment of Mobile Workstations would end up saving employees time, increasing daily productivity and making more money for the company…which is why they came to us.

Key Features

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Effortless height adjustment to accommodate use while standing / sitting

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Low Friction, anti-static castors

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Smooth, easy-to-clean surfaces

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Various supports for label printers

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Quick and easy PC/screen integration

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Compatible with USFF/USDT PCs and laptops

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Unique battery system housed in small footprint base

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Quick recharge times

The Solution

At the operator’s behest, the business made the initial inquiry for Mobile Workstations to Vision ID and were satisfied with a speedy response and a streamlined approach to implementation of the new system.

Preliminary work, with an aim to the thorough and seamless incorporation of vision ID’s Mobile Workstations into the company’s existing infrastructure, included:

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A site survey

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A product demo

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A quotation

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On-site staff training

The comprehensive, end-to-end solution recommended for DB Schenker was four Mobile Workstations, which were to include hardware, software and on-sire, professional training for the staff.

Now staff are able to bring their workstations with them to the pallet area, scan the items where they stand and print labels instantaneously, on the spot.

The Mobile Workstation then integrates all this information seamlessly and instantly into the company’s existing systems, minimising necessary effort and time spent at every turn.

The Results

For Operator, Wayne the new system has resulted in an undeniable increase in workflow: “From an R.O.I. perspective, we’re saving 3 hours per day, per employee, that’s the equivalent of hiring 1.5 people.”

Wayne also feels that the new system has had a marked, positive impact on staff morale, because it’s so much easier to work with, less walking is necessary and the staff are happy to make use of this state-of-the-art gear.

“It’s easier to work this way, it’s real-time and there’s less human error. It has boosted our efficiency, even with the increased activity on the dock; it’s the best piece of technology we’ve got!” – Wayne Morgan, Warehouse Operator, DB Schenker

Having analysed the financial impact of the new system, the company has established that the business is saving 3 hours a day per employee and, with 4 Mobile Workstations in operation, that amounts to 60 hours per week, that’s the equivalent of 1.5 employees!

What’s more, this efficiency benefit will become more significant, as the number of pallets to be handled is set to increase, with night shifts now also being introduced.

Because we work so extensively with logistics and manufacturing clients, we appreciate the importance of up-time and value for money in a competitive marketplace however, we are also well aware that the technology solutions we deliver need to be backed up by a responsive, professional and expert customer service experience.

We’re proud to say that DB Schenker hold themselves delighted with the service we delivered.

“We have received a second-to-none service from Vision ID and we look forward to an ever strengthening relationship in the future.” Wayne Morgan, Warehouse Operator, DB Schenker.

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