Great Lakes Foods stocks 18,000 dry and perishable food items in 270,000 square feet of warehouse space in Menominee, Michigan. For more than half a century, this food distributor has been serving independent grocers in Wisconsin and Michigan. While the company has continued to grow, some of its technology had gone stale.
Receiving and picking was handled manually. Orders were printed out, and receivers circled items and made notes on the sheets. The information was then keyed into the inventory system.
Picking was done similarly. Armed with a stack of preprinted labels, pickers had to manually check the product codes on the packages to the ones on the orders. It was a time-consuming process that left far too much room for errors.Read More