Store Receiving HTML

Chain Store Receiving and
Inventory Logistics
The Store Receiving System represents
the integration of logistics inventory
management and distribution with
chain store receiving in a paper free
Integrating merchandising receiving,
distribution, shipment container label-
ing, basic stock replenishment, picking,
contents tracking, merchandise han-
dling into a single system.
A single system that tracks the con-
tents of each shipment container and
its location with a simple barcoded
license plate label.
The shipment container (carton) is
tracked through the facilities of the
organization, third party locations and
interfaced with the transport carrier
systems through the use of a standard
MH10 label.
Specifically implemented for Dylex/
Biway operations where we implement-
ed the system that managed the logis-
tics and transport of a 1.2b retail value
flow across 330+ locations.
Third party workflow interactions includ-
ing the operations of J.D. Smith and
Sons, National Logistics Services (NLS),
Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines (M-O),
Mowat Express, United Parcel Service
(UPS) and Purolator. Operating at the
22k to 33k cases per week at standard
and peak rates over a 10+ year en-
gagement finishing 100% paper free.
With logistics operations segmented by
geography and soft/hard lines product
class, located in Toronto and Montreal
and twice a week scheduled store
delivery the the Store Receiving system
was tasked with the status of in-transit
inventory and the processing of the
physical in-store receiving results.
Our logistics solutions had already been
in place since 1991 which included,
cross dock operations of softlines
distribution, repack and pick to store
operations for soft lines loose load or
expedited carton shipment, and hard
lines distribution to palletized storage
for heavy goods. Originally a manifest
generation solution with outbound
scanning confirmation and further
maturing to an automated conveyor
with overhead scanning and diversion
control for scheduled shipments.
The CapeTown System was interfaced
with the Biway Island Pacific AS/400
system in receipt of inventory
allocation/distributions driven by
warehouse designations and routing
predefinition. Originally driven through
logical printer capture between AS/400
and PC technology and also maturing
to remote shared folder token file
Unique shipment container codes being
in pre-existence the MH10 format
would drive the process through the
carrier’s systems and delivery activities
and provide resultant EDI 210and 214
data (shipment notification and
acknowledgement, invoice data).
Information is communicated to the
store level processing where it is
interfaced with carrier scanned
information for a shipment container
level confirmation of receipt. Detailed
receiving and adjustments at the store
level are supported for contents
verification and additions of missing
items in the communication. This
provided a two staged receiving audit
whereby delivery notification from the
carrier was married against receipt
information returning from the store
receiving operation. In addition, the
predicted receiving was already in
existence at the logistics operations
Store Receiving provided the predicted
path of the goods and the actual
verification of the physical process from
each of these perspectives. Resultant
in-transit and receiving information then
passed back to AS/400 Island Pacific
for a full supply chain inventory update.!
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Warehouse operations supported include, cross
dock labeling and tracking, pick-and-pack order
picking, pick-to-store, wave picking, pick-face
replenishment and palletized inventory storage
and management. Shipment operations and
manifest/bill of lading production are supported
in a manual and automated scanned environ-
ment. With conveyor based overhead scanning
to trailer loading diversion, through an integrated
carrier/trailer scheduling application that sched-
ules chain store deliver loading in a chronologi-
cal fashion for advanced planning.
Carrier Supportive interfaces included, United
Parcel Service (UPS), Purolator, National Logis-
tics Services (DYLEX) Toronto and Montreal,
J.D. Smith and Sons, Mowat Express, Maritime-
Ontario (M-O), Manitoulin Transport.
Dylex IT, Biway IT, NLS IT, REF Retail Systems,
Island Pacific Merchandise Management,
Robertson Electric, RS Materials Handling,
Symbol Technologies, Teklogix, Monarch Mark-
ing, Weber Marking.
The Store Receiving System provided the pa-
perless environment that would allow for ship-
ments to be tracked from the receipt at the
dock, the application of license plate bar code
label, staging for delivery and/or storage, con-
veyance, scan for outbound delivery via over-
head or manual hand scanning and outbound
lane diversion to an awaiting pre-scheduled
This was accomplished with binary search ca-
pabilities across a large store based inventory
combined with a store scan for outbound ship-
ment and scheduling application that would
allow for a planned loading and shipment opera-
tion and communication of pending in-transit
receipts to the store based systems.
Integration of the license plate with carrier
based systems proved for an effective means of
providing the carrier with the necessary informa-
tion for billing and routing compliance within
their internal systems and reflection of EDI and
manual billings for payables processing.
With both manual and overhead omnidirectional
scanning on an automated conveyance and
diversion control materials handling platform,
the system achieves sub-second query and
update performance for lookup and routing
processing of shipment containers/cartons.
Manual scanning support provides exception
and non-route support as well as close-out and
loading start processing.
Electronic Manifesting to destination stores
provides predetermination of carrier/shipment
receipts en-route and in-transit inventory flows
to head office merchandise systems for all in-
ventory movement via carrier from all opera-
tional centres and to all stores irrespective of
geographical disbursement.
Update processing at the store level is achieved
through operator and carrier delivery personnel
scanning operations and interface to store re-
ceiving in-store processor providing a single
scan environment for both the carrier and the
store receiving point.
Paper is completely removed from the supply
chain which includes items such as deliver man-
ifest, carrier bill of lading, proof of delivery, re-
ceiving document and carrier invoice, replaced
with license plate label status updates and loca-
tion information within the system including in-
transit movement, receipt and staging/storage
The Store Receiving and Logistics System rep-
resents the elimination of manual scanning re-
quirements for outbound processing and deliv-
ery manifest and bill of lading report for both
carriers and the receiving point, allowing for
enhanced handling capabilities and shipment
splitting with the removal of batch manifesting
where each shipment container is an indepen-
dent shipment, using the license plate bar code
as its common identifier across disparate sys-
The Store Receiving and Logistics System was
developed with C++ in a Relational Database
SQL environment in support of head office large
data base and large SKU base requirements.
Remote centre support is provided with a mix-
ture of X-Base, Fox-Pro, Clipper and Windows
X-Base supportive applications that operate as
independent solutions which where then inte-
grated into the overall Store Receiving and !
Logistics support system in order to capture
carrier cost and logistics automated loading
efficiencies while also providing a paper free
environment for store based carrier delivery and
receipt operations.
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all rights reserved.
Conveyor Driven Scanning and Diversion
Overhead omni-directional scanner scans the
carton labels to update the loading status of the
shipment container, derive its appropriate lane
diversion based on the loading schedule ensuring
outbound accuracy of shipments.
Store Receiving Operations Interface
Store Receiving Communications Transmissions
and Receiving Processor which integrates logis-
tics facility operations, store receiving information,
carrier delivery and head office in-transit status in
a single operator console application.