Operations Manager Tony Edmundsson at Løvenskiold Logistikk, pictured here with Ali Zeybek, Sales Manager at Consafe Logistics.
Løvenskiold Logistikk: Switching to a 1-shift system with Astro WMS
“In early February this year, Løvenskiold Logistikk switched from a 2-shift system to a 1-shift system. Astro WMS from Consafe Logistics has provided us with important assistance, helping us to streamline picking procedures by 15% and making this change possible,” says operations manager Tony Edmundsson. The upgrade to a new version took place in 2016.
“Without the consultancy team at Consafe Logistics and our own staff, we would have had problems with implementing all the streamlining measures,” says Edmundsson. He states that Løvenskiold Logistikk has been using Astro WMS since 2004. “The system has improved our stock procedures and saved all the hassle and annoyance of our manual picking procedures. Automated stock processes and real-time information give us control over our product range. This will make us more competitive and place us in a better position for future growth,” he indicates.
- Astro WMS has improved our stock procedures and saved on the hassle and annoyance of our manual picking procedures,” says operations manager Tony Edmundsson at Løvenskiold Logistikk
Modern logistics centre
Løvenskiold Logistikk is a modern logistics centre using advanced stock control and information technology to streamline its customers’ lives. The company stocks around 10,000 items from 200 suppliers. The central warehouse in Fossum, Bærum is the most efficient logistics centre in the industry. It is 21,000 sq m. in area and serves more than 400 customers all over the country, offering outstanding levels of service. Løvenskiold Logistikk is part of Løvenskiold Handel, which serves all Maxbo stores. The company also has partnership agreements with other chains and independent customers.
Shift work reduces quality of life
On 1 February, Løvenskiold Logistikk switched from a 2-shift system to a 1-shift system. “We have been running a 2-shift system from 6am to 11pm for the past 15 years. Our operating hours have now been reduced and run from 6am to 6pm instead. We have already noticed how our warehouse operators have more energy when they come to work now that they no longer have to work shifts. Our aim is to reduce sick leave and meet statutory HSE requirements,” says Edmundsson. “In Greater Oslo, the lead time from ordering items until they appear on shelves in Maxbo stores is eight hours, ensuring that they never run out of goods.”
15 per cent less time spent on picking
“Our partnership with the consultants at Consafe Logistics is crucial for projects of this kind. We faced several problems during the project design phase, and we wanted to resolve these. We held regular meetings where we debated different subjects. We wanted to improve stock flows, change layouts and work out how to overcome time-wasting tasks. We divided goods into A, B, C and D items. One important measure involved moving A and B items to an area 40 per cent smaller where we were still able to pick 80 per cent of our total goods flow. These measures have reduced distances driven at the warehouse and reduced picking times by 15 per cent.”
Reduced training time
“Astro WMS O2 has helped us to reduce the need for part-time staff, while reducing the amount of time needed for system training from 2 days to 4 hours. This has saved us lots of time and resources, while considerably improving the quality of outgoing goods compared with previously.”
- Our partnership with the consultants at Consafe Logistics is crucial for projects of this kind,” says operations manager Tony Edmundsson at Løvenskiold Logistikk
Return on investment for the WMS system
When asked how much was invested in the latest version of Astro WMS, Edmundsson had this to say. “We invested around NOK 500,000, which included ABCD classification of goods into different warehouse zones, housing our server park, streamlining picking processes and unloading. We saw a return on our investment in just six months.”