Customer Corner – Home Appliances
Elanders Americas recently partnered with a major appliance manufacturer to provide supply chain solutions for the owner and installation kits that come with the appliance. These kits include print and non-print materials such as hoses, clamps, and fittings. They can be a single component (e.g. energy tag and warning sticker), or a multifaceted kit with sub-kits and as many as 45 individual pieces forming hundreds of configurations.
The manufacturer’s forecast information is imported into our warehouse management system (WMS) that houses all the BOMs (Bill of Materials). This system automatically translates the demand down to the individual components.
Using the component demand calculations from the WMS, Elanders produces all printed materials, and sources all non-print elements. All components are sent to our fulfillment center where kits are pre-assembled and placed in inventory. Our special bagging machines print part numbers and other information directly on the kit bag providing for precise and expeditious order fulfillment. Standard shipments to the customer’s manufacturing plants are completed weekly.
Because Elanders manages all the printing, sourcing, warehousing, and fulfillment of these kits, our customer benefits through:
- Consolidation of vendors
- Efficiencies of process
- Consistency in quality
- Just-in-time deliveries
- Reduction in overall costs