SUPPLY CHAIN

Cabela’s improves throughput, lowers costs with robotic pallets

BY Dan Berthiaume

Pittsburgh – Cabela’s Inc. has seen improvement in throughput and saved on operating costs since implementing the use of Seegrid’s unmanned robotic pallet trucks at its Wheeling, W.Va., distribution center in July 2010. The retailer has used Seegrid robots to reduce manned long haul transports, handle a high variety of product flow and provide flexibility to change routes.

In addition, Seegrid robots have streamlined Cabela’s process flow through centralized route management and improved dock-to-stock timing, as the retailer now partners its delivery process with the use of the robots. Cabela’s says the robotic pallet trucks have increased operational efficiency by improving receipt to putaway time, optimizing product flow and reducing labor costs.

“We introduced Seegrid’s unmanned units into our current environment alongside our present delivery process, which afforded us the opportunity to forego any future acquisition needs at our location to support a manned unit in our basic stocking and replenishment activities,” said Aaron Purman, Cabela’s operations manager. “Seegrid robots provided Cabela’s with the cost savings solution we needed.”

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Spencer Gifts selects Agilence for exception reporting

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mt. Laurel, N.J. – Spencer Gifts, LLC will deploy Retail 20/20 exception-based reporting technology from Agilence. Spencer Gifts plans to use the Retail 20/20 solution to build complex reports and dashboards and obtain near real-time visibility into store operations.

"After evaluating multiple solutions, Agilence was the only company that was able to handle our unique environment and offer the flexibility to expand to meet the demands of our 1,000 additional seasonal locations," said Scott Terrell, divisional VP of asset and risk management, Spencer Gifts.

The retailer operates more than 600 permanent Spencer Gifts locations and more than 1,000 seasonal Spirit Halloween locations.

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Tiffany names new design director

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Tiffany has appointed Francesca Amfitheatrof as design director effective immediately. She will oversee design of all Tiffany product categories.

Amfitheatrof’s background is as a jewelry designer and silversmith. Her designs have been sold internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Colette in Paris.

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