SUPPLY CHAIN

Sona automates warehouse management

BY Dan Berthiaume

Santa Fe Springs, Calif. — Sona Enterprises, a direct wholesaler/distributor of more than 3,000 SKUs to gift shops, travel agencies, camping and hiking outfitters, auto dealerships/parts stores/repair shops, jewelry and convenience stores, has improved upon manual warehouse management procedures using the AcellosOne warehouse management system (WMS). Where previously Sona had relied upon individual warehouse associates stocking its directly sourced private-label goods wherever they fit with minimal tracking or oversight, now the company automates management of receiving, breakdown, putaway, picking and shipping.

Using automated paper-free processes and radio frequency (RF) communications technologies, AcellosOne tracks stock into, out of, and within warehouses, streamlining and verifying processes with each movement. Specific benefits have included picking merchandise within an hour of arrival; minimal training of new associates as compared to the previous multi-month learning curve; no guesswork about product location; and faster and more efficient picking and putaway. In addition, the warehouse handles more orders per day with fewer fulfillment or shipping errors and there is a better view of fast and slow product turns, orders and returns, and stock levels are kept current which enables better purchase decisions.

“The warehouse is well organized and our pickers work fast and error-free by following instructions on their handheld screens,” said Sudeep Patel, IT expert for Sona. “The software is definitely having a major effect on Sona’s business.”

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Lumber Liquidators launches philanthropy blog

BY Staff Writer

Toano, Va. – Lumber Liquidators is launching a blog designed to promote the retailer’s “Lay It Forward” philanthropic program. The blog will share inspirational stories of the various charitable organizations Lumber Liquidators supports through Lay It Forward and also allow visitors to make donations.

“Since our founding, giving back to the communities we serve has been a core principle of Lumber Liquidators,” said Robert M. Lynch, president and CEO of Lumber Liquidators. “The inspiration for Lay It Forward comes from our customers. They choose our hardwood flooring as a long-term investment in their homes. In turn, we give back by investing in charities dedicated to supporting communities for years to come."

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Best Buy exchanges gift certificates for iPads

BY Dan Berthiaume

Minneapolis – Today and tomorrow, Best Buy is running a special promotion where consumers can bring in a working iPad 2 or third-generation iPad and receive a gift card worth $200 or more depending on model and condition of the iPad. As reported by All Things D, returns must be performed at a Best Buy store location and the gift card will be good for in-store or online Best Buy purchases.

All traded-in iPads will be recycled. While Best Buy has not yet issued a formal press release, a company spokesperson told All Things D that Best Buy launched this promotion based on the success of a similar iPhone trade-in event last month and may run similar promotions in the future for devices such as the Samsung Galaxy.

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