Westinghouse Lighting

Growing Through eFulfillment

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Sectors
Industry/Manufacturing

Context

Company Overview

Westinghouse Lighting is a family-owned business that was started in 1946 and is driven by the power of an American brand - Westinghouse. Westinghouse Lighting carries a full line of light bulbs, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and lighting accessories. New lighting technologies, changing energy/compliance regulations and a need for consumer education has raised the bar in the lighting industry. Westinghouse Lighting Corporation currently operates two facilities in Philadelphia, PA, 120,000 sq. ft. and in Chino, CA, 137,000 sq. ft.

Challenges

  • Paper-based warehouse operations resulting in inefficiencies 

  • Real time inventory feeds 

  • Picking efficiency and accuracy 

  • Fulfilling Amazon orders 

  • Rapid growth through efulfillment for stores such as Amazon, Wayfair, Build.com and Overstock.com 

  • Low on automation

Solution
  • A flexible WMS that can accommodate Westinghouse Lighting growing needs especially in the efulfillment area 

  • Integration with a third-party software eShip

Results
  • Gained capabilities allowing the company to accommodate a growing share of efulfillment customers such as Amazon, Wayfair, Build.com, Overstock.com 

  • Pickers have increased productivity and reduced picking errors 

  • Increased productivity by eliminating the need for paperwork and manual movement entry for put-away and other movements 

  • Increased Westinghouse’s sales volumes and market share 

  • Achieved significant reduction of processing time in the operations 

  • Automated put away, movement and replenishment 

  • Improved inventory accuracy 

  • Elimination of year-end physical inventory count by utilizing cycle-count functionality

 

WMS SOLOCHAIN from Generix has enabled our distribution centers to become more productive, reduce errors, and benefit from the real time aspect of RF scanning equipment. This has given us flexibility and allowed our operations to meet the challenges of serving multi-channel customers with rapid responses to the ever-changing demands of the marketplace. By moving to a paperless RF environment, we have also significantly reduced our paper demands, which is beneficial to the environment.”

Frank Heinze,
Senior Director of North American Operations, Westinghouse Lighting

 

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