Optimization of stocks
The management of BZN BAUSTOFF ZENTRALE NORD decided to introduce the automatic sales and scheduling solution LOGOMATE, which is called MRP within the network. The hagebaumarkt in Esens in the district of Wittmund was the pioneer. After the test phase there, the other markets quickly followed. Until then, the employees had ordered via the in-house merchandise management system. Today, BZN carries 50,000 to 60,000 articles in its own DIY stores. The main objectives of the introduction of LOGOMATE or MRP were the automation of scheduling, the optimization of inventories and the avoidance of out-of-stock situations. This was accompanied by the expectation of higher sales. Orders that had previously been intuitively triggered by employees, which were not always precise, were replaced by precise sales planning.
"With LOGOMATE, we recognize at an early stage when we need to order what quantities."
Orders in combination
The special features of the retail trade include the composite scheduling with some suppliers as well as fixed ordering and delivery days, e.g. at the central warehouse. If the handling speed of the industry is usually not very high, there are quick-turners for the standard product, which are purchased more frequently.
"Since we started working with LOGOMATE, stocks have been stable and sales are increasing."
Quickly better results
Shortly after the changeover to LOGOMATE, inventory management more efficient in the affected markets: “The longer the sites work with the automatic scheduling system, the more stable the stocks and the sales increase,” concludes Janßen. There are fewer seasonal fluctuations in the handling of goods and reduced stock values with better delivery capability. The time factor also played a major role in the switch to LOGOMATE/MRP. Sellers can now process orders much faster and focus more on customers. In practice, some of the employees’ reservations about the new system were quickly removed after those affected realized “that it works,” Janßen recalls. In the meantime, LOGOMATE has prevailed at all locations and has led to “very good results”.
The strengths of LOGOMATE
For BZN, the great strength of LOGOMATE is that all settings down to the smallest base, the respective article, can be reduced. Users can define themselves whether they have an outlier or whether it is, for example, a promotion. In addition, the entire system is very user-friendly and intuitive to use due to its visual similarity to the Windows architecture. BZN has activated the standard functions for all users, so that they can decide for themselves on site which items are to be scheduled.
- apx. 60.000 items
- 20 Locations
- reduced stock with better availability
- LM mobile+ for use at POS