Dimensioners at the price of a coffee per day

Case Study

How a Road Freight Distribution firm expedited Truck movement through accurate dimensioning?

Industry

Road Freight Distribution

Product

Roller-based Parcel Dimensioner

Process

Inbound Logistics

Use case

Truck Load Management
Revenue recovery

Integration

Transportation Management system
Warehouse Management System

Case Study Summary

The client is a Road freight distribution company who implemented vMeasure at all three of its warehouses to capture accurate parcel dimensions once it is unloaded from the truck.
The vMeasure dimensioner was customized to integrate with a mechanical roller and measure parcels with minimal effort when triggered with a barcode scan and uploaded to their WMS and TMS system.
The implementation of vMeasure allowed the client to dimension the parcels as it was unloaded, which increased the speed of waybill creation by 35%.

Problems faced by the Client

State intracity traffic rules & regulations

Delays in loading, unloading, and waybill creation made it difficult for the truck to comply with state intracity traffic rules & regulations, leading to missed deliveries.

Lowered customer satisfaction

The company could not identify the touchpoint where the parcels get damaged. This lowered customer satisfaction.

Increased logistics & operational costs

The company saw increased logistics & operational costs due to erroneous data from manual measurements and a lack of optimized warehouse storage.

Low parcel throughput

Low parcel throughput created long lines of parcels at the receiving dock waiting to be processed since the workers manually measured the inbound parcels.

Truck capacity

The company did not use the truck capacity since the loads assigned to the truck were not optimized. So, the trucks were either overloaded or underloaded.

Revenue recovery

Wrong DIMs in the waybill led to lower revenue recovery

WMS and TMS integrations

The IT team could not allocate resources to make complex WMS and TMS integrations.

Simplicity and data security weighed

Simplicity and data security weighed in on them for selecting an integration solution.

Not have enough space

They did not have enough space for an additional desktop setup if the dimensioner was installed.

Business Problems
State intracity traffic rules & regulations

Delays in loading, unloading, and waybill creation made it difficult for the truck to comply with state intracity traffic rules & regulations, leading to missed deliveries.

Lowered customer satisfaction

The company could not identify the touchpoint where the parcels get damaged. This lowered customer satisfaction.

Increased logistics & operational costs

The company saw increased logistics & operational costs due to erroneous data from manual measurements and a lack of optimized warehouse storage.

Logistics Problems
Low parcel throughput

Low parcel throughput created long lines of parcels at the receiving dock waiting to be processed since the workers manually measured the inbound parcels.

Truck capacity

The company did not use the truck capacity since the loads assigned to the truck were not optimized. So, the trucks were either overloaded or underloaded.

Revenue recovery

Wrong DIMs in the waybill led to lower revenue recovery

IT Problems
WMS and TMS integrations

The IT team could not allocate resources to make complex WMS and TMS integrations.

Simplicity and data security weighed

Simplicity and data security weighed in on them for selecting an integration solution.

Not have enough space

They did not have enough space for an additional desktop setup if the dimensioner was installed.

Why did the customer choose vMeasure dimensioning machines
over other dimensioners?

vMeasure Dimensioner can cover all the product/SKU sizes which need to be dimensioned within <1 second

The accuracy and repeatability metrics with the Operations teams’ expectations

vMeasure Dimensioner was integrated with the client’s WMS and TMS without impacting the existing physical and electronic processes

The integration allowed them to provide the right dimensions to generate shipping invoices and deploy load management strategies using TMS.

The vMeasure system came with an additional camera to provide a better 3-dimensional view of the parcel and was mounted over a mechanical roller for higher throughput

vMeasure and its partner provided a solution where the Volumizer was fitted with an inverter and lithium battery making it completely mobile and usable in various parts of the warehouse

The company felt vMeasure to be more cost-effective than the rest of the dimensioners

The difference was as much as 60% from vMeasure’s next economical option

Dimensioning Capability

vMeasure Dimensioner can cover all the product/SKU sizes which need to be dimensioned within <1 second

The accuracy and repeatability metrics with the Operations teams’ expectations

Software Integration

vMeasure Dimensioner was integrated with the client’s WMS and TMS without impacting the existing physical and electronic processes

The integration allowed them to provide the right dimensions to generate shipping invoices and deploy load management strategies using TMS.

Hardware Customization

The vMeasure system came with an additional camera to provide a better 3-dimensional view of the parcel and was mounted over a mechanical roller for higher throughput

vMeasure and its partner provided a solution where the Volumizer was fitted with an inverter and lithium battery making it completely mobile and usable in various parts of the warehouse

Cost

The company felt vMeasure to be more cost-effective than the rest of the dimensioners

The difference was as much as 60% from vMeasure’s next economical option

The vMeasure Dimensioning Solution

vMeasure Dimensioning system acts as an entire dimensioning + order verification solution for the client. The following business process was completed using the vMeasure UX on the touch screen
  • The order details, along with the SKUs to be packed for the order, are displayed.
  • The warehouse associate then scans the individual FNSKU to verify.
  • Once all the items are verified using the FNSKU, the warehouse associate then packs the order and places the package on the vMeasure system.
  • The warehouse associate scans the confirmation barcode to trigger the measurement on the vMeasure system.
  • Once the measurement is triggered, the vMeasure system automatically dimensions the package and updates the corresponding data to Ship-Station
  • The vMeasure system returns to the order ID scan screen automatically once the data upload to ShipStation is complete.

How did the client benefit from the vMeasure dimensioning machine?

Truck ran on time leading to improved customer satisfaction

Improved quality control as the company had track of their parcels’ condition through the image capture feature

Reduced the time taken to allocate storage space

Boosted the company’s bottom line by reducing shipping costs with zero capital outlay

Reduced the truck loading time by 30%