F&P Wholesale is a division of the BSS Group, and a specialist distributor of heating, plumbing and sanitary ware products to independent plumbers merchants and appliance outlets. F&P uses the Empirica warehouse management system within its 80,000 sq. ft. national distribution centre in Wakefield, Yorkshire.
The Company recognised that efficient inventory management and order picking were critical to the success of the new distribution centre. The large number of products stocked and the need to introduce next day delivery with a 5.00pm cut-off dictated that a sophisticated solution was required.
Empirica Task-RF, a key module of the WMS suite supports real time task management via mobile RF terminals. Eight terminals will be used in the warehouse, including three by operators of narrow aisle order picking trucks. Additional functions such as inter-depot transfers, order routing, and consolidated depot reporting are also enabled.