An Installation Case Study with Hoffman Beverage
November 26, 2018
Hoffman Beverage in Chesapeake, Virginia selected Encompass Technologies in February of 2018 as a partner to improve their business operations. Before Hoffman's install began, Brandon Smith, Vice President of Operations, stated four goals they wanted to accomplish within the first six months of implementation:
Improve report accuracy
Reduce employee work time and improve employee efficiency
Increase company productivity
Trust system entirely
In an interview 8 months after go-live, Smith explained all four goals were easily achieved within the first couple of weeks.
Before Encompass, one of Hoffman's main challenges was inaccurate reporting. On their previous solution, different numbers would result when running the same report twice because their RAS and WMS were on separate systems. Also, sales staff were unable to see accurate inventory counts.
After the install, Hoffman immediately saw reporting improvements. Because of the increased accuracy, upper-level management has a solid grasp on operational efficiency from the ground up and is able to take action based on those insights. In addition, Smith can do a lot of his work on the Encompass Mobile app on his phone, which provides access to reports anywhere, anytime.
Savings and Productivity
Since switching to the Encompass system, Hoffman is seeing clear warehouse efficiency improvements. From better inventory visibility to shortening truck closeout time from 2 or 3 hours to 15 minutes, the operation is streamlined and more organized.
Hoffman has experienced key savings in these areas:
A reduction in finished product loss between 50% and 70%, and the ability to identify the source
The ability to easily identify and address customer refusals with reason codes
An increase in picks per hour
Transparent visibility by department/bin
Real-time account-level reporting for salesmen
Increased delivery route efficiency with routing tools, including a reduction of 2 routes since the install
Overall productivity boost
After the first week, Hoffman experienced greater productivity in the warehouse, with immediate time and money savings.
Smith could not speak higher of the fact that Hoffman has full trust in the Encompass system. From pickers to drivers to executives, adopting the new technology was quick and every employee adapted to the system well. Smith explained that once the Encompass install team left Hoffman a week after go-live, they could see the benefits and trusted the whole process.
In Smith's eyes, management trusts the numbers in the system, without a doubt. From actionable reports to real-time information, Smith is confident the system will meet the current and future needs of Hoffman Beverage.
Overall, Hoffman and Encompass continue to work together to drive Hoffman's operational efficiency and effectiveness. Encompass is dedicated to the success of every customer. Hoffman's success is Encompass' success, simple as that.