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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Impact Products Boosts Warehouse Potential With Interlink

Impact Products, LLC, based in Toledo, Ohio, is an international marketer of branded and private-label non-chemical commercial cleaning, maintenance and safety products. Impact's products includes a full line of microfiber, cleaning/dusting/mopping equipment, receptacles, washroom, dispensing, material handling, gloves, and safety products. Impact utilizes multiple channels of distribution to reach the end user in the sanitary maintenance, food service, safety and industrial markets.

Impact's distribution facility operated in a paper driven environment. Warehouse transactions were not real-time, labor intensive, prone to error and inhibited multi-shift operations. Impact decided improving and automating the warehouse processes with a Warehouse Management System (WMS) would allow for continued growth in the existing facility. Interlink's software, Warehouse-LINK®, offered Impact a warehouse operations solution through the use of desktop applications and Radio Frequency (RF) devices. 

Interlink also developed an order planning function, which enables the user to quickly organize order information in a user customized format. This process affords the user the ability to plan over a future time horizon, direct pick location replenishment and release order processing by individual pick modules - all at the click of a mouse.

The most immediate improvement Impact experienced was the real time processing of transactions within Warehouse-LINK®. The visibility to the entire operation by the management staff has significantly reduced decision making time. The management team is now in more control of the order process and shipping. The shipping team can now see all order details and status of each item throughout the picking process. The ability to seamlessly transition to a multiple shift operation is another significant key feature. Warehouse-LINK® software has eliminated non-value added activities from the legacy system. This resulted in a 17% reduction in warehouse labor. Recent order processing volumes have increased 13% over the same period in the previous year. Said Brian Paul, Vice President of Operations at Impact Products, "Our partnership with Interlink has enabled growth and efficiency that we would not have otherwise been able to accomplish."

To learn more about the Impact Products implementation, visit the Interlink NewsRoom.

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