WiFi-integration increases speed and accuracy in distrubution centre Nelson

With the implementation of a new Wifi network and the acquisition of mobile computers Nelson has strongly improved their efficiency in the new distribution centre.



Mobile scanning in the fashion sector

Dutch shoe retailer Nelson Schoenen’s continual rate of expansion had put immense pressure on the company’s warehouse operations, not least in terms of storage space. With the owners keen to continue along their path to growth in the years ahead by opening numerous new stores and expanding the company’s webshop, the time was ripe for relocation to new premises – and this presented the ideal opportunity for considerable efficiency gains through automation too. The recent implementation of 14 Denso wireles barcode scanners has enabled the company to shave a whole day off its standard delivery times to its retail stores, thus reducing out of stocks and improving its service to consumers. Meanwhile, integrating the terminals with Nelson’s ERP system through a new WiFi network has dramatically improved the speed and cost efficiency of the company’s logistics processes.

Seen from the road, the new Nelson Schoenen building appears very much ‘under construction’, although it’s not hard to imagine how the glass-fronted headquarters will look once work is completed in mid-April 2012. At the rear of the building, however, the newly laid car park with its five loading bays provides a hint of what is inside: a spacious and ultramodern distribution centre, where thousands of pairs of shoes are received, sorted, stored and dispatched every day.