New component for the logistics of "HERMES"
As a freelancer, I spend a lot of time developing ideas and presenting small but efficient solutions to companies. Here is one of them.
There are often delays when picking up the parcels in HERMES shops or when visiting them. The process of searching for the shipment by the employee is sometimes time-consuming and stressful. Especially in high-traffic shops such as a gas station, with constantly changing staff, the ongoing operation comes to a standstill. At the expense of the customers.
But business operations also falter here. If you look at the profit margin that a parcel shop operator receives in return, customers often have to wait longer than before. Of course, you can't just talk about the kind of concept that HERMES operates today. A kit that has not been further developed.
The problem of storing packages in shops:
The solution ! Shelf systems with compartment numbers individually adapted to each shop.
With software support and a hand scanner, the packages can be found more quickly.
In preparation: ( ROAD-MAP )
HERMES informs all partners about the new type of logistics.
Individual stores provide photos and dimensions of the premises where shipments are stored. In most cases, these are small storage rooms.
Every HERMES Parcel Shop can now agree to a conversion and an individual adjustment.
Of course, this was preceded by the creation of a product video, which essentially represents the function and structure. All owners can watch this video.
A team from the Hermes Logistics Group set up especially for this project will implement the whole thing.
You can use statistics to see how many each HERMES Parcel Shop nationwide processes each week. To name a number, an average of 200 packages is a good number. In this way, HERMES can filter the large acceptance points during planning. Businesses with little package processing are initially on the sidelines.
The shelves can hold e.g. 30-100 shipments, for the size of the compartments you can use the packing stations as a guide. Exact figures can also be found here using statistics. Unfortunately I do not have all the data available.
The shelves could be provided in the form of a plug-in system, with adjustable compartments. Each compartment then carries a number 1-100.
(Pluggable = reusable = sustainable) With the agreement of the HERMES Parcel Shops owners, the shelving system can then be installed yourself or a regional external service provider can be commissioned to do so.
On its own initiative, the Hermes Parcel Shop naturally receives compensation in the form of a bonus. 100 packages free or something!
Now comes the area where the actual comfort and time saving is to be emphasized.
The software must be adjusted so that the compartment with the number appears on the display each time a shipment is picked up. The employee can go straight to the compartment and remove the item without having to search for it. Of course, the address of the sender and recipient must be checked again here.
From a logistical point of view, this means A) the shelving systems must all be built according to a scheme, and have the same minimum number of compartments. B) The individual actual package sizes are then determined when they are recorded on the logistics route. The corresponding compartment size is then added somewhere in the routing code. This data record is then compared with the system software and the hand-held scanner. C) The HERMES messenger comes with his Sprinter and will not simply unload the packages and leave them in front of the owner, as was previously the case. It would be like that with the new system. The HERMES messenger brings all the packages to the storage room, scans each package individually and assigns the compartments to each package as shown on the hand-held scanner. Hand scanner shows package compartment 10 after scanning and you put the package in there. This is clean logistics down to the last interface. It's easier after that. Simple is a good thing.
Parcels go in, compartments fill up, stocks in the compartments become smaller in the hand-held scanner. The other way around, of course, the same. Parcels are picked up by the customer, and the hand-held scanner synchronously registers that another compartment has become empty.
In this way, a round operational process is created on both sides. The Hermes Parcel Shop can now issue and receive goods in a targeted and orderly manner.
I see another advantage in the fact that all sorts of HERMES Parcel Shops that have not yet been willing to become partners, that such an addition creates new incentives. In practice, this means many new partnerships in a constantly growing market. Growing market means
also, by the way, increase in storage capacity.
In principle, the entire process of the HERMES logistics group is sensibly supplemented with just one component.