April 30, 2014 – T.F. Kinnealey, a leading meat processor and distributor with distribution throughout all of the New England states, and Computer Associates, Inc. (CAI) a provider of ERP software and technology solutions to the meat and specialty food processing industry, today announced that T.F. Kinnealey has implemented CAI’s wireless Warehouse Management System (WMS) to improve operational efficiency.
Integrated within CAI’s ProVisions ERP software, the warehouse management uses special software tools, wireless networking technology and ruggedized hand-held computers to provide real-time access to information from key points in your supply chain—from the factory to the floor to the field. By facilitating data collection, communication and collaboration, the WMS system facilitates faster decision-making and increased productivity.
Joe Kinnealey, Treasurer for T.F. Kinnealey said, “Before we deployed the ProVisions WMS, we knew that we were spending a lot of unnecessary time tracking the movement of material and, worse, we weren’t always certain that we had sufficient materials on hand to make products we needed to make. We also wanted a solution that would ensure that funds weren’t tied up in unnecessary materials and that would allow us to order only enough materials to meet customer demand.”
The company realized there were more efficient ways to do things and felt that, based on its current processes, a solution would likely pay for itself in a short period of time. The company approached CAI and outlined a warehouse management solution that would solve these issues while being fully integrated with Kinnealey’s ERP software. “The result was a wireless solution that has really optimized our receiving, material movement and transfers, picking for sales orders, truck loading, physical inventory and cycle counts,” Kinnealey said. “We’re already in the black.”
The ProVisions WMS solution has enabled T.F. Kinnealey to significantly improve the accuracy of its production, warehousing and delivery operations. “We been able to reduce inventory levels and manage costs by providing tighter control of stock,” Kinnealey added.
As product is received at the loading area, the receiving document’s purchase order number is scanned and entered into the hand-held device. The label on each case or pallet is also scanned. This process allows for accurate capture of both the received unit count and specific weight information. In addition, the location in the warehouse can be scanned during put away which provides for an accurate count by units and pounds at each physical location.
For product allocated for additional processing, the picker scans a barcode on the production order and the data is captured in the hand-held device. The picker is directed to pick the appropriate items. Once the item is scanned, the system knows the number of units and weight of the items that are sent to production. At the end of the production line, the finished goods are weighed and packaged and a label is generated, again capturing the exact items, units and weight of the finished goods.
The ProVisions WMS solution benefits Kinnealey’s shipping operation as well. The sales order, or picking document number, is scanned by the picker. The unit directs the picker to each item’s precise location in the warehouse. The system also lets Kinnealey combine orders to a consolidated pick list by bin or location of the items.
“Our WMS solution has been a huge help with our physical inventory but it’s truly been a godsend in terms of our monthly cycle counts,” Kinnealey added. “Cycle counting is more labor and time efficient and it helps us reduces inventory variances. Plus there’s absolutely no facility downtime. We simple walk through the warehouse, scans the bar code at each warehouse location and we get a compete view of what we’ve got.”
About T.F. Kinnealey
T.F. Kinnealy is a family-run business with a 75-year history in the Boston area. Since its early days of operating out of a basement stall in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Market Place, the company has evolved into a multi-million dollar meat processor and distributor. T.F. Kinnealey offers more than 2000 different items and is an excellent all-around resource for any higher-end food service operation. Meats can be custom-cut to suit any need, and specialty items can be ordered easily—often delivered within 24 hours. With distribution throughout all of the New England states, T.F. Kinnealey services a broad array of food service operators, from white tablecloth restaurants to country clubs and hotels, colleges, hospitals and specialty food retailers.
About ProVisions Software
ProVisions Software is a fully integrated, turnkey business management solution that helps food processors and food service distributors enhance efficiency, reduce costs and maximize their bottom line. Whether it’s improving inventory control, increasing production yields, pinpointing costs or responding quickly to a food safety issue, ProVisions’ integrated, easy-to-use software tools will help you meet the challenges of weight-based, commodity-priced products where yields, lot and portion control, by-product accounting, settlement processing and multiple freezer and warehouse locations are of paramount importance.