Poultry Producer Achieves Smooth Transition to Accurate, Real-time Inventory Control
Schiltz Foods, located in Sisseton, SD, is the largest provider of geese and capons in North America. The company grew from just five geese in 1945 to about 100,000 per year today. Year-round, the company employs 30 to 40 people full-time and up to 140 seasonally – processing as many as 7,000 birds per day.
The business has adapted from selling only whole young geese, to meeting market demands by providing additional products such as pre-roasted goose, smoked goose products, and delicacies such as goose breast, confit legs, liver, and rendered fat for cooking.
Schiltz’s inventory management and materials control were entirely manual before implementing ParityFactory. As a high value product, all Schiltz finished goods are tracked with random weights and given GS1 barcode labels as they come off the line. Once labeled, those details (product type, date, and weight) were previously handwritten and passed off for entry into Excel. Manifests and bills of lading were also handwritten as products were transferred to
a third-party cold storage. This outdated system was not only time consuming, it was susceptible to human error. Tracking, manifesting, and billing for each random weight case manually was a burden on the plant and office team.
A crucial level of detail was lost using their manual inventory management. Although products were given barcodes, they were not serialized or accurately tracked on a case level. Once inventory was transferred to cold storage, there was no visibility as to what product was still in stock and what product needed to be shipped.
ParityFactory was implemented to automate inventory and lot-level materials control from finished goods through transfer to third party storage and shipping to customers. GS1 labels were upgraded to include a unique serial number to track product at the case level. Employees were equipped with barcode scanners to quickly and easily scan products into inventory for precise, real-time tracking.
Products are not only scanned into inventory after production, they are also easily scanned out as they are transferred to cold storage. Accurate, computer generated manifests and bills of lading replaced the cumbersome handwritten method. Shipping manifests returned to Schiltz after products have left storage are now quickly and easily reconciled by scanning a list of barcodes back into the system. No more manual data entry.
The simple interface of the barcode scanner is so straightforward, plant floor workers were trained in less than an hour. The new scanning system aligned with their current production process offering a smooth transition to an immediately live system.