Installation of 'Pick Line' completely automates remote vending monitoring and product ordering (09/11/12)
Food Express has again invested heavily in technology to further its service delivery and efficiency of operations. In September, the vending services leader installed a 'pick line' - a fully automated system which pulls vending machine products from its warehouse to restock its vending machines based on remote vending machine monitoring of product levels.
"The pick line is a complete system. It starts with remote monitoring of our machines at clients' locations. We're able to see inventory levels and which products need to be replenished. Then, our system has a robotic component which travels through the warehouse 'picking' each needed product to assemble each replenishment order per machine. Our warehouse team oversees the process and is able to consolidate orders and routing for the greatest efficiency and fuel conservation. The benefit to our clients is that we are able to more perfectly maintain stocking levels of their favorite vending products with the fastest response times while keeping our (and ultimately their) costs low," says Jeff Whitacre, President.