Bakkerij Broekmans improves delivery quality with Distrib XE Put to Light
Last spring, Bakery Broekmans in North Limburg successfully installed the Distrib XE Put to Light. Thanks to this digital distribution system based on LED displays, employees no longer need any paper to supply the sixteen stores with the correct products. Director/Owner Thijs Broekmans: “This system allows us to work faster, while also creating a calmer work environment. We also end up making fewer mistakes.”
In ten years, Bakery Broekmans has grown from five to sixteen stores. The family-owned company currently counts 160 employees, who ensure that the people in North Limburg have a supply of fresh bread, Limburger pies and other pastries on a daily basis. Every morning at around half-past-seven, the vehicles depart from the central bakery in Panningen to supply the stores and other customers on time.
Paper distribution process
The quick growth meant that the existing logistics process was no longer sufficient. “Until recently, we used paper to distribute products across the stores. Delivery notes or matrix sheets stipulating which stores should receive which quantities were printed from our software system. These tables contained twelve columns and dozens of rows, so it was easy to make a mistake. Correcting those errors sometimes meant that we had to make additional deliveries to stores. That costs money,” says Thijs Broekmans, Director/Owner of Bakery Broekmans.
Broekmans was able to manage the distribution process for quite some time, purely based on knowledge and experience. “If it were possible to continue working with the same people, we could perhaps have continued with the same method for longer. But our team includes more and more part-time employees who simply don’t have the experience and skills to distribute all the products quickly and efficiently. This inexperience also causes employees to make mistakes,” explains Broekmans