Price Chopper to Optimize DC Activity With Yard Management System

Price Chopper, a grocery subsidiary of the Golub Corp., plans to deploy a new yard management system to synchronize yard and dock activities at the company’s distribution centers.

The Schenectady, N.Y.-based grocer will use the Yard Management application from Dallas-based Retalix, which was developed to automate the yard and dock management process through advanced predictive logic and optimization algorithms that eliminate operational silos and coordinate yard and dock activity with distribution center demand.

“The Retalix Yard Management system was very attractive because it offered unmatched and real-time control over all yard and dock operations in our distribution centers,” said Dave Schmitz, director of distribution for Price Chopper. “The solution will help us quickly locate equipment, personnel and products anywhere in our yard, and will greatly reduce trailer wait times -- all of which means higher supply chain visibility, efficiency and productivity.”

Price Chopper will use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in tandem with the Retalix solution. RFID readers are being installed at the entry and exit points of the grocer’s distribution centers, and all of its fleet will be affixed with a rugged RFID tag, automating the processing of arrival and departure information.

The solution was designed using the Microsoft.NET platform, and is part of the Retalix Transportation solutions suite, which is designed to fulfill the transportation requirements of inbound and outbound traffic, yard management and dock scheduling for retailers and distributors.

The Golub Corp. owns and operates 119 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
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