Logistics and Distribution Peer Group Meeting 

Kohler Co. Warehouse Tour and Technology Discussion 
February 13, 2020 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM 
Take a tour of Kohler Co.'s warehouse and discover recent technology Kohler Co. has implemented. 

Distribution operations are the last line between your products and your customers needs. In order to provide accurate inventory counts and visibility to your customers, business as usual is not keeping up with their expectations, and most likely, your competitors. It is becoming paramount to employ technology in your distribution operations to meet these expectations and also keep ahead of labor challenges by becoming more efficient.

Kohler Company has agreed to host UWEBC members to tour their state of the art distribution center and see how they have invested in the most current technologies. We will discuss and look at their centralized warehouse operations platform, the Opex Perfect Pick System providing a high-volume order/SKU picking and packing advantage and an advanced inventory control system. Kohler will show us how they are utilizing wearable technologies to ensure Kohler's daily order count is fulfilled with accuracy and speed to ensure customer satisfaction, which is paramount at this historic company and brand.

We will begin the day with a presentation from Kohler on their journey and where they are currently. The tour will be followed by lunch and a group discussion on the technology we witnessed and breakout sessions on best practices other UWEBC members are implementing in the areas of WMS, Inventory control, pick modules and wearable tech.

Space will be limited to 40 people.

Participate in Customizing the Agenda: You’ll have the opportunity to play an active part in shaping the agenda for this session – and to maximize its relevance for you – by suggesting and selecting topics for break-out discussions. Once the agenda is complete, you choose the discussions you want to join. This will be a highly interactive session so come prepared to share your questions, challenges and insights!

Agenda Items:
10:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
10:20 AM Presentation: Kohler's Automation Journey
10:45 AM Warehouse Tour (Groups of 8)
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Breakout Sessions
2:00 PM Wrap up and Adjourn
Kohler Co. 
Events Team, 608-890-1406, events@uwebc.wisc.edu 


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