Electrical, Electronics and Plumbing
Electrical, Electronics and Plumbing

Gruppo Giovannini Srl


Founded in Trento in 1942, Giovannini Materiali Elettrici Srl is now the parent company of a well-established organization covering Northeastern Italy and is one of the principal Italian distributors in the wholesale sale of electrical materials.


The Giovannini group includes Giovannini Materiali Elettrici Srl, META COMMERCIALE Materiali Elettrici Srl, CEA Materiali Elettrici Srl, MEL Materiali Elettrici Srl and Electro Self Materiali Elettrici Srl.

With StockVoice we changed and enhanced our way to work because we used work in an “old-fashioned warehouse” managed by an ERP system. The new technology implemented by Replica Sistemi streamlines any phase as well as picking and putaway processes.
Michele Argenti . Responsabile CED Gruppo Giovannini Srl
  • Extremely inhomogeneous materials (fuses, electrical cables, reels of wire and poles).
  • Diversified warehouse structures (cantilevers, pallet racks, shelves and vertical storage).
  • Diverse handling equipment.
  • Entering goods packing lists with up to 500 lines
  • Availability for picking from the moment of stocking in the warehouse.
  • Shipping orders from a few lines to up to 300.
  •  Unplannable deliveries.
  • Increased performance.
  • Use of the voice system.
  • Certainty of stocks.
  • Elimination of final checks.
  • Decreased errors.
  • Independence from human resources.

Relationship's main steps

In 2007, the Giovannini Group chose Replica Sistemi for the optimization of the logistical management processes of its warehouse through the acquisition of StockSystem.
Giovannini Group's management chose the StockSystem solution based on voice technology to further increase the efficiency of their logistics operations.
Seventy percent of picking for small hardware and in the verticals is performed using voice picking.
StockSystem uses voice terminals to communicate directly with the management system. The warehousemen, equipped with the Vocollect Talkman terminals with headsets and microphones, work quickly and safety with hands and eyes free, using a light device that clips on their belts.

Methods of intervention

  • Warehouse layout analysis.
  • Types of material analysis.
  • Entry and stocking flows analysis.
  • Picking and shipping flows analysis.
  • Analysis of integration with central information system.

Warehouse layout

  • Cantilevers (cradles + multidirectional).
  • Pallet racks (pallet + retractable).
  • Voluminous (pallet + retractable).
  • Verticals (roll).
  • Small hardware (roll+comm.man on-board).

Analysis of flows

1. Good entry

Electrical material not on reels.
At the time of physical receipt and the quantity check, the material is routed through the various logical warehouses as a function of stocking groups/subgroups, via display on the radio-frequency terminal.

The entering goods are managed in different ways:

  • voluminous material: pallet handling
  • small hardware: handling with open-mouth cartons with assembly in roll containers and calculation of the stocking location

Electrical material on reels.

Each reel is numbered and each reel is assigned an entry batch
At the end of the check, verification of receipt with issue of a report of the delta between what is shown on the delivery document and what was effectively received and feedback to the host to update accounting and check invoices to be received.

2. Stocking

Stocking logics:

  • The logical stocking areas is identified as a function of the stocking group/subgroup assigned to the material
  • Random management of both picking and stock as a function of the index of rotation and occupation class
  • Management of picking minimums and maximums
  • Stocking is managed in different ways
  • voluminous material: calculation of the location at the time of taking charge of the pallet
  • small hardware: pre-stocking at the time of receipt, stocking of boxes in roll containers with optimized path

3. Shipments

The central information system examines the orders in the portfolio and, based on logics of urgency, volume, order type and material type, generates shipping requests with diverse order types: mini-batch picking, voluminous picking, transfer picking, urgent picking, wire picking, etc.

4. Shipments

Shipping orders generate picking missions that are broken down as a function of the picking means associated to the warehouse locations, obtaining, in fact, a picking parallelism with direct forwarding of voluminous materials to the shipping bay and the small hardware compaction area.
Mini-batch picking: as a function of the volumes and the number of orders, picking is performed using roll containers with cartons, for several shipping orders, so as to optimize the warehouse route. This method is used for the majority of low-volume orders that involve the logical and vertical small hardware warehouse. Voluminous picking: normal picking with roll container or pallet transport equipment, suitably numbered; at the end of picking, forwarding to the shipping bay after issue of the package label and the generation of the shipping unit.
Transfer picking: normal picking with roll container or pallet transport equipment, suitably numbered; at the end of picking, forwarding to the shipping bay after issue of the package label and the generation of the shipping unit, it is distinguished from the others by priority. Urgent picking: normal picking with roll container or pallet transport equipment, suitably numbered; is not planned but issued immediately to picking.
Cable picking: normal picking with roll container or pallet transport equipment, suitably numbered; normally cuts are made that are measured by RF for debit to the customer; these are issued in advance because they require time for preparation.

5. Shipments

Cartons picked with mini-batch are taken to a compacting area broken down by zones; at the end of picking, a report is issued for the cartons to be compacted; the cartons are taken from the area and shipping units are formed and the package labels are generated.

6. Shipping bay

The bays are mapped and the shipping units are forwarded and stored in the their respective bays using RF terminals; when a shipping order is completely picked and present in the bay, it becomes shippable and feedback is sent to the host for the issue of the delivery document.


  • Increased productivity:
  • decrease of up to 15% of the time needed to check and stock goods;
  • decrease of up to 30% of the picking time.
  • Reduction of the margin of error by 15%.
  • Reduced management costs.

 Installed Products

  • StockSystem
  • StockVoice
  • 25 radio-frequency terminals Honeywell 9551
  • 39 radio-frequency terminals Motorola MC9090
  • 8 Talkman T5 terminals.

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