Short Description

Supermarkets (or “Suma”, FIFO Shelf) are solutions to store supplier parts, WIP inventory or even finished goods in your factory. Compared to high rack storages the supermarket allows you to store all parts close to the floor without the need of further handling devices. When storing all boxes with a higher density on the ground you increase your inventory transparency and decrease handling and lead time.


Why do you have to implement Supermarkets?


High Rack Storage

Supermarkets will reduce long Handling Times
  • Without supermarkets, the process of replenishment takes long and includes searching and unnecessary movements
  • When picking single boxes for the production line additional handling steps occur
  • Poor visual inventory control, it is hard to guess how many parts per part number are located on the shelf without an IT software support
  • Lifting the boxes with a forklift takes several seconds, especially as you have to repeat the procedure several times per pick

How do you implement Supermarkets?


  • Small-sized Packaging delivered on pallets will be stored boxby-box inside the supermarket shelves.
  • Mizusumashi delivery concept to supply the boxes to the production lines.
  • The quantity of parts per box must be according to the customer packaging or internal customer demand.

The Shelves

  • Use the right Packaging.
  • Use fixed addresses.
  • Strictly define and keep the Material Range.

Enables Mixed Model Lines

  • Fully respect First-in-First-Out in all shelves. Just one lane per part number.
  • Standardize the shelf layout each time you modify it. Make sure to respect that standard.
  • Use color-codes to increase the speed of picking all parts.

Enabler for:



Training document – Supermarket (pptx)
Training document – Supermarket (PDF)