VISA Logistics company to optimise supply chain performance

Logistics company to optimise supply chain performance

VISA Global Logistics has selected the Manhattan Active SCALE Solution to be deployed throughout its warehouses in Australia and New Zealand. The technology will allow VISA Global Logistics to provide its customers with improved real-time inventory visibility and transparency throughout its supply chain.
One of Australia’s largest privately-owned international freight forwarding companies, VISA Global Logistics is under pressure from its customers to be more flexible, to supply to more channels from a single source of inventory and to do so faster and cheaper. The company realised it needed state-of-the-art systems to meet these business needs.
VISA Global Logistics selected Manhattan Active SCALE for its flexibility and scalability in the face of constantly shifting supply chain demands and opportunities. SCALE uses advanced, proprietary algorithms to organise and optimise logistics operations and offers VISA Global a significant upgrade in terms of delivering mission-critical information in real time.
“There is an increased customer demand for live and valid accurate data, especially in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. SCALE gives our customers a dashboard of their KPI and access to all of their relevant information in a user-friendly platform,” said national warehouse manager at VISA Global Logistics Tony Baxter.
Managing director of Australia and New Zealand for Manhattan Associates Raghav Sibal commented: “With customer expectations around speed of delivery and transparency continually increasing, the pressure is on logistics providers to improve the efficiency and visibility of their operations. Manhattan Active SCALE will offer VISA Global Logistics the flexibility and scalability needed to support the company’s growth. This fully managed cloud product will also help them improve their overall customer experience and get goods to consumers faster.”

Australian WMS launches in Europe

Warehouse management systems (WMS) provider Microlistics is launching its wares into the UK & European markets to expand its global footprint.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Microlistics is a Gartner-recognised WMS provider operating across Australia, Asia Pacific, North America and the Middle East. The company has four product lines: WMS Enterprise, its fully integrated flagship; WMS Chilled, its cold storage product; WMS 3PL, its multi-site and multi-client 3PL software; and WMS Express, its pre-configured, rapid implementation package.
Customers include Linfox Asia, Brand Collective, ESAB, Thomas Foods International, Berli Jucker Logistics, Havaianas, TT Logistics and TNT Express Logistics. Logistics warehousing services are provided to many of the world’s leading brands though the Microlistics 3PL client base, to companies such as Unilever, Nestle, Birkenstock Footwear, Procter & Gamble, Officeworks, DKSH and many more utilising the Microlistics 3PL WMS.
Microlistics, which joined the WiseTech Global group in January 2018, will leverage the group’s local networks, long-term locally based LSP WMS experience and expertise, and work and provide local support from regional offices in Ede, the Netherlands, and Milton Keynes, UK.
Founder and managing director of Microlistics Mark Dawson said: “This is a great opportunity to leverage WiseTech’s global reach and expand into a key trading region. We have enhanced our WMS products for the European market and its regulations and look forward to bringing new benefits to customers across this region.”
Global advisory company Gartner this year included Microlistics in the global identification of leading ‘Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)’ for the fifth consecutive year. Microlistics was included as a notable mention in the Magic Quadrant from 2014 to 2016, before being upgraded to full inclusion in 2017 and 2018.
 

Australian software named in Gartner Magic Quadrant

Microlistics MD Mark Dawson.

Global advisory company Gartner has included Microlistics in the global identification of leading warehouse technology products, ‘Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)’ for the fifth consecutive year.
Microlistics, part of the WiseTech Global group, is a provider of warehouse management software encompassing enterprise, express, cold storage, and third party logistics. Inclusion in the Quadrant places Microlistics among 13 of the top global warehouse management systems.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Microlistics works with customers across Asia Pacific and, more recently, in North America and the Middle East. The company’s customers include Linfox, Mitre 10, ESAB, Thomas Foods International, Berli Jucker Logistics, Spotlight Retail Group, Brand Collective, Concept Logistics, Nick Scali, Russell Corporation, TT Logistics, TNT Express Logistics, and many other leading supply chain organisations.
Microlistics managing director Mark Dawson said: “Inclusion in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is recognition of the quality, breadth and depth of our WMS, as well as our growing international presence. Microlistics combines leading edge software development with proven, practical knowledge and experience to improve our customers’ warehouse and business operations, whether they are small businesses or large multi-site distribution centres. We do this by designing and implementing products that provide our customers with extensive functionality, rapid deployment, data analytics and reporting capabilities.
“On top of this, we are part of the WiseTech Global group, which we joined in 2017, making us part of a global logistics systems company with over 7,000 customers in 130 countries.
“WiseTech Global has powerful innovation capability that will help us accelerate development of our high productivity WMS and a global reach that we can leverage to bring new benefits to more customers.”
Microlistics was included as a notable mention in the Magic Quadrant from 2014 to 2016, before being upgraded to full inclusion in 2017 and 2018.

WiseTech Global announces ninth acquisition for 2017

Sydney-based logistics software company, WiseTech Global, has acquired Warehouse Management System (WMS) provider, Microlistics, for $40 million, expanding its e-commerce capabilities.
“With the impact of e-commerce and advances in automation, warehouse management is an increasingly complex and specialised part of the international supply chain,” said WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White.
“The combined strength of WiseTech’s global innovation capabilities and our CargoWise One supply chain execution platform integrated with Microlistics’ powerful warehouse solutions for enterprise, express, third party logistics and cold storage will provide significant benefit to logistics providers.
“WiseTech is uniquely well-placed to deliver the technology convergence and deep integration necessary to facilitate omnichannel, multimodal movements across the supply chain ¬– of which warehousing is a critical component,” he said.
Microlistics Founder and Managing Director, Mark Dawson, said that joining the WiseTech Global Group is a key part of its evolution.
“With the global strength and powerful innovation capability of WiseTech, and our WMS expertise, together we will accelerate development of high productivity WMS to bring significant new benefits to the logistics industry,” said Dawson.
“Microlistics will remained focused on warehouse management solutions and we can leverage WiseTech’s global reach, resources and the CargoWise One platform, which for our customers will mean the opportunity for end-to-end execution, control and visibility of the supply chain,” he said.
Microlistics will reportedly continue to develop and deliver its warehouse management solutions with Dawson at the helm to its worldwide customers, and potentially to the 7,000 logistics providers across 125 countries that use WiseTech’s integrated supply chain execution solutions.
According to the Australian Financial Review, Microlistics made $6.8 million revenue in 2016-17, and WiseTech reported $153.8 million in revenue for the same period – spending $50.4 million on research and development.

WiseTech Global to buy WMS provider Microlistics

Mark Hall of WiseTech Global on the left with Mark Dawson of Microlistics on the right.

WiseTech Global has acquired Microlistics, a provider of warehouse management systems encompassing enterprise, express, cold storage and-third party logistics.
Microlistics has customers across Asia-Pacific, North America and the Middle East, including Linfox, Mitre 10, ESAB, Thomas Foods International, Berli Jucker Logistics, Spotlight Retail Group, Brand Collective, Concept Logistics, Nick Scali, Russell Corporation, TT Logistics, TNT Express Logistics, and many other supply chain organisations.
WiseTech Global CEO Richard White said: “With the impact of ecommerce and advances in automation, warehouse management is an increasingly complex and specialised part of the international supply chain.
“WiseTech is uniquely well-placed to deliver the technology convergence and deep integration necessary to facilitate omni-channel, multi-modal movements across the supply chain, of which warehousing is a critical component. Ultimately, the native embedding of Microlistics WMS solutions into our integrated CargoWise One platform operating across 125 countries will substantially increase productivity for local and global logistics providers and their customers.”
Microlistics founder and managing director Mark Dawson said: “Joining the WiseTech Global group is a key part of our evolution. With the global strength and powerful innovation capability of WiseTech and our WMS expertise, together we will accelerate development of high productivity WMS to bring significant new benefits to the logistics industry. Microlistics will remained focused on warehouse management and we can leverage WiseTech’s global reach, resources and the CargoWise One platform, which for our customers will mean the opportunity for end-to-end execution, control and visibility of the supply chain.”
Remaining under the leadership of Mark Dawson, Microlistics will continue to develop and deliver its warehouse management solutions directly to its worldwide customers, and potentially to the 7,000 logistics providers across 125 countries who utilise WiseTech’s integrated supply chain execution services.

Fosters rolls out just-in-time supply chain

Global beverage company Foster’s Group has rolled out a new warehouse management system to 14 sites across Australia and the US.

The decision came as the initial implementation of RedPrairie’s system at Foster’s three sites in Victoria in 2000 resulted in lifting operational efficiency and flexibility, as well as supply chain visibility.

Adding Southcorp Wines to its already extensive brand portfolio in 2005, Foster’s started a supply chain transformation project to move from beer-only to multi-beverage and multi-brand distribution facilities under the partnership with the optimisation company.

The beverage company’s product now encompasses beer, wine, spirits, cider and non-alcoholic beverages.

Foster’s chief supply officer Michael Brooks said the company’s successful expansion of its portfolio and global market share was made possible by investing in a scalable production and distribution network.

“In 2003, we found that our current systems and processes did not have the flexibility or capacity to scale to the level they needed to meet the increasing demand for our diverse product lines,” Mr Brooks said.

“We needed to reconfigure and enhance our supply chain network by increasing service levels to our widespread customers.”

RedPrairie implemented the system in the brewer’s 20,000-sqm facility at Yatala, Queensland, which produces more than 25 per cent of the total beer production in Australia with over 20,000 pallet locations and multiple beer kegs.

As the automation process led to a record uptime at the site, Foster’s progressively rolled out the system to its new sties in Australia and California, on time and on budget.

The warehouse management system incorporates technologies such as voice picking and laser-guided forklifts, new ‘human-less’ technology that moves pallets safely through the distribution centre.

Foster’s process manager logistics Garry Smith said stability was one of the key benefits that the system offered.

“Foster’s has a finely-tuned, just-in-time supply chain, so any outages cause hundreds of thousands of dollars per minute in lost man-time, fuel costs, delayed customer orders and overtime costs.

“RedPrairie’s system is bullet-proof and runs on stable platforms designed for tough environments and immediate response times,” Mr Smith said.

RedPrairie Asia Pacific managing director Mark Skipper said multinational businesses like Foster’s would require a strong partnership to ensure smooth implementation.

“The group worked as one and delivered this very large-scale on time and on budget.

“This is quite a fear for a logistics project of this size and global nature,” he said.

Sony upgrades WMS

Sony Canada has upgraded to a new version of RedPrairie’s WMS in its Whitby, Ontario and Coquitlam, British Columbia distribution centres. Sony Canada has been a RedPrairie customer for nine years and upgraded to a new version of the company’s WMS to take advantage of new features and functionality including voice picking with Vocollect Voice from Vocollect, Inc.

Both Sony of Canada distribution sites went live with the new version in April 2008. These warehouses service all wholesale and retail sales throughout Canada. The Wholesale group is responsible for marketing and sales of Sony products to consumers through a dealer network, and to professionals through multiple direct sales channels. The Retail group operates approximately 80 Sony Style retail locations and is responsible for direct merchandising and sales of Sony and third party products to consumers.

“The WMS plays a critical role in Sony Canada’s distribution operations,” said Rick Courtin, business process manager, Supply Chain Group at Sony of Canada Ltd.  “This new version allows us to enhance our capabilities, for example enabling voice picking technology for cluster picking.”

With headquarters in Toronto, sales offices in Vancouver and Montreal and distribution centres in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Whitby, Ontario, Sony’s approximately 1,200 employees support a network of more than 500 authorised dealers and 80 ‘Sony Style’ retail locations across Canada.

Crest delivers good numbers for retailers

By Patrick Avenell

BRISBANE: Crest Electronics, an Australian supplier of Philips and Sony peripherals, has released figures concerning the accuracy of its new warehousing system. The results make for good reading for retailers, as the company’s new pick-to-light delivery system means that a retail outlet will get the products they requested quickly and with 99.7 per cent accuracy.

The new system cost over $2 million to install and became operational in late 2005. At that time, Crest employed 35 full time warehouse staff. The new system has allowed the supplier to cut this figure down to 12, improving the cost-efficiency at a similar rate to the efficiency of delivery.

According to Crest Electronics distribution manager Rainer Globke, the most recent distribution statistics show Crest as a trailblazer in retail efficiency.

“The new pick-pack-dispatch system means that any order received before 2pm will get to stores between Mackay and Sydney on the east coast the next day,” said Globke. “This of course depends on our delivery partner fulfilling their agreement with us”.

Globke continued to say that the Mackay to Sydney bracket represented around 50 per cent of all retail outlets, and that most remaining outlets should receive their orders within two days.

In terms of accuracy, of the 2.6 million units of stock Crest shipped in 2007, sent in 134,000 separate cartons, the supplier achieved 99.7 per cent box accuracy. For Crest, this represents enormous savings in redistribution and reduced unsold stock quantities.

For the retailer, it means that a salesperson can confidently give guarantees to its customers of when requested stock will be available for purchase. Additionally, it virtually eliminates the frustration caused by finding incorrect stock in a box and the unnecessary time wasted organising a second delivery.

Better systems for perishables

Optimisation company RedPrairie has announced enhancements to its warehouse management solution designed for perishable goods.

Food distributors and grocery retailers, along with multi-environment distribution operators, are expected to benefit from the upgraded solution, which is devised to improve the quality and efficiency of shipment and delivery of food and other sensitive items.

In food and grocery distribution, shipments usually consist of frozen, refrigerated and dry

goods on a single vehicle.

While multi-stop loads are common in retail and grocery delivery, the method is not appropriate when loading a multi-temperature controlled trailer or when loading orders from multiple buildings within a campus environment.

The program provides advanced algorithms for picking, staging and loading perishable goods across multi-temperature and multiple building campus environments, taking into account multiple loading doors, temperature zones and stop sequencing.

The new solution is expected to protect the quality of food and other perishables, improve the accuracy and efficient of loading operations, and reduce shipping costs and damages.

The multi-temperature loading enhancements are contained in the latest version of RedPrairie’s WMS system, which is now available in general release.

For additional information call (02) 8923 6272 or visit www.RedPrairie.com.

 

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