Musgrave upgrades warehousing across the UK with Infor SCM WM
On 25th July 2012, Musgrave, Irish and British independent food retailer purchasing group, has upgraded all warehousing of Budgens and Londis to Infor SCM Warehouse Management (WM). The new system provides detailed inventory management of all stock, including multiple units of measure, lot control and catch weights, all aimed at improving accuracy and margins.
In each warehouse, employees use handheld devices with instructions provided by the Warehouse Management System on what to pick for each retailer, combining chill and fresh goods with ambient products. Before WM, each shop may have required separate deliveries according to product type, which slowed down warehouse stock retention, and forced retailers into multiple deliveries, and a possible reduction in combined sales where product may not have been available for peak sales.
As Colin Bendel, IT Manager - Supply Chain for Musgrave Retail Partners GB explains: "The beauty of Infor SCM WM is that it micro manages everything in the warehouse. Goods come in from different suppliers and are allocated space in the building which correlates to their final destination with the most minimal of effort. The system has built-in intelligence that allows for the swiftest path for each item through the warehouse and onto the lorries for dispatch. Where there is greater demand than product, it can even allocate on a pro rata basis so that for example all Londis shops in an area can have some product, rather than the last ones on the list ending up without. It is indeed a very powerful system."
The transport planning software integrates with Infor SCM WM and, based on the geography of the retailers in need of deliveries, plans a route specific to each day's orders. Bendel adds, "Our next goal was to tweak the final delivery of those carefully selected orders and have them at the retailers in the most efficient time and manner possible. To that end, we have installed routing and scheduling software to deliver the goods."
As for the future of Infor SCM Warehouse Management (WM), there is room for future growth, including the concept of being able to slot in any store located anywhere easily into operational matrix.
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