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Warehouse Management a73 Success story
SWS optimises
inventory management
at Border Group
order Group is a parties, the remaining 300k sq ft various divisions. Subsequently a up and running very quickly and
B
diverse company is used by its logistics business, reliable team that delivered a staff training completed speedily
situated at Oakdale providing managed storage ‘right first time’ service as and efficiently.
in the Borough of services to a range of FMCG, standard was deployed.
Caerphilly. It owns pharmaceutical and automotive
and successfully manages clients. The services provided by Border Group already had the
Convincing
manufacturing, engineering, Border Group vary from basic buildings and equipment, which
forestry, property development warehousing to more sophisticated included modern warehousing After considering several options
and latterly logistics businesses. services; including kitting, cross facilities with sufficient racking on the market, Border Group
This case study briefly looks at dock, managing consignment and bulk storage areas, unloading finally chose Smart Warehouse
how they created an innovative stock such as setting optimum and staging areas, dock levelers, Systems (SWS) as its solutions
adjacent logistics business to their inventory levels and enabling sprinkler systems and approval provider of choice after a
portfolio, in particular the technology desired customer service levels from the various bodies i.e. MHRA convincing system demonstration.
platform, they chose and why. to be achieved. approval for storage and handling Installation/implementation then
of pharmaceutical products. took place five days after the
However, a pedigree WMS with initial order confirmation, followed
FMCG, pharmaceutical and Prerequisites
inventory optimisation functionality by staff training.
automotive
was required; an easy-to-use
When setting up its adjacent solution that was robust, reliable, Implementation involved setting
The company’s property division logistics business, Border Group function rich, scalable and RF up 15,000 locations and check
owns 1 million sq ft of modern had a number of prerequisites. enabled, low-cost and therefore digits, and funneling all stock
commercial property in South One was a desire to provide a able to deliver a fast ROI. codes, stock descriptions,
East Wales. While 70 per cent of range of value adds to its client quantities, serial reference
the property is leased to third base; including exceptional Border Group’s business model numbers, batch numbers, best-
service at the wasn’t just about filling warehouse before dates and quarantined
lowest possible space; also important was stock into the SWS software
cost using people, assisting its client’s to hold solution. Testing then successfully
process and the optimum stock. Therefore, the took place before system ‘go live’.
appropriate system would be required to
technology. mathematically calculate safety Border Group reports that the
Border Group stock, reorder points, lot sizes SWS software choice was an
has a highly and maintaining target levels excellent decision for the
skilled workforce, based on a desired service level. organisation; adding that the
employed in its Additionally, this system had to be reliability and support provided
ensures peace of mind and enables
Border to deliver real value to its
Border Group chose Smart Warehouse Systems (SWS) as clients – including exceptional
its solutions provider of choice after a convincing system
service, low costs, reduced
demonstration. Installation/implementation then took
place five days after the initial order confirmation,
stock, a continuous improvement
followed by staff training.
programme and S&OP (sale and
operation planning). circlesolid
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MANUFACTURING
&LOGISTICSIT May 2009
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