Barloworld Logistics South Africa Implements Infor Supply Chain Execution (SCE) with SNS
Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced Barloworld Logistics' warehouse in Johannesburg has successfully upgraded to the latest release of the Infor SCE Warehouse Management System. The project was successfully deployed by Infor's global supply chain partner, SNS, a leading provider of supply chain consulting and software solutions in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Established in 2001, Barloworld Logistics has grown into a significant supply chain solutions business in Southern Africa with complementary operations in the Middle East. Barloworld Logistics had implemented Infor's WMS in its 20,000 square meters' warehouse for the operation in 2008. As the operation grew and the need for further functionality arose, Barloworld Logistics started reviewing various options. After a thorough and detailed evaluation, it was decided to upgrade to the latest version of Infor SCE.
The upgrade project was completed in five months and included a redesign of operations, a revamping of interfaces with its ERP solution and the Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) conveyor belt system, along with training and various testing phases. One of the objectives was to have a vanilla implementation with no customizations, with a target to hit a firm go-live date. Among the new features of the WMS, Barloworld Logistics is benefiting from built-in packing functions, operational dashboards and various user profiles for both web and handheld applications.
The Infor SCE system manages over 25,000 SKU's and helps receive just under 10,000 order lines and shipping around 27,000 order lines every month. Single scan receiving allows for minimum inbound time and assignment picking allows for the distribution of tasks equally and without paper to the various pickers.
"We have always trusted the SNS team, their knowledge of warehousing and their experience in WMS implementations," said Paul Bowers, Executive for Information Technology at Barloworld Logistics. "Our continuing satisfaction with our legacy WMS from Infor led us to look hard at Infor SCE Warehouse Management System and we were delighted with the advances made in its base out-of-the-box product with its best-in-class features for the retail and fashion industry. SNS' expertise in supply chain consulting and the Infor SCE product helped ensured our upgrade project was completed successfully and on-time."
"We are delighted to have had the chance to work once again with Barloworld Logistics on improving their operations in South Africa," said Mario Ghosn, General Manager of SNS. "Barloworld is a leader in its space and the successful execution of the project is a testament to the excellent fit of the Infor SCE Warehouse Management System for the retail and fashion industry."
Remarked John Bermudez, Infor's Vice President for Product Management and Strategy, "It is our pleasure to work with SNS in all our markets helping reduce the total cost of ownership for our Infor SCE Warehouse Management System customers. We share Barloworld Logistics' commitment to customer delight and excellence and are happy to be a part of their continued success."
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