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B&R Enclosures to use Manhattan ILS

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Manhattan Associates has announced that B&R Enclosures has selected Manhattan ILS - Integrated Logistics Solutions, built on Microsoft.NET, to run its six distribution facilities across Australia.

Manhattan ILS will complement B&R Enclosures’ existing IT systems, equipping warehouse staff with unique supply chain optimisation capabilities that are not provided via the standard supply chain modules of ERP and manufacturing software systems.

Rapid and consistent growth, coupled with a lack of system-facilitated warehouse management and supply chain optimisation capabilities, led to B&R's existing warehouse facilities becoming over-stretched, making warehouse and distribution efficiency difficult to maintain.

"Moving from an entirely manual system to a comprehensive software solution was obviously a big step for us," said Brad Eckert, manufacturing and operations manager for B&R Enclosures.

"Rather than invest in a new distribution centre to give us additional floor space to support the anticipated expansion of our business, we calculated that the increased efficiency we would gain by introducing narrow aisles and a powerful supply chain optimisation solution would better manage the space we have now -- increasing the distribution capacity of the existing facility and at the same time bringing discipline and simplicity to our operational processes."

"Manhattan ILS provides us with best practice functionality and can scale with us as we grow," continued Eckert. "The familiar look and feel of the system -- which echoes the Microsoft Windows(R) environment -- also was a key factor, as it will make it easier to train our staff who do not have prior experience working with technology in the warehouse."

B&R Enclosures required a proven, robust and scalable supply chain solution that would allow it to introduce industry best practice to its picking operations and product tracking processes, as well as provide business flexibility and seamless integration into existing systems.

"Our track record of enabling growth with similar sized businesses in the manufacturing and distribution industry helped set us apart from other solution providers," said Chris Stephenson, managing director, Australia and New Zealand, at Manhattan Associates. "We look forward to helping B&R Enclosures exceed its future growth targets and surpass its customers' expectations."

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