Australian market leader in the design and distribution of innovative aluminium systems, ALSPEC has implemented a proven supply chain solution from Manhattan Associates to derive significant operational benefits.
The Manhattan SCALE product suite from global supply chain optimisation provider Manhattan Associates was successfully implemented throughout ALSPEC’s eight distribution centres (DCs) across Australia including Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane.
A market-leading distributor in innovative aluminium systems, ALSPEC required a cutting edge and highly optimised supply chain infrastructure in place. Wayne Larsen, national operations manager at ALSPEC explains that access to critical information in real time at each of their distribution centres is essential for the company to meet the increasingly sophisticated requirements of their customers.
Following a review of the company’s critical systems to help identify ways IT could be leveraged more effectively to enable and drive continued growth, ALSPEC recognised the need to upgrade from its legacy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, which had an in-built, but limited warehouse and distribution management capability.
According to Larsen, ALSPEC, which is a large organisation with about 400 employees, supplies a wide range of window and door systems to businesses in Australia. An assessment of the capabilities of their existing ERP system made them realise the need to replace it with an industry-leading ERP solution and a complementary but standalone Warehouse Management System (WMS) that would also have the scalability to grow with the company into the future.
ALSPEC decided to implement the Manhattan SCALE suite because it wanted a proven supply chain solution that could support its business for the long term. In addition, the solution needed to be both flexible and robust enough to effectively address challenges such as:
- Accelerating goods flows
- Enhanced inventory management and control
- More efficient and flexible picking and packing methodologies
- Improved license plate tracking for cross-dock orders
- More efficient labour management
- Enhanced stock visibility and accuracy
ALSPEC has already experienced numerous benefits across the company’s distribution operations since implementing Manhattan SCALE including improved inventory management and control, increased stock visibility and accuracy, and more efficient labour management.
Larsen adds that Manhattan SCALE works seamlessly with both new and old ERP systems, which truly demonstrates the flexible nature of the solution. He also points out its scalability that would support ALSPEC’s ongoing growth and enable them to deliver superior service to their customers at all times.
Raghav Sibal, managing director Australia and New Zealand at Manhattan Associates comments that Manhattan SCALE is a perfect fit for organisations looking for a flexible, high performing, and low-risk supply chain solution.