RedPrairie has announced today that JBS Swift & Company, a processor of fresh beef and pork in the U.S., has upgraded to a new version of RedPrairie Warehouse Management (WMS).
JBS Swift & Company has been a RedPrairie customer for 17 years and upgraded to a new version of RedPrairie Warehouse Management to gain new capabilities and visibility into processing and distribution.
JBS Swift & Company upgraded to the new WMS in 2007 at the facility, and has since rolled out the solution to two additional facilities in 2008.
The site is a combination of processing facility and a 56,000-square foot distribution centre. The facility processes and ships over 2.1 million pounds of beef and meat by-products every day.
The company reviewed its supply chain technology and chose RedPrairie for its three distribution centres. At the time, the company was running three different solutions and wanted a common platform.
“We knew we needed more than just software – we wanted a partner. We were in the midst of a new strategy for our supply chain. Our mission was to continuously elevate and sustain superior levels of satisfaction for our customers.” RedPrairie became a “true partner in this goal,” said Rajan Nagarajan, JBS Swift & Company CIO.
As a food processor, there are additional requirements for food safety and traceability. RedPrairie gave JBS Swift & Company visibility into merchandise and the capability to transition product seamlessly from processing to storage and distribution.
The company operates a lean operation with the distribution centre as an extended facility of its manufacturing facility.
The product has to be kept moving through the chain to avoid any bottlenecks and the RedPrairie solution enables this process. Reliability and proven uptime were two additional reasons JBS Swift & Company deployed the RedPrairie solution.
Nagarajan continued, “RedPrairie has streamlined our operations like it was never done before. We have gained efficiencies in the plant and can consistently fulfil demand with accuracy. We have less waste because we know exactly what is where.”
“Any way you want to measure it, it was a huge success. Far and away the smoothest implementation I have ever been part of,” said Kent Pendley, Beef Production Planning & Scheduling for JBS Swift & Company.