RedPrairie have cut operational costs for one of the UK’s major third party supply chain, logistics solution and contract packing specialists, Seafield Logistics, following the implementation of a Warehouse Management Solution.
The solution has already gone live in two of Seafield Logistics’ sites, with a third implementation planned for March 2009. Seafield Logistics have also selected RedPrairie’s Duty Management solution to run bonded warehousing.
According to Justin Hunt, General Manager, Seafield Logistics, the implementation has led to massive cost reductions. In the long term Seafield Logistics are looking to put in place cross-training, and standardisation of processes across the company in order to derive these benefits in all sites.
RedPrairie was selected for their suitability with Seafield Logistics’ business. Seafield Logistics feels that RedPrairie understood what the company wanted to achieve from the project and delivered the same as Seafield Logistics wanted a solution that could be rolled out across multi-sites.
Seafield Logistics also wanted to control the ownership and be able to decentralise skills across IT, so that expertise could be spread across the estate. Seafield Logistics were looking to drive down the initial cost of ownership, and offer improved service and more flexibility to customers in terms of being able to interface data in and out of the system.
Seafield Logistics previously used a bespoke system that was expensive to maintain, with high on-going costs when interface development was required for customers. The first implementation was at the company’s Worksop site, which is multi-site and multi-client. A range of operations are carried out at these sites, including full pallet picks, alternative case packing and different types of storage, for example APR and bulk.
Seafield Logistics chose the Worksop site, the most complicated of all the rollouts, as they wanted to do see how the system coped. The Worksop site is also where most of WMS experience is based. The second WMS implementation was at Seafield’s brand new build warehouse. The project went well, and rolled out quickly, as any teething problems had been ironed out at the Workshop site.
The next RedPrairie rollout will be for a key customer at Seafield’s Northwich site. The project involves building interfaces and real time stock management, and will be driven by SSCC functionality, with a go-live planned for March 2009.