Translogix Software announces that Contract Warehousing New Zealand Limited and its Australian operation, Contract Logistics Ltd are the latest customers of its integrated Sapphire transport and logistics management suite.
Translogix is Australasia’s leading vendor of transport and logistics solutions while Contract Warehousing is a large warehousing and distribution group.
The Auckland-headquartered business is currently in mid-implementation phase of the Transport, Warehouse, Accounts and Web Server modules of Sapphire.
The multi-award winning Contract Warehousing group has an annual turnover in excess of NZ$4 million and more than 90 clients across New Zealand and Australia.
Moving from simple trucking and handling in the late 70s to delivering third party (3PL) warehousing and logistics solutions as well as 4PL supply chain services, Contract Warehousing is now also fulfilling a 5PL role on behalf of a client.
Contract Warehousing founder and managing director, Rod Giles chose the Sapphire transport and logistics management suite as the backbone of his company’s complex service offering, an endorsement of Translogix’s technology and service capabilities.
Rod Giles says that the industry is no longer about trucks and sheds; the key differentiator is the service offering.
Having seen the opportunities that 4PL full accounting (including GST returns and monthly balance sheets) offered, Giles believes that the new system will enable the group to maintain current staff levels while continuing to grow profitably.
Greater visibility across all operations, business accountability and customer comfort levels are the early advantages of the self-service web portal within the new system that will put daily reporting of stock levels and activity at customers’ fingertips.
By outsourcing logistics and associated financial services to Contract Warehousing, companies can more easily and profitably enter the trans-Tasman marketplace.
Giles says that their 4PL and 5PL clients only have to support a representative while Contract runs their business offering value to both sides.
Training is seen as a key component of the new Sapphire system and Contract Warehousing already has its core staff testing and using the system. Giles reported that their initial feedback is very positive.
After the three-month implementation and testing phase, the Sapphire project will go live in New Zealand on 1 January 2011 and roll out to the Australian operations on 1 April at the start of the company’s new financial year.
Giles congratulated Translogix’ New Zealand Country Manager, Trevor Ammundsen and his team. He says that in addition to their level of understanding during discussions, the feedback from logistics operators across A/NZ was that Translogix was consistent.
Giles sees Contract Warehousing and Translogix strengthening each other over time as they work to improve the sophistication and efficiencies of warehouse-centric logistics.
Translogix New Zealand Country Manager, Trevor Ammundsen says that Rod Giles and his Contract Warehousing group are prime examples of the direction being taken by smart logistics operators: a tight focus on service levels and a sustainable future.