by Paul Smitherman
Rocket Helps Arla Foods UK to Reduce Delivery Timeframe for New Warehouse Management Systems
Adopting a template approach enabled Arla’s distribution centres in Leeds and Bristol to benefit from proven systems that could be reproduced within a short timeframe and at minimum cost to deliver significant return on investment.
Benefits include transportation cost reductions, achieved through smarter stock consolidation processes and accommodating deliveries for multiple suppliers on a single pallet. At the Bristol operation, workforce efficiency and management has improved through improved labour and task allocation across ambient and chilled processes.
The project is part of Rocket’s ongoing work as a strategic SAP partner, which saw it drive the implementation of EWM technology at Arla’s ‘dairy of the future’ in Aylesbury and a distribution centre in Hatfield.
“The Aylesbury implementation saw Rocket Consulting work with Arla to roll out the latest technology while also helping us to futureproof our business by developing a roadmap for further upgrades that enables faster delivery and reduces risk,” explains Colin Fearon, senior solution consultant for warehouse and distribution at Arla. “Key to the project’s success has been Rocket’s focus on sharing its technical knowledge and empowering our people so that we are not over-reliant on continual consultancy.”
The successful operation in Hatfield was also used to demonstrate the new distribution centre technology working in practise. This enabled ‘process champions’ at the Bristol and Leeds depots to see the benefits first hand and communicate these to their teams, further smoothing the roll-out.
The new Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) enabled by SAP’s EWM technology improve the efficiency of the distribution centres in Bristol and Leeds due to better handling and increased visibility and traceability of inventory processed and stored. Hand-held mobile devices, redeployed from the previous system, ensure the workforce is mobile, connected and working in real-time and enable high operational accuracy and productivity, from stock receipt right through to pick-pack, load and despatch for a wide range of Arla’s retail customers.
Lewis Marston, CEO at Rocket Consulting, comments: “Our initial work with Arla ensured that it derived maximum benefits from state-of-the art technology, which enabled it to be a pioneer within its industry. At the same time we laid the groundwork for Arla to underpin its business with continual innovation and further implementations that could be deployed quickly at a lower costs.”
About Rocket Consulting
Founded in 2004, Rocket Consulting is an award-winning boutique SAP consultancy and system and technology integrator, providing best-in-class design-build-run services to large enterprises and SMBs. Privately-owned, Rocket drives digital transformation that creates benefit from Real-time Supply Chains, Productive Mobile Workforces, Collaborative Extended Enterprises, and Connected Assets. Delivering tightly integrated solutions built around Mobile, Internet of Things, Cloud, and Real-time Data Insight and Analytics, powered by SAP business solutions and SAP HANA Cloud Platform to help companies Run Better, Innovate, and Go Digital.
Rocket has a proven track record with clients including Arla Foods, Hallmark, The Body Shop, Smith & Nephew, Varian Medical, Kuehne & Nagel and Harrods.
Rocket’s accolades include the SAP UK 2015 Quality Award for Innovation.