Körber Supply Chain Revolutionises Supply Chaim For MR Price Group
Collaboration with international and consulting partners automates and transforms warehousing and logistics for one of South Africa’s largest retailers
MINNEAPOLIS – February 5, 2019 – Körber Supply Chain, a global provider of supply chain solutions, today announces, that in collaboration with global distribution consulting firm Fortna and independent software developer and team augmentation partner iWMS, the company enabled omnichannel fashion value retailer Mr. Price Group Limited to evolve its operations by taking advantage of automated supply chain capabilities.
Meeting today’s consumer expectations is driving the industry to change. Supply chain professionals need technologies to handle stressed traditional logistics systems, new business models and deconsolidating networks. Together with the Körber Supply Chain Warehouse Management System (WMS) and the expertise of Körber Supply Chain professional services and Fortna, this became possible for South Africa-based Mr. Price Group Limited.
“This is a revolutionary time for the supply chain industry, with technologies emerging rapidly to enhance processes like never before,” said David S. Houser, senior vice president, international sales and operations at Körber Supply Chain. “The success of this project with our long-time customer Mr. Price Group Limited is a testament of our and our partners’ commitment to empower companies worldwide with creative, automation-aware solutions to reach their full potential today and in the future.”
In just four months, the project team migrated the entire business, consisting of five business divisions from two non-automated sites to a single, highly automated 61,000 square meter facility. Mr. Price Group Limited’s new facility utilises carton and unit sortation combined with inline label printing. The transition also required onboarding 500 new employees. Capitalising on the simplicity and adaptability of the Körber Supply Chain WMS to evolve with the business and enable the latest technologies, the companies worked together closely to assure the design of the building, automation requirements, processes and the FortnaWES™ (Warehouse Execution System) integrated smoothly. The entire move was seamless and completed prior to Mr. Price Group Limited’s peak trading season.
The migration could not have been as successful without the collaboration of all parties involved. The project required the adoption of an innovative, problem-solving approach, during which Körber Supply Chain and Fortna were pivotal in working with Mr. Price Group Limited’s logistics and IT teams during testing and implementation. The requirement to migrate quickly demanded flexible support, testing and development resource strategy across the existing and new distribution facilities. iWMS was the right partner to assist with resources at the right skill level.
“This distribution centre in Hammarsdale is one of the most automated facilities on the continent,” said Marc Austin, managing director for Fortna EMEA. “Fortna and Mr. Price designed and implemented all of the operations and systems to meet Mr. Price’s specific requirements and make this a world-class facility that will allow them to best serve their customers going forward.”
“Given the size, complexity, and length of the project, Mr. Price and iWMS created a unique engagement model to assure we removed the complexity around having multiple vendors heavily involved in implementing Körber Supply Chain,” said Richard Evans, CEO, iWMS. “Both companies continue to see substantial benefit in challenging the traditional thinking around the supplier-vendor relationship to ensure a successful outcome for everyone involved.”
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About Fortna Inc.:
For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. www.fortna.com
About Mr. Price:
Mr Price Group Limited is an omni-channel, fashion value retailer. The Group retails apparel, homeware and sportswear through owned and franchised stores and online channels in Africa and Australia.
iWMS is an independent software developer, innovator and team augmentation partner with years of global experience in consulting, building, and supporting WMS solutions. We offer proven industry-leading software from HighJump Software Network Solutions for warehouse and supply chain management.
iWMS is based in South Africa, America, Australasia and India. This gives iWMS access to the best resources and IT talent globally enabling us to ensure that the right level of experience is available for all projects at any given time.
Please contact us if you require further information at https://www.iwmsglobal.com
About Körber Supply Chain
Your supply chain grows more complex by the day – more products, more distribution channels, more customer expectations, more competition. And more pressure.
Technology can help. But without a sound strategy, simply adding technology also adds its own complexity.
That’s why you need a supply chain solution provider with depth and vision. With not just one product, but a range of proven solutions to fit your size, business strategy, and appetite for growth… Capable of delivering not just software, but automation, voice, robotics, materials handling, plus the expertise to tie it all together. A global partner, not just for today, but also as your needs continue to evolve.
Conquer supply chain complexity – with Körber