Saturday 22nd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

IT Update (2)

A trial of a state-of-the-art wireless delivery system by one of the UK’s fastest growing courier groups has paid off so handsomely that it now plans major investment in this technology for all of its 1,000 vehicles. Peterborough-based Klicka Couriers initially purchased 20 of Coventry-based T@lecom’s Wireless Delivered real-time proof of delivery (POD) systems which have been used by the company’s drivers nationwide and have already created significant financial and operation benefits. Klicka has now committed to a further investment in 1,000 units to equip its entire fleet.

Cotswold Outdoor, the UK outdoor retailer, has incorporated Island Pacific’s IP Synaro solution into its organisation. It is using the Synaro solution to further enhance the service offered to its customers by its multi-channel retail business. It will also use IP Synaro to significantly improve its direct (website, mail order and B2B) business, enabling the company to identify customer buying trends more efficiently and to provide an increasingly effective service for customers. The elimination of manual data input of website orders together with improved promotional capabilities will also increase the volume of sale orders processed. IP Synaro interfaces with Cotswold’s customers’ existing and future retail and customer loyalty systems, such as Prism Retail ERP.

Holset Turbochargers, part of Cummins, is undertaking a five-month pilot with supply chain execution provider Wesupply to reduce cycle times and improve supplier lead times. Holset plans to increase production over the next three years to meet expected demand from global OEM and other parts of the Cummins group. The pilot involves key end housing suppliers, including a global supplier. In order to identify the potential benefits Wesupply conducted a Collaborative Value Assessment (CVA), involving all parties within Holset’s supply chain network, including overseas and UK suppliers, foundries, machinists and third party logistics providers.