Friday 21st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

IT Update (3)

ABP Connect, part of Associated British Port, is using the Autostore container terminal management system (CTMS) to manage its Exxtor terminal at the port of Immingham. The company manages the Exxtor terminal, handling all container-based cargo entering and exiting the port. Autostore, developed by Central Systems & Automation, will improve Exxtor’s productivity as well as container visibility, traceability, security and control. It replaces a manual-based container location and management system, and is part of a broader investment programme at Immingham being driven by ABP Connect. The system will maximise available capacity, raise container throughput, improve accuracy, cut paperwork and deliver real-time management information.

Glass specialist Pilkington is realising significant cost savings and improvements in management information having recruited Integrated Engineering Stores Associates (IESA) to handle the stores and procurement management within its Architectural division. IESA, which specialises in the supply of maintenance, repair and overhaul, and stores management solutions, handles the procurement and management of all routine items – anything that Pilkington does not hold recognised supplier agreements. Pilkington now receives just one monthly invoice from IESA rather than several from suppliers.

Real-time scheduling software provider Sidewinder Europe and Prolog Systems, the best of breed service management and mobile data solutions specialist, have formed a strategic alliance to offer service optimisation solutions to help organisations improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their customer service operations. The alliance enables Prolog to use elements of Sidewinder’s real-time resource scheduling functionality as part of its solutions. Sidewinder’s expertise remains in the real-time scheduling of resources.