Thursday 27th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Eliminating cost and complexity

Healthcare warehousing and distribution services provider UniDrug Distribution Group (UDG) has synchronised and automated all of its warehouse management processes by implementing RedPrairie’s DLx Warehouse solution. UDG – whose clients include major global pharmaceutical manufacturers – commissioned the new warehouse management system to modernise and streamline operations at its Derbyshire distribution centre.

The same instance of DLx Warehouse is used to manage two warehouses built on the same site, with a total capacity of 60,000 pallets.

The first stock was transferred to DLx Warehouse after an 18-week implementation carried out by RedPrairie. The transition won approval from UDG’s clients, all of whom recognise the benefits of the new system.

DLx Warehouse’s integrated multi-client functionality allows UDG to manage the diverse logistics needs of all 45 of its clients. Third-party logistics (3PL) clients can also manage their own stock remotely via the Web to check stock levels and process release or quarantine transactions. DLx Warehouse also helps UDG develop customised documentation and contents labels to individual client specifications.

Nick Blurton, UDG’s director of projects and contract development, comments: “DLx Warehouse’s integrated warehouse management solution eliminates the risk, cost and complexity of dealing with different suppliers and allows us to benefit from a best-of-breed versus a best-compromise situation. RedPrairie is helping us build on our leading market position and deliver innovative, value-added logistics services to our clients.”

Smarter, leaner warehouse processes and real-time control is improving the productivity of warehouse operatives while managing costs. Tasks are now prioritised and scheduled dynamically, with system-directed storage and picking maximising interleaving and minimising forklift movements.

Screen menus on the RF terminals direct staff to their next task, which has eliminated previously paper-based instructions. Intelligent storage analysis means pallets from the same consignment can be stored in different parts of the warehouse and still be instantly traceable.