Argos is deploying the Retalix yard management software system at its nine distribution centres across the UK to optimise resources and improve efficiencies in day-to-day operations.
The retailer has been using Retalix’s warehouse management system since 1998. The new system is designed to provide control and monitoring of its 500-strong fleet in real time through a web-enabled user interface.
The first phase of the yard management system roll out is the vehicle tracking module, which is being implemented in parallel with the enabling radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
RFID readers are being installed at the entry and exit points of the company’s distribution centres, and each of the approximately 1,100 trailers and 500 tractors in the Argos fleet are affixed with a rugged RFID tag, automatically registering arrival and departure information as the vehicles enter and leave the distribution centres.
Adrian Burleton, commercial director – supply of Argos, said: “With a large network of regional and national distribution centres across the United Kingdom, it is essential that our tractor and trailer fleet is closely tracked.
“By integrating the Retalix yard management system with our existing Retalix warehouse management system, we will be able to optimise our yard and dock resources and eliminate inefficiencies that negatively impact our operations.”