Morrisons supermarkets has signed a contract with Zetes to provide a wireless IT infrastructure for five of its manufacturing facilities in Yorkshire, Northampton and Cheshire.
The deal is being deployed in partnership with Computacenter and includes the design, implementation and support of a Cisco wireless infrastructure with mobile devices valued at more than £1.5 million.
The wireless network will replace Morrisons’ current, predominantly paper-based processes helping to create a more accurate and automated system and boosting operational efficiency.
The project will provide the supermarket chain’s manufacturing centres with real-time information once its Oracle eBiz ERP system is introduced in 2010.
Morrisons invested £6 million with Zetes in voice-directed picking at all its warehouses in January 2009 which is currently being implemented.
Gary Barr, IT director at Morrisons, said: “It was a natural progression to invite Zetes to design the wireless network within our manufacturing operations after their excellent track record implementing voice into our distribution centres.”
James Hannay, senior vice president for Northern Europe at Zetes, added: “This investment ensures Morrisons has the right infrastructure to support their manufacturing operation running legacy applications in the short term but also ensures they are technically ready for migrating to Oracle in the long term.”
A pilot project was completed in October 2009, with the full implementation programme due for completion by September 2010.