Office supplier increases efficiency with Manhattan

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Vasanta Group, one of the UK and Ireland’s largest office supplies companies, has selected Manhattan Associates to support its distribution network.

Vasanta, which fulfils orders for its three subsidiary brands, VOW, ISA Retail and Supplies Team, will deploy Manhattan’s logistics execution system Scale at its new regional distribution centre in Normanton, West Yorkshire.

The 20,000 sq ft facility replaces Vasanta’s existing DC in the northern region, also in Normanton.

The existing distribution network is supported by a warehouse management system that is highly customised and, as a consequence, difficult and expensive for Vasanta to maintain.

The company decided it needed a flexible and modularised supply chain technology platform with the ability to be integrated with its future ERP platform, Microsoft Dynamics AX, as well as RFID and a new picking and packing system.

“Our legacy system no longer offered a good fit with the direction our business and IT strategy was taking and so it made sense to undertake a complete overhaul following our decision to create the new DC,” said Kevin Carrick, group IT director, Vasanta Group. 

“We expect our investment to improve stock accuracy, reporting, returns processes and to increase overall service levels. Furthermore, we now have a highly configurable and upgradeable solution which can grow with the company.”

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