Office supplies group goes live with IT system

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Office supplies group Vasanta has completed the first phase of its installation of SCALE, the IT system from  Manhattan.

Its VOW division has gone live with the system at it 265,000 sq ft distribution centre at Normanton, West Yorkshire. The site is now processing some 5,000 orders a day for the VOW and Supplies team businesses.

To support the order volumes being processed by the DC and to support the future growth of its different business divisions, the Manhattan solution was integrated with radio-frequency technology, a conveyor system and the shipment tracking systems of UPS and Parcelforce. This is to enable carrier compliant labels to be printed and provide end of day manifest information for seamless integration with the carriers.

Vasanta Group consists of four main business units: VOW, Supplies team, Caboodle and ISA retail.

Vasanta also plans to integrate Manhattan SCALE with its proposed ERP system from Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Vasanta IT director Kevin Carrick said, “We required a solution that was not only flexible and agile enough to cope with the complexity of our organisation’s operations but that would complement our broader systems infrastructure including our Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP platform.

“After already experiencing a strong return on our investment with Manhattan at the Normanton site, we are considering a company-wide rollout of Manhattan SCALE over the coming years, which will extend to our operations in Ireland.”

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