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Gordons Chemists of Northern Ireland has contracted AquiTec to provide warehouse management (WMS) and procurement solutions for its centralised distribution centre in Banbridge, Co. Down. AquiTec’s SCE solutions will enable Gordons Chemists to deliver increased productivity and accuracy in the warehouse as well as provide the information required to react more quickly to market trends. By linking AquiTec’s WMS and procurement applications with its EPOS systems, Gordons Chemists will increase its competitive position by reacting more quickly to market trends through increased visibility of stockholdings and fast and slow selling products. Auto-putaway and let-down functionality will also help to increase productivity and accuracy in the warehouse.

Specialist magazine part work finisher Pakfin has selected Empirica warehouse management software from Chess Logistics Technology to manage rework projects at its facilities in Earls Colne and Colchester, Essex. The Empirica software is being used to manage and track returns and rework items in the warehouses and, through real-time provision of information, support enhanced services such as web-enabled reporting and stock call-off for customers. Empirica enables Pakfin to generate accurate reports it can view immediately over the web as well as see what is in stock including the specific location of any item or pallet.

Preston-based James Hall & Co, Spar wholesaler for the North-west, has invested in an 80 user Voice Directed Picking system at its Preston RDC. Business Computer Projects Ltd (BCP) is supplying the solution, including all hardware, software and services. The system at Halls encompasses BCP’s Accord Voice Picking solution, operating with Vocollect Talkman T2 terminals on a Symbol Technologies Spread Spectrum 24 RF network. It replaces a paper-based ‘Pick by label’ system.

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