Beiersdorf goes live with RF

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The UK arm of Beiersdorf, the producer of brands like Nivea and Elastoplast, has gone live with a major wireless RF solution at its UK distribution centre. The solution delivered by Catalyst uses SAPConsole and Catalyst’s SAP Transactions to manage in-bound, picking, replenishment and despatch.

Beiersdorf appointed Catalyst to develop a wireless RF solution in summer 2005. Its main UK 100,000 sq ft distribution centre in Birmingham was using a paper-based system to handle the movement of goods through the warehouse. The system will now enable Beiersdorf to further improve stock accuracy, as well as providing a real-time view of both inventory and task allocation in the warehouse.

Martin Kelly, head of logistics at Beiersdorf UK, said: “We have ambitious business growth goals and this solution enables us to handle higher volumes in our distribution centre. The Catalyst SAP Transactions solution seamlessly integrates handheld radio terminals on the warehouse floor with our SAP system, so we now have full visibility of product movements and greater flexibility on how we allocate our staff resources at all times. The success of the go live confirms our decision to go with the Catalyst solution which is open, required less equipment to set up and was implemented smoothly and rapidly”.

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