Manufacturer & supplier of hygienic paper products Northwood has made the transition from pen-and-paper driven warehousing to ‘next-level’ digital technology after investing in a cloud-based WMS from SnapFulfil.
Northwood Companies is in the mid stages of a three-year SaaS deal with SnapFulfil for an initial three UK sites, progressing to between 40-45 users as implementations are phased in.
Its 400,000ft2 Oldham operation was onboarded as a proof of concept with system training and live testing handled remotely using SnapFulfil’s ease of integration and solutions-based approach.
Phase 2 of the project was Northwood’s 350,000ft2 consumer production plant in Birmingham – which handles kitchen and toilet roll lines for the UK retail market – in order to ramp up and pivot to meet the volatile retail demands brought on during the pandemic.
Implementation was even more crucial, while part automating the pallet process and full RF output also facilitated little-to-no disruptions.
“The platform allows us to progressively phase in the solution to improve workflows and manage productivity. That’s the beauty of the cloud model – the heavy lifting has already been done and we know in advance what’s coming and how best to handle it,” said Steve Whitehouse, IT Director at Northwood.