Future-proofing the production line
A consumer goods manufacturer uses cutting-edge technology to power its warehousing & distribution facility
A great part of the 90s was marked by the swelling wave of globalisation. Every other company was rolling out marketing campaigns to serve the globe. Our customer – a leading producer of hygiene and personal care products – had already caught the wave. The only thing lacking was an advanced finished goods logistics setup. After months of deliberation, they decided to outsource the arrangement to the Czech Republic.
The customer had ambitious targets regarding the transformation of their in-plant logistics. They wanted to achieve efficiency at the highest speed and minimum cost. However, due to the lack of a clear plan, prioritisation and timeline projections had become difficult.
Right from the beginning, we worked closely with the customer to understand their vision and everyday operations. This helped us in setting realistic timelines and laying out a clear roadmap.
The project kickstarted with the opening of two distribution centres in the Czech Republic and one in Slovakia. Each of these were state-of- the-art, and great starting points in the customer's distribution-and-handling capabilities.
During the next few years, we optimised the movement of finished goods from the assembly lines to the distribution centres. Finally, another distribution centre opened in the Czech Republic, followed by the launch of international FTL distribution.
By 2015, customer’s storage footprint had grown to 15,000 square meters. However, the most significant achievement was clear single-point-of-entry visibility and control of the entire finished goods chain. This led to a further increase in management efficiency, scalability, leaner manufacturing processes, fewer business disruptions, and lower emergency and backup costs. Today, the customer manufactures their products in 40 countries and sells in more than 175.