Corporation, a global supply chain and retail technology provider,
announced today that Materis Paints Spain is increasing productivity by
25 per cent using RedPrairie's Warehouse Management System (WMS) to
optimise production and distribution of paint products. The
implementation was carried out by RedPrairie's Spanish partner Alfaland
Sistemas, a division of the Alfaland Group, which is dedicated to
providing automation solutions, management systems and improved control
of the supply chain.
The Materis group has a turnover of €2 billion and employs 9,800 people
in 33 countries. In Spain its brands include Duraval, Revetón, ALP and
LCP, and the company is the third-largest supplier of decorative paints
in its domestic market, despatching more than 150 orders a day to
approximately 1,500 customers nationwide.
RedPrairie's WMS solution, supported by voice and RF technology, was
deployed at Materis Paints' 6,000-square-meter warehouse near Barcelona.
Results of the implementation include a 25 per cent improvement in
productivity, a 68 per cent reduction in picking errors and a 36 per
cent improvement in on-time deliveries. The site has a total of 13,000
product locations, with 5,000 allocated to picking.
"We needed to modernise our logistics management, as our existing ERP
system had little flexibility and was completely manual with unfriendly
screens," says David Torner, supply chain director, Materis Paints Spain.
This resulted in a quality of service that did not meet the requirements
of an increasingly demanding market.
"We reviewed what WMS solutions were available and began a rigorous
seven-month vendor selection process," explains Torner. "We set a list
of more than 200 key criteria and established that RedPrairie's WMS was
the most appropriate, with Alfaland Sistemas as a partner to implement
The new WMS is supplemented with RF data transmission technology from
Honeywell/LXE that includes a Spanish language voice pcking system.
"What we have achieved is a comprehensive system that has helped us to
eliminate paperwork and includes tools that monitor peripheral and
storage tasks, optimising our resources," comments Jose Maria Murcia,
customer service director, Materis Paints Spain. "And with voice picking
technology, the operators' tasks can now be addressed by the system,
saving time and reducing cost. It also frees operators' hands and
enables them to focus on the manual task of safely picking and
transporting paint cans and packages in the warehouse."
Murcia adds, "The solution has greatly improved our customer service by
sending an automatic email confirmation of order despatch, producing a
packing list per pallet and providing fully secure batch traceability."
Ease of use during implementation was another important consideration.
Torner says, "Rolling out the WMS solution went very smoothly as both
experienced and new employees perfectly adapted to the latest technology
and new way of working. Overall we achieved a qualitative leap for the
entire company in terms of productivity, control and monitoring, and
customer satisfaction. Previously, any problems that occurred during
activity peaks and took many days to fix can now be resolved within
Andrew Kirkwood, senior vice president at RedPrairie, commented, "With
more than 11 years' experience implementing our WMS solutions, Alfaland,
our Spanish partner, has done a great job to ensure Materis can benefit
from a robust and flexible system that delivers a significant
improvement in the company's productivity."
For more than 35 years, RedPrairie's best-of-breed supply chain,
workforce, and all-channel retail solutions have put commerce in motion
for the world's leading companies. Installed in over 60,000 customer
sites across more than 50 countries, RedPrairie solutions adapt to help
ensure visibility and collaboration between manufacturers, distributors,
retailers, and consumers. RedPrairie is prepared to meet its customers'
current and future demands with multiple delivery options, flexible
architecture, and 24/7 technical and customer support. For a world in
motion, RedPrairie is commerce in motion.
To learn more about how RedPrairie solutions can optimise your
inventory, improve employee productivity or increase sales, visit RedPrairie.com
or email email@example.com.
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About Alfaland Sistemas
Alfaland Sistemas is the systems division of the Alfaland Group and has
over 20 years of experience in automating the supply chain.
Alfaland Sistemas's customers are active within 3PL, distribution,
retail, food and pharmacy. Amongst others they can benefit from
customised solutions using software tools such as RedPrairie's
warehouse, transportation and workforce management solutions,
Honeywell/LXE & Motorola RF terminals, CISCO and Motorola wireless
networks, voice driven solutions and SGF systems for truck fleet
Alfaland Group specialises in providing solutions for supply chains and
is one of the most important corporations of its market in Iberia and
now in Morocco. Created in 1983 as a distributor of materials handling
equipment, Alfaland has evolved and grown to provide both equipment and
complete solutions to companies in the world of logistics. Through its
Equipment and Systems divisions it has clients such as the PSA Group,
Grupo Leche Pascual, Telefónica, Repsol YPF, VW, Mercedes, DHL
Logistics, CEVA, FCC Logistics, Michelin and UTi.
To learn more about how Alfaland Sistemas solutions visit www.alfaland.es or
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