Arla Foods upgrades warehouse systems

Farmer-owned dairy company Arla Foods UK has signed a deal with Rocket for the use of its SAP extended warehouse management (EWM) blueprint and template for its distribution centres in Leeds and Bristol.

Arla hopes that the integration with the new system will result in transportation cost reductions and smarter stock consolidation processes. At the Bristol operation, workforce efficiency and management has risen as a result of improved labour and task allocation across ambient and chilled processes.

The project is part of Rocket’s ongoing work as a strategic SAP partner, which saw it drive the implementation of EWM technology at Arla’s ‘dairy of the future’ in Aylesbury and a distribution centre in Hatfield.

The successful operation in Hatfield was also used to demonstrate the new distribution centre technology working in practice. This enabled ‘process champions’ at the Bristol and Leeds depots to see the benefits first hand and communicate these to their teams.

Lewis Marston, CEO at Rocket Consulting, commented: “Our initial work with Arla ensured that it derived maximum benefits from state-of-the art technology, which enabled it to be a pioneer within its industry. At the same time we laid the groundwork for Arla to underpin its business with continual innovation and further implementations that could be deployed quickly at lower costs.”

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