Wine and spirits vendor Les Grands Chais de France (LGCF) has introduced Körber’s Warehouse Management System (WMS), Warehouse Control System (WCS), voice and gamification solutions to improve productivity at 14 of its logistics centres as part of broader automation and modernisation efforts.
The company is pursuing modernisation of its supply-chain processes through introduction of a WMS for all 14 sites and the WCS for its automated sires in Petersbach (Alsace) and Landiras (Bordeaux).
“Commerce has been unpredictable the last three years, and yet customer expectations and the demand for performance remain high”, said Ottavio Rivelli, SVP sales and operations software South Europe, Körber Business Area Supply Chain.
“Organisations must have technology that provides the agility and flexibility to adapt and respond to the market in consumer-oriented ways. We are therefore excited to accelerate the performance of LGCF’s national supply chain network – and help them bring their fulfilment strategy to the next level.”
Voice technologies and gamification are other areas in which the business is considering modernisation.
Gamification in a warehouse setting refers to the application of game-like elements and principles to improve the working environment, engage employees and improve overall performance.
Some of the primary goals of this are to make routine tasks more enjoyable, increase motivation and speed up onboarding and training processes.
The large-scale project will see the company implement software-powered solutions to achieve performance gains, improve supply-chain resilience and reliability, as well as the introduction of both automated and labour-engaging solutions in its warehouses.
Körber’s solutions have likewise been used to help optimise workflows through end-to-end support, whereas previous systems used offer limited operability, the company said.
“As the global modernisation of our supply chain processes is a major project, we look forward to partnering with Körber for several reasons,” said Eric Marseglia, head of industrial IT and logistics, LGCF.
“On the one hand, we are anticipating a thoroughly planned transition without interruption for our business. On the other hand, we aim higher than mere collaboration by building a strong long-term partnership for the strategic decisions to be made.
“Another benefit lies in the system architecture to be built, ensuring that integrated workflows will guarantee continuity in the production chain; i.e. total 24/7 system availability – for the sake of our customers.”
Works are set to begin on installation in June 2024 for four sites, with the remaining ten will be handled by LGCF. The broader modernisation project is expected to be done by the first half of 2026.
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