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Best practice leads to benefits across the Seafield Logistics estate.

Seafield Logistics, one of the UK's major third party supply chain, logistics solutions and contract packing specialists, has cut operational costs following the implementation of a Warehouse Management Solution from RedPrairie, a world-leading consumer-driven optimisation company.

The solution has already gone live in two of Seafield Logistics sites, with a third implementation planned for March.

Seafield Logistics has also selected RedPrairie's Duty Management solution to run its bonded warehousing.

Justin Hunt, general manager of key accounts, at Seafield Logistics, said: iThe implementation has led to massive cost reductions, and in the long term we are looking to put in place cross-training, and standardisation of processes across the company in order to derive these benefits in all our sites.

We selected RedPrairie as they are a good fit with our business. It went out of its way on the initial proposal, and we felt that they understood what we wanted to achieve from the project.

It was also competitive on price and the functionality that the solution offers represented excellent value for money. We wanted a solution that could be rolled out across multi-sites. We wanted to control the ownership, and be able to decentralise skills across IT, so that expertise could be spread across our estate. We were looking to drive down the initial cost of ownership, and importantly, offer improved service and more flexibility to our customers in terms of being able to interface data in and out of the system.

Seafield Logistics previously used a bespoke system, but this was proving expensive to maintain, with high on-going costs whenever interface development was required for customers.

The first implementation was at the company's Worksop site, which is multi-site and multi-client. A range of operations are carried out at these sites, including full pallet picks, alternative case packing and different types of storage, for example APR and bulk.

The second implementation was at Seafield Logistics brand new build warehouse. The project went extremely well.

The next rollout is at Seafield Logistics Northwich site, that will be for a key customer. The project involves building interfaces and real time stock management, and will be driven by SSCC functionality, with a go-live planned for March 2009.

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Title Annotation:NEWS & INSTALLATION
Comment:Best practice leads to benefits across the Seafield Logistics estate.(NEWS & INSTALLATION)
Publication:Food Trade Review
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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