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Sportswear giant selects Indigo WMS for new distribution centre

Global sportswear company PUMA has awarded Indigo Software a contract to implement Indigo WMS at the company’s new 13 acre Super G distribution centre in Glasshoughton in Yorkshire. When fully implemented, Indigo WMS will control the entire 261,000 sq ft warehouse process.

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Sportswear giant selects Indigo WMS for new distribution centre. Image: Indigo Software

Global sportswear company PUMA has awarded Indigo Software a contract to implement Indigo WMS at the company’s new 13 acre Super G distribution centre in Glasshoughton in Yorkshire. When fully implemented, Indigo WMS will control the entire 261,000 sq ft warehouse process.

With over 40 years’ presence in Yorkshire and with a valuable and loyal workforce, it was PUMA’s priority to find a new distribution hub which would sustain its existing business and facilitate its exciting future growth plans. Super G is a facility that meets both these needs and allows it to consolidate the three previous warehouses used to manage the company’s wholesale operations.

To maximise efficiency, PUMA’s new distribution centre will include partial automation features integrated with Indigo WMS. An automated scanning system will record all inbound items upon arrival, before they are labelled, assigned to the correct location and moved. Stock items will be transported by automated conveyor to the labelling area, where a unique identifier is added to each unit, specifying the SKU, volume and putaway location.

All these processes will be driven through Indigo WMS, ensuring stock can be located instantly, space utilisation is optimised and pallets of orders can be assembled more quickly. Data will be captured automatically in real-time, so management will have an immediate snapshot of supply chain operations at any time.

PUMA will also be trialling voice picking, with the intention of using this technology to improve turnaround times on fast track replenishment orders for its most popular lines.

“We carefully reviewed our processes and considered a range of technology options, deciding that Indigo WMS was the best fit for PUMA’s long-term growth requirements and complemented our existing ERP system. We were also confident that Indigo could meet the precise implementation timescales and deliver on our logistics growth target,” said Darren Schofield, Head of Operations UKIB at PUMA.

As part of the project planning phase, Indigo conducted a full warehouse process review, to ensure that the technology being introduced would address PUMA’s warehouse business goals.

“PUMA’s new distribution centre is going to open up a new world of paperless warehouse efficiency, with fully integrated, semi-automated operations offering a full audit trail and the accountability to support many business improvements,” said Colin Hough, Director of Client Sales EMEA and Americas at Indigo Software.

Once live, Indigo WMS will give PUMA the following enhanced warehouse management capabilities:

• Mobile first solution with touchscreen control panels and advanced reporting;
• Full integration with automated conveyors and scanners;
• Use with multiphase VNA (very narrow aisle) semi-automated forklifts;
• New batch pick and sortation process for faster turnaround times;
• Dynamic pick faces to optimise pick speeds and support automated replenishment to any empty location;
• Carrier integration reducing dispatch lead times;
• Systematic packing process to increase customer put away efficiency, since replenishment orders are more accurately labelled;
• Perpetual Inventory stock counting, reducing disruption in the warehouse during stock counting cycles and minimising shrinkage.

“Indigo’s software is great but ultimately, it is all about the people. Early on in the project it was clear their consulting team were very highly skilled and could deliver everything we needed to our strict timescales. It’s a very valuable technology partnership,” said Dave Butler, Head of IT & Business Solutions UKIB at PUMA.

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BMW Group uses Blockchain to drive supply chain transparency

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The BMW Group is using innovative digital technologies to optimise its processes. A good example of this is Blockchain, a technology that enables tamper-proof data sharing, with potential applications throughout the entire automotive value chain. The BMW Group is using this technology in purchasing to ensure the traceability of components and raw materials in multi-stage international supply chains. “In 2019, we conducted a successful pilot project for purchasing front lights. This year, we want to expand the project to a large number of other suppliers,” said Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

The automotive industry’s international supply chains are highly complex. They generally involve numerous players at different delivery stages and often undergo rapid changes. For this reason, considerable effort can be needed to clearly track a component’s origin or supply route, for instance. Up until now, it has been customary for the many partners to manage their own data separately. The companies’ respective IT systems have not always been able to communicate consistently with one another. For the BMW Group’s purchasing experts and its suppliers, ensuring transparency therefore involved considerable manual effort. The BMW Group initiated the PartChain project to ensure seamless traceability of components – more or less “at the push of a button” – and provide immediate data transparency in complex supply chains for all partners involved going forward.

“PartChain enables tamper-proof and consistently verifiable collection and transaction of data in our supply chain,” said Wendt. 2019 the pilot project focused solely on part tracking. In the long term, the BMW Group also expects the project to enable complete traceability of critical raw materials – all the way from mine to smelter. Wendt: “This move is designed to take the digitalisation of purchasing at the BMW Group to the next level. Our vision is to create an open platform that will allow data within supply chains to be exchanged and shared safely and anonymised across the industry.”

PartChain uses Cloud technologies (e. g. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure) in addition to Blockchain solutions. This allows the origin of components to be tracked between all participating partners without any risk of manipulation. The 2019 pilot project already involved two of the BMW Group’s total 31 plants (Spartanburg/US and Dingolfing), as well as three locations of the supplier Automotive Lighting. This year, the platform will be rolled out to about ten suppliers.

BMW Group co-founded Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) in 2018

An industry-wide solution would enable all partners participating to link their business processes more closely and coordinate between companies. However, common standards and control models are needed to leverage the full potential of an open platform. The BMW Group therefore co-founded the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) in 2018, a cross-industry initiative comprising 120 leading automotive, mobility and technology companies. Within MOBI, the company heads a working group on supply chain issues. The MOBI members’ shared objective is to help Blockchain technology break through in the mobility sector. “We want to share our PartChain approach with the initiative and invite interested companies to join the initiative,” explained Wendt.

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Wärtsilä Translink becomes first ever solution fully compliant with latest IEC and DNV GL Cyber Security rules

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The technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a DNV GL type-approval certificate and cyber security certification by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for its Translink solution, part of the company’s connected ECDIS concept. The cyber security verification has been issued according to the updated DNV GL rules and the internationally recognised standard for cyber security for bridge and navigation systems, IEC61162-460.Translink is a system that comprises the hardware, router, and software components. Together, they ensure that data can be encrypted as it is transmitted across the network using the latest protocols of cyber security. The certificates validate that the Translink Gateway has the key components in place to ensure secure operations. They also denote Wärtsilä’s commitment to developing cyber secure products in support of critical infrastructure and operations.

Wärtsilä achieved the certification after in-depth analysis by DNV GL, an independent third party, verifying that the system follows best practices on cyber security. The product is type approved and ready to be applied for vessels with the DNV GL Cyber Secure Class Notation, while the IEC reference aligns it with the industry prerequisites, as well as any regulatory requirements.

“Digitalisation offers more efficient and better ways of operating and designing vessel equipment, such as integrated voyage planning including the remote update of ECDIS charts. With a 3rd party cyber verification, vessel owners can take advantage of such new technologies with assurance that it follows best practice cyber security design. Wärtsilä Voyage has achieved the first Cyber Secure Type Approval using the updated February 2020 Type approval programme,” says Jarle Coll Blomhoff, Group leader Cyber Safety & Security, DNV GL.

“Great work has been done to ensure that Wärtsilä Translink not only complies, but sets the standard for ship-to-shore data exchange through secure channels. The full compliancy with IEC61162-460 and DNV GL Cyber Secure rules takes Wärtsilä Translink to an unprecedented level of security, quality and trust,” says Anton Karelskiy, Solution Manager, Wärtsilä Voyage.

Following more than ten years of experience in connecting ECDIS with implementation and certification of four generations of cyber security solutions, Translink provides a cyber secure gateway for Wärtsilä Navigation systems to the outside world, including for connecting ports (see recent Wärtsilä Navi-Port launch) or revolutionising voyage planning with the new Wärtsilä Navi-Planner.

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Maritime

CJ Logistics selected CyberLogitec OPUS Logistics to manage their global freight forwarding operations

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CyberLogitec, the leading provider of maritime, port/terminal and logistics operations technologies, today announced that CJ Logistics, Korea’s leading global logistics company, has signed the contract to globally deploy OPUS Logistics throughout their overseas subsidiaries and network.  The deployment will enable CJ Logistics to deliver a truly integrated and automated operating platform with improved communications and efficiency, increasing overall visibility and productivity.

Mr JinWook Lee, CJ Logistics global forwarding department director, said, “In order to grow as a  leading global logistics company, integrated operations and agile business processes are essential.  To achieve this, we are increasing our digital footprint by adopting OPUS Logistics as the heart of the operation.  With a single automated system, it will reduce manual work, human errors and eliminate the possibility of discrepancies which can result in loss of revenue.  It will also be giving us greater visibility of the entire operation and processes, important for generating better business collaboration.”

CJ Logistics was formed when CJ Korea Express, Korea’s largest logistics firm merged with CJ GLS in April 2013.  Recognizing that technology competitiveness equals logistics competitiveness, CJ Logistics leads the global logistics industry through continuous research and development.  The company has subsequently been recognized as one of the forerunners of technology innovation in the Korean logistics industry and has become one of the top 5 integrated logistics service providers, with worldwide operations in 155 cities in 40 countries.

CyberLogitec Global managing director, Tevin Choi said, “OPUS Logistics provides digitalization and automation capabilities to help maximize the efficiency of the logistics forwarding operations. We are confident that the flexibility and scalability of the solution will help CJ Logistics fulfil their goal as a global industry leader, to improve their operational productivity and hence generating increased business profitability.”

OPUS Logistics is a highly-flexible, technologically-advanced platform that helps improve the efficiency of global freight forwarders throughout their entire supply chain.  By automating complicated or repetitive business processes and expediting the sharing of information between users in the supply chain, OPUS Logistics increases efficiency, streamlines communication and provides critical visibility to improve profitability.

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