Office supplies giant improves visibility across its supply chain
Office Depot is positioning itself to remove friction throughout its customers’ shopping experiences.
The office supplies giant is partnering with Elementum, which provides a real-time supply chain platform that unifies procurement, logistics, manufacturing and inventory operations. By leveraging the company’s cloud-based Product Graph solution, Office Depot will gain global visibility across every segment of its business operations.
The platform enables Office Depot teams to interact proactively across functions as issues arise. It also keeps users abreast of production functions, shipping and inventory based on data aggregated from all integrated Elementum apps.
Armed with these details, Office Depot can shrink lead times and ensure material availability; as well as proactively adjust to issues in real time to deliver on-time and prevent stockouts. In addition, the technology will accelerate decision-making among cross-functional teams.
“Utilizing Elementum is a game-changer for our operations and performance,” said Gerry Smith, CEO of Office Depot. “With this sophisticated technology, we will transform our company, as we fully leverage this tremendous asset to better serve our existing customers and seek new opportunities.”
The solution will support merchandise moving through approximately 1,400 retail stores and Office Depot’s e-commerce operation.
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E-commerce leader to open robotics-based depot in the Big Apple
Amazon is expanding its distribution fleet to the Empire State.
The online giant plans to open a new 855,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in the New York City borough of Staten Island. The facility, which is Amazon’s first fulfillment center in the state, will pick, pack and ship customer items, such as household essentials, books and toys.
The warehouse will create more than 2,250 new, full-time jobs, and employees will work alongside advanced robotics. These solutions, developed by Amazon’s wholly-owned subsidiary Amazon Robotics, will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.
The project is being developed by Matrix Development Group.
“We are excited to bring our first fulfillment center to New York and work alongside the state’s incredible workforce,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s VP of customer fulfillment. “The support of local leaders has been instrumental in our ability to come to New York, and we are grateful for the welcome we’ve received to bring thousands of new jobs with benefits starting on day one.”
This is the newest facility expected to feature advanced robotics technology. Amazon also plans to feature the technology in its new facility in South Florida, dubbed a “mega warehouse,” which is set to open in 2018. The online giant is also opening robotics-based distribution centers in Colorado and in Connecticut.
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