STORE SPACES

Woolworths enhances sustainability with MetricStream

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cape Town, South Africa — South African retailer Woolworths has implemented MetricStream’s Sustainability Performance Management Solution to capture and measure sustainability metrics and indicators around energy, water, soil, and waste management. The solution will also help Woolworths monitor supplier compliance with sustainability guidelines, and optimize the performance of the company’s sustainability projects and initiatives.

MetricStream’s solution provides a centralized framework for Woolworths to register and onboard suppliers for its sustainability management program, measure supplier compliance through periodic self-assessments and third-party audits, maintain supplier data, and manage supplier certifications. Woolworths is currently using MetricStream’s Quality Audit Management solution to optimize its Total Quality Management (TQM) program. This existing solution will be extended to include MetricStream’s Sustainability Performance Management Solution, providing Woolworths with a comprehensive view of supplier performance, sustainability, and quality management programs.

The solution will help Woolworths execute its "Good Business Journey" – a comprehensive plan to cultivate environmentally friendly and organic products, and to contribute to socio-economic transformation and social development. As part of the "Good Business Journey," Woolworths’ sustainability initiatives focus on environmentally sensitive farming practices to improve soil and water quality, save water, reduce waste, and encourage biodiversity. With MetricStream’s help, the company has strengthened sustainability projects by replacing manual processes and paper-based spreadsheets with a more automated, integrated, and collaborative approach.

"Our partnership with MetricStream has been critical to the success of our sustainability and supply chain management programs," said Zyda Rylands, managing director for food at Woolworths. "With MetricStream, we have established a common point of reference to assess, score, and track sustainability initiatives across more than 900 suppliers worldwide. Increased visibility into sustainability initiatives, coupled with workflow automation and improved collaboration with suppliers is critical to meeting our sustainability goals, and supporting our long-term success as an organization."

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Intelligrated introduces Knighted fulfillment execution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cincinnati – Intelligrated is introducing fulfillment execution systems, a new software model from its subsidiary company, Knighted Fulfillment execution systems optimize fulfillment in real time.

The Knighted fulfillment execution system acts as the operational brain, making automated, real-time decisions based on constant analysis of order priority, inventory, labor, process and equipment information to optimize fulfillment operations. This real-time software model contrasts with conventional WMS solutions, which focus on a cycle of planning, executing, monitoring and adjusting as a sequence of discrete events.

Knighted software uses points-based tasking algorithms to manage inbound and outbound operations, automation flow, yard, labor and inventory to balance and prioritize workflow throughout the entire operation. Drag-and-drop workflows enable software adjustments and process optimization, eliminating the need for complex software coding.

“The demands of today’s omni-channel retailers require fulfillment operations to ship orders faster and more efficiently than ever before,” said Greg Cronin, executive VP. “The Knighted fulfillment execution system model enables fulfillment operations to adapt in real time and deliver intelligent decisions at the speed of automation for maximum efficiency.”

Knighted fulfillment execution systems deliver a suite of warehouse management, warehouse control, labor management, business intelligence and order fulfillment technologies with enterprise visibility, scalable for single-facility operations to multi-site enterprises.

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Accellos updates WMS offering

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – Accellos is releasing AccellosOne Warehouse Management System (WMS) version 6.5, which is built on Accellos’ unifying technology platform, the AccellosOne Platform version 3.0. This cloud-ready WMS features an all-new configuration mechanism that leverages Microsoft’s Workflow Foundation, enabling partners and customers to analyze and modify business processes without writing code or using proprietary scripting languages.

“Our vision for a flexible and configurable unifying technology platform has become reality with the release of AccellosOne WMS 6.5 and AccellosOne Platform 3.0,” said CTO Ross Elliot. "Our partnership with MetricStream has been critical to the success of our sustainability and supply chain management programs," said Zyda Rylands, Managing Director for Food at Woolworths. "With MetricStream, we have established a common point of reference to assess, score, and track sustainability initiatives across over 900 suppliers worldwide. Increased visibility into sustainability initiatives, coupled with workflow automation and improved collaboration with suppliers is critical to meeting our sustainability goals, and supporting our long-term success as an organization."

Supply chain business processes require maximum flexibility and the ability for users to enhance processes as part of new distribution strategies or continuous improvement initiatives. The new workflow capability available in the WMS brings this level of process flexibility to our customers. In addition to the new workflow capability, this release also brings one-click software updates and a robust e-learning framework.”

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