Vasanta office supplies boosts supply chain

Leading office supplies group Vasanta Group has completed the first phase of its installation of Manhattan's SCALE (Supply Chain Architected for Logistics Execution) software.

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Leading office supplies group Vasanta Group has completed the first phase of its installation of Manhattan's SCALE (Supply Chain Architected for Logistics Execution) software.

 Vasanta Group consists of four main business units, including VOW, Supplies team, Caboodle and ISA retail. In a phased deployment approach, VOW became the first of Vasanta’s businesses to go-live with Manhattan SCALE at the company’s new 265,000 square foot distribution centre in Normanton, West Yorkshire.

The centre is now processing more than 5,000 orders a day for the VOW and Supplies team businesses.

To support the order volumes being processed by the distribution centre and to support the future growth of its different business divisions, Vasanta's Manhattan solution was integrated with radio-frequency (RF) technology, a conveyor system and the shipment tracking systems of UPS and Parcelforce. This enables carrier compliant labels to be printed and provide end of day manifest information for seamless integration with the carriers.

Vasanta also plans to integrate Manhattan SCALE with a proposed Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP platform.

Kevin Carrick, group IT director at Vasanta Group, said, “We required a solution that was not only flexible and agile enough to cope with the complexity of our organisation’s operations but that would complement our broader systems infrastructure including our Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP platform."

Carrick said Vasanta was now considering rolling out Manhattan SCALE at its Ireland operation.

Kerry Foods announced earlier this month that it is using GXS Managed Services to help simplify, manage and run its complex B2B supply chain.

The company, which owns the Wall's, Richmond, Bowyers, Dairygold, Kerrymaid, Mattessons and Homepride flour brands, said GXS Managed Services will improve customer support and its trading network’s security and disaster recovery.

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