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Coca-Cola wins award for supply chain efficiency

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) was awarded the Manufacturing Logistics Award at the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia Awards in Melbourne recently.

The award recognises the success of CCA’s supply chain remodelling program Project Jupiter, which has substantially improved order fulfilment efficiency, reduced distribution and transport costs, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The program, implemented by Dematic, was designed to ensure CCA can service their 14,000 route trade customers across the state from their Eastern Creek distribution centre.

Within eight weeks of operation, CCA achieved productivity rates of more than 1400 picks/hour thanks to Dematic’s picking system which pairs suitable orders and fulfils them using ‘goods-to-the-man’ pick modules.

Dematic’s Industry Logistics Manager, David Rubie, said the negative-put process takes advantage of a practice sometimes used by experienced pickers to reduce their workload.

“Smart pickers will occasionally notice that among the orders they have, there are a couple with which they can kill two birds with one stone, or, in this case, complete two orders with one pick,” said Mr Rubie.

Voice-directed computing is used for all other case picking, with CCA’s team of up to 25 pickers equipped with Dematic’s latest wireless Bluetooth-enabled Vocollect voice computers and headsets.

CCA spent $180 million in capital expenditure to remodel their supply chain, which should have the capacity to store and deliver forecast volumes until 2015.

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