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Electrical manufacturer benefits from IT upgrade

SUPPLY Chain optimisation provider Manhattan Associates, recently announced that B&R Enclosures, Australia’s largest manufacturer of electrical enclosures, has selected Manhattan ILS™: Integrated Logistics Solutions, built on Microsoft.NET, to run its six distribution facilities across Australia.

Rapid and consistent growth, coupled with a lack of system-facilitated warehouse management and Supply Chain optimisation capabilities, led to B&R’s existing warehouse facilities becoming over-stretched, making warehouse and distribution efficiency difficult to maintain.

The electrical manufacturer required a proven, robust and scalable Supply Chain solution that would allow it to introduce industry best practice to its picking operations and product tracking processes, as well as provide business flexibility and seamless integration into existing systems.

Manhattan ILS will complement B&R’s existing IT systems, equipping warehouse staff with unique Supply Chain optimisation capabilities that are not provided via the standard Supply Chain modules of leading ERP and manufacturing software systems.

“Moving from an entirely manual system to a comprehensive software solution was obviously a big step for us,” Brad Eckert, Manufacturing & Operations Manager for B&R Enclosures said.

“Rather than invest in a new distribution centre to give us additional floor space to support the anticipated expansion of our business, we calculated that the increased efficiency we would gain by introducing narrow aisles and a powerful Supply Chain optimisation solution would better manage the space we have now – increasing the distribution capacity of the existing facility and at the same time bringing discipline and simplicity to our operational processes.”

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