[Kenya] Nakumatt bets on new warehouse management system to bolster supply chain efficiencies
Regional retailer, Nakumatt Holdings, says it has completed the first phase of the Warehouse Management System, WMS, integration project at its Nairobi hub, as it seeks to embrace technology to bolster efficiencies in the supply chain in its regional operations.
According to the retailer’s Managing Director Atul Shah, the integration of an automated WMS is one of the firm’s cost control strategies. He said the new system provides a suitable cash flow management solution as it helps to curb and manage overstocking challenges. He said it also provides Nakumatt with a much-needed corporate transition from manual, to new generation automated stock management systems.
Among other advantages, Shah said the integration of the WMS provides a suitable cash flow management solution as it helps to curb and manage over stocking challenges. Optimum stock holding, enables the organization to avoid unnecessary holding of capital which will ultimately assist the business to grow.
“The WMS integration project provides Nakumatt with a much needed corporate transition from manual, to new generation automated stock management systems.”
The Nakumatt WMS solution, developed by Zensar Technologies, is powered by an Oracle Retail Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software engine and incorporates hardware solutions by Zebra Technologies.
With the WMS Integration, Nakumatt has already started to enjoy significant operational cost savings, with the average dispatch values almost doubling within its existing space.
“At its optimum performance level and with added features including an auto replenish system, we hope to enjoy maximum savings on our average dispatch value per day while managing shrinkage risk more effectively,” Shah said, adding that, “This world-class system provides us with a clear dash board to track our stocks from supplier delivery to customer pick up on the shelves allowing for proper business planning.”
At the next phase of the integration project, Nakumatt Holdings, has set its focus on the delivery of an auto-replenish system; which will easily, place the retailer on a top pedestal as an Information Technology reliant chain.