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Georgia Pacific Cuts Distribution Centre Overheads by 22% with WMS from RedPrairie


Georgia Pacific Gains 100% Return on Investment in Just Nine Months

RedShift International, London UK, 16 October 2007– Tissue and paper products manufacturer Georgia Pacific, the company behind household brands Lotus, KittenSoft and Thirst Pockets, has automated warehouse management at its 350,000 square foot pallet distribution centre near Wigan, Lancashire, using Warehouse Management from RedPrairie. RedPrairie Warehouse Management interfaces seamlessly with the company’s SAP back office, creating integrated business flows across the entire manufacturing, warehousing and distribution cycle.

Georgia Pacific chose RedPrairie for its proven leadership of the European WMS market, demonstrated by live sites and referenceable SAP installations. RedPrairie Warehouse Management met most of Georgia Pacific’s requirements out of the box, was implemented in three months and went live without disrupting day-to-day operations.

RedPrairie Warehouse Management has streamlined all warehouse management tasks at the 24/7 distribution centre. Yard management costs have been halved using Warehouse Management’s point-and-click functionality to synchronise arrival schedules with the availability of yard personnel, manage vehicle check-in and minimise trailer moves around the depot. Automated RDT-controlled task management has increased worker productivity by 20%. Real-time traceability of consignments has eliminated the risk of lost items and increased order accuracy from 94% to 100%.

Georgia Pacific uses RedPrairie’s cycle counting capabilities to streamline stocktaking by interleaving routine inventory checks with putaway and picking tasks. This enables the company to gain up-to-the-minute visibility of inventory levels and enjoy 99.9% stock level accuracy. Real-time warehouse management, combined with RedPrairie’s advanced storage calculation algorithms, has optimised space utilisation, resulting in a 12% increase in warehouse capacity. As a result the company no longer needs to rent off-site storage facilities to accommodate warehouse overspills. “The efficiencies generated by Warehouse Management enabled us to achieve a 100% return on investment just nine months after implementation,” says Mark Dykes, Warehouse Manager for the British Isles.

Less than two years after the initial implementation, Georgia Pacific is now planning to leverage performance improvements and cost savings by implementing RedPrairie at its other European distribution centres in Wales, Ireland and Finland. “RedPrairie Warehouse Management has transformed our operations in Wigan and enabled us to exceed key performance indicators for efficiency improvements,” says Dykes. “We are confident that it will enable us to achieve similar results at our other sites.”

“Georgia Pacific has demonstrated how RedPrairie Warehouse Management can deliver rapid and significant investment returns through the implementation of proven, world-class, best-practice processes,” comments RedPrairie Managing Director and President - International, Martin Hiscox. “We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Georgia Pacific and helping the company maximise the benefits of warehouse management for its European operations.”

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