The provision of logistics services to the client commenced with the operational takeover by Advantis of the client’s main storage location in Wattala, the transit warehouse in Horana and the product distribution respectively. At the time the operating model required the client to dispatch two deliveries to the same location from both their Wattala warehouse as well as their Horana transit warehouse.
The journey commenced with a comprehensive physical verification of all stocks by Advantis, while concurrently uploading the counted stocks into both Inventory Management Systems maintained by the client as well as that of Advantis.
This ensured a seamless stock transfer and issuing process from the client’s warehouse in Wattala to the Advantis Distribution Center in Kelaniya, without any disruption to product delivery, on-going finished product transfers from the factory at Horana, import and export shipment handling or management of product returns from distributors.
The products transferred from Wattala to the Kelaniya Distribution Center were uploaded through the Goods Transfer Notes created from the client’s Inventory Management System onto the Advantis Warehouse Management System (Red Prairie WMS). A transfer schedule was put in place with a stock categorization based on product throughput, giving priority for transfer of slow moving products, ensuring a smooth flow of stocks without disrupting daily deliveries.
The customized 3 tier racking system was designed and built to store and handle a product portfolio which consisted of over 18,000 Stock Keeping Units (SKUs), whilst managing approximately 700 orders per day.
Through the re-engineering of the client’s supply chain process, the transit warehouse at Horana completely ceased its operations, leading to a single point dispatch from the Kelaniya distribution center, thus eliminating the need to carry out two deliveries per client per day.
This directly resulted in almost halving the daily finished goods distribution mileage of the client, leading to a phenomenal reduction of the client’s carbon footprint which is a key attribute of their sustainable development goals. It also invariably led to a significant logistics cost reduction to the client leading to further efficiency improvements.
With the intention of further improving the visibility of inventory information the client adopted SAP’s warehouse management module, which is now managed and operated by Advantis, at the Kelaniya Distribution Center.
The relationship between the client and Advantis has surpassed a decade and undergone multiple contract renewals, which is a testament to the service quality of Advantis and its positive attitude towards continuous improvements.