Woolworths awards suppliers in supply chain project

Project covers biggest retail network in southern hemisphere

Woolworths has named enterprise software provider Infor as '2006 vendor of the year' for its contribution to a three year, multi-million dollar national distribution network project.

To be completed next year, Woolworths claims it is the largest and most complex retail distribution network in the southern hemisphere.

The retailer claims Infor's warehouse management system (WMS) has enabled Woolworths to increase its supply chain capabilities across distribution centres in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and regional NSW, with a Brisbane centre currently in implementation phase.

The award is part of Woolworths Limited's second annual IT Supplier of the Year Awards.

Infor Asia Pacific manager for retail solutions, Gary McDonald, said the awards highlights the vendor's position as a leader in high volume retail distribution solutions.

Woolworths chief logistics and information officer, Stephen Bradley, said Infor not only provided robust technology solutions but added innovative extensions and really went the extra mile to make the project a success.

Woolworths Supermarkets generates $A26 billion in revenue and has 120,000 employees. The company operates 740 supermarkets, 930 liquor stores and 430 petrol outlets across Australia.

Once implementation is completed at the Brisbane distribution centre, throughput is expected to triple.

WMS is a high-volume supply chain management solution that includes RF (radio frequency) receiving, RF loading, flow-through, cross docking, labour management and integrated voice picking.

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