Körber Supply Chain Expands Global Footprint In Eastern, Central Africa With Bidco Africa Limited
Kenya-based leading consumer goods manufacturer BIDCO AFRICA chooses Körber Supply Chain and iWMS to evolve workflow with solutions for the supply chain of tomorrow
MINNEAPOLIS – August 7, 2018 – Körber Supply Chain, a global provider of supply chain solutions, today announces that, in partnership with independent software developer, innovator and team augmentation partner iWMS, it is modernizing the operations of leading manufacturer of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) BIDCO Africa Limited. This is one of many recent global new customers for Körber Supply Chain and displays both Körber’s and BIDCO Africa Limited’s commitment to empowering customers worldwide with the digital, connected, and automated supply chain of the future.
Consumer expectations are driving the supply chain to change. From reverse logistics to same-day delivery, to mobility, to social engagement and beyond, companies need solutions to handle new business models, stressed traditional logistics systems and deconsolidating networks. Capitalizing on the Körber Supply Chain WMS and supply chain analytics application Körber Supply Chain Pulse, BIDCO Africa Limited is on a path to make this a reality.
“Our vision is to build an optimized, growth-oriented, end-to-end, seamless supply chain; leveraging best business practices, eliminating waste/muda, delivering comprehensive value to our customers and providing a competitive advantage,” said Milan Vyas, head of supply chain, BIDCO Africa Limited. “The first deployment of its kind in Eastern or Central Africa, our work with Körber Supply Chain demonstrates both of our commitment to revolutionize the region with next-generation technologies and driving the digitization of the supply chain. We’re creating a ‘platform for the future’. BIDCO supply chain is a strategic asset for improving operational efficiencies, driving growth and meeting current and evolving expectations to increase customer satisfaction.”
With an objective to hit a billion-dollar revenue within the next five years, BIDCO Africa Limited is constructing a state-of-the-art industrial park with 10 new factories. BIDCO Africa Limited, with Körber Supply Chain and the support of iWMS, is gaining end-to-end supply chain transparency to improve today’s workflows and seamlessly adapt to its rapid growth trajectory. This includes evolving operations with advanced traceability and recall management, inventory management, tracking and shipping via FEFO/FIFO expiry dates, and increased worker productivity. All of this is powered through real-time data analytics instantly interpreted in the WMS. The solution also easily integrates with BIDCO Africa Limited’s SAP ERP.
“We needed a WMS built to scale with our expansion capabilities,” said Alkane Patel, chief information officer, BIDCO Africa Limited. “After rigorously evaluating seven providers, Körber Supply Chain proved to have the best-in-class functionality. This includes upgradability, system adaptability, industry experience with implementation partner expertise, and interface capabilities at the lowest total cost of ownership. We now have the confidence to grow our business sustainably with visibility into performance metrics and a foundation for continuous process improvement.”
“Empowering BIDCO Africa Limited to easily meet changing business and customer demands showcases Körber Supply Chain’s dedication to and capabilities for fueling the supply chain of the future across global borders,” said David Houser, senior vice president, international sales, and operations, Körber Supply Chain. “We make this possible by providing the solutions of tomorrow and acting as an extension of our customers’ teams.”
“We are proud to welcome BIDCO Africa Limited into the iWMS family and for the opportunity to enter the Kenyan market,” said Richard Evans, CEO, iWMS. “We look forward to a long and fruitful association in which both companies can grow their potential in the region.”
BIDCO Africa Limited manufactures premium brands available across 17 countries in Africa. This is one of many recent wins for Körber Supply Chain and iWMS, including Jack’s of Fiji and Woolworths.
BIDCO Africa has adopted an agribusiness model committed to inclusive growth and sustainable development. BIDCO Africa is one of the largest and fastest growing FMCG manufacturer in East & Central Africa with the widest range of products such as edible oils, cooking fats, margarine, baking products, hygiene detergents, laundry bars, personal care, noodles & beverages.
iWMS is an independent software developer, innovator and team augmentation partner with years of global experience in consulting, building, and supporting WMS solutions. We offer proven industry-leading software from HighJump Software Network Solutions for warehouse and supply chain management.
iWMS is based in South Africa, America, Australasia and India. This gives iWMS access to the best resources and IT talent globally enabling us to ensure that the right level of experience is available for all projects at any given time.
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