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Nakumatt Holdings Warehouse Executive, John Githinji scanning a dispatch consignment using a handheld scanner. Nakumatt Holdings has deployed an automated warehousing solution, to boost its supply chain efficiencies, across East Africa.

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Nakumatt’s warehouse management system reduces employees working days

Nakumatt Holdings Warehouse Executive, John Githinji scanning a dispatch consignment using a handheld scanner. Nakumatt Holdings has deployed an automated warehousing solution, to boost its supply chain efficiencies, across East Africa.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 – Nakumatt Holdings, has announced the first phase completion of a Warehouse Management System (WMS) integration project, at its Nairobi logistics hub.

The successful completion of the project will now see Nakumatt deploying an automated warehousing solution, to boost its supply chain efficiencies, across East Africa.

As part of the project rollout milestones, staff at Nakumatt’s central warehouses, have managed to cut their official working days to six from seven, while significantly raising the firm’s stock inventory accuracy.

Nakumatt Holdings Managing Director, Mr. Atul Shah, said the integration of an automated WMS is part of the firm’s cost containment strategies.

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.

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The installation of the online WMS, has also seen a massive skills transfer at Nakumatt, with more than 800 staff members now undergoing specialized user training.

As part of the project rollout milestones, staff at Nakumatt’s central warehouses, have managed to cut their official working days to six from seven, while significantly raising the firm’s stock inventory accuracy.

“With the installation of the WMS, Nakumatt Central Warehouse staffers in Nairobi, have for the first time in more than 20 years successfully managed to process more than 5billion shipments monthly up from an average of 3billion previously,” Shah disclosed.

With the new WMS system, supplies to the Nakumatt Central Warehouse, are now electronically scanned, verified, loaded and shipped to the respective branches. Technically, WMS also works on the

Technically, WMS also works on the pre-distribution process where allocation can be made prior to receipt of goods and cross dock to shipping area when it is received.

Prior to the WMS integration, goods were manually loaded and delivery notes generated with poor rates of accuracy.

The new WMS system also allows Nakumatt to process a double rate of supplier deliveries to its warehouses reducing the need to make direct branch deliveries. Technically, the WMS also enhances warehouse storage space optimization through system defined storage locations by department and the nature of products.

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