Embarking on the journey to digitalize warehouse operations
RCS realized the need to digitalize operations. “The shift will enable us to do real-time stock updating and ensure faster transactions in, out and within the warehouse, boosting efficiency across all our processes,” shared Tongson. In 2014, RCS looked for a viable partner in its digitalization journey, prioritizing one that not only meets its requirements but also understands every aspect of the company’s complex operations.
“We talked with a lot of local and international top-level warehouse management system providers, and AEB was recommended to us by one of our suppliers. After doing due diligence on their technical capability, a lot of meetings and exchange of ideas, we chose AEB because they were able to meet our requirements and they provide the best value for money in terms of WMS implementation,” Tongson said.
The Cold Chain Warehouse Management System by AEB, a Germany-based cloud software specialist with 40 years of experience in global trade, logistics and IT, gives Royale Cold Storage visibility on shipment status, quality management, inventory, packing and dispatch of goods, making the Philippines’ leading cold chain logistics provider’s operations more seamless and less prone to errors. Designed to improve supply chain operations in cold storage, the Cold Chain WMS by AEB helps standardize operations and other cold chain processes such as blast freezer receiving, computer-assisted replenishment control, and stock removal strategies.
Cold chain WMS facilitates data collection for efficient putaway, picking, and packing of goods inside RCS’ cold storage warehouse with the help of mobile computers by Honeywell that are specifically designed for cold environments. The system assigns a QR code for each item in the inventory with all the necessary information such as product, batch and serial number, and shelf life, all of which the Honeywell handheld scanners can read in one scan. This process empowers warehouse managers with a more reliable network of data while simplifying complex warehouse management processes in real-time and with fewer errors.
AEB understands that digitalizing warehouse operations goes beyond transitioning from a paper-based system to a paperless one: It also means elevating food safety and management, which RCS is internationally accredited for. According to Tongson, AEB’s Cold Chain WMS helps the company manage items that are not compatible and consolidate compatible items, which is vital in allergen management.
The Cold Chain WMS by AEB gives RCS real-time inventory updates and clear visibility and transparency on available stocks. The system’s automated slot allocation and improved storage space utilization help speed up all transactions with different clients. The customizable WMS also cuts down time of receiving and confirming deliveries to clients through AEB’s system-assisted route and mobile applications, which Tongson said “makes our customers happy.”