Two amigos. Wal-Mart de Mexico has hired Swisslog to design a new distribution center for perishable products in San Mart i n Obispo. The new, highly automated warehouse will reduce distribution costs and supp o rt the substantial growth of Wal-Mart throughout Mexico. By extending the cold chain from field to shelf, Wal-Mart will improve the quality of perishable products delivered to its customers. The project, which was developed by an international logistics team of Swisslog managers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Malaysia, will be completed in June 2004.
Staying current. GT Nexus Inc., a provider of global logistics technology, and RiverOne Inc., a provider of supply chain management software and services for manufacturers, have announced a strategic alliance. Company officials say the collaboration will produce a new synchronized and integrated supply chain planning, execution and logistics management system that unifies supply chain management and logistics management processes that typically are silo-based. "This alliance addresses the 'blind spot' that many companies face with order fulfillment and inventory in transit, and then linking these back to upstream supply chain activity," notes Greg Johnsen, vice president of marketing and strategic alliances for GT Nexus. "GT Nexus's global logistics applications and infrastructure complement the supply chain process offerings of RiverOne, creating a true end-to-end supply chain management platform."
Talk to me. Zanios Foods, one of the fastest-growing foodservice distributors in the United States, has contracted with Integrated Distribution Solutions L.L.C. (IDS) and Vocollect for a warehouse system combining the speed and accuracy of voice technology with warehouse management technology tailored to the food distribution industry. Together, IDS and Vocollect are installing Vocollect's Talkman distribution system in Zanios' 204,000-square-foot warehouse in Albuquerque, N.M., where the company is headquartered.