PBL produces and delivers a wide range of soft drinks, table water, alcoholic products and other alternative beverages to more than 9,000 outlets in Mauritius. PBL brands include Coca Cola, Phoenix beer, Guinness and Smirnoff Ice among others. Their operation is based out of two production plants, a main distribution center and a few reserve warehouses.
The high throughput and limited available space at PBL’s facilities required SNS to ensure that processing time was at its minimum while the full visibility on batches, pallets and inventory movements is maintained. SNS configured and customized the Infor WM to enable options such as 2D barcode scanning, single scan receiving, advanced putaway processes, automated mixed pallet generation for picking as well as automated labeling from within the application.
The process of capturing data at the end of the production lines, loading and shipping to the main DC, receiving and putaway at the latter was tailored to be completed in just four scans.
The Infor WM software was integrated with both Coca Cola Basis System and Microsoft Navision ERP to minimize data entry. To ensure minimal hardware investment, SNS enabled the Infor WM to allow multiple pickers to use one picking station while maintaining visibility on individual tasks thus supporting pay for performance incentives.
“SNS’ knowledge of warehousing processes and the Infor WM software were remarkable, ” said Antis Treebhoobun, Senior Manager Business Systems at PBL. “Their professionalism and dedication were the added value of SNS’ consultants that ensured the successful and smooth go-live of this business-critical application.”
“SNS’ team of operational and technical consultants was able to go-live at PBL in just 4 months,” said Mario Ghosn, General Manager of SNS. “This would not have been possible without the extraordinary effort done by the PBL team in defining requirements, SOPs as well as setting up the proper infrastructure at the facilities. We are very pleased to have worked alongside of them on this project.”
About Phoenix Beverages Limited
Phoenix Beverages Limited (PBL) is a public company listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. It was incorporated on September 9, 1960 and started trading in 1963. Today, PBL ranks amongst the top companies of Mauritius, where it is the leading beverages company.
With a turnover of Rs 3 billion and employing more than 1000 employees, PBL produces an average of 1.2 million hectolitres of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and delivers its products to over 9,000 outlets.
PBL acquired the whole share capital of Phoenix Camp Minerals Ltd (PCM) in 2008. PCM was incorporated in 1931 and is the sole authorized bottler of Coca-Cola Company Ltd in Mauritius.
PBL also produces and sells under contract agreement with Diageo, world famous brands such as Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Malta Guinness and Smirnoff Ice for the local market.
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SNS services range from consulting and training to solution development, implementation, systems integration and support. These services are delivered by an expert team of operational and technical consultants, highly knowledgeable in the supply chain and logistics domain.