Brands Africa has chosen CQuential’s warehouse management solution (WMS) to run its extensive warehouse facility.
Brands Africa is a leading distributor of FMCG products to the Central African Region. Based in Zimbabwe, the company boasts many years’ experience of successful trading in under developed markets, and turbulent environments. Brands Africa represents both local and international companies with strong brands providing leverage and recognition in these emerging markets.
Brands Africa CEO, Peter Tselentis, reveals the company engaged the services of an external supply chain consultant to assist with the process of finding a suitable WMS.
“We appreciated CQuential’s pragmatic and open approach that included advising us to take a phased approach to roll out as opposed to implementing the comprehensive solution in one go – thereby giving us better control and change management ability. This highlighted CQuential’s real understanding of effecting change in an operational environment.”
He confirms that the implementation of the CQuential solution will improve stock accuracy, enhance Brands Africa’s customer service and result in dramatic reduction in order turnaround times.
“It was refreshing to have advice from a potential supplier that was utterly focused on deploying the right solution for our company and the most successful roll-out methodology,” adds Tselentis.
CQuential WMS for the cloud is the only cloud based WMS that has been completely developed in SA and is uniquely positioned to leverage what is happening in supply chain with the global trend towards a move to cloud.
CQuential CEO, Steve Mallaby notes the company’s WMS, enables companies to manage all the elements of the warehouse essentially transforming it to become an integral part of the supply chain. “It has been developed to be an easy to deploy, cost effective warehouse management system that empowers businesses to effectively manage inventory, and drive integration plus collaboration across the supply chain,” says Mallaby.
Mallaby confirms that CQuential’s cloud based WMS facilitates operating cost reductions; provides real time stock accuracy and visibility, tighter control and efficiency, and accurate first time deliveries with fewer customer returns.
“The delivery of these mission critical improvements to Brands Africa’s warehouse management capability translated into CQuential being a unique fit for the company’s WMS requirements.”
UTi, a leading global supply chain management solutions company, has chosen to implement the CQuential cloud-based Rapid Deployment warehouse management system at several of its own distribution centres, as well those of its customers, in South Africa, the Philippines, Thailand and India.
The company chose CQuential after a rigorous process to select a solution that was both cost-effective and quick to deploy.
“CQuential’s solution was a close fit with our requirements, and we were extremely comfortable with its architecture and deployment model,” says Jacques Retief, global vice-president: Contract Logistics & Distribution IT at UTi. “We also saw that they could be a strategic partner for us given their client focus and desire to expand internationally, our need for a solution that would support our expansion into key emerging markets and our desire to replace several legacy warehouse management systems with a single platform.”
Developed in South Africa by a team of supply chain experts, CQuential was designed as a specialist warehouse management system delivered via the cloud. The cloud model means that the system is able to be deployed rapidly, making best-of-breed technology available without high upfront capital costs–a benefit that, Retief says, UTi found commercially attractive. The company chose CQuential after a rigorous process to select a solution that was both cost-effective and quick to deploy.
“We are obviously delighted that an international company of UTi’s stature has chosen to partner with us – initially in key developing markets in Asia – but with the prospect of expanding our relationship to further territories. Skilled labour is both plentiful and affordable in these emerging economies, so the fact that our solution can still deliver value shows the power of both the technology and the cloud model,” says CQuential CEO, Steve Mallaby. “With CQuential, companies can benefit from top-rate warehouse management software regardless of location.”
Mallaby says that CQuential integrates well into the leading enterprise resource planning systems. Thus, aside from improving operational efficiencies within the warehouse environment, it also contributes to enhanced financial and management reporting and planning.
CQuential is deployed in some of SA’s leading retail, manufacturing and pharmaceutical enterprises. Mallaby says the business benefits highlighted by these major companies include: reduction in the need for manual labour enabling greater staff productivity even where volumes have doubled. “Clients also report dramatically improved stock accuracy and enhanced customer service with significant reduction in order turnaround times.” He adds that UTi’s US and European operations have shown keen interest in implementing the CQuential warehouse management system.