Case study: MAVROGENIS – COLOPLAST
Coloplast develops products and services that make life easier for people with very personal and special illnesses.
In close collaboration with people who use its products, it designs solutions tailored to their particular needs, offering personalized health care.
The company, which operates worldwide, employs 12,000 employees, offering ostomy care products, bladder and bowel management products, skin ulcer and skin care products and invasive urology products.
Monitoring the storage and distribution process (warehouse management).
The company, always aiming at its development by offering services and products that facilitate the lives of people with very personal and special diseases, has significantly increased the complexity of its processes, making a warehouse management system (WMS) necessary.
The software application (WMS) is designed to support and optimize the functionality of the warehouse and the management of the distribution center, facilitates the organization, staffing, management and control of the use of available resources, for the movement and storage of materials in, inside and outside a warehouse
The main challenges were:
- Stock management.
- Avoid shortages of products, as it is easier to see when the quantity of a good is reduced.
- Avoid accumulating a large amount of a good. Instead of periodically ordering fixed quantities of a product, new orders can only be placed when necessary.
- Monitoring the positions and movements of the products as they are transported between different locations of the company.
- Process monitoring and immediate extraction of aggregate reports and data.
The solution – Installation of WMS systems
Coloplast was looking for a cost-effective, easy-to-use solution for organizing all supply chain processes and distribution channels when inventory and workload are greater than can be handled manually with excel spreadsheets.
Coloplast implemented a fully integrated and specific software application (WMS) solution that enabled the company to monitor inventory in real time, create work schedules and measure quality control. Since then, the company meets the growing demands by adding additional features and making the necessary upgrades.
The results – Best practices
- The difficulty of Coloplast not being able to effectively monitor inventory levels without manually recording documents has created the need for a true physical inventory solution. By using software (WMS), they are able to maintain accurate, manageable inventory levels, reducing waste and latency.
The benefits of a WMS system include:
- Ability to manage multiple repositories from one WMS system.
- Reduction of stock shortages by providing full inventory supervision, continuous control of the available quantity and informing immediately about shortages.
- Shorter delivery cycles of a product (shipping, delivery and return).
- Reduction of labor costs and significant savings of resources.
- Increase the level of service and accuracy in the respective deliveries of the products.
- Optimizing the use of staff and equipment that lead to increased productivity at minimal cost.
- Reduce storage needs. Automated storage management and optimization practices help to fully exploit storage facilities and reduce costs.