Argos is avoiding disruption to its supply chain when planners leave the company by replicating the procedures they use in an automatic container management system.
The system from software supplier One Network Enterprises is also saving Argos money by reducing the time that containers are left in docks.
The container management system gives both Argos and the companies that transport its freight to its distribution centres real-time visibility of the containers.
More than 1,000 containers a week are tracked by the system.
Argos’ direct import stock manager said, “Agile systems are vital to ensuring that Argos gains a competitive edge through its supply chain processes. The One Network tool gives us the ability to automate the container scheduling process to ensure that the most important lines are prioritised as quickly as possible.”
The retailer has 670 outlets in the UK and Ireland. Its sales exceeded £3.8bn during its last financial year.