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ecently Montague Cold Storage
re-deployed Paperless Warehousing's
WMS installation, the WMS Montague
has been using for years at its four other sites,
replacing another standalone WMS at the
Truganina DC. The changeover came after
Montague saw an immediate need for a more
efficient, flexible, stable and scalable warehousing
system, in response to the ongoing success with
organisations such as Allied Mills, Patties Foods,
Murray Goulburn, Bega Cheese and Warrnambool
Cheese and Butter, to name a few.
Implemented and integrated with its
customers’ interfaces, PW’s WMS enables
Montague to instantly move new customers onto
its system quickly and efficiently, eliminating
manual entry, and to better manage its overall
warehouse and distribution functions. The
flexibility and scalability of the platform also
allows Montague to handle any unpredictable
changes in its future operations.
“I would like to express my sincerest gratitude
to all the staff at PW for a flawless implementation
and migration to its WMS at our Truganina facility.
The changeover was done promptly and with
zero downtime, as if we were replacing a wing on
a flying aeroplane. PW’s exceptional service and
technical expertise brought a fantastic result for
Montague, and I look forward to continuing the
relationship,” said Michael Foreshew, head of IT
at the Montague Group.
“Having access to a scalable warehouse
management system with guaranteed efficiency
gains has become a necessity, rather than
a luxury, for food distributors,
grocery retailers, and the logistics
companies that support them”,
said Scott Symons of Paperless
Warehousing. “PW’s expertise
as a WMS innovator is proven
among many food and beverage
distributors, FMCG, retail
operators, third-party logistics
companies and many others.
I am pleased to see Montague
migrate its entire cold storage
operations to PW. Together, we
have a heritage of over 15 years
of successful business together
and are looking forward to
continuing our relationship for many more years
Truganina is Montague’s 5th distribution
centre to deploy the PW WMS platform, with
the other four located at Tullamarine, West
Melbourne, Keysborough and Allansford.
For more information call 1300 967 000,
or visit www.paperlesswarehousing.com.au.
blockchain uses, with the goal to learn as the
5) New supply chain uses will continue
As mentioned earlier, there are some identifiable
early targets for blockchain in supply chain.
However, new and unexpected supply chain
uses could emerge as the technology matures.
6) First-generation supply chain
focused blockchain solutions will l
argely be proprietary
Early generations of supply chain blockchain
offerings are being built by vendors who will
control the application other parties buy into.
This could reduce the technology's perceived
value because one of the bedrocks of blockchain
has been independent interdependence with
no controlling intermediary. The more likely
progression over the next several years will be for
a few blockchain ‘platform vendors’ to emerge
that will provide standardised systems upon which
numerous vendors will build specific solutions.
7) Some potential supply chain uses much
more complex then Bitcoin-like deployments
Certain supply chain uses for blockchain will
be quite complex and require more substantive
business logic than first-generation solutions
that only support simple transactions. Supply
chain is a prime candidate for ‘smart contract’
based solutions where the governing contractual
rules are instantiated in the blockchain
technology stack. In global trade, for example,
as many as 20-25 parties can touch an order
from initial source to final destination. Today
there’s no effective shared and immutable
way to systemically codify and manage these
types of complex multi-party agreements, but
blockchain has the potential to do so.
How do you get started?
If you’re interested in blockchain for supply
chain and operations, you should:
• Assess its possible value proposition and
transformative potential by building a detailed
business assessment with a gap analysis to
existing technology enablement capabilities.
• Develop a multi-year deployment roadmap
by creating a long-term strategic plan across
your supply chain.
• Assess and adjust this plan via supply
chain process optimisation, stakeholder
interoperability and enhanced levels of
authentication and security.
• Accept that most early blockchain projects
will fail to produce meaningful results.
• Consequently, only highly risk-tolerant
organisations should pursue near-term
investments in blockchain pilots to discover
prudent supply chain uses.
• Assess network readiness by engaging
receptive trading partners in early dialogue
around blockchain scenarios.
Dwight Klappich is a research vice
president at Gartner. He focuses on the
strategic role logistics plays in leading-
edge SCM organisations and how SCM
leaders' technology strategies and tactics
are differentiated from their peers. For
more information, visit www.gartner.com/
“Blockchain has potential to revolutionise multi-
enterprise processes, but this will add the challenge
of connecting a far-flung network of trading partners.”
MHD SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS — MAY / JUNE 2017
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