Bottlers Quench Thirst with Technology

A look at beverage companies that are using automation and supply chain software to improve operations.


The GS140 then builds the load on the chain conveyor, with either three or four layers depending on the customer specifications. When the load is complete, it is automatically discharged from the load-build cavity and an empty pallet is conveyed into position.

The GS140 completely automates the line with a 10-pallet capacity lift and separate pallet dispenser, using 40- by 48-inch wooden pallets. Empty pallets are loaded by fork truck into the empty pallet dispenser, which automatically feeds another pallet to the pre-stage position for the next load. The GS140 includes a touch-screen operator-interface terminal (OIT) pattern utility. Conveyor brings cases from the one-gallon-jug production line to the infeed of the FKI Logistex GS140 palletizer.

USING SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS

Other beverage distributors, such as Coca-Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers and J.J. Taylor, a beer and wine distributor based in Jupiter, FL, are turning to enterprise and supply chain solutions to improve their operations and optimize their distribution networks.

“In order to meet our growth and efficiency objectives, we knew we needed to make a change to our business processes and operations,” says Roger Tovar, president of Coca-Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers.

The company is deploying a suite solutions from Retalix at three distribution centers. The solution suite spans a range of business processes for the bottling company, including: enterprise resource planning; advanced warehouse inventory movement and management; business analytics; product delivery and invoice reconciliation; yard management and dock scheduling; a self-service customer Web portal; and voice technology for warehouse associates.

The Retalix solution suite includes Retalix Power Enterprise, Power Warehouse, Power Analyzer and Power PDA Sales, as well as Retalix Yard Management and Dock Scheduling and Retalix Power Net.

J.J. Taylor has selected Manhattan ILS: Integrated Logistics Solutions, built on Microsoft. NET, to optimize its distribution network. In addition, J.J. Taylor selected the Manhattan Supply Chain Intelligence (SCI) application to provide at-a-glance insight into its supply chain performance.

The solutions will be installed by working with Manhattan implementation partner Blue Horseshoe in multiple J.J. Taylor distribution centers located throughout Florida and Minnesota.

“We chose to partner with Manhattan and Blue Horseshoe to support our market growth as well as the onset of rapid SKU proliferation,” says Bruce Whitely, chief information officer, J.J. Taylor.

The Manhattan ILS platform uses optimization techniques to improve the flow of goods throughout supply chains, enabling companies to tie together processes, data and workflows to increase order accuracy, improve deliveries and gain total visibility into inventory. The solution is optimized for the Microsoft platform, and uses the complete Microsoft.

Manhattan SCI enables complete, consistent and integrated business intelligence for companies by providing at-a-glance insight into supply chain performance. With customizable reports presenting powerful analytics, companies can monitor the performance of key elements of their supply chain network from one intuitive workbench.

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