Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Logistics Shift as Largest Global Container Carrier Extends Warehouse and Distribution Options

Focus on Digital Technologies to Facilitate Ever More Complex Supply Chains
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EUROPE – US – AP Møller - Maersk is to extend its end-to-end container logistics services with JDA Software Warehouse Management solutions, to further build its warehousing and distribution services. The move is part of Maersk's ongoing focus on digital technologies intended to simplify its customers' increasingly complex supply chains.

Maersk claims that its Warehousing and Distribution services provide customers the advantages of an end-to-end delivery network and greater flexibility through a wide range of logistics solutions, in strategically located warehouses, as well as the latest processes and systems for cost effective distribution networks.

The addition of JDA’s cloud-based solutions will expand the range and flexibility of Maersk’s delivery services even further. JDA’s state-of-the-art Warehouse Management System will look to help Maersk customers improve warehousing processes and efficiency while lowering inventory costs. It will also help Maersk customers balance the imperative of on-time delivery with the need for cost-effective distribution. Henning Goldman, Global Head of Warehousing and Distribution, Maersk, said:

“‘Digital’ is no longer just a buzzword, today it is unlocking tremendous value for our logistics and warehouse customers in terms of simplification and better performance. JDA’s deep expertise and leading innovation are already creating competitive advantages for its customers. The addition of these exciting solutions to our portfolio is going to help Maersk continue offering our customers truly unique, end-to-end solutions.”

Getting inventory to the right location and at the right time often depends on networks with multiple suppliers and carriers. Digital solutions can provide visibility throughout the supply chain to improve on-time performance, for example coordinating the schedules of several carriers to adapt to real-world disruptions such as adverse weather. They can also simplify complex transactions between different players and sites with very different operating conditions. Johan Reventberg, President, EMEA, JDA, commented:

“Maersk is continuing to lead the industry’s digital transformation. Deploying JDA Warehouse Management, a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) based model in the cloud will unlock complete, end-to-end visibility so Maersk can easily manage complex warehouse operations across myriad customer environments.”

Maersk will initially deploy JDA Warehouse Management in Gothenburg, Sweden and in Newark and Santa Fe in the US, in the last quarter of this year and will use these sites to build the template for the global rollout across Maersk warehouse facilities.