Nestle arm Nespresso standardises global distribution operations

Nestlé Nespresso, the supplier of portioned coffee, has successfully implemented Manhattan’s warehouse management system (WMS) for open systems at its distribution centre (DC) at Alfortville in France.
This is the third site to have had the solution successfully installed following previous deployments at DCs in Yvonand and Chavornay in Switzerland. The implementations at the three partner-operated sites in France and in Switzerland are part of a world-wide project Nestlé Nespresso is undertaking that will see the system rolled out to many of the DCs operated by the company’s 21 logistics partners it works with throughout the world.
Following a successful transition to the new system at Alfortville, Yvonand and Chavornay, during which there was virtually no interruption to the smooth running of the facilities, the sites are now fully live and benefiting from the system’s reliability and versatility.
Nicolas Gueissaz, logistics director at Nestlé Nespresso said: “Following the first implementation of Manhattan Associates’ WMS, we are already benefiting from reliable traceability capabilities that enable us to comply with the specific demands of today’s increasingly regulated food sector. 
“The new platform gives us centralised visibility of supply chain inventory and our operational activities worldwide and at the same time allows us to monitor the performance of our logistics services partners. We are pursuing our global implementation plan as a collaborative exercise with Manhattan’s team of consultants. In addition to the immediate benefits we are seeing materialise, as we implement at each site, the solution will demonstrate its scalability as we roll-out to the entire network and as our transaction volumes grow over time,” Mr Gueissaz said.
Following the go-live at Alfortville, Nestlé Nespresso’s roll-out program will continue at other sites across Europe during 2009.
Henri Seroux, managing director of Manhattan Associates France, added: “With a project plan that spans more than twenty logistics partners located in as many European countries, Nestlé Nespresso has set its sights on a position of supply chain leadership in its sector.”
The Nestlé Nespresso SA Company is one of the fastest growing operating units of the Nestlé Group.  Nestlé Nespresso, headquartered in Paudex, Switzerland employs more than 2,500 people around the world, and currently operates in more than 40 countries.

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