Companies now face ever-growing challenges of keeping track of inventory and making warehouse operations more accurate and cost effective. Balsharaf were also looking to get a step ahead by cutting down on losses due to product expiries and ensuring efficient delivery rates.
Technological innovation is at the heart of the Saudi-based firm and the company believed they had found the answer to their business challenges with SAP’s EWM platform.
Back in 2012, Balsharaf Group implemented SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tool in order to automate a number of the core business functions within the group. However, the business was determined to ‘take the companies logistics operations to the next level’ with a state-of-the-art EWM solution.
As well as helping to plan shipments and therefore workforce capacity, the solution is also helping the company tackle the issue of food waste in the region. In Saudi Arabia alone, the economic impact of food waste is estimated to be around $13.3bn per year.
With EWM, the movement of products is based on a First Expiry First Out (FEFO) process, where products which expire sooner are shipped out first, therefore going some way to reducing the food waste crisis.
To ensure an even more accurate and successful roll-out, Westernacher was keen to advise a period of extended training and testing, with Riaz explaining that this ‘culture change’ was key to the success of the implementation.
After the triumph of the EWM implementation in Saudi Arabia, Balsharaf now plans to roll out EWM across more of its warehouses and we look forward to working with the company in the years to come.
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