AEB, a Germany-based logistics software specialist, acknowledges the value of cold chain facilities with the right system in helping address food supply and security, especially during a pandemic that crippled the global economy.
With 40 years of experience in global trade, logistics and IT, AEB understands the advantages of real-time paperless systems and the urgency of the implementation of zero-touch policies to reduce the chances of contact and spread of the virus, making them ideal for use during this pandemic and even after this global scare.
With more than 5,000 customers worldwide, AEB has a global view of how cold chain processes affect food quality. Its warehouse management system (WMS) suite caters to the needs of cold chain storage companies looking for unique and advanced features and state-of-the-art interfaces for future automated warehouse processes such as automated storage and retrieval system.
“We developed our cloud-based WMS with our customers and have implemented best practices from the industry. The goal is always to exceed expectations and elevate their experiences — in this case with food, to help them navigate the changes brought by the pandemic,” said Francis Kok, GM, AEB, Asia Pacific.
Making cold chains agile, smart
WMS enables more efficient handling of cold chain facilities, ensuring proper product storage and handling for suppliers and best-quality products for the end-users. Through WMS, cold chain facilities can easily adapt to market and business demands.
AEB’s cold chain WMS features blast freezer receiving, allowing simultaneous physical and system handling of frozen food items in a fast and continuous manner. It also consistently follows strict inventory storage rules, improving space utilization and increasing storage capacity, thereby resulting in a more efficient picking strategy.
As AEB’s cold chain WMS provides support for different picking strategies, it enables companies to benefit from better picking performance and 99 percent pick accuracy. AEB’s system identifies stocks for picking using strategies such as First In, First Out (FIFO), Last In, First Out (LIFO) and First Expired, First Out (FEFO) to prioritize items to fill entire orders. It optimizes space allocation and travel time, helping cut delivery lead time and order accuracy error, which results in higher customer satisfaction.
Equipped with unique capabilities and backed by greener supply chains, AEB’s WMS allows businesses to gain a competitive advantage in the growing cold chain industry in the Philippines. One of AEB’s local customers, South Alps, attests to the advantages of integrating an effective cold chain WMS to its operations.