Capturing the Magic of M3: Mobilizing the Warehouse

By: Avaap
Date: March 31, 2014

Weir Canada recognizes that the performance and logistics of its warehouse operation can make or break its success. Its customers operate in some of the world’s most challenging environments and rely on critical components to build or run everything from mines to wastewater plants to oil pipelines and nuclear facilities.

But it’s manual picking, packing and shipping processes resulted in slower performance, lack of visibility into product availability and increased risk of inaccuracies, incomplete orders, and resource inefficiencies. Moving to an automated process would deliver real-time insight into product quantities, ensure an accurate match to the pick list, improve accuracies in the database, facilitate a more expedient process and support higher levels of customer satisfaction.

“We needed specialized expertise to ensure Infor M3 Warehouse Mobility was implemented in the best possible manner,” said Gilles Kegle, IT director for Weir Canada. “Avaap provided a comprehensive solution, including advising us on the best hardware and software configuration as well as experience implementing Infor M3 Warehouse Mobility and knowledge of warehouse  best practices.”

Going Mobile

M3 Warehouse Mobility is a comprehensive suite of software solutions designed specifically for complex organizations that have physical inventories and assets to manage. Avaap provided a thorough infrastructure assessment and recommendation and implementation of hardware and software, including handheld scanners, printers, routers, wireless controllers, access points and associated software.

Weir Canada benefitted from Avaap’s expertise to deliver optimal hardware configuration and software services. Implementation was rapid, and included barcoding products and shelves. Now, with Infor M3 Warehouse mobility in place, all picking, packing and shipping is done electronically at Weir Canada.

“It was a straightforward project and completed on time and on budget,” said Kegle. “Avaap provided excellent support through the configuration and application set up, and through post go-live. They understood our business and how to implement processes in the most effective manner.”

Successful Outcomes

Avaap M3 Warehouse Mobility implementation helped Weir Canada achieve its goal of creating a best-in-class warehouse and distribution operation. Now, picking, packing, and shipping accuracy is improved and Weir Canada can service its customers in a more efficient manner. By increasing pick accuracy through bar code scanning, Weir Canada can ensure orders are picked and packed correctly. They can also consolidate orders, ship fewer boxes and as a result, reduce shipping costs.

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