ALSPEC primes its supply chain for growth


Aluminium systems innovator ALSPEC implements Manhattan SCALE in its eight distribution centres across Australia

ALSPEC primes its supply chain for growth
ALSPEC primes its supply chain for growth

February 26, 2012

Aluminium systems innovator ALSPEC implements Manhattan SCALE in
its eight distribution centres (DCs) across Australia.


A market leader in the design and distribution of aluminium systems, ALSPEC says it has enjoyed a number of significant operational benefits as a result of the project.

"ALSPEC has already experienced improved inventory management and control across the company¹s distribution operations since implementing Manhattan SCALE," says National Operations Manager Wayne Larsen.

"We have also achieved increased stock visibility and accuracy and more efficient labour management," he says.

Larsen adds Manhattan SCALE works seamlessly with both ALSPEC’s new and old Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, which "truly demonstrates the flexible nature of the solution".

"Most importantly, the Manhattan solution has the scalability to support our ongoing growth and enables us to deliver superior service to our customers at all times."

Larsen says its imperative ALSPEC has a cutting edge and highly optimised supply chain infrastructure in place.

Access to critical information in real time at each of our distribution centres is essential to ensuring the company can meet the increasingly sophisticated requirements of its customers.

Following a review of ALSPEC’s critical systems Larsen recognised the need to upgrade the company’s legacy ERP system, which had an in-built, but limited warehouse and distribution management capability.

"We offer a wide range of window and door systems to businesses in Australia and with approximately 400 staff, we are a sizeable organisation," he explains.

"As a company that is focused on continued growth and expansion, we realised it was time to move away from the outdated, paper-based ERP system we currently had in place."

ALSPEC decided to replace the old system with a complementary stand-alone Warehouse Management System (WMS).

"We made the decision to implement the Manhattan SCALE because we wanted a proven supply chain solution that could support its business for the long term," Larsen says.

"In addition, the solution needed to be both flexible and robust enough to effectively address the challenges the company had previously struggled with when operating a manual based system."

Larsen says Manhattan SCALE has enabled ALSPEC to

  • Accelerate goods flow
  • Enhance inventory management and control
  • Achieve more efficient and flexible picking and packing methodologies
  • Improve license plate tracking for cross-dock orders
  • Achieve more efficient labour management
  • Enhance stock visibility and accuracy


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