South African 3PL Provider Commercial Cold Storage Group Limited Goes Live with Accellos at Six Temperature-Controlled Sites over a Single Weekend

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Case study illustrates how CCS transitioned from costly public refrigerated warehouse software to the highly standardized Accellos One 3PL solution, improving efficiency, reducing operational costs, and supporting new growth opportunities

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – February 28, 2012 – Accellos, a leading provider of supply chain execution software solutions, has released a case study of its customer Commercial Cold Storage Limited (CCS). The study illustrates how the South African third party logistics provider was able to implement Accellos’ 3PL software, Accellos One 3PL, at six facilities in a single weekend and has identified numerous benefits of using the software to manage its refrigerated warehousing operations. Following is a synopsis of the case study.

Company

A subsidiary of South Africa’s historic Oceana Group, CCS is the largest 3PL provider in Africa, serving importers and exporters through three freezer and controlled-temperature warehouses in Cape Town: one in Durban, one in Johannesburg and another in Walvis Bay, Namibia, as well as a number ambient temperature facilities.

Situation

The custom-programmed management software CCS used in its refrigerated warehouses was expensive to upgrade and maintain. It also lacked capabilities that the company felt would be critically important to its customers going forward under increasingly stringent regulatory and economic conditions.

Solution

Teams from Accellos and its Johannesburg partner, Dovetail Business Solutions, implemented Accellos One 3PL on independent servers at each of the six refrigerated warehouses over a single weekend. Most of the functionality is standard among the several sites, but Accellos also customized the software to serve unique requirements of each facility.

Result

The successful effort transitioned CCS from its increasingly costly custom-programmed public refrigerated warehouse (PRW) software to a highly standardized state-of-the-art solution, paving the way to more efficient service, less costly domestic and international operations, as well as supporting new opportunities for growth.

Key Benefits:

  • Stable logistics platform
  • Standardized functionality
  • eVista customer self-service portal
  • Extensive RF integration
  • Fast, precise directed putaway and picking
  • Flexible rating capabilities
  • Powerful reporting capabilities
  • Current inventory information
  • Customer service options
  • Weekend install, six discrete sites
  • Strong local partner support

“It is easier to collect and manipulate management data and importantly, we can provide customers with faster, easier access to information that is vital to their operations,” said Francois Dowling, General Manager of CCS’ Cape Town facilities. “Moreover, we have a flexible, fully configured system at each controlled temperature 3PL warehouse site, one that will not find us accruing additional costs with every modification and new requirement.”

The full case study can be read at http://blog.accellos.com/3pl/commercialcoldstorage.