A few years earlier Astro WMS® had been implemented in Ahlsell’s Swedish central warehouse, and the choice to go with the system on all markets was a group decision. The implementation started in the fall of 2008 turned out to be a true success story. On April 19th 2009 (on a Friday) the old system was shut down, and the following Monday all deliveries were made according to plan, in the new WMS. Within one month picking accuracy had increased by 50 %, and efficiency was up by 25 %.
Since then the system has been continuously developed and improved. In 2013 the warehouse in Hyvinkää was partly automated, and Ahlsell chose to implement an integrated WCS from Consafe Logistics. The latest addition is a module for AI-driven box calculation, which enables reduced transport costs and a higher degree of sustainability. Ahlsell has also developed value-adding services in packing and marking, with the help of Consafe Logistics.
All in all the new system support has increased overall efficiency in the Hyvinkää warehouse by 30-35 %, despite the fact that the volume has increased dramatically since the implementation. But most importantly, the quality of the deliveries has improved and surveys show that customers’ satisfaction has improved to astounding levels.
For the future Ahlsell is looking into developing the system with more AI functionality, e g pick route optimization. And of course the aim is to continue to grow their operations, in their now future-proof warehouse.