CHE13/02: Chess Provides Warehouse Management System For Kuehne + Nagel Contract (17 April 2013)

Issue Date: 17 April 2013
Ref: CHE13/02


Chess Logistics Technology has completed implementation of a new warehouse management system for its customer Kuehne + Nagel. The system is being used to manage storage and distribution of food products on behalf of Spirit Pub Company for whom Kuehne + Nagel provides contract logistics services. Operations are carried out at two multi-temperature depots based in Greenford and at Trafford Park, Manchester with a total combined space of 18,000m2.

Kuehne + Nagel is one of the world’s leading logistics service providers. Its contract logistics business unit has over 75 million square ft of warehouse and logistics space under management in more than 65 countries. Spirit Pub company operates over 800 quality pubs nationwide, including brands such as Chef & Brewer, Flaming Grill, and Fayre and Square.

The Chess system forms part of an integrated ordering and logistics execution solution which includes interfaces with ordering systems used by Spirit and finance systems operated by Kuehne + Nagel. The Chess system is responsible for creation of supplier purchase orders and for the capture, processing and invoicing of sales orders. The system also interfaces with vehicle-based delivery solutions installed in the Kuehne + Nagel 60-vehicle distribution fleet.

The warehouse operation itself runs 24 hours for six days a week and handles over 1,200 fresh, frozen and ambient product lines, comprising around 2,400 individual deliveries per week. Efficient management of the daily case pick volumes is provided via real time technology driven by the Chess system which involves a combination of mobile RF and voice directed picking devices. Over 15,000 individual pick instructions determined by temperature, product and store requirements are completed daily, with stocked lines picked and merged with JIT products for onward delivery to pubs.