Blackmores, Australia

Australia’s leading natural health supplements supplier, Blackmores, has consolidated the company’s head office, manufacturing and distribution operations into its new Blackmores Campus at Warriewood in Sydney’s northern beaches.

The Blackmores Campus brings the company’s operations under one roof for the first time in over 15 years. Strong growth had made it necessary for Blackmores to split its manufacturing and distribution operations across a number of separate facilities. Bringing these services together at the Warriewood site, together with technology enhancements, brings new efficiencies and cost savings to the business.

“Bringing our operations back under the one roof will not only provide direct supply chain savings in excess of $1 million per annum, it will also enable us to significantly streamline our supply chain and enhance productivity across the board,” said Blackmores Director of Operations, Liz Burrows.

“We have taken the opportunity to install an additional production line in the new manufacturing facility, giving the business a 20% increase in production capacity to support future growth, and Dematic has designed our new distribution center (DC) as a flow-through facility.

“Raw materials feed through to production, and finished goods back through to storage and distribution. Materials handling is optimized at all stages, and the DC has been equipped with the latest generation of order picking technologies including smart conveyors, voice picking, RF and pick-to-light systems,” said Ms Burrows.

“We have also been able to rationalize our distribution IT systems with Dematic’s new PickDirector,” she said.

In a world-first, Dematic has integrated Blackmores put-away and replenishment functions within PickDirector, which seamlessly interfaces with Blackmores’ host computer system, JD Edwards’ Enterprise One.

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