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Kuehne + Nagel launches warehouse management system

Steve Rogerson
May 22, 2018



As digitalisation and ecommerce are transforming warehousing and distribution, Kuehne + Nagel is launching a global warehouse management system (WMS). It has already been deployed in China at an omni-channel distribution centre for a major fashion brand.
 
Called KN SwiftLog, it is a scalable platform with global reach, and powered by JDA Warehouse Management.
 
“Consumer and business requirements are rapidly changing,” said Gianfranco Sgro, member of the managing board of Switzerland-based Kuehne + Nagel. “Anticipating these trends, we constantly adapt the physical and logical organisation of our fulfilment centres and enhance our management warehouse systems. New key variables are process digitalisation, change in order profile, opportunistic inventory allocation and speed. Our customers will benefit from a state-of-the-art platform in the market, which is currently the most important single investment in contract logistics at Kuehne + Nagel.”
 
JDA Warehouse Management, extended by Kuehne + Nagel features and expertise, generates a digital output to form a platform for omni-channel fulfilment. It is available with specific industry vertical templates.
 
The aim is for it to become the global standard of Kuehne + Nagel, upgrading more than 400 fulfilment centres across the world. The picking enhancement technologies and communications platforms to exchange data with the major ecommerce players are already embedded.
 
“We are pleased to power KN SwiftLog with our best-in-class JDA Warehouse Management solution, which is facilitating digital transformation for some of the most complex supply chain environments around the world,” said Girish Rishi, chief executive officer for JDA. “JDA has a long track record of delivering WMS for some of the most complex and variable warehouse operations, including third-party logistics, food and beverage, consumer products, retail, and life sciences industries.”