Netafim improves efficiencies and reduces errors with Warehouse Management App

Netafim improves efficiencies and reduces errors with Warehouse Management App

Company type: global irrigation products producer and supplier
Employees: 100+
Number of locations: 4
Established: 1993

OVERVIEW

Netafim is a leading global producer and supplier of irrigation products. A subsidiary of Netafim Limited, headquartered in Israel, Netafim’s manufacturing and supply chain operations in Australia are supported by 4 warehouses and distribution centres. The company has been using SAP services across its operations for 20 years. To help optimise and harness the power of existing SAP deployments across the business, Netafim engaged the services of SAP Gold Partner, Acclimation, to enhance its operations with its SAP-integrated Warehouse Management App.

KEY OUTCOMES

  • Picking rate improved by 20 per cent
  • Error rate reduced by 30 per cent
  • Incoming goods receiving processing improved by 50 per cent

THE CHALLENGE

Consolidating and enhancing ERP systems

After implementing its SAP warehouse management system (WMS) in 2015, Netafim was looking to consolidate its SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and processes across its operations. With quality, supply chain, planning, purchasing, and customer service being managed through SAP, Netafim wanted to enhance its operations and management of its SAP system. The business was looking for a long-term SAP partner to help optimise its WMS, improving efficiencies and reducing errors across the business while also providing support in challenging times.

THE SOLUTION

Significant improvements to business operations with Warehouse Management App trial

After reviewing a number of potential partners and solutions, Acclimation’s Warehouse Management App was selected as the preferred solution for its integration with SAP, and Acclimation’s expertise as an SAP Gold Partner. Netafim has worked with Acclimation as a trial partner throughout the development and testing of the Warehouse Management App and has used the app to successfully transition from a paper-based system to digital. Netafim has grown as part of its transition and use of the app and has been able to easily introduce new product portfolios from a supply chain perspective. In addition, Netafim has experienced improvements in productivity and efficiency, reduced error rates as well as improved picking accuracy and employee engagement.

THE IMPACT

Increasing picking rates and productivity while reducing error rates

With a proven record and strong expertise with SAP products, Acclimation developed its Warehouse Management App to easily integrate with existing SAP systems. As a trial partner, Netafim worked with Acclimation to customise the solution for its business needs to improve all assets of its supply chain and distribution across Australia.

Through working with Acclimation to deploy its Warehouse Management App in its trial phase, Netafim has already seen significant impacts from the service. The Acclimation Warehouse Management App has increased workforce engagement at Netafim significantly and lets workers increase their accuracy and speed to delivery on orders. By extending Netafim’s SAP deployment to the warehouse floor, workers can access real-time data on stock availability as they need it, directing operators to where the items are located for processing.

Since implementing the Warehouse Management App, Netafim has achieved a 30 per cent reduction in its error rates, while also improving its processing of incoming goods receiving by more than 50 per cent. In addition, the business has experienced a 20 per cent improvement in its picking rates.

Acclimation provided support to the Netafim team in pre-and post-implementation phases of the deployment and worked closely with the team to optimise its Warehouse Management App to suit the company’s requirements.

“Implementing the Acclimation WM app was by far the most revolutionary update that our Logistics dept had ever attempted – and it has been a great success story. From improved picking rates to reduced errors and improved cycle counting, the app has allowed our business to streamline its warehousing processes and as we move even further forward, Acclimation is there to support.”

-Netafim Australia and New Zealand Operations Manager, Adam Roberts