Nestlé and XPO Logistics are to work together to create the ‘digital warehouse of the future’, which will be situated in the UK.
The companies are co-creating a 638,000-square-foot distribution center at the new SEGRO East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park in Leicestershire, UK.
The facility, a digital warehouse of the future, will be occupied predominantly by Nestlé for its consumer-packaged goods and will function as a testbed environment for XPO technology prototypes prior to global release.
Scheduled for completion in 2020, the custom-designed distribution centre will feature advanced sorting systems and robotics alongside state-of-the-art automation co-developed with Swisslog Logistics Automation.
Its digital ecosystem will integrate predictive data and intelligent machines to deliver one of the most advanced distribution management centers in the world, giving consumers faster, more efficient access to KITKAT, MAGGI, NESCAFÉ and other much-loved Nestlé brands.
Nestlé Director of Supply Chain David Hix, said: “We are thrilled to be working with XPO Logistics to build a flagship digital warehouse and technology laboratory at the East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park. This is a world-first investment for Nestlé that builds on a century and a half of proud history in this country.
Acting as a business consultant to Nestlé Director of Supply Chain David Hix, prepare a management report which critically evaluates the challenges they face in managing this particular asset. Based upon these challenges make recommendations on what should be the key areas of focus over the next 3-5 years ensuring that these are aligned with their strategy.
The report should include but not be limited to:
- Key operational areas of risk associated with this asset.
- Maintaining the asset through its working life and key considerations
- Staffing options including a focus on peak activity and resourcing.
- Recommendations on how effective use of ERP can link warehouse activity to the strategy of Nestlé.
Students must be able to demonstrate an understanding of relevant theories and analytical models and apply them to aid the analysis of organisational environments and decision-making processes.
You will be expected to critically evaluate all of the key perspectives of this assignment rather than a description.
You will be required to show evidence of research around the key elements of the distribution centre and place these in the context of you report