Software and IT services supplier Sanderson has won two major contracts to supply its Swords wholesale distribution system.
Lowries, which operates delivered and cash and carry businesses from three depots in northern England, has installed the system across its entire estate, while Eastenders, which already runs Swords at its depot at Leyton in east London, has extended it into two new premises at Slough and Birmingham.
The installation by Lowries was the result of a review of the Features > Business, following the acquisition of a depot in Penrith. The company was running systems from three different suppliers, and took the decision to integrate company wide operations within a single system.
Both companies will use radio frequency (RF) technology across all their depots to monitor goods inwards and help with stock control. In addition Lowries will use it to assist in order picking.
Swords will also allow Lowries to track customer purchases, and analyse profitability of products, customers and suppliers, providing information to assist in business decision making.
Eastenders will also be introducing a fast-track till payment system, Queue Buster, which uses RF technology, to reduce queues at peak times.
Alan McCartney, IT manager at Lowries, commented: “The Sanderson solution is set to integrate all areas of our business. We are confident that the software and support services provided by Sanderson will enhance our business by reducing manual processes and increasing profitability.”
Alex Windsor, director of Eastenders Cash Carry, said: “The Swords solution has supported our Leyton branch for four years and we were keen to implement the same integrated system at our new Slough and Birmingham stores. We know the system is reliable and able to support our growing Features > Business, and we expect to see a good return on this further investment in Sanderson.”