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Meachers new warehouse system helps secure agreement with Coopervision

Meachers Group's new state-of-the-art Warehouse Management Information System has been instrumental in helping it secure an agreement to provide CooperVision with overflow warehousing and local distribution. The world's third largest contact lens maker and number one manufacturer of soft toric lenses, CooperVision's recent acquisition of Ocular Sciences together with year on year growth has necessitated the company outsourcing part of its warehousing requirements.

Meachers won the business by demonstrating its ability to provide CooperVision with high levels of customer service from its Southampton headquarters. As part of the agreement, Meachers will undertake the storage of raw materials and quality assurance records at its Nursling and Derby facilities.

A key factor in awarding Meachers the business was the company's new Warehouse Management Information System. Designed to run on internally hosted and managed file servers in Southampton, the system uses innovative software to allow CooperVision access to current stock levels and movement figures over the Internet.

The state-of-the-art system has been developed to provide customers with accurate, timely and complete visibility of information across the supply chain. The system uses radio and barcode scanning technology to scan goods in and out of its warehouses and provides flexible communication facilities to interface with a variety of other systems.

“Meachers was able to provide us with a significantly improved service offer”, said Stephen Green, Buyer at CooperVision. “We now have the facility to place live stock orders over the Internet and know that they will be delivered the next day. Meachers service is excellent and is proving to be a great success.”

Meachers new Warehouse Information Management System is part of an overall investment programme currently being undertaken by the Group. In addition the company has spent £2.5 million on new tractors and trailers and has equipped vehicles with a state-of-the-art back view reversing LED camera system, colour monitor and sound facility.

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