The Felixstowe Warehousing Company (FWCL), part of the John Good Shipping Group of companies, is implementing the Empirica warehouse management system at its 200,000 square feet facility situated adjacent to Felixstowe’s Container Terminal.
FWCL specialises in providing sustainable, international freight handling solutions and offers a range of services which include container loading and unloading, BRC approved food grade storage facilities, UK Customs (CFSP) bonded storage, pick and pack facilities, and UK distribution. FWCL handles deliveries from worldwide points of origin and onward shipment to destinations in the UK and mainland Europe.
The Empirica WMS solution was reviewed with other WMS options when FWCL looked to replace its existing inventory control solution. An implementation of Empirica within a John Good Shipping Group sister company meant FWCL was able to obtain valuable feedback on the system as part of the evaluation.
The Empirica WMS will provide control over all areas of the FWCL warehouse operation. It will also offer automated real-time task management via wireless handheld devices. FWCL’s existing Motorola handhelds have been supplemented with additional devices to cater for the anticipated extra users the system will support. The system went live at the end of November.