Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 25 - Page 7

NEWS Holland & Barrett targets streamlined supply chain with Paragon software “To maintain our position as one of the world’s leading health and wellness retailers, it is vital that Holland & Barrett continues to invest in streamlining its supply chain, offering the best customer experience possible in the most efficient manner,” said Jason Thompson, Transport Operations Manager at Holland & Barrett. “Paragon’s routing and scheduling software solution will enable us to transform store replenishment, removing the need to keep high levels of inventory in store by delivering direct to shelf. It will also enable us to gain better understanding of where we can use third-party logistics partners in outlying areas through strategic modelling.” H Until now, Holland & Barrett has operated fixed daily routes with each store receiving a single weekly delivery. However, the health and wellness retailer decided to reduce inventory in the stores as much as possible, which would require increasing store deliveries from one to three times per week. olland & Barrett has adopted Paragon’s routing and scheduling software as part of its ongoing transformation, strengthening operations to better deliver what customers expect in a rapidly evolving retail sector. The software solution will enable the health and wellness retailer to restructure its store replenishment operation which supplies over 900 locations across the UK from its warehousing and international distribution centre in Burton-on-Trent. With such an extensive range of more than 9,000 different products, this is critical to removing waste and inefficiency from the supply chain. Following an external review of its transport management function, Holland & Barrett decided to replace existing manual planning processes with dynamic planning enabled by Paragon’s routing and scheduling software. ///////////////// NTT and SES team up to provide race management services to the Isle of Man TT Races T he Isle of Man Government Department for Enterprise, the rights holder of the Isle of Man TT Races, has announced that it has awarded NTT Ltd, a world-leading global technology services provider, a five year contract to implement a real-time race management platform for the Isle of Man TT Races. NTT Ltd will work in partnership with SES, a Luxembourg-based global satellite operator, which already provides the interface to the TT broadcasters. Although primarily in place to provide the race organiser with live timing and positioning data, the platform will also have the ability to enhance the viewing experience of the race and attract a new generation of digitally savvy fans. The platform uses Amazon AWS cloud services to collect real-time data from the various event vehicles at any point around the circuit which will be made available to race fans via the official website. This will facilitate live-time tracking services for course cars, travelling marshals and competitor race bikes at one of the most challenging racing events in the world. The contract also covers the Classic TT Races and the Manx Grand Prix, all of which take place around the iconic TT Course. The new real-time GPS timing system is targeted to be available for the 2021 TT Race. It will introduce the latest available technology to trace race bikes with a speed of more than 200 miles per hour (322 km/h) in real-time with a location accuracy of up to 10 cm on the TT Course. It delivers rapid update speeds, is highly precise and has an accuracy of one thousandth of a second. Its cutting-edge Machine Learning models will improve safety and has the potential to predict key race moments in the future. INTELLIGENTCIO 7