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Australian independent grocery retailer Drakes Supermarkets has commenced the integration of warehouse and labour management system, CSnx, from Worldwide Chain Stores (WCS).

CSnx is a web-based independent tool that offers various capabilities, such as stock-less operations, voice, sophisticated storage algorithms, perpetual inventory and cycle counting, labour management and asset tracking.

The system is integrated into the retailer’s Brave Logistics new grocery wholesale venture. Brave Logistics will cater to its supermarkets across the country, as well as allow it to reduce costs.

“Brave Logistics is a crucial development for the future of our supply chain management and ultimately our growth.”

Drakes Supermarkets logistics manager Glenn Sutcliffe said: “Brave Logistics is a crucial development for the future of our supply chain management and ultimately our growth.

“We needed a functionally rich, grocery wholesale WMS that would fit our needs today, but also more importantly, for tomorrow.

“CSnx delivers best of breed warehousing and labour management as well as excellent integration to automation – all elements that were a necessity for us. Importantly, we also needed a business that culturally was aligned with ours. With WCS we have exactly that.”

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Drakes will deploy WCS’ CSnx warehouse and labour management platform at its new distribution centre. It will also apply a technology, with CSnx, to provide a ‘cost to serve’ supplier booking and Chain of Responsibility toolkit.

Drakes Supermarkets currently operates more than 60 stores across Australia with around 5,500 employees.

In May last year, the retailer announced a $80m grocery distribution centre in Edinburgh North, South Australia.