Ambev Project Manager presented Case of Success at the 8th Pit Stop event

The 8th PIT STOP of Logistics and Supply Chain event took place last March 16 and 17 in São Paulo to discuss effective executions in the supply chain and new ways to overcome the productivity challenges in Brazil.  Otimis was also present with the launch of the Retail Advantage solution, as well as with the presentation of the success case of Ambev, Latin America's largest distributor of beverages, Otimis customer since 2010.  

Case of Success: Ambev: Ambev's Project Manager, Fernanda Lia Mazzi, delivered a Success Case in plenary, with the theme "How the largest brewery in Latin America boosted the logistics results using technology." According to Fernanda, Ambev realized that it should manage costs even more rigorously and reduce what required more expenses to continue to grow sustainably. Most of the companies invest strongly in human resources, which also happened in Ambev, but in a different and better structured way with a foundation in technology. "From the end of 2014, the company understood that the technology would be one of the great leverages so that we could reduce people without losing quality, without impacting deliveries, without impacting any other service. It was then that we began to take a leap in relation to investment in technology and this became a priority within Ambev," she explains.

In 2011, the deployment of the WMS HighJump solution started at the Jacareí factory, a company with very complex operations and that supports all imported products. For the success of the project and the evolution of the technological culture in the company, Ambev worked on a planning based on three main points: People, Processes and System. The synergy of this tripod, through training, benchmarking, study of improvements and work in conjunction with Otimis, made the implementation of the warehouse management system bring great differentials in production and significant results.

With the successful implementation, Ambev then implemented the WMS solution at the Uberlândia and Ponta Grossa plants. In 2014, "people understood that it is only through the WMS and the technology that we could reduce the operational labor and, with that, came the challenge of implementation in two large factories of the company: Pernambuco and Rio de Janeiro," adds Fernanda. The factory in Rio de Janeiro is Ambev's largest factory in the world, which required a sharp need for strategy and training of people.

At the end of 2015, deployments were made at the 5 factories that currently run HighJump’s Warehouse Management System (WMS) and fortunately the positive results for the company came along with them. One of the objectives achieved by the implementation of the WMS was the reduction of the labor in operations: in 2011, the company reduced 2% of people, with evolution in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, the company managed to reach 22% of labor reduction. Among other gains, there was also a very interesting benefit in the time of service, which is the time it takes for the vehicle to enter the factory, unload, load and leave the yard.

At the end of the talk, Ambev's project manager stressed the importance of investing in robust systems, even more now that we face great productivity challenges in Brazil. "There is one point I would like to share with you: the technology must be very well analyzed, it can be a great leverage for reducing labor and injury in companies," concluded Fernanda.

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