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Cirrus Logistics Welcomes CLASS Customer Forum to Euro Car Parts

September 27, 2018

Customers of Cirrus Logistics have attended another successful CLASS Forum, held this time at Euro Car Parts, to discover some top tips on getting the most out of their CLASS warehouse design software.   

Following the very first CLASS Customer Forum held in January 2018 at Howden’s Joinery, Cirrus Logistics once again welcomed professionals from across the UK as they gathered to network and find out how Euro Car Parts had used CLASS in their new Tamworth T2 warehouse design. The forum was a demo-led workshop with a Q&A session aimed at existing CLASS users, bringing together industry professionals from across the supply chain and logistics sector.

The delegates enjoyed their tour of the impressive new warehousing facility. As the UK’s leading distributor of parts for all makes of cars and light commercial vehicles, Euro Car Parts has over 130,000 different stocked part numbers and supplies 325 outlets across the UK and Ireland. The group learnt why the site was chosen to be highly automated and how CLASS aided with the design of the new facility, using simulation modelling to determine the automated MHE and labour numbers.

Brian Gallagher, Head of Continuous Improvement at Euro Car Parts, shared how they were engaged with Cirrus Logistics on the initial model build and how they are using CLASS to continue to deliver robust designs.

“Using CLASS to model the new facility was a great tool for the management team, enabling us to try new ideas without the risk and to build the business case – giving confidence in our final design”, commented Gallagher. “We’ve worked with Cirrus for 2 years now and it’s been a really collaborative approach. The CLASS forum has enabled us to share our experience with others in the industry – how we use the simulation model for testing migration planning, process changes and timings; supporting business growth, speed and accuracy. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our T2 warehousing facility as we’re extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve and how we have addressed the logistics challenges of rapid business growth.”

With automation being a key interest within the supply chain and featured heavily within T2, the workshop explored some of the CLASS features dealing with automation such as conveyors, miniloads and their cranes, goods to man picking, and even drones. Delegates viewed a live demonstration and saw just how easy it is to add these objects into a CLASS model.

The group learnt about the benefits of Cost2Serv – the Network optimisation tool from Cirrus Logistics. This identifies optimal distribution strategies, enabling cost control and building competitive, resilient supply chains. A demonstration video of the recently launched CLASS Visualiser was also shared with the delegates, providing both real-time and historic visualisation of warehouse picking activity, together with a heatmap highlighting the most frequently visited locations.

Simon Shore, managing director for Cirrus Logistics commented, “Following on from the Howden’s CLASS workshop in January, the Euro Car Parts’ forum proved to be just as popular with places filling up within the first two weeks. It’s great to see such an interest in this type of event and we look forward to welcoming customers to our next forum.”

“As a team, we’re very lucky to work with forward-thinking industry leaders like Euro Car Parts, who were happy to welcome our customers and share their own expertise of using CLASS in such a wonderfully future-led facility,” adds Simon. “We encourage all of our customers to get involved in these events as it’s an opportunity to meet our team of CLASS experts and allows us to improve and develop our solutions further.”

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