JDA Software Group, Inc., has announced that Marine Harvest ASA, the global seafood company, will implement JDA Warehouse Management across its global operations, beginning with its terminal in Gardermoen, Norway, in 2016. Software implementation and employee training will be managed by REPL Group, JDA's regional reseller and partner.
Marine Harvest ASA is one of the largest seafood companies in the world, and the world's largest producer of Atlantic salmon. The company employs 10,200 people and is represented in 22 countries. In 2014, Marine Harvest had a turnover of NOK 25.5 billion, which represents significant growth over 2013 sales of NOK 19 billion. As the global population increases and consumers focus more on healthy food products, the company anticipates continued revenue growth.
"Implementing JDA Warehouse Management is an essential part of our corporate strategy for maintaining the high level of product quality and customer service Marine Harvest is known for, while also increasing operations productivity and driving cost reductions," said Johan Sorensen, business systems manager at Marine Harvest. "The key benefits of the JDA solution will be greater control of all our warehouse facilities, increased efficiency due to the elimination of manual work and the visibility needed to support continuous improvement."
According to Sorensen, Marine Harvest selected JDA due to its experience in the fresh foods industry and the capabilities of JDA Warehouse Management to tightly control products, which is essential for any fresh foods manufacturer. "The new JDA solution will help us better locate and trace products, including semi-finished goods, as they progress through put-away, moving and picking," Sorensen noted. "The ability of JDA Warehouse Management to support radio-frequency identification systems, as well as voice-recognition systems, is absolutely critical to controlling our global operations and improving our overall efficiency."
Marine Harvest has significant growth plans, and Sorensen emphasized that JDA Warehouse Management will provide a cost-effective, scalable platform to support that growth. "As a large global vendor with best-in-class technologies and worldwide reach, JDA is the right partner for Marine Harvest," said Sorensen.
"Marine Harvest has tradition of success in delivering salmon and other fresh seafood products to customers around the world," said Johan Reventberg, vice president, Northern Europe, JDA Software. "Today the company's executives are recognising that advanced warehouse management technology can help maintain Marine Harvest's high standards for quality and service, while also reducing operations costs. As Marine Harvest prepares for future growth, we are delighted to help build a technology platform that offers the control, visibility, scalability and standardization the company needs to support its success."