Today’s interview will be about the HAPP application in practice, about optimization of warehouses’ machinery parks with specific impacts on operation. Coca-Cola is a brand we don’t have to introduce. Each of us has probably tasted the product before. However, what is the secret behind the giant that controls the market across all continents? What is the process behind a bottle of coke getting from the warehouse into your house and who is standing behind the logistics of Coca-Cola in Czechia? We asked these questions when interviewing Jan Turek, Supply Chain Services Manager.

Hello Mr. Turek, what is your position in Coca-Cola and what are your exact responsibilities?

In Coca-Cola Hellenic Czechia and Slovakia, I work as a Supply Chain Services Manager. In reality, it means that I manage everything related to logistics, ensuring storage, smooth distribution, fleet management, although, taking care of cooling devices is within my competence as well. Furthermore, within our common Czechoslovakian operating unit, I coordinate production, quality, purchasing and manufacturing planning. So I don’t really get bored.

Within our cooperation, DYNAMIC FUTURE implemented a HAPP solution for your company, where did this inquiry come from? What was the exact problem with handling equipment that you were dealing with?

During the handling equipment supplier selection process, what captured our interest about your company was the approach towards fleet optimization. Furthermore, it was combined with technologies we had not seen elsewhere and that was a strong impulse for cooperation. Back then, we needed to verify our intention of electric fleet transition – in other words – machinery park.

What was the goal you set, what did you want to accomplish by choosing this solution?

We have large warehousing premises, share capacities not only for Czechia, but for the surrounding countries as well, so the basic question was whether the electric forklifts will be strong enough. Whether they are able to keep up with our working flow, whether the offered batteries are sufficient for the required performance and distance. And what was the analysis supposed to provide us? Definitely hard data and reassurance that the new fleet would handle everything.

So did the result meet your original prediction?

Yes, thanks to the dynamic simulation of operation, we verified that we’d make it and everything would go smoothly, which has later been proven in practice too. You’ve just brought us peace.

When you went through the whole process, what kind of companies do you think would benefit from using HAPP the most?

This method is suitable for any logistic enterprise similar to us. For companies that consider a significant operational change or investment and need to be sure that this money will be spent efficiently. The use of HAPP is quite extensive, in various logistic enterprises.

And what would you recommend to the companies who have yet to decide or are at the beginning of the process, what should a responsible worker both realize and avoid?

It’s certainly good to have at least two views on manipulation processes. Independent verifications with a dynamic solution could mean huge benefits. And when you want to invest, and the investments in our business are not usually small, it is needed to verify, in advance, whether the new solutions will work out.

How is your company doing today as you’ve been using HAPP for quite a time? What has it brought to you, in what aspects has it made your life easier?

Optimizations of our warehouse were designed according to real data, and, subsequently, they were verified during both in average and maximal operation and thus, it provided us calmness during implementing the new solution.

Within the optimization of handling equipment, do you keep track on some kind of KPI? Could the savings be converted to money or, is it possible to reveal the percentage of costs this solution has saved you?

The fleet became optimized, newly with electric forklifts that fully handle our very intense pace and, at the same time, they have much better prerequisites for work safety and are more environmentally friendly as well. In total, the operation of cart fleet was optimized in the way that, besides the mentioned benefits, we managed to save almost 20 % of costs compared to the original fleet.

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