“Atos Origin delivers RFID-enabled Warehouse Management System to Metro Group Distribution Logistics”
Paris, January 25, 2005
Atos Origin, an international information technology (IT) services company, announced today that Metro Group Distribution Logistics (MDL) went live with pallet level Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The basis is the RFID enabled Warehouse Management System from Atos Origin using leading-edge RFID chip technology from Philips.
With a turnover of more than 56 billion Euros and some 250,000 employees, Metro Group is the third-biggest retailer worldwide. It operates several divisions such as Kaufhof, Media Markt, Saturn, Praktiker, Metro Cash & Carry, Real and Extra (Real and Extra are the Hyper- and Supermarkets in Europe).
All the warehouse logistics for Real and Extra are managed by MDL with Atos Origin's ICAM Warehouse Management System. From eight regional food warehouses across Europe - which stock dry foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as frozen foods - around 16,000 different products are delivered every day to 850 outlets. One of these eight distribution centres is the largest frozen foods warehouse in Europe.
To achieve world-class logistic performance MDL relies on Atos Origin's ICAM Warehouse Management System, which manages all the processes from receiving the goods via 600 trucks with 5,000 pallets a day to shipment through some 300,000 handling units.
In July 2004, Atos Origin started the project to adapt the Warehouse Management System to operate with RFID. This included the implementation of changes in the inbound and outbound logistic flows in order to accommodate the use of RFID.
Since November 2004 pallet-level RFID is in use at the MDL and from the end of this year RFID will be used at unit level. Philips - the world's largest producer of RFID chips with more than 1 billion shipped to date – is working closely with Atos Origin in this project. Philips will provide its UCODE chip solutions that work in the Ultra High Frequency range.
Mr. Olaf Roehr, Director Information Technology at Metro Group Distribution Logistics said: "Logistics of food is complex and mission-critical to the Metro Group. With Atos Origin's RFID-enabled ICAM Warehouse Management System solution we now have a state of the art solution."
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ING, KPN, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, Telecom Italia, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.
Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
José de Vries,
PR manager Atos Origin
Tel.: PR manager Atos Origin