Shanghai and Atlanta - September 19, 2011 - Sinopharm Group’s distribution center (DC) in Hunan, China has successfully upgraded its supply chain technology platform with the latest version of Manhattan Associates’ Warehouse Management solution (WMS). Sinopharm expects Manhattan’s WMS will play a vital supporting role in helping the company achieve its target of RMB 10 billion (US$1.6 billion) in revenue in the next five years.
As China’s largest pharmaceuticals distributor – the third largest globally – Sinopharm has business operations serving the whole of China, and has invested nearly RMB 200 million (US$31 million) in its Hunan distribution center, which opened in May this year. Since implementing Manhattan Associates’ WMS, Sinopharm is now able to categorize products and manage storage requirements to meet different manufacturers’ needs, which is helping make order picking more efficient and optimizing operating flow. It also has the ability to analyze the performance of the warehouse and can identify areas where productivity and service level improvements can be made. Sinopharm estimates the enhanced capabilities offered by the new system will deliver productivity improvements of up to 30 percent.
The WMS upgrade will also enable the company to manage the increasing volume of stock it is handling, reduce overall distribution costs for manufacturing customers, and provide them with timely, accurate and high-quality distribution services. In addition, Sinopharm is benefiting from the software’s reliable tracking and traceability capabilities, enabling the distributor to assist the government departments it currently works with in regulating the pharmaceutical industry, and assuring safe drug use.
“One of our biggest challenges was ensuring our distribution infrastructure could keep up with the pace of growth of the business,” said Yang Kaiwen, general manager of Sinopharm Group. “We needed a system that could support rapid volume expansion at the same time as facilitating operational efficiency improvements and allowing us to keep up with the industry’s changing regulations. With the implementation of Manhattan’s latest warehouse management system, we have been able to achieve our supply chain optimization and industry compliance objectives whilst maintaining our position as market leader.”
About Sinopharm Group
Sinopharm is the core business of the China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation. It was established in January 2003 as a joint venture between China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation and Shanghai Fosun High Technology (Group) Co., Ltd. with an investment capital of RMB 1.637 billion (US$256 million), and was listed in Hong Kong (Stock code: 01099.HK) on 23 September 2009. As China’s largest pharmaceutical and healthcare group and the country’s leading supply chain services provider, Sinopharm owns and operates China’s largest pharmaceutical distribution network, striving to create a platform for the healthcare industry in joint development with pharmaceutical distribution, retail chains, pharmaceutical manufacturing, chemical reagent, medical equipment, medical and health products and other related industries. As of June 2011, Sinopharm’s business network covers 30 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. The group also has 58 wholly-owned and holding companies, and two A-share listed companies, China National Medicines Co., Ltd. (CNCM) and Shenzhen Accord Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Accord). For more information, please visit www.sinopharm.com or call +86-21-63211750
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About Manhattan Associates, Inc.
Manhattan Associates continues to deliver on its 21-year heritage of providing global supply chain excellence to more than 1,200 customers worldwide that consider supply chain optimization core to their strategic market leadership. The company's supply chain innovations include: Manhattan SCOPE® a portfolio of software solutions and technology that leverages a Supply Chain Process Platform to help organisations optimize their supply chains from planning through execution; Manhattan SCALE™, a portfolio of distribution management and transportation management solutions built on Microsoft. NET technology; and Manhattan Carrier™, a suite of supply chain solutions specifically addressing the needs of the motor carrier industry. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.