MELBOURNE, Australia, July 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart Australia has announced it will partner with Cohesio Group (Körber) to deploy Android Voice solutions across its fulfilment operations in order to meet increased customer demand. This deployment will mark Kmart Australia as the first retailer in Australia to deploy Android Voice solutions across its fulfilment operation.
Set to go live from July, the deployment in Kmart's distribution centres (DC) will support Kmart stores and KHub stores that will be opening from July.
The large-scale deployment of Cohesio's Android Voice solutions powered by Honeywell's Guided Workflow Solution took less than four weeks and follows Kmart's previous installation of the solution at four DCs across the country.
Kmart has recently experienced significant growth across its instore and online channels. By deploying Cohesio Group's Android Voice solution, Kmart can better meet its retail fulfilment goals. With the Android Voice solution, the leading retailer will be able to meet faster and more efficient delivery and picking targets across its DC's, instore and online operations.
The Android Voice solution provides operators with significant productivity gains. The solution gives operators more freedom to carry out their tasks efficiently and productively. Users are no longer required to spend time looking at picking slips but can instead listen to order details while they continue to pick and pack.
The voice solution also provides the user with more information around location and order details, offering the picker an image of the product which is proven to enable them to make faster and more accurate decisions.
"Over the past few months we have experienced unprecedented levels of growth across our instore and online fulfilment operations. Our goal is to ensure our customers enjoy a great shopping experience, with our stores well-stocked which is achieved through faster and more efficient picking and packing times instore as well as for our e-commerce customers. By partnering with Cohesio, we have been able to increase productivity, accuracy and efficiency across our fulfilment operations," Oliver Blombery, General Manager – Supply Chain at Kmart Australia says.
"Android Voice is truly a flexible and scalable investment in improving and expediting DC workflows, especially for retailers who tend to experience various shifts in demand. This makes the solution a great fit for Kmart," Nishan Wijemanne, CEO at Cohesio Group says.
"Training operators on the new solution takes less than an hour, and a typical Android Voice deployment for a fulfilment centre can be completed in less than four weeks. This solution empowers retailers to maximise and deliver on the increased demand experienced since COVID-19," Rizan Mawzoon, Head of Transformation at Cohesio Group says.
"We partner with Cohesio because of their innovative approach. By working with their inhouse software development team, we now have a much greater ROI on our equipment. Their Android Voice solution is the perfect fit for us, offering us a rapid increase in our productivity and faster order fulfilment and store replenishment," Oliver Blombery, General Manager – Supply Chain at Kmart Group says.
Kmart and Cohesio Group have been working together for more than six years and Nishan says this partnership goes far beyond a supplier-customer relationship. "Kmart is one of our legacy customers and through this partnership we have been able to truly innovate together. We work with Kmart to push boundaries and consistently explore opportunities for continuous improvement. We're a trusted advisor to Kmart and we are proud to work with one of Australia's leading retailers," Nishan says.
About Kmart Group
Owned by Wesfarmers Limited, the Kmart Group family comprises of Kmart Australia and New Zealand, Target Australia, Catch Australia and KAS Group Asia. The Group operates 520 stores across Australia and New Zealand, has offices in Australia and around the world, and employs more than 45,000 team members all focused on delivering products that our customers love. Together, the Kmart Group is creating an even more satisfying shopping experience for all of our customers, no matter where they are in the world.
About Cohesio Group
Cohesio Group, a part of international technology group Körber, is a leading integrator and developer of tech solutions that enable rapid optimisation of workflows and processes and is also an idea generating partner for strategic concepts. With offices across the Asia Pacific, Cohesio Group creates innovative technology transformations that span across supply chain and logistics including warehousing and distribution centres, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, FMCG and retail. Cohesio Group's enterprise-grade solutions range from voice-powered technology that enable hands-free workflows through to new-generation mobility solutions, software applications that provide actionable business insights and retail fulfilment as well as solutions such as Autonomous Mobile Robots that enable automation in distribution centres. Learn more at www.cohesiogroup.com
About the Körber Business Area Supply Chain
Supply chains are growing more complex by the day. Körber uniquely provides a broad range of proven, end-to-end supply chain solutions fitting any business size, strategy or appetite for growth. Capable of delivering not just software, but automation, voice, robotics, and materials handling – plus the expertise to tie it all together. We are a global partner not just for today, but also as the needs of supply chains continue to evolve. Conquer supply chain complexity – with Körber. The Business Area Supply Chain is part of the global technology group Körber. Find out more on www.koerber-supplychain.com
SOURCE Cohesio Group