Date of visit: 8th May 2019
We visited a warehouse today owned by Jaspal group, which specialises in distribution and manufacturing of fashion retail. The Jaspal Group utilises an in house design team and they have exclusive licensing agreement to act as the sole distributor in Thailand for major fashion vendors such as Fred Perry, Lipsy and Footwork Noir. More information about the organisation can be found here.
From Theory to Application
It was quite interesting to see their warehouse layout and helped put into perspective how the theory of warehouse design is applied in real life.
Similarly, to many other supply chain organisations, their transportation is also outsourced to a specialist transportation company. This decision was taken to reduce cost and to allow Jaspal to focus on their key competencies.
The organisation uses an ERP system called Apparel 21 and within the warehouse, they use a sub module of Apparel 21 called Advanced Warehouse Module. From the discussion it would appear the ERP is utilised by their vendors also or they have direct EDI connection with other ERP their vendors uses which allows them to see inventory on hand information however they have no control of this inventory that reside at the vendor’s hub or at store level. More information on the ERP can be found here.
Key take away
One interesting thing with Jaspal is that they share their SLA with their suppliers and outside the docks where the trucks come to collect goods: they advertise and share on a board their best performing transportation company and the worst performing transportation company. They mentioned this decision was controversial at first – especially with their central merchandising team who sit in a separate office as the supplier initially complained that they were receiving bad publicity for underperforming and their drivers did not like this.
Due to restriction, we could not take many photos inside the warehouse however; they did allow us to take photos in some locations.