Coca-Cola bottlers, an example of automated warehousing.

Based on the usage of different technologies such as warehouse automation, the company wants to continuously improve its supply chain management.

Coca-cola company

Coca-Cola is one of the most popular drinks and famous brand in the world. More than 1,9 billion of Coca-Cola are sold everyday in more than 200 countries.

Logistically, this is a big challenge. The soft drink already arrives and its parteners’ plants in syrup form and is then mixed with carbon dioxide and sugar.

Coca-Cola warehousing

The material handling activities are carried out through shuttle cars equipped with digital trolleys and aisle equipment, infeed/outfeed bays, infeed/ outfeed single-pallet vertical pallet lifts, steering shuttles, and dispatch sequencer shuttles.

Automated Guided Vehicles complete the material handling phase. They can move pallets (Finish Good or Empty Pallet stacks), picking up or depositing the load unit without human intervention.

Meanwhile and operator will could coordinate, manage, and control all the material handling operations, from pallets storage managing, inventory, shipping and communications.

This way of work optimizes space utilization and guarantee the maximum throughput, aiming at the automated management of internal logistics from the automated warehouse towards the production departments and vice versa.

Coca-Cola supply chain partners – a global network model

Coca-Cola is a global company that operates at the local level, that is why there are around 300 bottling partners worldwide. The process starts with procurement of raw materials (agricultural products such as sugar, cane and fruit and water). The most important ingredients, water and sugar, are sourced locally by each partner.

The following step in Coca-Cola supply chain is the production of the concentrate, which is mixed with water, sugar and carbon dioxide by the bottling plants.

After mixing, the bottlers package, market and distribute the finished beverage to grocery stores, restaurants, etc.

Therefore, the management of supplier relationships and the continuous monitoring of suppliers is of great importance to the company.

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