Amethyst Systems smashes logistics records for Freezeserve with new warehouse software solution

Bristol-based bespoke software developer, Amethyst Systems, has secured another major contract and has provided the UK’s most advanced cold storage facility with a new warehouse solution, which is already enabling the movement of a record number of pallets.

Pictured (from left to right): Sam Jones and Karen Taylor of Touchstar Technologies, Terry Haigh, managing director of Freezeserve, Lee Dowson, director of Amethyst Systems, and Richard Pollard, site operations manager at Freezeserve.

Amethyst Systems, which is based in Portishead, completely overhauled Freezeserve’s warehouse system in Liverpool, replacing their existing SAP-based system with state-of-the-art technology that would successfully integrate with their IT and automated cold storage structure.

The new system has already enabled Freezeserve to break their logistics records and in its first full month of operation it facilitated an incredible 23,401 pallet movements.

Amethyst Systems kitted out Freezeserve’s secure 20-acre cold store with the latest in pallet management systems, featuring real-time barcode scanning and the ability to oversee orders centrally. The new unique features allow easy tracking of stock movements within the warehouse, automatic importing of orders to reduce manual input and quarantine of stock.

Richard Pollard, operations manager for Freezeserve, said:

“Our overall goal was to find a system that would serve multiple clients and give them access to view information about the stock we hold on their behalf, and this system has captured that perfectly.

“When we met with Amethyst and discussed their offering, we could see that the benefits clearly stacked up and that there were numerous advantages that the technology would deliver. I was confident in their ability to produce this system on time and within budget, and that’s exactly what they’ve done. Not only has the system improved efficiency in the warehouse, it also provides reports on stock-holding for invoicing purposes.”

Lee Dowson, director of Amethyst Systems (left) with Terry Haigh, managing director of Freezeserve.

Lee Dowson, director of Amethyst Systems, said:

“We built upon our knowledge of warehouse systems to provide a complete package. This consisted of a web application with SQL server database backend, a full reporting suite and a separate scanning app to run on Windows CE devices.”

Lee continued:

“We built this to meet Freezeserve’s requirements for a system that would map across handheld devices such as the Boston 8550 and the truck-mounted Vienna forklift computers that were provided by TouchStar Technologies. We also tailored our software so that it could interface with the OptilogX automated cold storage facility provided by ORTEC, because the efficient movement and storage of frozen food was essential.”

Peter Marsh, sales director at TouchStar, added:

“We are delighted with the outcome of the implementation, which is testament to Amethyst’s professionalism and expertise within the logistics sector. Following a thorough testing and development process, the rugged Boston and Vienna devices have streamlined Freezeserve’s existing operational process, capturing data and executing stock movements dictated by Amethysts advanced Warehouse IT system. We are proud to have played a part in the development of such an impressive cold storage facility and look forward to working with both Amethyst and Freezeserve on future projects.”

For more information about Amethyst Systems and the bespoke logistics and warehousing software they provide, please visit www.amethystsystems.net.

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Notes to Editors

Photo captions:

Amethyst Systems work with Touchstar Technologies to provide Freezeserve with a complete warehousing software solution, which is breaking company pallet movement records.

Image 1: Pictured (from left to right): Sam Jones and Karen Taylor of Touchstar Technologies, Terry Haigh, managing director of Freezeserve, Lee Dowson, director of Amethyst Systems, and Richard Pollard, site operations manager at Freezeserve.

Image 2: Pictured: Lee Dowson, director of Amethyst Systems (left) with Terry Haigh, managing director of Freezeserve.

About Amethyst Systems:

Amethyst Systems Limited was created in 2008 by a team of ambitious IT professionals to exploit their talent and experience within the IT sector, with a focus on software development and the logistics industry. Over the past five years, the company has worked with a range of businesses around the UK, developing innovative applications to tackle a range of business problems.

The company offers a high quality and personal service that is flexible to meet client needs, and always looks to find the simplest solution to a problem.

www.amethystsystems.net

About Freezeserve Ltd:

The £11 million cold store from Freezeserve is the first fully automated cold store

in the UK with purpose built state of the art, secure facilities including:

  • Brand New State of the Art Automated Storage system with Integrated Stock Control
  • Cross Docking
  • Cold Storage at -27 degrees
  • 85m long x 15m high
  • 180 pallet movements per hour
  • 23,000 pallet capacity
  • 178 tonnes of steel were used to build the store
  • 42 miles of coil steel and 16 miles of shuttle ‘Z’ rail were used in its construction
  • National & International Distribution

www.freezeserve.com

About TouchStar Technologies:

TouchStar Technologies Ltd has been supplying turnkey data collection and mobile computing solutions for industrial and commercial applications since 1982.

TouchStar specialise in the design, supply and continued support of rugged mobile devices including hand-held, vehicle mount and in-vehicle fleet management terminals. With a high level of expertise within the logistics sector, TouchStar have the real world experience in wireless technologies and networks to integrate, install and support data capture systems into any logistics operation.

www.warehouse-logistics-it.com

 

For more information, please contact:

David Bebbington, Account Manager, Plum Communications & PR

01934 812323 / 07925 815 196 / david@plum-communications.co.uk