A logistics heavyweight in the country has turned to a tech partner to boost automation, business intelligence and operational streamlining.

Sri Lankan logistics giant John Keells Logistics (JKLL) has announced it will leverage the business cloud to digitalize and optimize its logistics value chain, enhancing the visibility of its logistics operations, optimizing costs and increasing productivity.

 John Keells Logistics (JKLL)  white truck

The firm is Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerate and a provider of supply chain solutions. The company services a wide array of industry segments, including modern trade retail, FMCG, paints, lubricants, confectionaries, automobile, ports and shipping.

In its move to transform, it expects to tap data analytics and automation for its Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) via a technology partner, Infor.

John Keells Logistics (JKLL’s) CEO Randula Chandrarathne commented that he was looking for deep logistics expertise and industry-specific capabilities in his selection of technology partner, so as to “equip us to synergize third-party logistics-specific (3PL) business functions with full-fledged business intelligence platforms—all of which integrate seamlessly with our existing processes. With this solution, we can now automate previously labor-intensive and time-consuming processes, thereby improving productivity and optimizing costs. At the same time, this further strengthens visibility and control over our operations and service delivery as well.”

Mitigating risks with operational visibility

The WMS solution being deployed is purpose-built for industry, and combines advanced warehousing with highly-configurable rules, built-in labor and inventory management, automated 3PL billing and warehouse planning within a single, synchronized solution. This equips logistics players with enhanced operational visibility across their entire value chain, empowering them to improve forecasting of change and disruption, to mitigate risks where necessary.

Said Fabio Tiviti, Vice President of Infor ASEAN: “Across today’s logistics landscape, having data-driven intelligence over one’s operations is increasingly crucial—especially in a market where supply chain disruptions, contingency planning and risk management now rank among the top challenges faced by 3PL services worldwide.”