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Argon SCS 10 years down the line: Who are we and where are we going?

Argon Supply Chain Solutions is 10 years old - and a proud 10 years it is!

Johannesburg, 01 Jul 2021
Read time 3min 50sec

Our humble beginnings saw a group of consultants working in logistics and SAP (systems, applications and products) environments. We saw a gap in the market where SAP was going to release a new Extended Warehouse Management solution offering key features that we knew most customers would rely on in the near future.

With the support of one another, we decided to travel to Germany to learn the software. We trained ourselves, and we were able to start delivering projects in the SAP equilibrium space.

Going from strength to strength, we formed a close relationship with SAP in Germany. As a result of this, we often went to Germany to test the software and trial features. This gave us an excellent overview of the software in the background as well as gain insight into new features before they were released.

One of the over-encompassing factors in our business’s growth lies within the people. Putting the spotlight on each individual in our company, we owe our success to the support and skills of our team. At a physical and practical level, our team has been excellent at making our customers’ products move.

Our team’s warehousing and logistics experience with the in-depth knowledge of SAP EWM is the key factors to our project success.

How we do it: Countering the complexities of warehouses

Warehouses are complex environments. To combat the complexities and avoid unnecessary obstacles, we choose to look at warehouse or logistics chains as an entire solution rather than focusing on each individual component. We recognise that each piece of the puzzle plays an important role in the whole picture, and so we tackle operations with a holistic approach so that each component integrates neatly with the rest of the solution.

We also pride ourselves on our practical training. Rather than providing traditional computer-based training, we believe hands-on development is crucial and we endeavour to make the training environment as real as possible. We spend time and resources developing our staff’s understanding of the solution at all levels from operations to management. Our dedicated training team ensures the training is undertaken with success as the outcome.

Key SAP features we’re excited about

SAP has a myriad of logistic features available and more recently we have implemented the Material Flow System of extended warehouse management. Essentially this allows a warehouse solution to communicate directly to the conveyor or automated system which cuts out the middleware software between SAP and the Programmable Controllers that control the automated equipment.

This is beneficial from numerous angles: It reduces additional support cost, cuts out the need for extra licensing fees and mitigates the risk of a point of error. This feature promises to be one of the bigger aspects moving forward as we look to start automating warehouses while maintaining the integrity of efficiency and scalability at the forefront of modern online warehousing.

Combining the logistics features of the well-known SAP ERP (enterprising resource and planning) solution, with the SAP EWM features we are able to deliver value to the business extremely quickly. Normally these features would have to be developed in other environments. Examples of these are the returns processes, the exception management processes, and the proof-of-delivery system.

Next steps and looking ahead

The future is extremely exciting as we’re starting to see new innovative warehouse management and transport management technology introduced to the market. Artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, cloud-based warehousing, smart storage or storage as a service are all going to start stepping up to the plate to offer a better user experience.

Our aim is to harness technology to reduce costs for customers, improve the efficiency of systems, and deliver a broader range of services.

One of the most important objectives moving forward is to maintain our focus on building and training strong skills in the business. As the world accelerates to an online world of buying, storing and selling, we take pride in how we deliver support and service with a skilled team as we look to continue enhancing the warehouse delivery technology.

Happy birthday, Argon SCS! We look forward to what the next 10 years will bring!

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