11 May 2022

FM Logistic aims to manage 250 client operations with Reflex WMS

  • In 2016, FM Logistic began progressively migrating its client operations from proprietary warehouse management systems to Reflex WMS.
  • Some three-quarters of these operations are now managed by Reflex, in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. The logistics service provider handles all migrations and new launches internally, without outside support.
  • Through a co-development partnership with Hardis Group, FM Logistic has been able to standardize its processes using the standard features available in Reflex WMS.
  • In 2022, the company is focusing on rolling out automated and mechanized systems at its warehouses in line with strong growth in its e-commerce activities.

Grenoble, May 11, 2022 – Reflex Logistics Solutions (Hardis Group), a leading provider of logistics execution software, announces the latest developments in its partnership with FM Logistic, which began in 2016. To date, the logistics service provider has migrated or launched 246 client operations under the Reflex WMS warehouse management system, primarily in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, e-commerce, and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors. Reflex is now fully integrated into FM Logistic’s systems, thanks in large part to the expansion of the APIs included in the application as standard over time. In 2022, FM Logistic is working on various projects to mechanize and automate storage and picking processes at its warehouses as it aims to achieve productivity and service-quality gains.

Deploying Reflex WMS across Europe without outside support

Since 2016, FM Logistic has migrated or launched 246 client operations under Reflex WMS, including 133 in Western Europe (France, Italy, and Spain), 79 in Central Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Romania), and 34 in Eastern Europe (Russia and Ukraine). The logistics firm now uses Hardis Group’s application in eight languages: French, English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Czech, and Romanian. “We’re now able to integrate Reflex WMS without outside support,” said Rodolphe Bey, Warehousing IT and Control Tower Director at FM Logistic. “We migrate one operation in each country as a way to train in-country support teams and key users at each site. Subsequent migrations can then be managed locally, with assistance from our central teams.”

Focus on Central Europe

Under a co-deployment arrangement in Central Europe, four consultants from Hardis Group Polska support FM Logistic’s teams with migrating client operations and launching new ones under Reflex WMS, primarily in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and e-commerce sectors. As part of the arrangement, these teams then work for other Hardis Group clients. “Since Hardis Group opened a subsidiary in Poland, we’ve doubled our migration volumes in Central Europe in the space of 12 months,” said Guilhem Vicaire, Business Solutions Director Central Europe at FM Logistic. “Going forward, our aim is to migrate between 15 and 20 operations each year in the region.”

Co-development for more features and faster deployment

Over the past three years, FM Logistic and Hardis Group have forged a fully fledged partnership that has seen new features and APIs added to the standard version of Reflex WMS. “We’re working closely with Hardis Group’s R&D team to design new standard features for the application,” said Bey. “With this approach, updates are rolled out systematically and more quickly, meaning we benefit from the very latest Reflex features, while keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.”

New Reflex WMS features and APIs are integrated into FM Logistic’s core model on the fly, allowing the logistics service provider to deploy the application at speed and seamlessly integrate it into its logistics systems (transport management and reservation system, co-packing system, control towers, mechanized systems, and more).

Shifting to mechanized and automated warehouses

As well as pressing ahead with its migration work, FM Logistic is planning to speed up the deployment of mechanized and automated systems at its warehouses amid strong growth in its e-commerce and omnichannel logistics activities. The move is part of the firm’s drive to achieve productivity and service-quality gains in its order preparation operations. “In recent years, we’ve started using technologies such as Savoye and Knapp conveyor systems, Toyota and Linde AGVs, Pickeos pick- and put-to-light systems, and Balea weight control systems” added Bey. “In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out Autostore, Geek+, and Locus systems at our warehouses.”