A main planning network, a global distribution presence
The Group’s distribution system is globally integrated and supplied by a centralized manufacturing planning platform. The network linking the logistics and sales centres to the production facilities in Italy and China also provides daily monitoring of global sales performance and inventory levels so that manufacturing resources can be programmed and warehouse stocks re-allocated to meet local market demand.
This integrated system serves both the retail and wholesale businesses and is one of the most efficient and advanced logistics system in the industry, with 20 distribution centres worldwide, of which 12 are in the Americas, 6 are in the Asia-Pacific region and 2 are in the rest of the world. There are 4 main distribution centres (hubs) in strategic locations serving the major markets: Sedico in Europe, Atlanta and Ontario in the United States and Dongguan in the Asia-Pacific region.
1. The Sedico hub, updated with a highly automated system, currently manages over 13,500 orders per day, including eyeglasses and spare parts. Sedico ships over 187,000 units daily, coming from manufacturing plants, to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and to the Group’s distribution centres in the rest of the world, from which they are then shipped to local customers. The centralisation of the service has brought a major benefit in terms of improving the speed and efficiency of Luxottica distribution, and the implementation of the SAP system has improved process controls and order allocation.
2. The Atlanta facility, located in one of the major airport hubs of the United States, is a highly advanced distribution centre whose cross-belt sorting system can move up to 150,000 frames per day for wholesale and retail networks in North America. And the logistics network of Oakley is also headed by the Atlanta hub.
3. The Dongguan hub handles the transport of around 170,000 pairs of glasses a day. The continuous investment in services and the implementation of the SAP system has determined the growth of this centre, year after year, as it took on a strategic role in distribution for the Asia-Pacific area.
The SAP global implementation continued and was implemented throughout 2012 in the Chinese operations at the Tristar facility and at the Atlanta and Ontario distribution centers, thus providing further support to manufacturing management, enhanced inventory control, network optimization and order management process.