Retail Solutions - Tesco upgrades systems for Far East division

Tesco has upgraded its supply chain systems in its Far Eastern distribution centres (DCs) to support its planned expansion in the region, with 55 stores planned in South Korea by 2005, more openings in Malaysia, and a possible move into China and Japan.

The company has implemented Retek solutions for warehouse management and enterprise application integration at two DCs in South Korea and Malaysia; a second DC is due to open in South Korea next year to handle fresh, chilled and frozen produce.

'We are seeing rapid growth in the region,' says Tesco's group development director, Doug Routledge, 'and we needed a robust supply chain solution. This will also give us the same systems across Asia.'

Tesco's DC in Thailand has been using Retek systems for some years and this sort of uniformity is central to the 'Tesco-in-a-box' model, which enables rapid roll-out to new markets.