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UCSI’s logistics postgrad students embark on an industrial visit to Tesco DC
24 March 2017

Assistant Professor Siti Norida Binti Wahab (third from right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Sathia Suppiah (fourth from right), Director of Tesco DC. They are pictured here with UCSI’s students.

Assistant Professor Siti Norida Binti Wahab (third from right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Sathia Suppiah (fourth from right), Director of Tesco DC. They are pictured here with UCSI’s students.

 
KUALA LUMPUR: An industrial trip to the Tesco Distribution Center (Tesco DC) in Bukit Berunting – one of the largest of its kind in Malaysia – was recently organized by UCSI’s Department of Logistics Management. Tesco DC supports 56 Tesco and Tesco Extra stores nationwide in receiving and dispatching huge volume goods service, and in a fast-paced retail environment, its efficiency is vital to ensure that every order arrives at the right place and the right time.

The students from UCSI’s MSc Logistics Management programme made the most of the opportunity to witness the real-time operation of a distribution center’s activities. The visit was led by the Assistant Professor Siti Norida Binti Wahab, head of the logistics management department, and logistics lecturer Noorsiah Binti Ahmad.

Weng Soon, a project manager from Tesco DC facilitating the tour upon the group’s arrival and started off by providing the students with a detailed briefing that covered Tesco DC’s core businesses and future development plans. A Q&A session followed, stimulating a discussion on how Tesco maintains its status in the market as one of the most competitive hypermarkets in Malaysia and the approaches it takes to replenish its stock swiftly in its daily operations.

Tesco with its advanced management mode was ranked at first place for more than 20 years among its competitors. The growth of Tesco DC is measured based on throughput volume cases handled on a yearly basis; the number of cases increased from 1.5 million in 2010 to an average of 3 million in the recent months. In addition to accommodating the growth in business, the distribution network service has also been extended to handle the chill and fresh business located in Simpang Pulai, Ipoh and the frozen distribution in Klang Valley.

The students were then given a tour of the distribution center and observed its operational activities, witnessing first-hand the various outstanding warehouse facilities along the MHE such as forklifts, order pickers, FIFO racking and prime movers. The centre plays an important role as the retail company’s backbone in consolidating both national and overseas products through a single distribution channel. All types of FMCG goods are stored in the distribution centre as part of the business strategy to meet both current and future demands from customers.

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