The Co-operative Group Implements C3 Solutions’ Yard Management System

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UK Food Retailer Reaps Benefits with Yard Management

Our experience with implementing Yard Smart has been and continues to be extremely positive.
John Newton, Head of IS and Supply Chain Development

C3 Solutions Inc. is proud to announce that The Co-operative Group has implemented its Yard Smart yard management system at their Andover and Birtley sites. The Co-operative Group is the UK's fifth largest food retailer.

The project encompasses the implementation of an additional five sites. To support this project the Co-operative Group has built a team of in-house Yard Smart specialists capable of deploying the solution in an efficient and timely manner. The second site, Birtley, was successfully brought online with virtually no involvement from C3.

Tim Edwards, The Co-operative Food’s Project Manager for the Yard Smart implementation, said: “C3 advised on the planning stage but our project team and the site managed the implementation itself. This has given us great confidence in our ability to manage the roll-out of the system rapidly throughout our distribution network and generate the benefits we are targeting.”

The team easily implemented a robust integration between Yard Smart and Manhattan’s WMS using C3’s Web Service interfaces. Yard Smart’s Shipping Agent manages the outbound schedule by automating trailer requests, while ensuring the compliance of every departure and providing managers visibility on unfulfilled equipment requirements.

Yard Smart’s advanced features, including the Shipping Agent, allowed The Co-operative Group to achieve its key objectives in relation to this project:

  •     Standardized yard processes.
  •     Increased visibility of vehicles in the yard.
  •     Reducing the time to allocate vehicles to loads, thereby minimizing late deliveries to stores.
  •     Eliminate unnecessary vehicle movements.

“The Co-operative Group project is a good example of a complete Yard Smart implementation involving multiple sites, Web Service integration and our agent-based technology,” says Elise Crevier, Project Manager at C3 Solutions “it has also been successful from an implementation point of view”.

“Our experience with implementing Yard Smart has been and continues to be extremely positive,” says John Newton, The Co-operative Food’s Head of IS and Supply Chain Development.
C3 Solutions continues to work with The Co-operative Group to find new opportunities for Yard Smart in order to optimize their yard operations.

About The Co-Operative Group

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over six million consumers. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, the leading convenience store operator and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank, Britannia and The Co-operative Insurance. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider and one of Britain’s largest farming operations. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies over 50 commitments in these areas.
The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 100,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn. Further information is available at

About C3 Solutions

C3 Solutions is a leading provider of software solutions dedicated to the area of yard management and dock scheduling. C3’s customers are fortune 1000 companies in the retail, manufacturing, transportation and post and parcel industries. C3’s products include its award winning yard management software, Yard Smart and its on-demand dock scheduling system - C3 Reservations. Founded in 2000 and based in Montreal QC, C3 Solutions has customers in the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information on C3’s products, schedule a free on-line demonstration.

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