At EssilorLuxottica, we are continuing to develop and invest in new tools to enhance our operation’s real-time visibility capabilities within the North America (NA) Logistics & Distribution Network. Our NAnetwork is made up of 15 distribution centers with a footprint that spans the U.S. and Canada. The heart of this operation – the NA Distribution Hub – is located in the greater Atlanta area and is home to more than 1,700 Logistics & Distribution employees across a state-of-the-art, four-building campus. Each day, this network works together to move about 115,000 frames, 65,000 contact lenses, and 4,00,000 lenses to our stores and customers across North America with a multichannel approach.
An operation of this size requires a centralized manufacturing platform that provides daily monitoring of global sales performance and inventory levels to meet local market demand. We operate as centralized facilities under a highly automated order management system, servicing other EssilorLuxottica distribution centers and, in some markets, shipping products directly to customers, thereby further reducing delivery times and keeping stock levels low.
As the leader of Logistics & Distribution Planning in the region, my team and I are focused on implementing the most cutting-edge technologies that enable us to efficiently move product around the country. This includes developing automated management systems that allow full visibility of all flows, traceability of performance throughout the network and just in time decision making with predictive analytics.