Canadian Manufacturing

Bunzl Canada launches national hygiene compliance platform

New IoT solution rolled out to warehouse operations to verify and validate cleaning protocols

June 18, 2020  by CM Staff

WandaNEXT; digital cleaning management system includes a mobile application to verify and validate cleaning against established facility hygiene protocols. (Bunzl Canada)

BURLINGTON, Ont. — Bunzl Canada announced on June 18 the phased rollout of its digital cleaning management system, WandaMOBILE, to major distribution centres across Canada.

As an essential link in Canada’s grocery, safety, and cleaning & hygiene supply chain, keeping its buildings and vehicles clean and hygienic to protect both employees and customers is vital for Bunzl.

However, like most organizations, the national distributor struggled to easily verify and validate cleaning program compliance. Bunzl collaborated with its development partner, Visionstate IoT, on the WandaMOBILE application.

Accessible from any mobile device, WandaMOBILE contains specific cleaning protocols for each warehouse facility and vehicle fleet, including both tasks and frequencies. Staff can enter cleaning activities as they are completed. Managers can view compliance dashboards to verify that necessary activities are taking place to keep facilities clean, healthy and safe.

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According to Bunzl’s Senior Director of Operations, Tim McKinnon, the program pilot was successful.

“We began this initiative in our Mississauga, Ontario facility. The first month was a learning curve — as expected, it took our team some time to get used to a new way of doing things,” McKinnon said in a statement. “By week four, our cleaning program was running so well that our compliance rose to over 100%, and the feedback from our management team and employees was really positive. Now we’ve begun a phased rollout, beginning with our five largest distribution centres across the country.”

John Howlett, President of Bunzl Canada, said it will be implemented in all of the company’s office and warehouse locations by the end of the year.

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage or improve it,” Howlett said in a prepared statement. “The health and wellbeing of our employees and customers is our top priority and foremost concern. Digitally managing and monitoring cleaning program compliance enables us to maintain a cleaner, healthier and more hygienic work environment for our employees.”