In recent years, drastic measures have been carried out within Blokker to reverse the negative results over time and to reposition Blokker in the market. This positioning also sets requirements for the organization of the logistics organization within Blokker. The DC in Geldermalsen will be converted into a fully-fledged and modern omnichannel distribution center. Inther has been commissioned to automate and mechanize the DC, with the aim of providing the internal logistics operation with a solid foundation for the future.
“This project has many different components and is a good reflection of the possibilities and products that Inther has at its disposal. In addition, Blokker is a well-known ‘retail company’ which Inther, with its experience in the retail sector, likes to add to its references “, says Sjoerd van Nies, project manager at Inther.
The total project consists of a shuttle aisle with over 4000 storage locations, 65 Pick-to-Light carts, a Put-to-Wall solution supported with Put-to-Light and 60 sorting carts, an automatic tote stacker that automatically (and in the correct order) stacks totes out of the shuttle on dolly’s, approximately 700 meters Inther Conveyor Equipment conveyors for the internal transport of order totes and shipping boxes and lastly the parent Inther LC Software for the Material Flow Control, the inventory management in the shuttle and the gateway between the Locus WMS, the Pick-to-Light carts and the Put-to-Wall solution.
At this moment, the design phase has been completed, the majority of the parts are on order and Inther is preparing for the installation phase. The on-site installation will start in late 2018/early 2019, to be fully operational by mid-2019.
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