Automated solutions provider Vanderlande has won orders to the value of 400m (US$450m) for its integrated solutions in the warehouse automation market.
This new business has been secured in the food retail sector with chains including Albert Heijn (The Netherlands), E.Leclerc Socamaine (France), Lidl (US branches of the large German food retailer), Consum (Spain), Cencosud (Chile) and various other large food retailers in Asia-Pacific. In addition, a service contract has been agreed with Asda (UK) for a system that will soon be ready for handover.
Modern supermarket shoppers are demanding a wide selection of products at affordable prices, and as a result, retailers are facing significant challenges in their warehouse logistics. This has prompted Vanderlande to shift its emphasis from logistical solutions to optimizing its customers’ value chains.
The company’s value-added systems enable fully automated case picking (ACP) across a wide range of products, outperforming other order fulfillment methods. These improvements not only benefit distribution centers and reduce transport costs, but also maximize process efficiency in stores.
The ACP systems are facilitated by Vanderlande’s load forming logic (LFL) software, which builds pallets or roll cages in the same sequence of product groups as a store’s layout. This ensures lower transportation and in-store costs, a more environmentally friendly solution (requiring fewer delivery trucks) and a better customer experience.
Govert Hamers, CEO of Vanderlande, said, “Vanderlande is continuing to respond quickly to the changing demands of the food retail market for warehouse automation, with innovative solutions such as ACP and LFL. Many of the world’s largest retailers, wholesalers and e-commerce operators rely on our vast experience in this sector to safeguard the completion of deliveries on time, with the lowest total cost of ownership.”
September 29, 2015