In the fast-moving world of fashion, flexible and cost-effective logistic solutions are vital to maximise competitive strength. They give companies the ability to respond quickly to rapidly changing fashions, consumer demand patterns and seasonal trends.
Sixty per cent increase of space utilisation with automated storage and retrieval systems
In fashion companies cartons are stored more and more individually in automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS). AS/RS systems not only help to maximise the efficiency in the distribution centre, they can also increase space utilisation with 60 per cent.
Goods-to-man systems enable up to 1000 lines per man hour
Goods–to-man systems are ideal to reach high productivity and very high customer service levels, while keeping costs down. They are especially applied for store order picking as well as for e-fulfilment. It is possible to pick up to 1000 lines per man hour with 15 minutes learning curve for new operators.
Fast distribution to retail outlets
Direct transshipment of products to stores on an on-demand basis, gets products to customers faster, and eliminates stock costs, material handling and personnel time. Automated sortation systems are often used to implement fast distribution to retail outlets.
The value of expertise
Vanderlande Industries can help companies to optimise their fashion logistics. Vanderlande has the knowledge and expertise to address the specific issues facing fashion companies, such as:
- Effective handling of 'push' and 'pull' flows.
- Handle an ever larger product range.
- Setting up highly responsive supply chains.
- Efficient and effective e-fulfilment.
Vanderlande products and solutions for fashion companies include:
- Automated storage and retrieval systems.
- Goods to man systems.
- Batch picking systems.
- Sortation systems (cross belt sorter, sliding shoe sorter).
- Cross docking systems.
Vanderlande has automated distribution centers for many well-known fashion companies, including Nike, Urban Outfitters, Tommy Hilfiger and Zalando.
Material handling system for new logistics centre of Zalando
Zalando, the online provider for shoes, fashion, beauty and sports goods is building a new logistics centre in Erfurt (East Germany) and has chosen Vanderlande Industries to deliver and realize their material handling system.
In spring 2013, Europe's 'largest wardrobe' will become operational over a total area of 78,000 m². This will be one of the biggest investments for Zalando into a further successful and long-term development of the company. It will provide an optimal base in order to continue and steadily expand the rapid upward trend.
David Schröder, managing director of myBrands Zalando eLogistics GmbH & Co. KG, commented: "For us the construction of the new logistics centre in Erfurt is an important milestone. The new site enables us to expand our range and at the same time serve our customers with the best possible quality in very short time. Vanderlande is the ideal partner for this project because they combine extremely efficient and innovative products and experience in e-commerce logistics with highest quality and reliability."
Vanderlande is acting as main contractor and will deliver the complete material handling system. This comprises tote and carton handling, a shelving area, a Quickstore HDS shuttle system as well as the high performance sortation system, the Crossorter 1500. For the warehouse IT Zalando has chosen Dr. Thomas + Partner, which also had been involved in the design phase.