Urban Outfitters gives design and build material handling contract to Vanderlande

Urban Outfitters has awarded Vanderlande Industries a  design and build contract for the automated material handling system at their new fulfilment centre located in Gap, PA. The new 1,000,000 sq ft facility will service their direct-to-consumer and wholesale channels. It is the third system Vanderlande Industries designs and builds for the retail company.

The material handling system from Vanderlande Industries will utilise a hybrid concept featuring batch pick and mini-batches. The hybrid design allows for efficient processing of multichannel order fulfilment. Its flexible and scalable design will support future increases in demand and capacity, regardless of the order channel. Vanderlande's CROSSORTER 700, CROSSORTER 1200, .M Conveyor and VISION Warehouse Control Software are highlights of the overall system.

Vanderlande Industries is providing a turnkey solution for the design, integration and installation of the automated system. Construction of the new distribution centre is scheduled to commence in September 2014 with full building and system completion in June 2015. Urban Outfitters, Inc. has also contracted Vanderlande's Customer Services to provide monthly preventative operations and maintenance services.

Ken McKinney, Executive Director of Logistics at Urban Outfitters, said, "We are looking forward to our third (and largest) project with the Vanderlande team.  They have proven to be trusted, talented partners as we continue to develop our distribution and fulfilment network".

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