Dematic to provide order fulfilment for ASOS

Dematic has been awarded a contract by global online fashion and beauty retailer ASOS to provide a solution for processing e-commerce orders.

The order fulfilment system features a new miniload-based carton storage system, as well as batch pick and sort technology. It will be implemented at the ASOS newly expanded distribution center in Barnsley, UK.

To accommodate the standard apparel industry cartons, a high bay storage facility consisting of 28 Dematic RapidStore miniload storage and retrieval machines will be installed. The miniload storage and retrieval system represents the next generation of highly flexible, energy-efficient buffer staging technology.

The Dematic RapidStore ML system is designed to provide high density, compact storage while supporting high input and output rates. It also features a new load handling device that accommodates a range of trays, totes and cartons sizes.

ASOS selected Dematic as the prime contractor. One of the sub-systems that Dematic will integrate into the solution as the prime contractor is a hanging garment sorter. The hanging garment technology is capable of sorting flat-pack, hanging garments and non-apparel products into individual customer orders. To manage the entire storage and order fulfilment process, a warehouse control system (WCS) will be provided.

"This is a major investment in our logistics infrastructure and will play a pivotal role in ensuring that ASOS can continue to provide a world-class fulfilment service to our customers while building future capacity to support our continued rapid growth," said a spokesperson from ASOS. Dave Bull from Dematic said, "As well as our extensive e-commerce experience, we were able to demonstrate our proven capabilities to implement projects of this size within a working environment. This gave ASOS piece of mind that the project would be completed while normal operation remained unaffected."

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