Dematic has built a diverse and highly efficient distribution center with two high-bay racking systems, a Multishuttle system, an order-picking process for small parts and 16 high ergonomic pallet packing stations near Aarhus for the Dansk Supermarked retailing group.
The Dansk Supermarked DC handles highly complex pallets for the retail trade with minimal picking costs and maximum quality. The system, most of which is fully automated, is controlled by the DC Director warehouse management system.
The Dematic Solution
The 800 stores of the Danish Dansk Supermarked retailing group stock virtually everything you need on a daily and occasional basis. The company’s supermarkets and stores trade under familiar names such as Netto, Bilka and Fotex. Their products range from shoelaces and flat screens to groceries and bicycles. Accordingly, their supply chain is characterized by packages of a huge range of shapes, weights and sizes.
This applies especially to the non-food sector, represented by Bilka and Fotex. A new distribution center, which presented planners with major challenges, was built for both subsidiaries on a 53,000 m2 site in Arslev near Aarhus. Despite the diverse range of products handled, the flow of material between the warehouse’s entry and exit points should be as automated as possible yet remain flexible. The project also needed to meet the various requirements of the two chains in terms of pallet packing.
No other retailer had ever overcome such a challenge. In the past the wide range of goods handled by a supermarket chain had always resulted in high levels of manual labor. The picking costs and physical workload of staff in standard warehouses are therefore high, resulting in high sickness rates. The situation is compounded by regular complaints and additional deliveries.