Safeway, USA

Safeway, one of the largest, most innovative retail grocery companies in North America, needed to consolidate operations, reduce labor costs, and improve order accuracy
at a key distribution center in the Pacific Northwest

Safeway partnered with Dematic to implement a new store order assembly system designed to deliver efficiencies and accommodate future growth.

The Challenge 

Safeway needed to consolidate multiple distribution centers into one operation which could support over 500 retail stores. Safeway worked with Dematic to design and implement an order fulfillment system for split case items. The system would require a high density, compact logistics solution that could be implemented without adding on to the existing building. 

The system would need to control access to inventory and provide real-time visibility, while increasing picking efficiency and throughput. 

Material flow had to be automated and allow strategic system management to streamline functions from receiving to shipping.  

Performance optimizing software with analytics would be necessary to support inventory and order accuracy. The software would direct the order assembly process to make shelf restocking at the retail stores more efficient.

Our Solution 

At receiving, pallets are stored in an automated storage and retrieval system. When product is required in the piece pick sub-system, pallets are sent to a decant workstation where operators transfer the contents of each case to a tote.

The totes are then conveyed to the Multishuttle. The inventory totes are staged in the Multishuttle subsystem until needed to fulfill retail store orders. Totes are retrieved in a specific sequence and conveyed to the appropriate goods-to-person, RapidPick workstations.

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