Dematic Completes the Fully Automated High-Rack Storage for Food Producer Poco Loco

Roeselare (Belgium) / Heusenstamm, 26 April 2018 – Dematic GmbH built a fully automated high-rack storage system for Belgian food manufacturer Poco Loco on an area of 8,000 square metres. The snack manufacturer began operations in the new structure at the beginning of the year. The reason for the construction of the new warehouse was the continuous growth of the company, which led to an additional need for storage and production capacities. With the fully automated high-rack storage system, Poco Loco has now centralised its storage capacity at one location. Dematic was responsible for the warehouse equipment and automation of all logistics processes. To discuss the supply chain requirements in the grocery industry, as well as innovative solutions together with customers and industry experts, Dematic is organising a customer day on May 24, 2018 at Poco Loco.

"With the fully automated high-rack storage system, we are making it possible for Poco Loco to have greater control over its logistics. The processes are now centrally bundled at one location. This also saves time and money” says Marc Bruneel, Senior Sales Manager at Dematic. The Dematic solution provides space for 42,000 pallets in an area of 8,000 square metres. Tortilla wraps, chips, dinner kits and Tex-Mex herbs and sauces are stored here. Eleven pallet cranes and a 1,127 metre pallet conveyor make it possible for 304 pallets to be stored and retrieved every hour. 

The new warehouse is located opposite the production site in Roeselare, Belgium. Both structures are connected by a 100 metre long conveyor bridge, which crosses a public road. The bridge has two conveyor belts, on which the finished pallets are transported to the warehouse and raw materials are delivered from the warehouse to the production building. Finished goods are picked in the warehouse for the customer and automatically moved to the loading area.

Due to this concept and the centralisation of storage at one location, the snack manufacturer avoids up to 25,000 lorry trips each year. This not only reduces costs, but also reduces CO2 emissions by 365 tonnes per year. So far, the products, of which around 96 per cent are destined for foreign export, have been stored at various locations and also at external suppliers. Dematic began construction of the high-rack storage system in August 2017. "We look back on a successful construction project. We even finished before the scheduled deadline" says Bruneel. Poco Loco invested € 30 million in the construction of the warehouse.

Customers, interested partners from the grocery industry as well as industry experts will have the possibility to visit the new high-bay warehouse at the Customer Day initiated by Dematic on May 24 at Poco Loco in Belgium. Dematic's management will present the project and Peter Denolf, Managing Director at Poco Loco, will speak about future trends in supply chain solutions in the grocery industry. In addition to lectures, innovative perspectives and best practice examples, the event also offers the opportunity for an intensive exchange with industry colleagues in a relaxed and creative working atmosphere, also to discuss and jointly develop innovative ideas and solutions.

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Dematic is a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic is now integrated under the roof of KION Group, and has implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services, and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centers. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally, and a leading provider of warehouse automation.

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