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Dematic automates two Americold temperature-controlled warehouses

Dematic has announced it has been awarded an automation project for two temperature-controlled warehouses with Americold, to improve efficiency for a major grocery retailer in the US.

Americold, the world’s largest publicly traded REIT focused on temperature-controlled infrastructure and supply chain solutions and services company, has partnered with Dematic software to enhance grocery supply chain following unprecedented demand of supermarket stock during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dematic integrated solution includes goods-in receiving, automatic delayering, tray handling, sortation, automatic pallet building, dispatch trailer sequencing and ergonomic case picking. The solution will feature both a Dematic high-bay unit load AS/RS for pallets and the Dematic Multishuttle® for case buffering and sequencing.

According to Dematic, the combination of these technologies, managed and operated by Dematic software, creates the most effective compact mixed-case handling solution on the market.

“At Americold we have a unique lens into the temperature-controlled supply chain. To help us offer world-class service to our customers, we were seeking an automation partner to facilitate the future hyper-connected, enabled supply chain in retail fulfillment,” said David Stuver, Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions at Americold.

“With large-scale global capabilities and innovative automation solutions, Dematic is an ideal partner to help us create state-of-the-art facilities that will help Americold transform the supply chain.”

The new facilities will be true four-wall automated solutions with automated mixed-case palletising systems to ensure cube optimisation improvements.

Highly efficient packing will mean fewer trucks needed for delivery, and shelf-ready pallets will allow for the quickest possible stocking of store shelves.

Bernard Biolchini, CEO, Dematic Americas said the Dematic Center of Excellence for Grocery worked in true partnership with Americold to develop the right solution.

“These fully automated facilities, powered by Dematic iQ software, will provide immense operational flexibility, supporting an omnichannel experience and multi-channel growth,” he said.

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