A global leader in international transport & logistics has partnered with Dematic to grow its automation capabilities across the Asia Pacific region (APAC).
Bolloré Logistics is partnering with Dematic to build three new automated systems including a Goods-to-Person (GTP) order fulfillment system at their ‘Green Hub’ facility, a Zone Routing system, and a state-of-the art GTP system at their new ‘Blue Hub’ facility.
These systems are designed to support Bolloré Logistics’ growing customer base including several cosmetics and luxury product brands.
According to Ingrid Caes, Bolloré Logistics Green Hub Manager, Southeast Asia is experiencing great growth as consumer markets are rising to be one of the big players globally.
“We are able to manage peaks or surges in demand in a better manner, as well as improve our speed-to-market,” she said.
“Our clients recognise this potential, hence the need to grow our supply chain capabilities to support this market.”
Built in 2012, Green Hub was Bolloré’s original 42,000sqm flagship distribution facility at the time of its completion. In 2016 Bolloré decided to automate the hub’s order fulfilment process for one of their luxury clients, to optimise operations from storage and picking to labelling.
“Dematic’s capability to provide on-site service and support made us feel more confident to invest in their solution. They have an excellent project management and implementation team, which was a convincing factor for us,” Ingrid said.
To meet Bolloré’s goals, Dematic installed two RapidPick stations integrated with two aisles of a MultiShuttle high-speed storage and sequencing engine, which increased space efficiency and significantly improved picking rates compared to conventional order picking methods.
“Considering the scarcity of land in Singapore and the value of floor space, this is a significant benefit,” Ingrid said.
As more customers are introduced to the business, the system can be extended with the introduction of additional MultiShuttle aisles, RapidPick stations and customer-specific processing areas.
Within just 2 years of operation, Bolloré Logistics’ business had grown to the point where additional capacity was needed to meet their customers’ requests to handle more brands, more products and more orders and Dematic was commissioned to extend the system.
The biggest challenge of the project was working out how to minimise disruption to operations while the extension was being carried out.
“Planning and scheduling had to be precise to avoid clashes with operations and to maintain supply,” said Ingrid.
“It’s a crucial balancing act that both Bolloré and Dematic teams successfully pulled off,
“Following completion of the extension at Green Hub, the system’s throughput and storage capacity were increased by 50 per cent.”
In providing all the specific skills needed for the GTP automated system project and the extension, Dematic used its depth of in-house resources covering all disciplines from Project Management to Site Management to software, mechanical, electrical and controls engineering.