Kaufland improves efficiency, storage density and delivery
Kaufland, part of the same group as Lidl, is one of Germany’s largest retailers. Kaufland was confronted with a large increase in product diversity and a significant rise in sales of smaller, slow-moving products. Challenge was to find a cost-effective and efficient order fulfilment system. and to store and pick up to 8,000 different products from 16 product families on 7,500 m² floor space. In close cooperation with Kaufland, Vanderlande developed the solution:
- 2-aisle AS/RS for pallets (2,052 locations) in goods receiving
- Six repackaging stations (dialogs in SAP LES/TRM)
- 20-aisle miniload AS/RS.
- 12 order picking workstations (goods to man principle with dialogs in SAP LES/TRM)
- Sequence buffer to ensure delivery at exactly the right time, in exactly the right sequence.
Main benefits for Kaufland are:
- High repacking and order picking performance
- Excellent use of the available space
- Improved order picking quality
- Ergonomically designed workstations
- Lower transport cost
- Easier replenishment of store shelves
The project team succeeded in installing and commissioning the complete system in advance of the agreed date. The defined availability and performance targets were achieved sooner than had been contractually agreed. Partnership and collaboration led to positive acceptance of the complete system in all areas throughout the entire process.