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Efficient picking and smart returns handling

E-commerce and omni-channel warehouses and distribution centres (DCs) are challenged to fulfil thousands of orders with ever-increasing service level requirements. However, it is difficult to accommodate time-critical processes in a DC that may not be optimised to meet these requirements. Unpredictable demand and seasonal trends call for flexibility. Warehouses and DCs have to cope with the changing – and increasing – variety of stored products and order volumes. They also need to efficiently handle the expanding number of returns.

As part of our next generation of scalable solutions – evolutions – Vanderlande offers AIRPICK, which seamlessly integrates innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services. This solution combines efficient picking with flawless automated sortation to individual orders in our pocket sorter, AIRTRAX Pocket. AIRPICK can sort an extremely wide range of products at a low investment level.

AIRPICK offers:

  • efficient picking
  • smart handling of returned goods
  • easy processing of varying order lead-times
  • flexibility in product handling.

User experience

With simplicity in mind, Vanderlande’s evolutions streamline the logistics process in an attractive platform that is highly intuitive, requires minimal training and is easy to operate. Alongside optimised ergonomics and sustainable productivity, evolutions provide the best possible user experience.


When fulfilling a diverse order profile, handling varying SKU ranges or changing any logistic process, evolutions offer the optimum flexibility to tackle multiple challenges.


Vanderlande’s innovative approach puts scalability at the core of evolutions. This allows warehouses to easily adapt to seasonal peaks, changing throughput and storage requirements, and growing business demands.
Pocket loading Each pocket is randomly inducted with one item. This can also be done with a smart item robot (optional).
Packing station Items are presented to the pack operator per order and, if required, in the desired sequence.
Buffering/storage Items are sent into and retrieved from dynamic buffer loops. This also allows for fully automated handling of returned items.
Picking Items are picked manually from various warehouse areas in a continuous flow.
Sorting/Sequencing Items are automatically sorted to individual orders and moved in the desired sequence.

The products for AIRPICK


AIRTRAX is an innovative and reliable family of products for transporting, sorting, sequencing and storing hanging goods. It delivers unrivalled benefits throughout any hanging goods handling operation.

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