Mönchengladbach, 9 April 2018 – Vanderlande has signed a contract with supermarket chain Lidl to construct a highly advanced automated case picking (ACP) system at its distribution site in Køge, Denmark. In line with Lidl’s objectives for 2020 and beyond, the system will allow the company to improve the efficiency of its supply chain network in the country, and help it to supply stores in Sjælland and the greater Copenhagen area.
The announcement comes after years of close cooperation between Vanderlande and Lidl, during which the ACP technology has been specifically tailored to the retailer’s requirements. The system will be integrated into the existing facilities at Køge, where the shuttle warehouse will accommodate nearly 100,000 package locations. A fully-automated pallet high-bay silo warehouse will also be added to increase the overall storage capacity.
Vanderlande’s ACP system will take over the commissioning and provision of store pallets in an area of only 6,400m², saving considerable space. This will make it possible to automate the commissioning processes on site, decrease lead times and further improve the quality of the store pallets.
Vanderlande’s latest series of shuttles – ADAPTO – will be used for the storage and retrievel of products. Through this, the requirement for costly conveyance technology, sequencing buffers and buffer lines will be minimised or avoided altogether. ADAPTO will also reduce the initial investment costs and deliver a more effective use of space in comparison to similar concepts.
Comprehensive analysis by specialists from both companies on the site’s workstations means that they will comply to the highest ergonomic standards. The control of the system will be facilitated by Vanderlande’s WCS software and its newly introduced EWM (extended warehouse management) in SAP as the primary storage management system.
“Lidl is one of our most important customers and I’m delighted that we have been able to extend our cooperation through this project,” says Vanderlande’s Executive Managing Director Matthias Kramm. “We have been active in the Scandinavian market for a long time and are pleased to be working on a new automated solution. With its high demands regarding technology and exciting vision for the future, Lidl is the perfect partner for Vanderlande.”
Lidl Denmark’s CEO Dirk Fust adds: “Our new and cutting-edge extension to the warehouse in Køge is impressive not only in size, but it will also make Lidl Denmark’s entire logistics and supply chain network more efficient. In this way, our customers will have access to competitively priced fresh fruit, vegetables and other high-quality produce from any store at all times.”
“Lidl and Vanderlande have been working together for many years,” explains Vanderlande’s Key Account Manager Christian Grimm. “We have established a collaborative approach based on trust, determination and productivity. This covers the whole process, from the initial data analysis and ideas, through IT and software to the final design of the ergonomically optimised workstations and the jointly implemented system.”