Such companies need to continuously improve their supply chains and invest in innovative technologies. In such a dynamic environment, you need a reliable partner that can deliver value-added logistic process automation.
Vanderlande understands the complexities associated with operating a successful warehouse operation and can help you to exceed your customers’ expectations and improve your competitive position.
Vanderlande can meet any warehouse’s demands in full. Through its in-depth understanding of business processes in warehousing and distribution, the company provides competitive solutions that help its customers improve delivery performance and meet changing market demands.
Its extensive portfolio for warehouses and distribution centres extends across the entire range of processes, and offers a wide range of benefits. Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) are a key innovation in logistic processes, and Vanderlande’s QUICKSTORE family makes optimal use of floor space, as well as increasing storage density by up to 60%.
In addition, automated order-picking systems can improve accuracy up to 99.99%. Depending on individual requirements, Vanderlande offers various flexible solutions, including zone-picking, goods-to-person and batch picking, through to fully automated case- and tote-picking systems. The company also provides line and loop sorters to improve productivity, throughput and delivery accuracy.
Vanderlande’s commitment to ergonomic solutions is evident in its @EASE range of workstations. Designed solely around operators, PICK@EASE and PACK@EASE offer high-performance, ergonomic order-picking and packing respectively. The RECEIVE@EASE workstation facilitates the efficient and ergonomic receiving of items.
In order for Vanderlande to meet any warehouse’s demands in full, it has defined the next generation of scalable solutions – evolutions. They will allow these challenges to be met through an integrated portfolio of innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services.
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.
The e-commerce revolution offers huge growth potential. However, this also means that your warehouse can reach its limits much sooner than expected. E-commerce and omni-channel warehouses face increasing pressure to tackle rising operational costs. These arise from increasing customer requirements, such as the demand for fast order delivery. In addition, increasing storage requirements, expanding SKU ranges (stock keeping units) and dealing with variable order sizes can be serious challenges, as well as a lack of available workforce.
To keep up with an exponentially growing market, scalable solutions are vital. As part of our next generation of scalable solutions – evolutions – Vanderlande offers FASTPICK, which seamlessly integrates innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services.
FASTPICK is a goods-to-person order fulfilment system that uses the advanced ADAPTO shuttles for product storage and retrieval for day-to-day operations. To handle short-term peaks in a cost-efficient way, highly efficient trolley picking is used to complement the goods-to-person system.
Goods receiving is the basis for all other warehouse activities. It is important to receive products correctly in order to handle them appropriately for put-away, storage, order picking or shipping. After unloading, Vanderlande’s VISION warehouse management system drives the identification, checking and registration of products. The functionality includes handling of returns, unexpected goods and repacking. Goods are directed to storage, order picking or directly for shipping through a cross-docking process.
Depending on product velocity and specific characteristics, goods can be stored either on pallets or trays, and in cartons or totes. They can be automatically directed for storage or order picking, minimising manual handling and providing speed and efficiency in replenishment and supply.
A number of companies, including La Halle – Vivarte, Onninen and Argos have already trusted Vanderlande to deliver automated goods receiving solutions.
In addition to faster and more efficient loading and unloading, the telescopic belt conveyor vastly improves ergonomic working conditions for operators. The extendable variation minimises the need for operators to carry products manually and places drop-off points at their side on demand by a simple joystick movement.
Vanderlande has implemented telescopic belt conveyors (extendables) at Argos, Casaventa, NG2 and VF Europe.
It facilitates the efficient and ergonomic repacking/receiving of items (from cartons) into totes. In addition, it offers various levels of automation (for higher productivity levels) and receiving into single and multi-compartment totes.
Each variant of the RECEIVE@EASE workstation is geared towards specific productivity and functional process requirements. They have been designed in line with the ergonomics of the PICK@EASE range with the support of Dutch research institute TNO, and implemented for a number of customers, including Onninen. The benefits of RECEIVE@EASE include:
Automated cross-docking is especially beneficial for fresh products to ensure product quality. Vanderlande has implemented automated cross-docking systems for food retailers, such as E.Leclerc.
The system is especially useful for push flows to create a fast fashion model when handling apparel and footwear. Automated cross-docking is also gaining popularity for dealing with high-tech products and electronics to achieve a short time-to-market window.
Vanderlande’s cross-docking system, based on automated sortation and VISION software, has a wide range of benefits, including:
Warehouse operations are coming under increasing pressure due to labour scarcity, expensive floor space and higher customer demands for delivery response times and accuracy.
Vanderlande recognises the important role played by automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) in meeting the tough demands of any logistics operation. The company’s solutions help to maximise efficiency and productivity in distribution centres and make optimal use of floor space.
Vanderlande’s complete range of AS/RS includes miniloads, shuttles and load-handling devices that integrate seamlessly into existing operations. These systems can handle different types of products, such as pallets, totes, trays, cartons and even car tyres. The company’s experience in logistics and material handling is an invaluable resource when deciding on the most appropriate solution for individual requirements.
The AS/RS have been implemented in a wide range of industries for more than 300 well-known companies, including Van Den Ban, Audi and Kaufland.
Through multidirectional movement and sequencing, ADAPTO delivers goods in the appropriate order to the correct picking station. Therefore, the order fulfilment is fast and accurate. This facilitates same-day deliveries, which is ideal for the e-commerce market.
ADAPTO requires a limited initial investment. As and when a DC needs to change in the future, its adaptive and scalable configuration makes it possible to expand on a ‘step-by-step’ basis. Additional aisles can be added while the system is operational. If order volumes grow, more shuttles can be deployed to cope with extra demand.
In addition, storage capacity and throughput can be scaled independently, which helps you to keep any future investments in line with your individual requirements. The modular design makes optimal use of all existing space within your DC, regardless of shape or size.
This system can achieve extremely high throughput rates, and is especially suitable for the highest capacity goods-to-man order picking and consolidation processes. This is due to its ability to access all goods quickly and deliver them when required, which also helps to improve operator efficiency.
The shuttle system is a cost-effective solution for short-term storage of order totes. Store-friendly delivery is facilitated by the automatic presentation of totes/cartons in the required sequence for stacking on pallets or roll cages. The result is fast, efficient order consolidation with minimum manual labour requirements.
The QUICKSTORE HDS has been implemented in a wide range of industries, such as parts and components, food retail and e-commerce. A number of companies have already installed this particular system, including Zalando, Edeka, Onninen and Tesco.
The company offers a range of standard miniloads and load-handling solutions, including: single or double-deep storage; single or double mast; single, double or quadruple shuttles; and load-handling devices based on belts, telescope or vacuum telescope.
Vanderlande’s BARRACUDA is a highly reliable load-handling device for multi-deep products in post-beam racking. It handles cartons, totes and trays of variable dimensions in a form-locked, positive way, which guarantees maximum availability.
Selecting the appropriate miniload AS/RS depends on the storage capacity and required throughput. Vanderlande’s miniloads have been implemented in a wide range of industries, such as parts and components, automotive, food, fashion and non-food. More than 1,000 miniloads have already been installed for companies, including Tommy Hilfiger, Herma and GAME Stores.These solutions offer a range of benefits, including:
By sorting pallets in automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), or pallet high-bay storage, a reduction in handling can be achieved. Optimum use of available floor space is also a benefit. Various types of (semi) AS/RS solutions can be integrated for (temporary) storage of raw materials or (semi) finished products.
Traditionally pallets are stored in racks, flow racks or block stacking and picked by forklift trucks. Automated pallet-picking systems can deliver significant benefits by ensuring constant capacity and careful product handling.
When combined with pallet conveyors and sortation systems, this can provide a fully automated pallet-picking process. Vanderlande has already implemented these systems with Argos, Colombini, Arrow Electronics, Edeka and Tchibo.
The MICROSHUTTLE is an automated storage and retrieval system and part of Vanderlande’s QUICKSTORE range of miniloads, shuttles and load-handling devices. The shuttles are not dedicated to one storage level, but can move between different levels in the racking via a lift. They make use of capacitors – ensuring they can operate autonomously, without the need for power rails in the aisles – and utilise wireless communication.
Scalability and flexibility
Each MICROSHUTTLE system can grow with an inpidual business and match the required throughput. For example, a system with 12 levels can start with only two shuttles, keeping the initial investment low. As throughput requirements increase, shuttles can be added inpidually until the maximum lift capacity is reached.
Cost effective and energy efficient
During the development of the QUICKSTORE MICROSHUTTLE, much attention was paid to minimising weight, with the design geared towards a lightweight, energy efficient and cost-effective system. The optimum combination of motor performance, acceleration and speed ensures energy efficiency.
Order picking – also known as order fulfilment – is the process of retrieving products from storage in order to meet a specific customer demand. Processing orders rapidly and accurately has a direct impact on customer satisfaction.
Selecting the best order-picking solution depends on the requirements of inpidual operations and products. Vanderlande’s experience and expertise in designing and implementing these systems takes into consideration such criteria as volume and item velocity.
These integrated order-picking systems ensure each product is picked via the most suitable method. Attention will also be given to whether they will handle inpidual items, full cases or pallets. Vanderlande has already supplied these systems to companies such as Amazon, Arrow Electronics and Nike.
At the heart of the CPS is the PICK@EASE ergonomic order-picking workstation. This innovative workstation enables operators to achieve a consistently high order-picking performance – up to 1,000 order lines per operator per hour – over a prolonged period. This is also achieved without risk of any work-related injuries.
CPS takes advantage of the QUICKSTORE family of automated storage and retrieval systems. These miniloads and shuttle systems automatically store and retrieve product totes, and make optimal use of available floor space.
Vanderlande’s goods-to-man order-picking systems are supported by the VISION warehouse management system, which ensures the effective handling of the entire warehousing process. Companies, such as PLUS Retail, Onninen and TVH, have already installed Vanderlande’s CPS solutions.
Zone picking is a man-to-goods order-picking concept that can be used for a wide range of applications. Vanderlande’s zone-picking system (ZPS) provides a reliable, accurate and structured process, with short order throughput times.
The picking area is pided into inpidual pick zones, and operators assigned there will only pick items within that zone. Products in a zone can be stored in flow racks or shelving.
Once picking in a zone is complete, the order tote or carton travels via a conveyor to the next zone (pick and pass). This system reduces walking distances during picking and eliminates crowded picking aisles during peak hours. It is highly efficient, owing to the way in which operators can pick directly into shipping cartons or totes (pick and pack).
Vanderlande has a broad experience of designing and implementing ZPS, which can be supported by a number of methods within the VISION warehouse management system (WMS). These include, paper based, RF terminals, Pick-to-Light and Pick-by-Voice. Other WMS functions related to zone picking are slotting, replenishment strategies, order planning and release, and integrated checking.
Vanderlande’s picking systems have already been implemented at many companies, including DA Retail, Rossmann and Fabory.
Vanderlande’s automated case picking (ACP) systems provide the tools to outperform traditional order fulfillment methods. These improvements not only benefit distribution centres, but also the efficiency of the processes at work in stores. Vanderlande’s ACP design is setup to allow modular growth and ensures availability by utilising parallel activities.
The service levels of a supermarket are highly dependent on the quality and speed of its replenishment systems. When the store orders a shipment from the distribution centre, it is essential that the pallets are selected in the same sequence of product groups as the store’s layout. Before the pallets are stacked, the load forming logic software defines an optimal stacking pattern, with this product group sequence in mind.
It also defines staple pallets that are filled with maximum efficiency, so that the transport volume is minimised. The finished pallets will be wrapped and transported to stores, where there will be no need for extra sortation and they can be used immediately to fill the shelves.The Load Forming Logic (LFL) software ensures:
In the automated distribution centre, a robot with a special mechanical gripper is used to take full layers of product from the pallet. The layers are then deposited on a conveyor system, where inpidual products are oriented correctly by a series of processes. Safe handling in the storage system is ensured by a 3D-measuring system that uses laser technology.
Pallets can be picked from pallet high-bay storage with an automated storage and retrieval system. When combined with pallet conveyors and sortation systems, this can provide a fully automated pallet-picking process. Vanderlande has implemented pallet-picking systems at Argos, Colombini, Arrow Electronics, Edeka and Tchibo.
Batch picking increases both throughput and operator efficiency. It optimises order-picking effectiveness by maximising pick quantities and minimising operator walking distances. Orders are either sorted/consolidated by order or destination automatically, which reduces manual handling and the problems normally associated with congested aisles in traditional order picking.
Vanderlande’s batch picking systems are supported by the VISION warehouse management system for the effective handling of the entire process. Functionalities include batch and resource planning, sorter control and a dashboard to display key performance indicators.
The company has broad experience of designing and implementing batch-picking systems, for companies including Amazon, Game Stores, Euro Shoe and Staples.
Picking takes place with virtually no manual labour. This type of solution is especially beneficial for fresh food in a retail environment, such as meat, poultry, deli, fruit, vegetables and dairy products. Examples have already been installed at Micarna, Edeka and Hilton Meat.
In the e-commerce market, omni-channel warehousing companies are continually looking for ways to run their operations more efficiently. They must maintain the highest level of service, meet growing consumer expectations, as well as cope with an increased order frequency, a growing number of smaller orders, and factor in the challenges associated with labour scarcity.
Vanderlande has developed smart item robotics (SIR) to help you deal with these challenges. It can handle dynamic product ranges without SKU teaching. Intelligent stacking enables the efficient positioning of goods, while products are handled smoothly and securely. SIR can also be deployed in a flexible way by allowing for operator intervention as required.
SIR has two applications. With bin-to-bin item picking, the robot picks single products from a source bin. The dimensions of each are measured while the robot is in motion and it gently stacks these into the required order carton or bin. In bin-to-belt item picking, the robot picks single items from a source bin, again taking the dimensions of the product into account, before placing it on a belt. This can then feed a pocket sorter, packing machine or other type of sorter. With SIR, Vanderlande offers the next step in flexible warehouse automation.
Vanderlande’s PICK@EASE workstations offer a range of value-added service functions for multipurpose use. The modular and functional setup supports all possible business and order profiles. All versions are designed for seamless integration with Vanderlande’s goods-to-person order fulfillment solutions.
PICK@EASE is a portfolio of ergonomic workstations offering a wide range of capacities – from 100 to 1,000 order lines per hour, per operator. They provide the optimal solution to support operator and process productivity.
PICK@EASE workstations help to reduce errors to almost zero. Pick-to-Light displays, detection light grids and a touchscreen maximise quality control. The touchscreen application is the central user interface for optimal process support. PICK@EASE is also supported by user-friendly VISION software.
PICK@EASE enables operators to maintain high productivity levels for sustained working periods. It features horizontal picking at the same level, optional height adjustable platforms and ergonomic mats.
In addition, Philips Dynamic Lighting is an advanced solution that brings the benefits of natural daylight indoors. This creates a natural lighting ambience that provides control over the working environment and helps to improve operator wellbeing.
The benefits of PICK@EASE include:
Vanderlande offers a range of sortation systems tailored to inpidual business processes, products, required throughput, and the volume and nature of sort destinations.These systems consist of both line sorters (sliding shoe sorters, pusher sorters and pop-up sorters) and loop sorters (cross-belt sorters and tilt-tray sorters). Vanderlande has implemented automated sortation systems at many well-known companies such as Amazon, Urban Outfitters and Edeka.
It is used mainly in batch-picking processes and cross-docking systems, and as a shipping sorter. It has capacity for up to 18,000 carriers per hour. Vanderlande has a range of CROSSORTERs, which include the 700, 1200 and 1500 versions.
The company is committed to ensuring materials are used in a way that ensures their return into technical or biological cycles. The CROSSORTER is built using sustainable materials, consisting of technological or biological materials that are safe and healthy for both humans and the environment.
The company has implemented cross-belt sorters at many well-known companies, including Nike, Urban Outfitters, Marie Claire and GAME Stores.The following results have been achieved with the CROSSORTER:
Vanderlande has implemented POSISORTERs at many well-known companies, such as Argos, Edeka and Staples.
The modular design means the TRAYSORTER is fully scalable and the configuration can be adapted to inpidual requirements. It can also be adjusted to fit into existing warehouse architecture.
With a low initial investment, the TRAYSORTER is an affordable and innovative sorter that helps to boost a facility’s overall performance. The optimum design of the modules results in the smallest footprint concept per sorted item and a favourable ROI.
Several tray types are available:
Automated order consolidation and shipping can significantly enhance the efficiency and speed of an outbound operation. It can also enhance store-friendly delivery and reduce transport costs by optimising the loading of dollies, pallets and roll cages.
Material flows from different (order picking) areas come together in an automated storage and retrieval system. Vanderlande’s shuttle systems (MICROSHUTTLE, ADAPTO and HDS) are cost-effective solutions for the short-term storage of order totes and cartons. Due to its high capacity, QUICKSTORE HDS is most suitable for this purpose.
Within a short time period, flows can be sorted and grouped per order, delivery unit or shipment, and then dispatched in the precise sequence required. The result is fast, efficient order consolidation and store-friendly delivery with minimum manual labour requirements.
Automated shipping sortation
By implementing automated shipping sortation systems, goods can automatically be directed to a lane associated with a retail outlet, delivery route or provider, and geographical area. This significantly increases efficiency, improves accuracy and reduces the costs per carton, or tote, handled.
Vanderlande has installed automated shipping sortation systems at many companies, including, Casaventa, Nike, Staples, Colombini and Herma.
Packing systems with PACK@EASE workstations can be integrated with other picking concepts or delivered as stand-alones. These solutions enable customers to organise their processes in the most efficient, cost-effective way.
PACK@EASE workstations have been designed on the same ergonomic basis as the PICK@EASE range in cooperation with the Dutch research institute TNO.
This solution has been installed for a number of companies, such as Life Technologies.
The main benefits of PACK@EASE are:
In the near future robotic technology will be developed for other market segments, such as baggage handling; parcel and postal; fashion; and parts and components. This will be mainly in warehousing, with automatic item picking and ULD loading as examples of promising applications offered to Vanderlande’s customers. Robotic technology provides a number of benefits:
The success of automated storage, order-picking and sortation systems depends on their reliability and cost effectiveness, or the internal transport that connects all logistic processes. The .M conveyor range is designed specifically to meet these requirements.
To enhance the effectiveness of warehouse operations, Vanderlande has
developed VISION, a warehouse management and control system. It includes:
turnkey solutions for material flow handling; user applications for picking,
counting and exception handling; and management functions in a web-based
supervisor application (business process installation).
The system supports value-added services and different user interface technologies, such as RF terminals, pick-by-voice and pick-to-light. VISION also offers extendibility, scalability and flexibility, which ensures investment security to highly automated warehouses.
The dynamics of the fashion industry are changing significantly and the market is expanding faster than ever. Consumers not only want to have access to the latest trends, but also enjoy a discerning shopping experience. This concerns buying as well as returning products, even to a location they have chosen themselves.
This presents fashion warehouses with a unique set of challenges. These include the increased pressure to handle rising operational costs, linked to a lack of available workforce, intensive training for operators and the need for shorter lead times. In the fashion industry, you also have to cope with unpredictable demand and seasonal trends, as well as handling a high volume of returns. The fast-moving nature of the market means that you must meet consumer expectations instantly and respond with the right product at the right time and place.
At Vanderlande, we understand the complexities of running a successful fashion business. As such, we have defined the next generation of scalable solutions – evolutions. Theyare designed to efficiently handle returns, flexibly cope with seasonal and fast-changing trends, andcan be easily scaled up.
Consumers demand speed, accuracy and flexibility throughout the ordering and delivery process. Warehouses face increased pressure to handle rising operational costs linked to a lack of available workforce, intensive training of operators, expanding ranges of SKUs, and variable order sizes with frequent short delivery times. At all times, fulfilling thousands of orders and delivering a positive customer experience are vital. Warehouses must also factor in a combination of both store-friendly and home deliveries.
In matching the growth of your markets, your warehouse can reach its limit sooner than expected. In such a situation, an investment in fast and scalable solutions is critical.
At Vanderlande, we understand the complexities of running a successful warehousing operation. As such, we have defined the next generation of scalable solutions – evolutions. They will support you through an integrated portfolio of innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services.
In today’s food retail market, consumers demand fresh, high-quality products, and excellent service. They expect their shopping experience to be stress-free with a high availability of products.
As a result of increasing consumer demands, food retailers must cope with the growing volumes of diversified stock and multiple store formats. E-commerce requirements must also be factored into distribution centre (DC) processes.
The expanding number of SKUs means that efficient space utilisation in the stores is another vital consideration. Stores have strict budgets and need their deliveries on time and full shelves in the store. With this in mind, employees are faced with added pressure in the back of the store when it comes to splitting pallets and roll containers, which leaves them little time to assist customers.
At Vanderlande, we understand the complexities of running a successful food retail business. As such, we have defined the next generation of scalable solutions – evolutions. They are designed to deliver the highest level of flexibility and scalability, and can facilitate store-friendly deliveries.