AS Colour NZ boosts DC capability

New Zealand-based apparel label AS Colour is to support the
company’s significant business growth with an advanced materials
handling installation in its new Auckland distribution centre.

Founded in 2005 in Auckland and operating in NZ, Australia and
California, AS Colour produces apparel products for the wholesale
and retail markets, with a number of retail outlets located in NZ
and Australia.

“Following recent continued growth, AS Colour has outgrown its
existing DC and made the decision to move to a new facility,”
explained managing director and founder of AS Colour Lawrence
Railton. “As part of our evolution into a new DC, AS Colour also
wanted to optimise our warehouse operations by boosting
productivity and efficiency when handling the high number of SKU we
deal with.”

Working with Scott Kerr at Kerrect Logistics, AS Colour
evaluated a range of automation options before choosing a tailored
Dematic Multishuttle
Goods-to-Person (GTP) System for its new DC, which provides
high-density tote storage and high sequenced order picking
productivity.

“AS Colour wanted to find a way to pick orders faster with
minimal touches, in order to minimise product packaging and
presentation challenges caused by handling the same product
multiple times,” said business development manager at Dematic
Seth van Dijk “The system we have tailored for AS Colour is based
on the goods-to-person methodology, where the storage and delivery
of products to fulfil orders is automated through the use of the
Dematic Multishuttle high-rate storage and retrieval system.”

High-speed picking

Using the Dematic Multishuttle Goods-To-Person (GTP), AS Colour
products are stored in totes in a secure high-density environment
until they are retrieved and delivered in orderline sequence to
operators at four ergonomic workstations. This significantly
improves productivity by eliminating non-value-added time spent on
tasks such as travel, and manually locating and retrieving
stock.

Managed by Dematic iQ Warehouse Control System software, the
installation features a two-aisle Dematic Multishuttle GTP system,
with double-deep storage for 19,425 totes across 18 levels and 36
bays. It also features automated order tote delivery to 4 x 1:1
workstations as well as order tote take away to a dedicated
conveyor sorter and packing area.

“In addition to the productivity, efficiency and high-density
benefits the Dematic installation will bring to our new facility,
we will also gain much more visibility into our warehouse
operations,” added Mr Railton. “The new system will deliver
real-time information, which places us in a better position to
monitor and optimise our picking and replenishment productivity
rates.”

The new AS Colour DC is due for completion in the first half of
2021.

Source: FS – Transport B.
AS Colour NZ boosts DC capability



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