GEODIS, KNAPP Team for $52M Automated Order Fulfillment
July 12, 2021
GEODIS, a global supply chain operator, and KNAPP have
partnersed to introduce a highly automated order
fulfillment system for a leading specialty retailer.
GEODIS' $52 million investment will allow it to enhance
the specialty retailer's existing fulfillment facility
by leveraging a new design and innovative technology to
meet rapidly increasing e-Commerce demand.
The modular design developed in partnership with GEODIS
and KNAPP, which is planned to begin operations at the
facility in August 2022, will include five mirrored
order picking modules. Each module will feature the
ability to independently fulfill nearly every customer
order processed in the center for added speed and
agility as e-Commerce demand continues to grow.
Following implementation, GEODIS is expected to move
approximately 850,000 e-Commerce units per day on behalf
of the national retailer.
"GEODIS' investment in KNAPP's technology demonstrates
our ongoing commitment to offering our customers
innovative solutions that best meet their needs, address
challenges and optimize existing capabilities," said
Kevin Stock, Senior Vice President of Engineering and
Solutions at GEODIS in Americas. "Our collaboration with
KNAPP will enable us to be agile enough to execute
e-Commerce orders on high-velocity items even quicker
while delivering excellent customer service to ensure
shipments are received as soon as possible."
project will include a unique combination of multiple
KNAPP technologies. Specifically, the site will feature
10 aisles of the OSR Shuttle™ Evo, an all-in-one
automatic storage and picking system. The facility will
also consist of 20 double Fastbox order sequencing
towers, which is a fast storage and buffer tower with an
integrated lift system, that will be connected with 40
high-performance Pick-it-Easy work stations.
Pick-it-Easy work stations reduce the number of highly
repetitive, strenuous tasks while boosting efficiency in
order processing and quality of deliveries and services.
Finally, the project will include automated shipping
carton erectors and height-reducing carton closers to
expedite the fulfillment process.
"The solution developed in collaboration with GEODIS and
KNAPP engineers is specifically designed to address key
strategic and growth factors resulting from the rapid
growth in e-Commerce demand," said Jusuf Buzimkic, Chief
Sales Officer of KNAPP. "The technology platform will
reduce the challenge of hard-to-find labor, while
simultaneously delivering a solution that is flexible,
scalable and minimizes the variable cost per order."
The project will utilize a conveyor network that speeds
facility performance and responds quickly to customer
orders, which together with other KNAPP technologies
consume less energy and are more efficient than
traditional fulfillment centers. The entire system will
be managed by the KNAPP KiSoft Warehouse Control System.