Retail: Tesco gets mechanised at Teesport

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Dematic is to supply a mechanised logistics system for Tesco’s new 910,000 sq ft distribution centre at Teesport, Middlesbrough. The system, which is scheduled for completion in 2010, will provide the retailer with a pallet storage solution, incorporating a mechanised high bay warehouse, monorail and conveyor networks, and Dematic’s DC Director warehouse control system.

The new DC is the company’s first purpose-built import centre. Located on a brownfield site next to a deep sea port and the forthcoming Northern Gateway container terminal, the new centre will eliminate the need to transport imported goods in bulk to distribution centres further inland. Tesco expects significant cost savings on its inbound logistics operations.

The Dematic system includes a total of 43 automated storage and retrieval cranes and 120,000 pallet locations. As well as supporting full pallet picking, the high bay warehouse will also replenish a low bay picking area where mixed pallets can be generated. The goods-in, storage, picking and dispatch areas will be linked via monorail and conveyor systems.

Simon Jones, programme manager, network development for Tesco, says: “The mechanised logistics system will provide high density storage and efficient handling of products within the DC.”

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