Automated system for Gap

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Clothing retailer Gap has selected TGW to install an automated material handling system at its distribution centre near Nashville, Tennessee.

Currently, Gap’s process of picking single items is labour intensive and relates to a disproportionate amount of their operating budget. The TGW solution will eliminate the need for standard each picking and automate case handling providing a Goods-to-Person approach which will double the overall productivity of each worker.

Gap will deploy a multi-aisle TGW Stingray shuttle system. TGW will also be providing the software and interface to Gap systems as well as the carton conveyor to connect the Stingray shuttle solution to Gap’s current unit picking and shipping operations. The project is expected to be operational in early 2013.

Kevin Kuntz, VP at Gap’s Gallatin Campus said: “TGW’s creative and partnership approach to the design of the system, combined with the depth and breadth of their product offerings and knowledge of our business meant we weren’t limited to one type of solution. With TGW, we were able to explore many options before selecting their Stingray shuttle as it was the only solution that could offer us direct carton handling and meet our throughput requirements.

“As part of our operations strategy, we had a tight ROI window for this project. TGW was able match our ROI requirements of less than two years”, said Kuntz.

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