John Lewis awards automation contract to Dürkopp

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John Lewis has awarded Dürkopp Fördertechnik the contract to design and install an automated system for its 675,000 sq ft distribution centre for fashion goods at Magna Park in Milton Keynes.

The new site will be fully automated including an extensive hanging garment system.

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Dürkopp, which is a member of the Knapp Group, specialises in automation systems for the fashion and apparel industry, especially for e-commerce fulfilment and for the high speed sortation of single units.

The new distribution centre will be linked to the retailer’s adjacent 650,000 sq ft shed by a 98 metre bridge, allowing the two buildings to act as a cohesive facility, fulfilling orders for stores, online orders and click and collect fulfilment.

Construction on the site began in July, and it is due to be operational by Christmas 2014.

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