Integrated picking for Currys

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DSGi Retail, which owns Currys and PC World, has installed a Dematic integrated order picking system at its new small products warehouse at Newark. The site will serve both retail outlets and e-commerce operations.

The warehouse is designed for items dispatched in tote boxes or cartons. It is part of a major supply chain redevelopment plan that includes creation of two central distribution centres and a number of stockless cross-docking hubs.

The Dematic system has a mini-load storage and retrieval system with integrated picking and automatic replenishment and a pallet-based picking area replenished by forklift trucks. There is an interconnecting conveyor system for order routeing.

VNA trucks are used for th bulk storage and retrieval of pallets.

Dematic has also supplied the warehouse control system which interfaces with the WMS and is responsible for all storage and picking control to the point of sortation and handover to despatch.

Chris Davey, project manager for DSGi, said Dematic had quickly understood the requirements and been able to deliver “against our highly challenging time frames at a competitive price”.

“The have delivered a system on time and to budget, and we are confident that it will meet our objectives of consolidating three existing operations into one, delivering significant annual revenue benefits and meeting our future strategic requirements.”

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