Europa Warehouse invests millions in automation

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Europa Warehouse has announced that it has further invested in its 715,000ft2 3pl facility in Corby, Northamptonshire, with a new £11 million state-of-the-art automation solution. The company is working with Germany’s psb intralogistics to implement the new systems.

Europa completed its £60m facility last year, despite the challenges of Covid-19, and in doing so doubled its logistics portfolio. This latest investment will increase efficiencies for Europa’s customers, including a number of e-commerce and blue-chip online retailers, most of which experienced vast growth following the e-commerce boom.

The systems now in place include Goods-to-Person (GTP) technology to eliminate time consuming and unproductive activities.

These new efficiencies, including the use of an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS), will allow Europa to pick 136,000 bottles a day, enabling the 3PL to handle a capacity of around 50 million bottles per annum, while the Multi Order Picking Station (MOPS) will offer huge labour management benefits and improved efficiencies.

In addition, system productivity will be enhanced with a rotapick station (GTP) which improves pick rates (items picked versus hours of work) for slower-moving SKUs by using a patented rotating system which holds up to 48 orders open at one time.

Finally, the selektron Warehouse Control System will remove pick errors and allow pick speed and accuracy to be monitored at a station level, driving warehouse performance. “Most importantly, automation will allow Europa Warehouse to provide a streamlined service, giving us the ability to better plan and predict the flow of goods, assisting our customers in the ever-growing demand for e-commerce and support the developing consumer trend of next day deliveries,” commented Maria Torrent March, Europa Warehouse’s Logistics Director.

The new 25-acre site at Corby allowed Europa Warehouse to efficiently move and expand its logistics operations, providing optimal quality and value for its customer base.

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