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Weathernews signs strategic partnership deal with Wärtsilä
Weathernews signs strategic partnership deal with Wärtsilä

AJOT | June 16, 2021 | Shipping Technology

Landmark agreement cements collaboration to integrate and enhance smart data solutions designed to make shipping safer and greener.

Orange EV announces further expansion of the leadership team

AJOT | June 16, 2021 | People | Appointments | Shipping Technology

Heartland to purchase 10.1% of Israeli Terminal X

AJOT | June 15, 2021 | Shipping Technology

Jeremy Haycock joins NYSHEX as Managing Director for Europe
Jeremy Haycock joins NYSHEX as Managing Director for Europe

AJOT | June 14, 2021 | People | Appointments | Shipping Technology

Jeremy Haycock joins NYSHEX as Managing Director for Europe to establish operations on the continent.

Arvato Supply Chain Solutions expands capacities with new shuttle system
Arvato Supply Chain Solutions expands capacities with new shuttle system

AJOT | June 14, 2021 | Logistics | Shipping Technology

The VVA Group, part of Arvato Supply Chain Solutions, has modernized and expanded its distribution centre in Guetersloh during ongoing operations. An automated shuttle warehouse with order picking system has been built in the existing facility by long-time partner SSI Schäfer in a limited space, expanding the capacity in the area of immediately available item containers to a total of more than 60,000 spaces. At the same time, the new shuttle solution is a further step in the digital strategy with which Arvato is currently driving forward the automation of its worldwide locations. The trigger for the capacity expansion was, on the one hand, the business growth of VVA (Vereinigte Verlagsauslieferung) in recent years. On the other hand, the business is characterized by a significant increase in picking intensity. As a partner and service provider, the company delivers media products from its three German locations in Guetersloh, Verl and Gilching to retailers and end consumers worldwide for more than 200 clients. In the central logistics centre in Guetersloh alone, about 70,000 different items are stored - in addition to books, CDs and DVDs, also magazines, calendars as well as stationery and toys. "With our existing system, which is already designed for very high performance, we have now reached the limits of our capacity," explains Harald Horstmann, Vice President Publisher at Arvato Supply Chain Solutions. "We wanted to continue using the existing system and not invest in a completely new solution. That's why we decided to modernize and expand together with SSI Schäfer." The intralogistics specialist, who had already installed the inventory system in 2006, met the high requirements best. A storage and order-picking system for a throughput of 16 million articles per year was realized on an area of only 900 square meters. A highly dynamic modular shuttle system with approx. 40,000 bin locations was developed. The new shuttle warehouse is located in a 24- metre high extension directly next to the existing 60,000-pallet high-bay warehouse and is designed according to the patented 3D-Matrix Solution® from SSI Schäfer. By installing the workstations on the warehouse cube at a height of 16 meters, it was possible to realize an optimal use of space. A total of 84 SSI Flexi single-level shuttles ensure efficient storage and retrieval processes and 20 integrated lifts enable fast material flows on the vertical system level. By integrating the system into the warehouse cube, the number of lifts and thus the performance could be increased compared to conventional solutions. Each workstation has access to the entire article spectrum of the 3D Matrix Solution® and thus enables a one-stop-pick solution. In total, the new system expands the capacities in the area of automatically immediately available article containers to more than 60,000 places. At the same time, the number of goods-to-person picking stations is increased by 60 per cent. Installation during operation A particular challenge was the system expansion during ongoing operation, which took place in three steps: First, the order start in the old system had to be relocated and further automated. In a second step, the direct conveyor connection of the fully automated high-bay warehouse to the existing and future storage and order-picking systems took place. The third and most important project step was the construction of the shuttle warehouse including the connected workstations. Business was not affected by the project work at any time. The system has already passed its first test. Due to the special Corona situation and also numerous top titles in the Christmas business, the high demand for books at the end of last year led to the largest order volumes at VVA since the company was founded. In some cases, even the newly created capacities were completely utilized. Nevertheless, VVA was able to maintain the highest level of delivery reliability. If the trend continues, VVA will be able to expand flexibly thanks to the forward-looking, scalable solution," confirms Stephan Schierke, President Publisher at Arvato Supply Chain Solutions. Ergonomics and social responsibility Arvato Supply Chain Solutions placed particular emphasis on the ergonomics of the workstations. Together with SSI Schäfer and the start-up Cellumation, new types of workstations were developed in which, among other things, source and destination containers are served on one level. The new workstations in the shuttle warehouse are multifunctional and, in addition to order compilation, also enable the return sortation of returns. The workstations are also characterized by individually adjustable working heights, ergonomic arrangement of the operating elements, touch-friendly materials, optimal presentation of information and innovative lighting systems.

TIE Kinetix wins Sun Mountain contract via SYSPRO partnership

AJOT | June 10, 2021 | Shipping Technology

BookYourCargo Launches a Digital Drayage Platform to Combat Capacity Shortages and Container Backlog
BookYourCargo Launches a Digital Drayage Platform to Combat Capacity Shortages and Container Backlog

AJOT | June 09, 2021 | Shipping Technology

Cloud-based, tech-enabled Digital Drayage Platform provides instant quotes and full shipment visibility to shippers, freight forwarders and ocean carriers

Farmy.ch continues its growth: Support by Scallog Robots and free deliveries to Winterthur
Farmy.ch continues its growth: Support by Scallog Robots and free deliveries to Winterthur

AJOT | June 09, 2021 | Shipping Technology

The boom in e-food orders gives an ongoing boost to Farmy, the swiss online shop for regional and organic products. In the city of Winterthur, Farmy clients benefit from now on from free deliveries. Warehouse robots from Scallog support the order preparation specialists in the central logistics hub in Zurich.

Key engineering technologies for digital transformation in logistics
Key engineering technologies for digital transformation in logistics

AJOT | June 09, 2021 | Shipping Technology

As more and more participants in the global logistics market are puzzled by the increasing transparency and reliability of supply chains, leading IT companies are promoting the idea of ​​using blockchain technology for these purposes.

Consolidated Intermodal Technologies (CIT) announces MandR System capabilities expansion to include intermodal equipment beyond chassis fleets
Consolidated Intermodal Technologies (CIT) announces MandR System capabilities expansion to include intermodal equipment beyond chassis fleets

AJOT | June 08, 2021 | Intermodal News | Road | Shipping Technology

Consolidated Intermodal Technologies (CIT), a leading developer of innovative and proprietary asset optimization platform technology solutions, today announces its Maintenance and Repair System (MandR) capabilities have expanded to include a wide variety of international and domestic intermodal equipment types.

NEXT Trucking unveils customizable reports to enable real-time automated container tracking for shippers and carriers

AJOT | June 08, 2021 | Maritime News | Intermodal News | Road | Shipping Technology

DB Schenker invests in autonomous mobile robotics pioneer Gideon Brothers
DB Schenker invests in autonomous mobile robotics pioneer Gideon Brothers

AJOT | June 08, 2021 | Logistics | Shipping Technology

• 31 million USD Series A round to accelerate development of AI & 3D vision-based solutions • Xavier Garijo joins Board of Directors • Securing access to best-in-class intelligent material handling solutions for DB Schenker’s customers

DHL Express maximizes productivity amid record volumes with robotics at its Miami Service Center
DHL Express maximizes productivity amid record volumes with robotics at its Miami Service Center

AJOT | June 08, 2021 | Logistics | Shipping Technology

• Robotics initiative speeds sorting processes • The company continues investing in digitalization, enhancing the customer and employee experience and maximizing operational efficiencies

GreyOrange announces strategic partnership with Conveyer & Caster
GreyOrange announces strategic partnership with Conveyer & Caster

AJOT | June 07, 2021 | Shipping Technology

Partnership provides leading edge solutions to strengthen customer fulfillment capabilities

Redwood Logistics launches Redwood Parcel, a comprehensive integrated parcel solution
Redwood Logistics launches Redwood Parcel, a comprehensive integrated parcel solution

AJOT | June 07, 2021 | Shipping Technology

Redwood Logistics Combines Skipjack Supply Chain and Proactive Global Logistics to complete Redwood Parcel, the latest addition to Redwood’s LPaaS, providing control, optionality and increased profitability to shippers’ logistics and supply chain networks

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