Urban Outfitters Inc. has appointed TGW to design and implement an automation solution for their new fulfillment center in the UK. The project is due to go live in 2021.
A FlashPick system is at the heart of the solution. At goods receiving, cartons are emptied into totes and transported to the mini-load warehouse, which is used to feed the Stingray shuttle. Totes are then transported to 15 goods-to-person workstations, where items are picked into either target cartons or totes.
The different areas are connected by an energy-efficient KingDrive conveyor system. The TGW warehouse control system interfaces with a Manhattan WMS. Furthermore, TGW´s smart picking robot Rovolution will be installed at the URBN distribution center.
Highly-automated logistics center
“TGW impressed us during the RFP process, demonstrating a clarity of thinking which is necessary when considering a strategic solution for our complex product range,” explains Iain Bartholomew, URBN’s International & European Logistics Director. “The new facility located in Peterborough will be highly automated, incorporate robotics and provides the capacity necessary to support our fast-growing business. TGW supported us to design a modular solution we believe is simple, flexible and adaptable to the future needs of our customers,” Bartholomew says.