Large-scale Automated Marshalling Solution

21st June 2024

Logistics BusinessLarge-scale Automated Marshalling Solution

Home Bargains, a high-street discount retailer, has successfully implemented a large-scale automated marshalling solution from Lowpad at its Amesbury, UK distribution centre. This initiative addresses recruitment challenges and optimizes the final stage of its modern warehouse facility, creating a 24/7 operational marshalling solution managed by Lowpad’s fleet manager software.

Home Bargains’ Amesbury distribution centre faced significant recruitment challenges due to its remote location, requiring a large workforce for labour-intensive tasks. To alleviate the recruitment burden and reduce operational costs, Home Bargains implemented an automated marshalling process. The new system processes over 200,000 roll cages weekly using 91 Lowpad AMRs and 36 handover locations, 21 of which are fully automated.

Chris Tilly, General Manager of Home Bargains, praised the impact of Lowpad’s solution: “Lowpad has significantly reduced the number of workers needed, considerably decreasing staff numbers, helping us achieve our cost-saving goals and addressing our recruitment challenges.”

Lowpad effectively integrated new equipment with Home Bargains’ existing infrastructure, creating a fully integrated process. This streamlined, automated process now requires minimal manual intervention, from pallet intake into the warehouse to dispatch pick stock in roll cages, resulting in an effective, 24/7 operational system that significantly reduces the dependency on manual resources.

Jonathan van den Dool, Sales Director at Lowpad, highlighted the project’s success: “Lowpad’s automation solution not only streamlined Home Bargains’ operations but also addressed critical recruitment challenges. Implementing a fully integrated system in an existing and operational environment demonstrates our capability to provide effective brownfield automation solutions for retail distribution.”

Key features of the project:

– Processes over 200,000 roll cages weekly
– Utilizes 91 Lowpads, managed by Lowpad Supervisor software
– Includes 36 handover locations, 21 of which are fully automated

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