Fives automates Italian logistics centre

6th December 2022

Logistics BusinessFives automates Italian logistics centre

Fives, a preferred partner for transforming supply chain facilities, continues to grow in the micro-fulfilment sector and is set to implement an AutoStore solution.

The new automation project for a logistics centre in Italy demonstrates once again Fives’ leadership in intralogistics and the success of its micro-fulfilment-based strategy, which supports the growth of the retail, e-commerce and 3PL sectors.

Fives has been chosen by KEY-4 to integrate the AutoStore technology into a 3,000 sq m extension to the existing 8,000 sq m warehouse in Fasano (province of Brindisi, Italy) for a leading distributor of electrical and lighting equipment.

The distributor wants to optimise the automation of the processing of its multiple items in stock and to develop its e-commerce activity; the “AutoStore empowered by Fives” solution therefore fully meets this need.

Unparalleled performance

The AutoStore technology is complementary to Fives’ technology portfolio and allows it to expand its offering to piece picking to support its customers in the challenges of omnichannel automation, while giving AutoStore an extra boost to tackle the French, Spanish and Italian markets where Fives demonstrates leading positions.

Thanks to Fives’ expertise as a supplier and integrator of advanced automation technologies and its intimate understanding of its customers’ processes and objectives, the new “AutoStore empowered by Fives” warehouse, consisting of 9,000 bins for two picking stations, has been specially designed in an ergonomic way to increase the current storage capacity in a reduced space and to offer optimal work safety and conditions for the operators.

AutoStore empowered by Fives

Each station will allow the preparation of two orders simultaneously and to process a flow of approximately 1,500 orders/day.

The facility equipped with the “AutoStore empowered by Fives” solution will be operational in July 2023.

“These solutions for optimising order preparation are one of the differentiation and competitiveness criteria for our customers. As we continue to grow in Southern Europe, we are proud to contribute to the business development of our customers, supporting their industrial performance. We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with AutoStore over the past year and look forward to future projects,” says Zakariae Haoudi, Sales Director of Fives Intralogistics SAS, specialised in automated picking solutions and advanced technologies for micro-fulfilment.

“We are thrilled with this project and particularly welcome Fives‘ strong presence in Southern Europe and its position as a leader in intralogistics, which helps us to grow,” declares Antonio Ammirabile, CEO of KEY-4, a general contractor with significant experience in managing integrated and complex projects and technological innovations in the fields of Industry 4.0 and Industrial-IoT.