TGW is building a highly automated intralogistics system in Berkel and Rodenrijs for Fource, a Netherlands-based automotive spare parts specialist. The customer is bundling its intralogistics at one location as part of its supply chain optimisation efforts. Construction of the building started in December 2019, with the FlashPick solution slated to go live as planned in autumn 2021.
Fource is part of the US-based LKQ group and sells automotive spare parts, tools and components using a network of wholesalers. The core markets of the 3,000-employee company are the Netherlands and Belgium. Recently, the spare parts specialist placed an order at TGW for the erection of an intralogistics system at its Greenfield logistics hub. “This is an important order and a fantastic parts and components reference for TGW,” underscores David Hibbett, CSO at TGW Northern Europe.
Optimised supply chain
The new building, with 50,000 m² of floor space, bundles Fource’s logistics operation for the Netherlands at a single location. Due to its spectacular architecture, the fulfilment centre is called ‘The Bridge’, and is a symbol of the combination of people and technology.
FlashPick is the core of the highly automated solution – with ten aisles and more than 180,000 tote storage locations. Some 200 energy-efficient Stingray shuttles ensure storage and retrieval. In combination with 12 goods receiving workstations and 16 high-performance picking workstations PickCenter One, the shuttle system is the centrepiece of the system.
The TGW Software Suite is responsible for Warehouse Management including Warehouse Control System (WCS) and Material Flow Controller (MFC). TGW Commander is responsible for the control system. Special machines for automatically putting cartons upright and closing them, tote stackers and lifts are also part of the scope of supply.
During live operation, Fource will be able to rely on TGW’s expertise. A team of Lifetime Services specialists works together with the customer’s technicians to ensure maximum availability.