Dematic was awarded the contract to fit out Big W’s state-of-the-art 89,000m² Hoxton Park distribution centre (DC).
Big W is a leading general merchandise retailer in Australia and this DC will initially service 63 stores in the rapidly expanding Sydney and NSW markets.
One of the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere, the DC will utilise the innovative Goods To Person (GTP) picking technology powered by Dematic Multishuttle, Dematic’s leading edge storage and retrieval system for split case operations.
Comprising of five aisles, 14 levels and 70 shuttles, the Multishuttle storage and retrieval system will act as a buffer store designed to feed ergonomic GTP pick stations at the right time and rate to ensure high efficiency.
In addition to the Multishuttle storage and retrieval system, the full-case picking system will include a high speed cross-belt sorter that will facilitate 48 sort destinations and enable walk-pick-to-belt and cross-docking picking techniques.
Big W’s DC will house 50,000 pallets and will be controlled by a sophisticated material flow and order management system.
Dematic’s warehouse control software manages carton movement such as conveying and sorting, and split case picking.
The software will provide Big W management with real-time reports about system performance.
Big W’s new Hoxton Park DC aims to become one of the benchmark distribution facilities in Australia.