With the creation of two central national distribution centres for Coles Group, Schaefer Systems International and Giebelstadt, were able to complete a challenging project. Fully automated storage processes as well as pick-by-light order picking from the miniload and order picking to the goods-to-person principle from the Schaefer Carousel System (SCS) make for savings of warehousing and personnel costs and increased accuracy for the stores.
Each distribution centre is equipped with a miniload. Controlled by the SSI-warehouse management system eight storage and retrieval machines equipped with multipurpose telescopic forks in eight aisles of the miniload make for quick storage and retrieval operations from the double-deep rack system with its 98,752 storage positions.
The Schaefer Carousel System, used for automatic picking of slow and medium moving goods is the core piece of each distribution centre. With maximum storage capacity at minimum space, the SCS offers the quickest access to about half of the 8,300 different products stored in the system.