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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
As the largest reseller and supplier in the automotive parts and accessories aftermarket in Australia and New Zealand and with almost 400 stores across both countries, Repco has continued its expansion with the recent development of its semi-automated Ingleburn Distribution Centre (DC) in New South Wales. According to Ms Maria Soto, Repco’s Distribution Centre Manager, the 10,000 square metre DC manages approximately 38,000 SKUs and was designed to improve picking accuracy and improve turnaround to Repco and convenience stores in New South Wales. ‘Since moving to the Ingleburn DC, the productivity of the pickers has dramatically improved and we now have visibility of all the orders. The new Schaefer order picking system is linked to our internal software, which allows real-time replenishment and ensures that all of the emergency orders and one-day turnaround deliveries are met on-time every time,’ Ms Soto said. The Ingleburn DC has implemented a Schaefer conveyor system that runs through the picking area and feeds into a sortation loop with seven despatch lanes. The system is managed by Schaefer’s Order Fulfilment Software, which controls the release of orders and the paperless picking activity and communicates the picking results in real-time to the Repco host system. For storage of the small parts, Repco has implemented a full range of plastic containers and compartment options based on Schaefer’s standard shelving systems, which can be flexibly combined to meet the especially diverse storage requirements. For larger, non-conveyable SKU’s, Repco selected standard selective pallet racking and long span shelving. Repco Improves Picking Accuracy with Ingleburn DC 321960E_Schaefer Systems | 1796.indd 24 28/02/12 3:22 PM Fast beats slow Effective warehouse design means short routes for goods and staff. Flexible storage solutions combined with intelligent conveyor systems speed up and optimise logistics operations. Let us show you how to become fast, flexible and more efficient. 1800 SCHAEFER · firstname.lastname@example.org · www.ssi-schaefer.com.au 67 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2012