The online pharmacist was awarded as Sweden’s most favorite online store and is highly valued by customers for fast deliveries, fair prices, and a great customer experience. To ensure the same customer experience in the future, Apotea continues to work together with SSI Schaefer to develop and optimize their supply chain.
In 2019, SSI Schaefer already developed and implemented an automatic picking solution with an A-Frame for Apotea. It enables rapid processing of complex orders, even under peak loads. Due to the fact, that refilling, and picking are separate processes, the A-Frame is refilled in low-load times and then perform the picking fully automatically at peak times. This means optimum personnel utilization in the warehouse, low error rates, and a significantly enhanced performance. The system was fully installed in fall 2019 but due to Apotea’s rapid growth it is time for an expansion of the system to almost double the performance.
“We´re very satisfied with the existing A-Frame and the way it efficiently has expanded our capacity”, says Pär Svärdson, CEO at Apotea. “That’s why we continue to implement a new automated solution together with SSI Schaefer and I am really looking forward to seeing our new, even faster A-Frame in action.”
The existing A-Frame system at Apotea can store up to 1,500 products and provides a picking capacity of up to 1,400 orders per hour. This will soon be supported by another A-Frame, which will process 1,000 more orders per hour. The system will be up and running during 2021.
The SSI Schaefer Group is the world’s leading provider of modular warehousing and logistics solutions. With headquarters located in Neunkirchen (Germany), SSI Schaefer employs approximately 10,500 associates globally, along with eight domestic and international production sites, and approximately 70 worldwide operative subsidiaries. Across six continents, SSI Schaefer develops and implements innovative industry-specific answers to its customers‘ unique challenges. As a result, it plays a key role in shaping the future of material handling.
SSI Schaefer designs, develops and manufactures systems for warehouses and industrial plants. Its portfolio includes manual and automated solutions for warehousing, conveying, picking and sorting, plus technologies for waste management and recycling. In addition, SSI Schaefer is now a leading provider of modular, regularly updated software for in-house material flows. Its IT team, with a headcount in excess of 1,100, develops high-performance applications, and provides customers with in-depth advice on the intelligent combination of software with intralogistics equipment. The SSI Schaefer IT offering, including its own WAMAS® and SAP products, delivers seamless support for all warehouse and material flow management processes. Solutions from SSI Schaefer improve the productivity and efficiency of customer organizations – not least through the highly precise monitoring, visualization, and analysis of operational metrics for proactive intralogistics management.
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