Dematic automating two warehouses for Americold

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

ATLANTA, Georgia – Dematic has been awarded an automation project for two temperature-controlled warehouses with Americold, which is supplying a major grocery retailer in the U.S.

The Dematic integrated solution includes goods-in receiving, automatic delayering, tray handling, sortation, automatic pallet building, dispatch trailer sequencing and ergonomic case picking.

The solution will include both a Dematic high-bay unit load AS/RS for pallets and the Dematic Multishuttle for case buffering and sequencing. These technologies, managed and operated by Dematic software, create a compact mixed-case handling solution.

“At Americold we have a unique lens into the temperature-controlled supply chain. To help us offer world-class service to our customers, we were seeking an automation partner to facilitate the future hyper-connected, enabled supply chain in retail fulfillment,” said David Stuver, executive vice-president of supply chain solutions at Americold.

“With large-scale global capabilities and innovative automation solutions, Dematic is an ideal partner.”

The new facilities will be four-wall solutions with automated mixed-case palletizing systems. Highly efficient packing will mean fewer trucks needed for delivery, and shelf-ready pallets will allow for the quickest possible stocking of store shelves.

“The Dematic Center of Excellence for Grocery worked in partnership with Americold to develop the right solution,” said Bernard Biolchini, CEO, Dematic Americas.

“These fully automated facilities will provide operational flexibility, supporting an omnichannel experience and multi-channel growth.”