DB Schenker, a supply chain management and logistics service provider, has begun operating a 50,000m² automated e-commerce facility, which is being supported by automation solutions from Geek+.
Geek+ manufactures autonomous mobile robots for logistics applications.
Operations in the Guadalajara warehouse have started with 150 employees in newly created jobs, more than 200 robots and an optimised packaging system also being installed.
The site has been fitted with a goods-to-person picking system designed to handle around 120,000 units per day based on the AMRs provided by Geek+.
The system also features pick-and-pack solutions, which have been implemented to improve the efficiency of online-order fulfilment and facilitate the efficient handling of returns.
Alfredo Alcalá, contract logistics product manager for DB Schenker in Iberia, said: “DB Schenker is committed to serving the e-commerce sector with its innovative power and proven reliability.
“The automated solutions of our Guadalajara operations were installed in a record time of only four months and already proved their stability and flexibility around Black Friday and the Christmas season. We are proud to meet the expectations and the confidence of a customer as important as adidas.”
The automated conveyor system will be used to ensure on-time processing and improved delivery times for sportswear retailer Adidas, which is DB Schenker’s leading customer at this site.
What’s more, to optimise the volume of parcels and utilisation of transport vehicles, the conveyor system adjusts packaging to the size of the product, which results in reduced CO₂ emissions throughout distribution, according to Geek+.
The logistics hub is certified “BREEAM Very Good,”, in alignment with DB Schenker’s sustainability ambitions. The warehouse combines skylights with high-tech LED systems and natural ventilation, which the logistics provider says have been added to protect natural resources around the site.
The warehouse is located 50km (31 miles) from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport and 60km (37 miles) from the centre of Madrid with a connection to the main A2 and R2 highways.