Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Supply Chain Automation Technology Moves on with On Line Retail Driving the Changes

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UK – As warehouse handling processes become ever more automated with the evolution of new systems, on line retailers are in the vanguard of such supply chain technology. Just such a company based in Lancashire was looking to automate its materials handling equipment to become driverless within the next 12 months and settled on the largest battery manufacturer in European ownership, Hoppecke, to provide the motive power contract for its Warrington warehouse.

Hoppecke’s customer specialises in retailing fashion goods, electrical goods, sports energy supplements and food, either directly or for some of the UK’s best known high street retail companies. The vast majority of the company’s sales take place outside the UK and, with a £100 million investment, the warehouse has been built to become an 836,000 square foot distribution and manufacturing centre of excellence, one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Further expansion at Warrington is on the cards with additional warehouses being planned in Europe and the USA.

Hoppecke has supplied all materials handling equipment, batteries, chargers, changing equipment, electrical installation and battery call forward and management systems and will also be providing a full contract maintenance service. There are five battery charging/changing areas within the building spread across all areas of production and distribution requirements.

Within all areas there is a large quantity of Hoppecke Trak-Eco batteries with Trak-Com IP ‘on battery’ modules, all with Trak-Eco low maintenance and low gassing chargers and a number of PU changing machines. Also, in each area there is a management system with LAN communication and SMS text messaging capability reporting by website or text on any battery or charger faults or operational issues. Jason Howlett, Managing Director of Hoppecke UK & Ireland and Regional Managing Director of Western & Northern Europe commented:

“This is a prestigious order for us to win from a major player in global online retailing and we are absolutely delighted to be delivering motive power solutions to this company. What is particularly exciting about this contract is that, like Hoppecke, this retailer is going places and will be expanding for many years to come. We will, of course, play our part in helping to ensure continued success for the customer.”