Dematic has won the contract to supply the mechanised logistics system for Tesco’s new 84,500 m2 distribution centre (DC) in Teesport, Middlesborough, UK, to be completed in 2010.
The system will provide the UK retailer with highly-efficient pallet storage, incorporating a fully mechanised high bay warehouse, monorail and conveyor networks, and Dematic’s DC Director warehouse control system (WCS).
The new DC is Tesco’s first purpose-built import centre. Located on a brownfield site next to a deep sea port and the forthcoming ‘Northern Gateway’ container terminal, the new centre will eliminate the need to transport imported goods in bulk to distribution centres further inland. As a result, Tesco will benefit from significant cost savings on its inbound logistics operations. Furthermore, the environmental benefits are claimed to include a reduction in CO2 emissions of over 700 tonnes per annum.
The Dematic system includes a total of 43 automated storage and retrieval cranes and 120,000 pallet locations. As well as supporting full pallet picking, the high-bay warehouse will also replenish a low-bay picking area where mixed pallets can be generated.
The goods-in, storage, picking and despatch areas will be linked via extensive monorail and conveyor systems. Dematic’s DC Director WCS will interface with Tesco’s existing, company-wide warehouse management system (WMS).
Dematic has implemented mechanised logistics systems at other locations within Tesco’s distribution network and successfully integrated its software with Tesco’s own IT systems.