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Dematic launches new micro-fulfilment solution

Intralogistics giant Dematic has launched its new micro-fulfilment solution, and has immediately found a large-scale customer.

Dematic says its new micro-fulfilment solution is designed to “help retailers across industries address increased consumer demand for rapid online order fulfilment in a small footprint”.

The Dematic solution empowers customers with high throughput requirements to maximise space and achieve profitability with e-commerce ordering, ultimately, advancing their omni-channel distribution strategy to give customers what they want when they want it with one-hour fulfilment.

Integrating the power of intelligent automation and human expertise, the Dematic Micro-Fulfilment solution is a combination of automated technology and proprietary Dematic iQ software.

The software specifically enables customers to retain control of their data while providing seamless integration with other inventory management, warehouse and ERP systems so that all stores, distribution centres and corporate offices are networked on the same platform.

With the ability build and install in as quick as 12 weeks, the Dematic Micro-Fulfilment solution is designed to be implemented close to the end consumer and is configured to fit into footprints as small as 10,000 sq ft, such as in the back of a retail store, in a nearby dark store or urban fulfilment centre.

Such close proximity enables retailers to better utilize and maximize space, making one-hour fulfillment possible while increasing profitability.

And unlike competitive solutions utilising untested technology, the Dematic Micro-Fulfilment solution leverages proven technology like the Dematic Multishuttle and Goods-to-Person Picking solutions that have set industry standards for decades.

Additional features that differentiate the Dematic Micro-Fulfilment solution from existing offerings include:

  • Cold zone environment capabilities with ambient, chilled and frozen temperature zones
  • A global footprint that enables implementation at scale, making it possible for customers to install multiple micro-fulfilment solutions at once, at locations worldwide
  • 24x7x365 customer service with local operations in over 25 countries, supporting scale at speed

Hasan Dandashly, CEO, Dematic, says: “Dematic has been leading intralogistics innovation and invention for 200 years.

“We’ve helped automate some of the world’s biggest distribution centres, and now we have a creative solution that truly optimises the smaller footprints found in the backs of retail stores – our expertise in automation and our scale gives us a real advantage.

“The global effort to bring a Dematic Micro-Fulfilment solution to life in less than six months is proof of that.

“Micro-fulfilment is a demonstration of our mission to power the future of commerce, and we aim to set a new standard for order fulfilment, together with our customers.”

Leading US grocer orders immediate installation

Dematic says a customer installation already in progress with Meijer, a leading US retailer credited with pioneering the modern supercentre concept.

Sid Handa, director of strategic supply chain initiatives for Meijer, says: “We’re driven to make shopping at Meijer easy and convenient, so micro-fulfilment is another way our company is leaning into the future of retail.

“This micro-fulfilment technology will allow us to maximise space in our stores, help us expand our online shopping options and ultimately keep pace with consumer demand for personalized shopping solutions that puts their shopping preferences first.”

Grocery is just the beginning

Dematic’s highly configurable system can accommodate the Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) capacity and order volume required by today’s grocers and wholesalers, but it also has application for auto parts, consumer electronics, sporting goods, apparel, industrial supplies and department stores that are re-purposing retail store space.

The Dematic Micro-Fulfilment solution will address supply chain and distribution challenges now inherent to grocers as well as retailers of all sizes and across markets.

This includes:

  • Anchoring online and in-store fulfilment from the back of a retail store – creating a true backroom – or from nearby urban fulfilment centres and dark stores, all in much closer proximity to consumers than remote distribution centres.
  • Optimizing omni-channel distribution by more effectively using existing real estate for online order assembly, allowing retail consumers to pick up online orders at the closest retail store or service centre, or receive it using a delivery service to their home.

The Dematic Micro-Fulfilment solution is now available to customers worldwide.

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