TGW is implementing a highly automated fulfillment solution in Berkel and Rodenrijs for Fource, a Netherlands-based automotive spare parts specialist. By implementing this solutions, Fource is centralizing its warehouse operations in one location and taking an important step in optimizing the supply chain. Furthermore, this is the foundation for the planned growth for the next years. Construction of the building started in December 2019, with the FlashPick® system slated to go live as planned in autumn 2021.
Fource is part of the US-based LKQ group and sells automotive spare parts, tools and components using a network of wholesalers. The core markets of the company, which has 3,000 employees, are the Netherlands and Belgium. Recently, the spare parts specialist appointed TGW to design an implement and end-to-end fulfillment solution for their Greenfield logistics hub. 'This is an important order and a fantastic parts and components reference for TGW,' underscores David Hibbett, CSO at TGW Northern Europe.
The new building, with a 50,000 m² footprint, centralizes Fource's fulfillment processes for the Netherlands in one facility. Due to its spectacular architecture, the fulfillment center is called 'The Bridge', and is a symbol of the combination of people and technology.
FlashPick® is the core of the highly automated solution – with ten aisles and more than 180,000 tote storage locations. More than 200 energy-efficient Stingray shuttles ensure storage and retrieval. In combination with twelve goods receiving workstations and 16 high-performance PickCenter One workstations, the shuttle system is the centerpiece of the system.
The TGW Software Suite is responsible for Warehouse Management including Warehouse Control System (WCS) and Material Flow Controller (MFC). TGW Commander is responsible for the control system. Special machines for automatically putting cartons upright and closing them, tote stackers and lifts are also part of the scope of supply.
During live operation, Fource relies on TGW's expertise. A team of Lifetime Services specialists works together with the customer's technicians to ensure maximum availability.