Dutch wholesaler picks Vanderlande GtP system

Vanderlande has delivered a highly automated FASTPICK goods-to-person (GtP) solution to De Bondt BV, a global haberdashery and yarn wholesaler. The system, which incorporates innovative ADAPTO shuttle technology, has been installed in the company’s existing warehouse in Tynaarlo, The Netherlands and went operational in September 2022.

The family-owned business, known for its brand Scheepjes, is delivering to retailers and resellers in more than 70 countries worldwide, and expects strong growth. In order to support the increased demand, De Bondt BV selected a flexible and scalable solution that will increase picking and packing efficiency, and reduce the likelihood of mistakes. With FASTPICK, De Bondt BV is ready for the future.

A significant part of De Bondt BV’s warehouse is automated with Vanderlande’s shuttle-based automated storage and retrieval (AS/RS) system, ADAPTO. The system supplies order lines in multi-compartment totes in a strict order sequence to the ergonomic pick stations. This offers De Bondt BV an increased storage density of over 20,000 locations, enabling a picking performance of up to 1,200 items per hour in peak periods.

The packing process is automated with a carton erector, pack list inserter, carton closing machine and label applicators, enabling operators to directly pick orders into cartons and ensuring a single touch process. Packing in this way also minimises shipping volumes and reduces the need for extra box-filling by operators.

“By using FASTPICK, we optimise the quality of service for our customers, enabling us to not only process orders in a more accurate and efficient way, but also to use less packaging material,” says Job De Bondt, Managing Director De Bondt BV. “With this investment, we are more than ready for the future!”

Vanderlande’s Vice President Warehouse Solutions Terry Verkuijlen adds: “We are delighted to be working with one of the key players in this sector, and to have supplied our innovative FASTPICK solution. We believe that this will help De Bondt BV to not only remain as one of the market leaders, but also provide its customers with the high service levels they’ve come to expect. FASTPICK is an ideal match for De Bondt BV’s requirements and it is now ready for future growth.”


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