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Cinram, Sony DADC improve capacity at respective UK fulfilment centres

Cinram Logistics UK is operating a new voice-directed picking system at its site in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The 10 VDP terminals – which are used for the picking of very fast-moving lines from pallets, such as new DVD releases of top films, as well as for slow-moving and bulky articles from static shelving – are just part of a comprehensive modernisation project at the Aylesbury site.

Now with a proven track record, voice-directed picking is growing in popularity. With a VDP system (supplied by KNAPP), each operator is supplied with orders to a headset via radio frequency, with each step in the picking sequence being confirmed verbally. Unlike paper-based or RF systems, VDP solutions allow staff to use both hands for picking, making the technique ideal for handling loads of mixed sizes and varying weights.

The facility can use several different languages simultaneously, allowing clients to integrate non-mother-tongue workers seamlessly into the workflow. Key benefits of VDP are highly efficient picking operations, precise inventory control and accurate lot identification. In addition, avoiding the need for high-speed printers and paper pick lists makes the technology appealing to companies with a green agenda.

Cinram Logistics UK is Europe’s largest distributor of entertainment media, with access to tens of thousands of titles. The company partners leading content owners, helping them to streamline their supply chain operations and providing them with competitive advantage through next-day delivery of all lines to retail outlets across the whole of the UK.

As for replicator Sony DADC, it has completed a major investment programme at its Enfield, UK-based distribution centre designed to support significantly increased outbound volumes created by a shift away from bulk ordering to customers ordering little and often, based on next day delivery services.

The investment includes the creation of an additional 1,800 square metres of mezzanine floor space and the installation of 800 metres of intelligent ‘box-to-man’ conveyor system. The upgrade introduces new workflow processes designed to cater for the larger number of small volume consignments, the company said. Amongst these key changes is a new picking process and IT enhancement.

One of the most advanced facilities of its type in Europe, the distribution centre serves more than 50 clients in the entertainment industry, delivering to over 15,000 addresses.

Story filed 09.01.10

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