FKI Logistex automates distribution center in Toronto |

FKI Logistex automates distribution center in Toronto

FKI Logistex automates distribution center in Toronto
August 1, 2008 - FKI Logistex completed a large project with The Forzani Group Ltd., Canada's largest retailer of sporting goods, expanding Forzani's existing distribution center (DC) in Toronto. FKI Logistex added a new put module and routing sortation system to increase the facility's capacity and allow Forzani to serve more stores nationwide.

In 2003, FKI Logistex installed an automated material handling system for Forzani that included a put-to-light module, a conveyor system and a UniSort IV shipping sorter. The system was designed to be expandable to support Forzani's projected growth by including a mezzanine level, which now houses the new put module.

"The expansion of our DC is critical to keeping our stores stocked with a broad selection of sports and outdoor equipment and apparel," said Keith Lambert, senior vice president of Supply Chain and Merchandise Management, The Forzani Group Ltd. "Working with FKI Logistex to optimize our distribution operations and accommodate our growth has been invaluable to Forzani's success in our supply chain strategy."

FKI Logistex provided Forzani with an additional order fulfillment system, which includes EASYpick Put-to-Light software and Trak3™ Put-to-Light hardware. The expansion also includes the implementation of quad-directional Accuzone right-angle transfers, which enable the module to sort into four separate zones instead of two, as in the original design. The put-to-light system requires only one light display for each shipping destination, instead of one for every product SKU, as in a pick-to-light system. With fewer displays, the system can service a wide range of products efficiently, making it ideal for Forzani, which ships a large number of SKUs to many locations. FKI Logistex also reworked the infeed and discharge lines to service the new put module, and installed a slapper line to offset full-case picking.

"FKI Logistex has fostered a substantial portfolio of long-term partnerships with major retailers," said Steve McElweenie, vice president and general manager, FKI Logistex Canada, Ltd. "By providing expandable automated material handling systems, FKI Logistex offers its customers the flexibility to scale operations for future growth while maintaining efficiency."

FKI Logistex completed installation on a six-week schedule, and the new system went live in June 2008.

About FKI Logistex
FKI Logistex is a leading global provider of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with an integrated set of leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, robotic and conventional palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order fulfillment systems, RFID implementation, EDS integration, baggage handling systems, warehouse control systems, and total material handling automation.

FKI Logistex provides material handling solutions for airports, postal facilities, parcel distribution, manufacturing operations, library automation, and for warehouse and distribution facilities. With projects that include many of the world's largest and most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex has manufacturing, engineering and support facilities around the world.
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