Drakes Supermarkets Chooses Dematic’s Robotic Picking System in Australian-First Deployment

Sydney October 2, 2018 – Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has been chosen to install its robotic piece picking solution in Drakes Supermarkets’ new state of the art distribution centre (DC) in South Australia. It is the first time the robotic picking system will be deployed in Australia.

Drakes Supermarkets is one of Australia’s largest independent grocery retailers. The $80 million Drakes DC, which has received planning consent from the City of Playford and is fully funded by the South Australian family-owned business, will be located on a 17-hectare site at Edinburgh North, and is expected to create up to 550 jobs.

“Our new facility will be the most advanced independent distribution and logistics centre in South Australia and is a key part of our group’s vertical integration strategy within the supermarket sector,” said Glenn Sutcliffe, Logistics Manager at Drakes Supermarkets. “We are excited that the centre will incorporate robotics as part of a wider high-tech warehouse picking system.”

To ensure high productivity and efficiency within the DC, Drakes has chosen Dematic’s RapidPICK 1-to1 Goods-To-Person (GTP) solution including the Dematic Multishuttle buffering and sequencing system and robotic piece picking.

This is the first robotic piece picking module Dematic will deploy in Australia and only the second globally. The system will handle GTP compatible grocery products in an ambient environment.

“Some of the key benefits of the new Dematic solution include the security of high value items and increased pick rates, which meet Drakes Supermarkets’ needs in an increasingly competitive grocery sector,” said Terry Jamieson, Business Development Manager, Dematic.

“As a business committed to continued growth, our goal is to build a new DC that allows us to offer the best level of service to our South Australian shoppers, as well as set the scene for our plan to expand nationally,” said Mr Sutcliffe.

Further information: Dematic Pty Limited, 24 Narabang Way, Belrose NSW 2085, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9486 5555. Fax: +61 2 9486 5511. www.dematic.com.au 

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About Dematic

 

Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centres and manufacturing facilities located around the world. Dematic is one brand under the KION Group of companies and has implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

 

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimise material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centres. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally, and a leading provider of warehouse automation. For more information: www.dematic.com.au.

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About Drakes Supermarkets

In 1974 Roger Drake purchased his first supermarket, a three-laned store named Jack & Jill’s which employed only four staff.Today, Drakes Supermarkets is the largest independent grocery retailer in Australia and specialises in supermarket retailing. Operating in over 50 stores across South Australia and Queensland, the company now has an annual turnover in excess of $1 billion and employs over 5,500 staff nationally.

The company’s strength lies in operating on the principles of a family business and supporting local manufacturers and suppliers. Drakes Supermarkets has kept its focus on the important aspects of the business. THE CUSTOMER. This is the company’s competitive edge, along with its family values and Australian heritage.