Largest ADAPTO shuttle system in Europe goes live at Arrow Electronics

A new warehouse in Venlo, The Netherlands, features the European market’s largest installation to date of ADAPTO, Vanderlande’s shuttle-based automated storage and retrieval system. Arrow Electronics’ state-of-the-art primary distribution centre (PDC) opened for business this summer and is one of the company’s largest warehouses worldwide.

The facility stocks a broad range of technologies for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. These include semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components, connectors, embedded solutions and component programming solutions. Arrow has invested in the latest logistics technology and infrastructure to help its customers and suppliers achieve a better time to market.

With its flexibility and lean infrastructure, Vanderlande’s ADAPTO is central to the operation. Fast runners are located at specific areas in the warehouse, and the ADAPTO fleet services several case heights throughout the facility, offering a smooth and rapid response to order demand. Operator ergonomics is also important to this customer. Workstation mock-ups were engineered for comfort and then tested by Arrow staff before being introduced to the warehouse floor.

“We’re delighted to see the most ambitious and sizeable roll-out of our ADAPTO solution in Europe so far,” adds Terry Verkuijlen, Executive Vice President Warehouse Solutions, Vanderlande. “As well as being impressed with our innovative technologies, Arrow chose to work with us because we are committed to joint development. The aim is to keep improving together.”

Company profile of Vanderlande

Vanderlande is a market-leading, global partner for future-proof logistic process automation in the warehousing, airports and parcel sectors. Its extensive portfolio of integrated solutions – innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services – results in the realisation of fast, reliable and efficient automation technology.

The company focuses on the optimisation of its customers’ business processes and competitive positions. Through close cooperation, it strives for the improvement of their operational activities and the expansion of their logistical achievements.

Vanderlande’s warehousing solutions are the first choice for many of the largest global e-commerce players and retailers in food, fashion and general merchandise across the globe. The company helps them to fulfil their promise of same-day delivery for billions of orders, with nine of the 15 largest global food retailers relying on its efficient and reliable solutions.

As a global partner for future-proof airport solutions, Vanderlande’s market-leading baggage handling systems and related passenger solutions are capable of moving over 4 billion pieces of baggage around the world per year. These are active in more than 600 airports, including 12 of the world’s top 20.

Vanderlande is also a leading supplier of process automation solutions that address the challenges in the parcel market. More than 52 million parcels are sorted by its systems every day, which have been installed for the world’s leading parcel handling companies.

Established in 1949, Vanderlande has more than 9,000 employees, all committed to moving its customers’ businesses forward at diverse locations on every continent. With a consistently increasing turnover of 2.4 billion euros, it has established a worldwide reputation over the past seven decades as a global partner for future-proof logistic process automation.

Vanderlande was acquired in 2017 by Toyota Industries Corporation, which will help it to continue its sustainable profitable growth. The two companies have a strong strategic match, and the synergies include cross-selling, product innovations and research and development.

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