Musgrave goes for growth with the help of Vanderlande’s ADAPTO shuttle technology


Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company, Musgrave, went
operational at the end of last year with an integrated warehouse solution from Vanderlande, which includes the ADAPTO shuttle-based automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS). The solution has been installed in Musgrave’s facility in west Dublin to support the company’sfuture growth ambitions and the need to manage labour scarcity issues.

With its flexibility and lean infrastructure, Vanderlande’s ADAPTO is central to the operation. Sixty-four shuttles can access 67,200 product locations across 15 aisles that provide double-deep storage. In addition, Radioshuttle – a pallet-based picking system designed by Toyota Material Handling UK – deals with the fastest 200 stock-keeping units (SKUs) in the warehouse. The combined operations now account for approximately 400,000 cases per week of ambient grocery volume.

Four goods-to-person and three decanting workstations have also been installed. Designed by Vanderlande with ergonomics in mind, they are all height adjustable to minimise lifting duties for operators and each can handle around 500 cases per hour. The scalability and flexibility of the new
system also provides scope for further extension at the centre.

“We believe this is the most advanced food distribution site in Ireland,” says Steve Young, Musgrave’s Head of Supply Chain Development. “Vanderlande’s integrated solution shows that it’s possible to invest in an automated warehouse system, even on lower throughputs. We can now look forward to expanding our operations with confidence.”

“We’re delighted that this successful collaboration will help Musgrave to realise its growth ambitions,” adds Robert Viegers, Vanderlande’s Executive Vice President for Warehouse Solutions. “We have a portfolio of solutions than can cater for the requirements of all food retailers – both large and small. And the scalability of our systems also means that our customers can effectively future-proof their businesses.”

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 automation, 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. In addition, over 380 of Vanderlande’s security lanes are installed at checkpoints worldwide.

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 turnover of 2.1 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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