Premier Farnell signs contract for state-of-the-art order fulfilment solution for new Leeds distribution centre

Premier Farnell, a development distributor, has signed a contract with SSI Schaefer, one of the global innovators in the intralogistics sector, to equip the company’s new Leeds distribution centre with a state-of-the-art order fulfilment solution.

Construction work commenced on the high-quality 361,000 sq ft distribution unit at Muse Developments’ flagship Logic Leeds site on 29 March. The distribution centre project, which will be the largest ever warehouse development in Leeds, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The main contractor is Derbyshire-based Bowmer and Kirkland and the site is expected to be fully operational by late 2019/early 2020.

At the heart of the fully integrated solution to be provided by SSI Schaefer is the highly efficient Navette Matrix System, which operates alongside vertical lift storage machines and conveyors backed up by conventional shelving and pallet storage. All elements of the solution will be controlled by SSI Schaefer’s WAMAS warehouse management system and processes have been designed to consider the nature of the product and the current regulations governing its handling and storage.

Nick Wilkins, chief supply chain officer said: “This contract with SSI Schaefer is a key milestone in the delivery of a modern warehouse for the Premier Farnell group, positioning the business for future growth. Our success is based on fulfilling market leading delivery promises. In partnering with SSI Schaefer we will continue to provide that service, supply our network of eight other warehouses across the globe, and develop core value-adding services for our customers right from our warehouse operations. We are very pleased to be working with SSI Schaefer.”

SSI Schaefer’s managing director, Jaap Vos stated: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Premier Farnell. Delivering an advanced system to enhance and support their operation creates the opportunity to continue to develop solutions ahead of anticipated future requirements.”

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