TJ Morris Ltd, headquartered in Liverpool, is one of the UK's fastest growing retailers, operating around 550 shops under the 'Home Bargains' brand, with this number expected to grow to 1,000 in just a few years.
Shortly before Christmas 2019, the decision was made to continue its ambitious expansion strategy together with the general contractor WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH from Parkstein (Germany).
Tom and Joe Morris signed the contract for the design and implementation of a 79,000 square metre, highly dynamic distribution centre in Warrington (North West England). It will store 12,000 different items from the dry goods assortment. Productive use is scheduled for mid 2023.
Path To The Future
“We at WITRON are very proud that TJ Morris continues its impressive company development – its promising path into the future – together with us," says Jack Kuypers, WITRON’s vice president for the North West Europe sales region.
As a general contractor, WITRON develops all IT, control and mechanical components. The logistics centre will be controlled by a multi-functional warehouse management system.
Due to a high level of 'supply chain intelligence', the DC is integrated 'end-to-end' into TJ Morris’ entire logistics network – starting with the supplier, including the transportation, and through to the end consumer.
The mechanised system is designed for a daily picking capacity of 646,000 cases, which are sorted into roll containers and totes in a store-friendly and error-free manner.
WITRON’s highly dynamic logistics systems OPM (Order Picking Machinery) with 32 COMs (Case Order Machines), DPS (Dynamic Picking System), and the semi-automated CPS (Car Picking System) are handling this volume.
So far, WITRON has sold almost 1,200 COM machines, realised more than 70 projects with this technology, and, through its operation, stacked more than six billion cases in the dry, fresh, and frozen goods area onto pallets or roll containers. On average, the company receives four repeat orders from all OPM customers.
For more information, visit www.witron.com.
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