TGW fills Gap
12 December 2012
Gap uses Stingray technology from TGW to automate case handling, providing a Goods-to-Person approach that doubles worker productivity Retailer Gap selected TGW to install an automated material handling system in the
Retailer Gap selected TGW to install an automated material handling system in the company's Southern distribution centre in the USA. The project is expected to be operational in early 2013.
Currently, Gap's process of picking single items is labour intensive and relates to a disproportionate amount of its operating budget. The TGW solution will automate case handling providing a Goods-to-Person approach which is designed to double the overall productivity of each worker.
In selecting TGW, Gap wanted a provider with experience in apparel distribution. "We conducted a thorough search and knew that TGW was a worldwide leader in AS/RS technology," said Kevin Kuntz, VP Gallatin Campus, Gap. "TGW's creative and partnership approach to the design of the system, combined with the depth and breadth of their product offerings and knowledge of our business meant we weren't limited to one type of solution. With TGW, we were able to explore many options before selecting its Stingray shuttle as it was the only solution that could offer us direct carton handling and meet our throughput requirements." Gap will deploy a multi-aisle TGW Stingray shuttle solution. TGW will also be providing the software and interface to Gap systems as well as the carton conveyor to connect the Stingray shuttle solution to Gap's current unit picking and shipping operations.
Gap also had an aggressive ROI (return on investment) timeline. "As part of our operations strategy, we had a tight ROI window for this project. TGW was able to match our ROI requirements of less than two years", added Kuntz. "Beyond that, we found other savings with TGW as its solution will take up a smaller footprint in our facility, freeing up that space for other things."