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Pocket sorter picks it easy

14 May 2014

German casual fashion brand BRAX installed the Pick-it-Easy Pocket solution from KNAPP at its site last year.

The label on each pair of trousers is scanned and the item is allocated to a roller adapter, allowing each pair of trousers to be traced throughout the entire system.

The handling system spans three levels and accommodates 200,000 articles. The trousers are divided into sorting runs and transferred to one of 30 batch buffer lines. A matrix sorter creates an arbitrary sequence of trousers and, by decoupling three sorting steps, reaches a speed of some 6,000 items per hour. The trousers are transported to the multifunctional goods-out buffer – where any value-added services can be carried out – and then arrive at the packing area, which features 20 workstations.

Here, they are decoupled from the roller adapters and packed for shipping. The benefits have been increased productivity, energy efficiency, high storage density and faster deliveries – orders received by noon are delivered next-day or within a maximum of 48 hours. Capacity expansion is also possible through the system’s modular design.

Benefits include increased productivity, energy efficiency, high storage density and faster deliveries.

BRAX has some 1400 concessions and 84 shops worldwide. With the advent of its e-commerce operation in 2009, BRAX invested in its logistics operations at its central warehouse in Herford, Germany.