Yusen to automate warehouse at key Singapore facility
09 December 2016
Yusen Logistics has awarded Swisslog the contract to build an automated storage system in its Singapore facility.
The AutoStore automated storage and retrieval system deploys autonomous robots which sit on the top of an aluminium grid, and is expected to go into operation in 2017.
Francis Kwa, head of contract logistics, Yusen Logistics says: “The future of logistics is paved with innovation and automated technology. The industry has been transforming and growing in the coming years. The third party logistics industry itself is gearing up to take on the challenges and the opportunities offered by the latest technological advancements. Innovative systems like AutoStore allow us to be ready for the future of logistics. Innovation will bring about a brighter future as new skills, and innovative products and services are created.”
A joint effort between Yusen Logistics and Swisslog, the Tuas warehouse wil serve multiple customers under one roof. Swisslog will be responsible for the implementation of the AutoStore System that includes approximately 16,595 item locations.
“This investment enables Yusen to deliver five times more put-away and retrieval throughput without increasing current operating headcount cost. Storage volume is doubled in the same storage space in the warehouse. Doubling the volume of storage capacity within the current footprint coupled with productivity gains is the means to gain a competitive edge in a global economy that is being disrupted by technology. This investment is one of the many innovations Yusen is embarking on to become a truly global total logistics provider,” adds Mr Francis Kwa.
System will deliver:
• Five times more put-away and retrieval throughput without increasing headcount.
• Storage volume doubled in the same footprint.
“Singapore is a key logistics hub in Asia, in particular ASEAN,” says Mr. Ng Kim Hung, managing director of Yusen Logistics. “This partnership with Swisslog is redefining cost, speed and flexibility in regional light goods distribution for our customers. This goods-to-person technology investment is a testament to Yusen investing in the future growth and transformation of Singapore’s logistics infrastructure.”
“The Asia-Pacific region is an important growth market,” says Dr. Christian Baur, Chief Operating Officer of the Swisslog Group and CEO of Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) Division. “I’m very excited about this order in Singapore. It’s a key step to grow our business and demonstrates the success of our global growth strategy.”