Hartevelt is a family-run fashion logistics company that exists for well over 70 years. Starting out as a small dry cleaning service, they have now grown to a full service providing firm in fashion logistics. To cope with the growth in customers and increase the throughput of their inbound and outbound logistics they expanded their warehouse with a LR-sorter.
Roy de Zoete, COO at Hartevelt explains the benefits this sorter brought them: “Previously, we had a lot of manual tasks in our inbound and outbound process. When goods arrived, we had to link each individual item to a location with a barcode scanner. Once all items were put away, we could start our picking process. By separating these tasks, we often had to touch the same items multiple times. A large amount of these items are actually forwarded directly to shops or customers. As we started to grow more and more the need for efficiency increased and we started looking for answers in automation.”
The answer was found in the LR-sorter. This sorter enables Hartevelt to sort the inbound and outbound items, which saves them the step of putting away items that can be forwarded directly. This improves the efficiency and helps them ship items faster, saving time and storage space.
After installation of the sorter Hartevelt continues their optimisation. Roy continues: “We noticed that additional improvements could be made to improve the efficiency of the sorter. This includes conveyors that automatically move cartons to the operators on the induction platform and full carton take-away conveyors underneath the sorter.”
“By separating these tasks, we often had to touch the same items multiple times. A large amount of these items are actually forwarded directly to shops or customers.”
Roy de Zoete, COO at Hartevelt