Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services in the Netherlands takes care of the logistics processes for Dutch e-commerce retailers like bol.com, de Bijenkorf and the Ajax fanshop. They won awards for their logistic accomplishments and were nominated for the award of safest warehouse in the Netherlands. This warehouse will be expanded with a LR-sorter. This sorter helps them to face the hundreds of thousands per day during the holiday season.
Florian Broerse, Logistics Engineer at Ingram Micro CLS says “Together with our customers, we come up with clever solutions to support their growth. We have a wide experience in third party logistics and ensure the daily shipment of hundreds of thousands e-commerce orders. During holiday seasons at the end of the year this could increase up to several hundreds of thousands per day! Innovation ensures that we can realise our customers’ demands even during peak seasons.”
To efficiently handle all these orders, Ingram Micro CLS currently uses two Equinox sorters in their warehouse. The partnership between Ingram Micro CLS and Equinox started ten years ago with the installation of the first sorter. This Split tray sorter is used to sort various types of parcels and envelopes. The installation was later expanded with a slide tray sorter, which is used as an inbound sorter and handles e-commerce products. This includes items like keyboards, books, DVDs and toys.
Florian continues: “bol.com expects a significant raise in inbound shipments leading up to Black Friday and Christmas. In order to meet their expectations, we turned to Equinox for a solution. The biggest challenge in this project was the short delivery time. We needed the sorter within 5 months after the signing of the contract.”
“The biggest challenge in this project was the short delivery time. The sorter had to be installed in a few months."
Florian Broerse, Logistics Engineer at Ingram Micro CLS
The first concept included the upgrade and move of an existing Slide tray sorter. This would prolong the system lifetime with a few years. However, it soon became clear that a new LR-sorter was a viable alternative.
“By installing a new machine on the new location instead of moving the existing one, we have eliminated the downtime during the installation.” Florian Broerse says. “The existing slide tray sorter can still be used while the new LR-sorter is being installed. We realised that this option saves us three weeks of downtime. The solution therefore enables us to guarantee a continues process. Additionally, the LR-sorter provides other benefits such as its compact design. This provides more space for additional processing solutions.“
Thanks to the LR-sorter, Equinox was able to meet this challenging deadline. This modular sorter will be installed before Black Friday.
Before installation at the customer’s site, the LR-sorter will be showcased on the Equinox stand (615) at the PARCEL + POSTEXPO.