Robot-based solution announced at Materials Handling Middle East to help Axiom fulfil more deliveries and adapt to seasonal peaks
Swisslog has announced the completion of the design and implementation of a new Dubai-based automated warehouse facility using its AutoStore automated material handling solution for the Middle East telecom distributor, Axiom Telecom (Axiom).
Making the announcment today at the Materials Handling Middle East (MHME) exhibition, Alain Kaddoum, GM, Swisslog Middle East, said the global warehouse automation specialist is proud to work with Axiom to optimise space storage and speed up the order handling and dispatch for their e-commerce and retail operations. This completion of Axiom’s new facility confirms Swisslog’s leading position in logistics automation and increases Swisslog’s footprint in the region to more than a dozen of major automated projects in just four years, he said.
“Swisslog is uniquely well-placed to deliver the technology convergence and deep integration necessary to facilitate omni-channel, multi-modal movements across the supply chain — of which warehousing is a critical component. The recent installation is a testament to our dedication to innovation and has helped Axiom deliver an efficient and accurate service for its customers,” said Kaddoum.
Among the region’s largest retailers and distributors, Axiom has more than 5,000 points of sale and 2,000 employees across the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and represents many of the world’s leading technology brands in the telecom industry. With a high volume of daily orders delivered across multiple channels, Axiom expects to provide speed, accuracy, and a competitive service to ensure its future in the face of increased competition.
According to Swisslog, the move to a new facility was part of Axiom’s overall vision to continue to meet changing customer demands while driving down cost per unit. In reviewing its options, Axiom selected Swisslog’s AutoStore solution to deliver a higher level of automation compared to its conventional warehousing system. The solution deployed was designed to fulfill Axiom’s requirement of 25,000 deliveries at a low total cost of ownership.
The new warehouse located at Dubai Silicon Oasis includes a range of pioneering distribution solutions that will give Axiom enhanced operational flexibility and efficiency with less manpower, said Swisslog, adding that its solution consists of the AutoStore automated storage and picking system, QuickMove motorised light goods conveyor and SynQ Warehouse Management Software.
AutoStore is an innovative automated material handling solution that uses robots on top of an aluminium grid system to store and locate goods, efficiently delivering them to pick stations for processing, expained Swisslog. For Axiom, the AutoStore system will consist of nine robots and five picking stations, providing storage space for 12,500 bins. Ten gravity shipping lanes ensure efficient order consolidation for both store and home delivery.
“Our first Swisslog AutoStore solution went live in the region in June 2016, with numbers increasing to eight in just three years. The project for Axiom demonstrates the ongoing success of AutoStore in the region. At Swisslog, we tailor every warehouse solution to meet the needs of our customers. Our team of experts delivers warehouse management software solutions to provide facilities with the best inventory control and faster picking times,” said Kaddoum.