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October 4, 2018

Australian retailer Drakes Supermarkets deploys Dematic’s robotic picking system

Australia-based independent grocery retailer Drakes Supermarkets has selected integrated automated technology supplier Dematic to deploy robotic piece picking system at its distribution centre (DC) in South Australia.

Australia-based independent grocery retailer Drakes Supermarkets has selected integrated automated technology supplier Dematic to deploy robotic piece picking system at its distribution centre (DC) in South Australia.

The supermarket chain selected Dematic’s RapidPICK 1-to1 Good-To-Person (GTP) solution for high productivity and efficiency within the facility.

The solution features Dematic Multishuttle buffering and sequencing system along with robotic piece picking. It will handle GTP compatible grocery products.

“We are excited that the centre will incorporate robotics as part of a wider high-tech warehouse picking system.”

Drakes Supermarkets logistics manager Glenn Sutcliffe said: “Our new facility will be the most advanced independent distribution and logistics centre in South Australia and is a key part of our group’s vertical integration strategy within the supermarket sector.

“We are excited that the centre will incorporate robotics as part of a wider high-tech warehouse picking system.

The supermarket chain announced its plans to establish the $80m grocery distribution centre in Edinburgh North, South Australia, in May this year.

Scheduled to open in June next year, the facility has received planning consent from the City of Playford and is expected to create up to 550 jobs.

After completion, the distribution centre will be able to store approximately 23,000 separate lines of products, including grocery, dairy and frozen foods.

Sutcliffe added: “As a business committed to continued growth, our goal is to build a new DC that allows us to offer the best level of service to our South Australian shoppers, as well as set the scene for our plan to expand nationally.”

Established in 1974, Drakes Supermarkets currently operates more than 50 stores across South Australia and Queensland and has 5,500 employees nationwide.