Best & Less automates Eastern Creek DC


Best & Less opts for an automatic cross docking sorting solution from Crisplant for its new Eastern Creek distribution centre

Best & Less automates Eastern Creek DC
Best & Less automates Eastern Creek DC

March 23, 2011

Apparel retailer Best & Less has opted for an automatic cross docking sorting solution from Crisplant for its new Eastern Creek distribution centre

In order to handle future growth, Best & Less decided to update its manual sorting system to incorporate highly optimised automatic workflow processes.

The company awarded a contract to materials handling supplier Crisplant, part of the Beumer Group, to implement its low-energy LS-4000CB Cross-Belt sorter.

The purpose-built Distribution Centre is designed to warehouse items for all Best and Less’ stores.

Crisplant’s sorter has a capacity of more than 10,000 items per hour. Future expansion can easily be implemented by adding more induction lines and upgrading the sorter speed.

The solution is controlled and supervised by a CSC Sorter Control system and features a user-friendly interface from the Crisplant software suite.

"Crisplant was chosen as the supplier because it could provide the best and most cost-efficient system configuration," Best and Less says.

"It
utilises a flexible and upgradeable design, which includes the company’s new and innovative ‘green’ sorter technology."

When designing the new sorting system, one of the main challenges for Crisplant was to solve the well-known warehouse challenge of incorporating the capacity for internal storage, transport and sorting with minimum of handling.

Best & Less‘ Distribution Centre primarily handles full carton orders for their own stores.

The Crisplant sorter design therefore includes the cross-docking of these items as well as the ability to handle future split carton items for store replenishment.

The new sorter also helps improve internal transport. All operator stations are designed to optimise a safe and ergonomic working environment.

Crisplant and Best & Less collaborated to develop the exact solution for sort chutes to fit ergonomic as well as operational needs. The prototype was tested and adjusted by Best & Less employees before being put into production.

The project is scheduled for completion in October 2011.

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