Leader Computers, an IT and PC distributor is renovated operations to integrate Dematic’s AutoStore technology within its Sydney warehouse, saving hours on inventory and allowing more time to ship stock to resellers.
Dematic AutoStore’s automated warehouse, pick and fulfillment (GTP) system was introduced to maximize Leader Computers’ warehouse space and reduce manual labor.
With the pandemic increasing demand for IT infrastructure, online classes and work from home setups, resellers were placing more orders and increasing pressure on Leaders warehouse operations, prompting the company to upgrade its warehouse with automation and take advantage of the best space.
Dematic consulting manager David Lamb says the requirements for this automation project were: one, labor saving; two, save warehouse space; and three, for Leader Computers to discuss how to use technology to improve business.
“The Dematic solution features an AutoStore system with nine robots, three goods ports per person and 6,662 bins.”
“Palletized products are manually delivered to an AutoStore port, where an operator picks them up and loads them onto robot-delivered pallets.” says Lamb
As Lamb’s pickup tasks are completed, the robots collect the quotas to deliver them to the high-density storage network.
“As orders are taken, robots then pick up the grounds and deliver them in sequence to operators on two carousel ports.” he said.
Lidcombe, Sydney, serves as Leader Computers’ warehouse, stocking approximately 8,500 product SKUs, ranging from very large server racks and monitors to very small items such as thumb drives and CPUs.
Leader managing director Theo Kristoris says Leader’s goal is to help resellers grow and be highly profitable.
“This solution allows us to deliver quickly and on time to thousands of IT MSPs and resellers in Australia, and we’re proud to be on the cutting edge of technology and bring this automation to our resellers.” says Kristoris
AutoStore Business Development Manager Jason Wu. says it has been an honor to collaborate with Dematic on a pioneering project for Leader Computers,
“We are pleased to see more supply chain businesses embracing advanced technologies to further increase productivity and efficiency.”
“Over the years, we’ve built a relationship built on trust and innovation, and this project proves that,” says Wu.
According to Leader Computers, the implementation was completed over an eight-week period, despite the disruptions of COVID-19, and Dematic continues to work with the distributor for 24-hour on-call support and scheduled maintenance.