Kiabi, a clothing manufacturer based in northern France, has chosen Dematic to provide a fully automated order picking system. Dematic, a US-based company, designs and builds automated solutions for companies in the manufacturing, warehousing and distribution industries.

Under the contract, Dematic will install a system consisting initially of “12 multi-shuttle lanes with ergonomic goods-to-person (GTP) stations and a state-of-the-art handling system” at one of Kiabi’s facilities.

The site is located in the French town of Lauwin-Planque and covers over 215,000 ft2. Dematic will use its technology to complement the existing automation system installed by Manhattan Associates when the warehouse opened in 2009.

Alain Bussod, President of Dematic France, believes that this is an opportunity for the company to demonstrate its ability to “integrate and interface with tools already present on the retailer’s logistics flagship”.

Work on the new omni-channel order preparation unit is scheduled to begin immediately and be completed in 2024.

Marine Pomart, Kiabi’s supply chain director, believes the new system will have a significant impact on supply chain efficiencies, saying: “This new installation means we are expanding our preparation and distribution capabilities for our web and local collections in Northern Europe can quintuple.”