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Swisslog secures major order for new distribution center from Scandinavian fashion retailer Varner

Swisslog has been awarded a major order for a new distribution center in Sweden by the Varner Group, a leading retailer of strong fashion brands in Scandinavia. The value of the order, which comprises innovative material handling solutions in addition to a system operation contract, amounts to approx. MCHF 55. With this order, Swisslog strengthens its position as a leading provider of automated intralogistics solutions for the retail and e-commerce industry.

Swisslog will act as general contractor for the material handling elements of a new distribution center (DC) in Vänersborg, Sweden. The order comprises cranes and conveyors for pallets and light goods, a crossbelt sorter, a hanging garment solution and Swisslog’s proprietary warehouse management software and controls systems. The storage volume of the DC amounts to 40 000 pallet locations in a high-bay warehouse, 330 000 dynamic locations in the miniload system as well as 60 000 bins in an AutoStore small parts storage system. System operation services performed by Swisslog’s on-site engineers are also part of the contract. Integration of the material handling systems is due to start in April 2015 and hand-over to the customer is foreseen for summer 2016.

Swisslog solutions help Varner cope with present and future growth
The Varner Group, based in Norway, is a leading and fast growing fashion retailer with a turnover of MEUR 1 250 and more than 1 380 stores throughout Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, Iceland and Poland. It owns fashion brands such as BikBok, Carlings, Cubus, Dressmann, Wow, Volt and Urban. In order to be well prepared for the future, Varner will in-source and consolidate its logistics operations from six third-party warehouses (3PL) to one state-of-the-art DC in Sweden from where they will supply their entire European market.

“We were looking for a scalable, cost efficient, ergonomic and green solution”, explains Anders Eriksson, Head of Logistics at Varner Retail AB. “Swisslog’s innovative solution design was the final convincing factor.”

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