New sorting installation for vanHaren Schoenen

New sorting installation for vanHaren Schoenen

New sorting installation for vanHaren Schoenen

After a building period of less than nine months, the biggest building plan of Dutch retailer vanHaren Schoenen BV was completed with the opening on Friday 30 August last of its new and architecturally fitting distribution centre in Waalwijk. In this distribution centre vanHaren uses a completely new internal transport solution that is ready to cope with the company’s growth ambitions.

In spite of the trend in the sector (2012: 4 per cent fall in turnover) the turnover of Dutch Deichmann-subsidiary, vanHaren Schoenen BV, grew last year by 7.5%. In 2012 over 6 million pairs of shoes were sold via the branches and the online shop, which was the maximum the previous distribution centre in Nieuwkuijk could handle.

Sorting ten million pairs of shoes

The building plans for the distribution centre assumed the handling of a maximum of ten million pairs of shoes. VanRiet Material Handling Systems BV was involved at an early stage as preferred partner of the Deichmann group in the development of the right transport and sorting solution. With this joint approach it was possible for example to take the electrical connection points and the sturdy loading platforms into account in the design in good time.

With the new vanHaren online “ship to home” service, if the relevant size, colour or model is no longer in stock in the shop, customers can order this and the shoes are delivered free of charge to their home within 48 hours. If the shoes do not fit they can be returned free of charge. This service means that it must be possible to use the installation in a flexible and versatile way.

The sorting installation

The intralogistics solution consists of two parts, goods inwards and goods outwards. The starting point is a low-threshold system that operates efficiently and effectively and in which for example the walking distances are limited.

“In goods inwards cartons of shoe boxes are placed on a conveyor belt after which they are scanned and weighed. Weight control is carried out by weighing. After this control the overlying system decides whether to send the cartons to the warehouse or whether to send them directly to one of the 143 branches, so-called cross-docking.”, says Gerard van Riet, who is responsible worldwide on behalf of VanRiet for the Key Account, Deichmann schuhe.

In goods outwards cartons leave via cross-docking and from the warehouse after the orders are picked. On this conveyor line the cartons are scanned again. After scanning the packages are labelled automatically with a branch label and the cartons are sorted over two lines. These lines are staffed by employees who group the cartons for each branch into roller containers.

“The solution offered was designed by VanRiet such that there are sufficient expansion opportunities for the future. For example goods inwards can be expanded with more goods inwards lines and finer sorting is possible”, explained Gerard van Riet.