After an upgrade to its warehouse system, Swedish clothing retailer Boozt now has the largest AutoStore globally with 250 Robots and 250,000 Bins.
Boozt, an online clothing retailer situated in the city of Malmö, Sweden, recently upgraded the AutoStore system they installed in 2017. The company now has the most extensive system in the world at their central warehouse in Ängelholm.
Boozt had its start with the founding of BZT Fashion AB in 2007. Since then, the company has become one of the Nordic region’s leading e-commerce fashion and lifestyle companies.
Overall, the upgrade has reduced the need for storage space by a factor of four, thanks to AutoStore’s unique and compressed design.
In 2011, Boozt was a small start-up company run by 35 employees from an apartment building in Malmö. With the appointment of the new CEA, Hermann Haraldsson, the company refocused its strategy and started running an in-house, multi-brand e-commerce store.
Boozt now offers its clients over 700 mid to premium fashion and lifestyle brands, around 250 home brands, and 260 beauty brands. In 2017, the company was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
The company is well known for its wide range of fashionable clothing and sportswear accessories and sells 400,000 products to customers every month. In 2020, the company achieved global net sales of over $60 million.
Although it concentrates on customers in Nordic countries, Boozt delivers to customers in 24 European countries – a mammoth task.
Before the installation of the AutoStore system in the warehouse, the picking system was entirely manual, says Niels Hemmingsen, Chief Operating Officer at Boozt Fashion.
“It was a big decision to automate,” he continues. “You need a system that can work around the clock, as online business is 24/7.”
Boozt decided to build a state-of-the-art warehouse and, by March 2017, they installed their first AutoStore system. With several system expansions under its belt, its most recent expansion, slated for late 2021, will once again give Boozt the title of having the biggest AutoStore in the world.
The system at the Ängelholm warehouse, empowered by Element Logic, is indeed impressive:
The Robots move over the grid at a speed of about 3 meters (9.8 feet) per second and use long grippers to pull up the requested Bins from below at a rate of 1.6m (5.2 feet) per second.
The system places Bins containing goods not required for a particular order in open cells nearby. Once a Robot has retrieved the right Bin, another Robot moves the unneeded Bins back to their original location on the grid. Finally, the selected Bin is delivered to a workstation located along the edge of the grid, where an operator receives it and completes the order.
Hemmingsen lists the benefits the company has enjoyed since installing the AutoStore:
Hemmingsen believes the system has given Boozt a competitive advantage. “There have been no delays, which is vital, and we’ve had no issues,” he says. “It's perfect. I couldn’t be happier.”
Boozt recently announced that it would be undertaking another significant expansion in 2021 to keep up with growing demand. As with other retailers across the globe, the pandemic has increased online sales for the business.
They aim to scale up their operations in time for Black Friday and the 2021 festive season – peak times for the prominent retailer. The existing AutoStore system will be expanded with 180 Robots, 210,000 Bins, and 43 Picking Ports to improve delivery flow.
This expansion will bring the total number of Robots to 673, the Bins to 719,000, and the Ports to 205.
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