Drakes to deploy robotics at new distribution centre in SA

Dematic, a global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to the supply chain, has been chosen to install its robotic piece picking solution in Drakes Supermarkets’ new state of the art distribution centre (DC) in South Australia. It is the first time the robotic picking system will be deployed in Australia.

Drakes Supermarkets is one of Australia’s largest independent grocery retailers. The $80 million Drakes DC, which has received planning consent from the City of Playford and is fully funded by the South Australian family-owned business, will be located on a 17-hectare site at Edinburgh North, and is expected to create up to 550 jobs.

“Our new facility will be the most advanced independent distribution and logistics centre in South Australia and is a key part of our group’s vertical integration strategy within the supermarket sector. “We are excited that the centre will incorporate robotics as part of a wider high-tech warehouse picking system,” Glenn Sutcliffe, Logistics Manager at Drakes Supermarkets said.

To ensure high productivity and efficiency within the DC, Drakes has chosen Dematic’s RapidPICK 1-to1 Goods-To-Person (GTP) solution including the Dematic Multishuttle buffering and sequencing system and robotic piece picking.

This is the first robotic piece picking module Dematic will deploy in Australia and only the second globally. The system will handle GTP compatible grocery products in an ambient environment.