- E-COMMERCE & OMNICHANNEL FULFILLMENT
- INCREASED DISTRIBUTION EFFICIENCY
- MULTI-STAGE SORTING
- FLEXIBLE SPACE-SAVING OVERHEAD CONVEYOR SYSTEMS
- HIGHLY AUTOMATED
- EFFICIENT RETURNS MANAGEMENT
E-commerce is booming and this in turn is driving a growth in omnichannel retail. The integration of offline- and online sales channels poses major challenges for the intralogistics of retailers, requiring deliveries to shops, constantly increasing numbers of e-commerce orders as well as returns all to be handled as efficiently as possible. Expanding portfolios and rising customer expectations for next day delivery once an order is placed only add to the pressure. Speed is therefore of the essence. That’s no problem for the BOWE INTRALOGISTICS Pouch Sorter.
The pocket sorter features a flexible and efficient overhead conveyor system that allows different sales channels to be handled in parallel. A single bag sorter is able to transport, sort, buffer or sequence hanging garments and flat products, individual items up to 2.5 kg and even small boxes weighing up to 10 kg. The Pouch Sorter can sort up to 7,200 items per hour per sorter block and in combination with our innovative BCR- & RFID technology and our high performance Warehouse Management System (WMS) one Pouch Sorter system can handle both e-commerce orders and retail orders in any desired combination and in the required sequence. The key to this is that every item is handled individually.
|MAX. ITEM DIMENSIONS||400 X 550 X 150 MM|
|MAX. ITEM WEIGHT||ARTICLES 2.5 KG | PARCELS 10 KG|
|MAX. SORTING SPEED||7,200 ITEMS/H PER SORTER BLOCK|
|READING TECHNOLOGY||BCR & RFID|
SPACE-SAVING OVERHEAD CONVEYOR SYSTEM
IDEAL FOR HIGH
VOLUMES & E-COMMERCE APPLICATIONS
MULTI-STAGE SORTING & SEQUENCING
EFFICIENT RETURNS HANDLING
The automated overhead conveyor system uses pouches that save space by being hung from rollers that run on an overhead track. Since the pouches hang vertically and are tightly packed, it is possible to store items much more densely. What’s more, garments on hangers (GOH) can simply be hooked onto the track’s individual carriers using clothes hangers or clamps. The pouches can store or transport products in a wide variety of shapes and sizes weighing up to 2.5 kg or parcels up to 10 kg. Whether e-commerce or omni-channel retail – the Pouch Sorter is suitable for a broad spectrum of products ranging from fashion and cosmetics through toys, personalized printed products and photo gifts to household and electrical items. Loading and unloading stations are installed in the appropriate operational areas in order to keep routes for employees as short as possible. Pre-buffers and sorting areas can be installed beneath the ceiling in order to save space and free up valuable floor area.
Should the heavy boots be placed into the parcel ahead of the delicate silk blouse? Do you want to sort by weight, product size, or color? With the right sorting scheme this is no problem. Whether classic matrix sorting, tuple or bubble sort processes – the bag sorter offers the right sorting process to suit your application. System control via the Warehouse Management System routes the pouches with their products to the appropriate packing position fully automatically. The sorter pouches arrive at the work stations in exactly the desired sequence and all that remains to do is to pack the items. This allows jobs that differ in size and destination to be handled simultaneously and the BOWE Pouch Sorter’s capacity to be exploited to the full.
The BOWE INTRALOGISTICS Pouch Sorter’s dynamic buffer allows items that are in high demand or returns that might be re-ordered to be held in readiness in their pouches rather than having to be picked again manually. Every pouch is fitted with an RFID chip or barcode and matched up with a specific physical item. When fulfilling customer orders, the BOWE IQ Warehouse Management Systems draw items from the dynamic buffer first. If there are elements of the customer order that are not held in the buffer, those items need to be picked manually and loaded into a pouch. All the pouches are then forwarded fully automatically to the packing position, gathered directly from the sorter and sent on for dispatch.
The jeans are too small, the shirt is too big, the shoes are the wrong color. For consumers, returns have long been a fact of life and in the garment industry the level of returns is high. However, handling them is a problem for the retailer because whilst the items are in transit they cannot be sold to another customer. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to control how quickly customers send items back, but it is possible to cut handling times once they are received. Sorting such items and returning them to stock is a resource intensive undertaking, involving manual handling that is time-consuming and drives up costs. The Pouch Sorter can help here. Its dynamic buffer allows products that have been checked and that are suitable for re-sale to be temporarily ‘parked’ until they are needed to fulfill a new order. Items that are in high demand no longer need to be returned to storage. Returning those items that do not have a rapid turnover to storage is simplified by pre-sorting them on the basis of storage area. Direct access to returns and simplifying their return to storage both have a great impact on internal process costs and contribute to the system’s rapid ROI.
This highly automated Pouch Sorter reduces the manual work to sort goods to an absolute minimum. It is only during the loading of the pouches and dispatch that manual work is still required. Capable of delivering one item every two seconds for unloading at the packing position, the pocket sorter offers outstanding performance. In order to realize its potential to the full, BOWE INTRALOGISTICS offers additional automation options that reduce manual intervention further. The loading of pouches can be fully automated by integrating the appropriate infeed technologies, allowing surges driven by sales campaigns or peak days such as Christmas or Black Friday to be managed without any problem. By reducing the cost of logistics, the BOWE INTRALOGISTICS Pouch Sorter offers a quick ROI, making it the perfect sorting system in financial terms as well.
The Pouch Sorter offers the flexibility to cope with the dynamic e-commerce environment. Its modular architecture means that the pocket sorter can be ideally tailored to both your current and future requirements. In practical terms, potential expansions are thought through by our team of experts prior to installation so that capacity can then be increased at a later stage. This protects your investment. You can start small and the Pouch Sorter can grow with your product volumes. This flexibility is also a feature of the software. BOWE IQ software allows bespoke solutions that model every process independently but that can also be integrated into existing systems. The integration of BOWE IQ’s highly efficient Warehouse Management System or Warehouse Control System delivers total transparency across the entire internal operation and provides a platform for yet further increases in efficiency.
- Sorts a broad product spectrum, with items weighing up to 2.5 kg or parcels up to 10 kg
- Quick unloading pouch
- Gentle transport in individual pouches or on single carriers
- In combination with conveyor technology, ideal for handling different sales processes (omni-channel) in parallel
- Speeds up the distribution and returns process
- High density storage
- Space-saving solution that can grow with turnover volume
- Highly automated & rapid ROI
- Simple control & individual sorting schemes thanks to BOWE IQ Warehouse Control System (WCS) and Warehouse Management Software (WMS)