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Division Savoye provides a tailor-made platform for the clothing group Petit Bateau


The Petit Bateau brand (ROCHER Group) has commissioned Division Savoye (Legris Industries Group) to provide the software and equipment for its new logistics platform in Buchères, near Troyes (Aube).

When logistics need to be reorganised, the choice of partners is essential. When it wanted to bring together its two sites onto a single location at Buchères, not far from Troyes, the clothing brand Petit Bateau, a subsidiary of the ROCHER Group, entrusted the operation to Division Savoye. The mission involved improving flexibility and productivity, providing efficient management of all its distribution channels and improving the working conditions of its operators, while abiding by the brand's environmentally-responsible principles. A first call for tenders concerning the Warehouse Management System (WMS) was issued, which was won by a-SIS's LMxt system for its ability to manage split case flows. In addition to the WMS features, the transport management functions will be implemented with the LM Transport Order Optimizer and LM Label modules. A second call for tenders was issued for mechanising the whole of the new 42,000m2 building. As a result, nearly a kilometre of INTELIS CONVEY® conveyors will be installed there and will come on line in May 2016, just six months after the signing of the contract. Up to 150,000 items a day will be shipped from the site.

A tailor-made solution for better ergonomics

In addition to its processing capacity and its reliability, INTELIS CONVEY® – a smart conveyor system that adjusts its speed in line with the parcels carried, and even stops when it has no parcels on it – was therefore chosen for two main reasons: the energy efficiency it enables supports Petit Bateau's environmentally-responsible approach, and the lower noise levels it creates in the warehouse result in better working conditions for operators.
The installation has been carefully designed to ensure that workstations are as ergonomic as possible. In the order preparation area, where trucks equipped with radio terminals and voice connections circulate in the aisles, INTELIS CONVEY® is commanded by its Warehouse Control System, also provided by a-SIS, to supply operators with empty boxes and then carry away the completed parcels to the customisation area if necessary, or directly to the shipping area. Preparation of e-sales orders is made easier by the use of sorting cabinets fitted with LED strips. At the end of the line, Petit Bateau has chosen the INTELIS JIVARO® packaging machine, which adjusts the height of the carton to match the content, in order to reduce the volumes transported and thus limit the company's carbon footprint.
The new platform will be ready to ship the brand's new Autumn-Winter 2016 collection by May this year.

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