Gloria Jeans has celebrated major success and rapid growth since it was founded in 1988 and is now claimed to be the largest Russian retailer specialising in fashion apparel, footwear and accessories.
Consultant company Pierau Planung from Germany worked closely with TGW during the concept design, the feasibility study and final solution design stages for the new Central Distribution Centre (CDC) in Rostov, as well as being involved in the ongoing project management.
The new CDC will replenish Gloria Jeans shops situated in Russia and the Ukraine. The vast majority of goods are received in cartons or totes, either from Gloria Jeans' own production facilities or from external suppliers based in China.
The cartons and totes are thoroughly checked and then stored into the 240,000 triple-deep locations in the mini-load warehouse. This automated warehouse comprises 14 TGW Magito mini-load machines, each equipped with a Twister load handler for direct handling of cartons and totes.
The additional mini-load system will be used for the storage of a further 40,000 totes serving eight goods-to-man picking stations for the picking of slow moving SKUs as well as non-sortable items. This mini-load system comprises eight TGW Mustang Evolution machines equipped with Combi Telescope load handlers.
Orders for the shops are then processed automatically, using a high-performance double-tilt-tray sorter, which sorts sales units directly into dispatch cartons. The cartons are automatically closed and labelled, and consequently palletised for dispatch.
Other scope elements include an extensive conveyor system for cartons and totes, manual pallet racking, a number of manual workstations, an empty carton handling system and a TGW warehouse management system and material flow controller.
TGW is an experienced system integrator and a leading provider of integrated material handling solutions for the apparel industry. This is TGW's first major project in Russia as a system integrator.