Bollore invests in state of the art automation facility in Singapore

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Bollore Logistics Singapore is to invest 10 million Singapore dollars ($7.2 million) in its first automation facility featuring a 12,000 tote multi-shuttle system.

The 20,000 square metre facility featuring a 12,000 tote multi-shuttle system from Dematic to increase space efficiency and improve throughput by up to 10 times compared to conventional warehouse methods is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board and is in partnership with French luxury products group LVMH.

Bollore Logistics Asia Pacific chief executive officer, Cyril Dumon says automation is key for logistics to cope with emerging patterns, saying: “The setup will be housed in Bolloré Logistics Green Hub, our high-tech logistic facility in Pioneer Turn, and we are happy to announce that the co-development of this automation has secured a long term commitment from LVMH.”

The combination of multi-shuttle system and picking technology is the first of its kind to be deployed in Singapore, and Bollore says the facility will bring significant transformation to tackle supply chain operations – from order preparation, inbound to final dispatch of orders, to integrating control checks that ensure greater accuracy.

The facility will allow for higher storage density to make efficient use of limited warehouse space in Singapore, and will improve throughput up to 10 times and improve order lead time while using half the existing manpower resources.

Bollore Logistics Singapore supervisor, Tan Kok Xiong says: “The ground staff is looking forward to this automation facility. Early communication is already in place to assist the staff so they are prepared for what’s coming.”

“Although staff skills need to be upgraded through training, they can use this chance to expand their skillset and integrate flexibility to increase productivity.”

Bollore says the facility should be completed in January 2018.

Bollore Logistics Australia became an Australian Trusted Trader under the Australian Economic Operator programme on 28 April, with benefits including reduced cargo inspections at the border, improved cargo lead time, duty deferral, streamlined reporting and priority trade services.

Bollore Logistics Australia national customs manager, Michael Pinnock says: “Being certified an Australian Trusted Trader further supports and facilitates the handling of clients’ international supply and expedites the flow of legitimate trade from all sites in Australia.”

The certification covers all five sites – Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.