WITRON Integrated Logistics has successfully completed the Dynamic Picking System (DPS) for piece-pick operations in The Kroger Co's Southeastern distribution center. The new highly automated module began servicing stores Aug 8, 2004, and is the first of its kind in the United States.
August 8 represented the conclusion of Phase 1 and the beginning of Phase 2; as the facility is in the process of converting its entire piece-pick operation to WITRON's DPS.
Using mini-load AS/RS technology, DPS enables a “goods to person” picking environment, which integrates storage and picking in one module. Phase 1 consists of an integrated conveyor network, 16 stacker cranes, 70 picking workstations, two order consolidation buffers, and 175,000 tote locations. Benefits include significant reduction in footprint and direct labor requirements, up to 75% reduction in pick path, and more store- friendly shipping.