Vanderlande to support Crocs’ growth with innovative FastPick solution

Vanderlande has signed a contract with global footwear brand Crocs to deliver FastPick, a state-of-the-art goods-to-person (GtP) system incorporating ADAPTO technology. It will be installed at the new home of Crocs’ European distribution centre (DC) in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Crocs was looking for a sophisticated omni-channel solution to support its rapid growth throughout the EMEA region. In recent years, the global footwear brand, known for its iconic ‘Classic Clog’, has achieved incredible growth, including record-breaking performance in 2020. As a result, Crocs had a requirement for an automated solution that offered the highest level of flexibility to support its future plans.

Vanderlande’s Adapto, an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS), will be central to the operation in Dordrecht and enables efficient and fast delivery to both stores (B2B) and consumers (B2C). Adapto offers Crocs the capacity to simultaneously store up to 16,000 SKUs across 54,000 locations. Order items will be fed to one of nine ergonomic workstations, from which they can be picked and transported to the packing and shipping area. Vanderlande’s PosiSorter, a sliding shoe sorter, is part of the final stage of the approved design. It has a capacity of 5,000 items per hour and it sorts all orders to their correct shipping destinations.

Vanderlande was selected for the project due to the flexibility of its system – which can be increased in terms of capacity and storage – as well as the availability of its local service engineers.

“Vanderlande’s FastPick is the ideal solution because it gives us the desired flexibility and will help us manage current and anticipated growth,” says Dennis Boor, senior director distribution and logistics EMEA, Crocs. “An example of what impressed us was the capacity to easily scale up the system to achieve a higher throughput, if required. Moving our operations required careful planning, so we are delighted that the technology within the Dordrecht DC is in such safe hands.”

Vanderlande’s vice president warehouse solutions Terry Verkuijlen adds: “Partnering with such a well-known brand has given us a great deal of satisfaction. We are pleased that Crocs has not only seen the technical advantages of using Adapto, but also the added value. The solution was designed to support Crocs in adapting and scaling the configuration depending on their needs, and we’re confident it will match Crocs’ business objectives for many years to come.”

Vanderlande is the global player for future-proof logistic process automation at airports. The company is also a leading supplier of process automation solutions for warehouses and in the parcel market.

Vanderlande’s baggage handling systems are capable of moving over 4 billion pieces of baggage around the world per year. Its systems are active in more than 600 airports including 12 of the world’s top 20. More than 52 million parcels are sorted by its systems every day, which have been installed for the world’s leading parcel companies. In addition, many of the largest global e-commerce players and retailers have confidence in Vanderlande’s efficient and reliable solutions.

The company focusses on the optimisation of its customers’ business processes and competitive positions. Through close cooperation, it strives for the improvement of their operational activities and the expansion of their logistical achievements.

Vanderlande’s extensive portfolio of integrated solutions – innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services – results in the realisation of fast, reliable and efficient automation technology.

Established in 1949, Vanderlande has more than 7,500 employees, all committed to moving its customers’ businesses forward at diverse locations on every continent. With a consistently increasing turnover of 1.8 billion euros, it has established a global reputation over the past seven decades as a highly reliable partner for future-proof logistic process automation.

Vanderlande was acquired in 2017 by Toyota Industries Corporation, which will help it to continue its sustainable profitable growth. The two companies have a strong strategic match, and the synergies include cross-selling, product innovations, and research and development.