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John Lewis partners with Logistex to automate ecommerce distribution centre

John Lewis Partnership

Warehouse automation supplier Logistex has been awarded a contract by the John Lewis Partnership to design and implement a solution to optimise their ecommerce distribution centre at Fenny Lock, Milton Keynes.

The multi-phase project will initially see Logistex deploy its Warehouse Execution System, which will orchestrate the picking of orders across multiple zones of the Fenny Lock DC, and provides full integration with conveyors, Locus robots and automated bagging machines.

John Munnelly, head of distribution, John Lewis Partnership, said: “This an exciting partnership which will transform our Fenny Lock site, as we look for new and innovative ways on how to best serve our customers.”

Future phases will include the deployment of an Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) Tote-to-Person (TTP) picking solution, based on HAI Robotics pick robots and workstations.

Tony Gruber, MD, Logistex, added: “We are delighted to be working with JLP on this strategically important initiative. It combines all of our key capabilities in one project, solution design, the deployment of our Reflex WES platform in a multi agent robotic based automation environment and complete project life cycle support. We look forward to a successful project and an enduring relationship with JLP”.

JLP leased the 1 million sq ft Fenny Lock site in Milton Keynes from Tesco in 2021. It is John Lewis’ second largest distribution centre after nearby Magna Park. The proximity will allow the retailer to combine more customer orders where needed, as it works to increase its online capacity.

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