Gordon Food Service Canada live with viastore automation solution
Automated cold storage warehouse in Alberta, Canada using viastore automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) for goods to person order selection
Friday, December 11, 2015
viastore, a leading material handling automation systems and software company, announced that it has completed installing an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) for Gordon Food Service (GFS) at the company’s new warehouse in Rocky View County, near Calgary. Gordon Food Service is North America's largest privately-held and family managed broadline foodservice distributor.
viastore provided a complete automation system for the new facility, which included an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS), as well as the conveyor, equipment controls and systems integration for the project.
The 3 aisle mini-load AS/RS is the focal point of the facility and allows Gordon Food Service to integrate automatic product storage and picking. The AS/RS is actually 3, single aisle systems that operate independently in the grocery and frozen storage areas of the facility. Workers pick orders from forward pick locations fed by the AS/RS, with the AS/RS automatically replenishing items. Slower moving products also work through the AS/RS, using dynamic pick shelves.
The implementation was not without its challenges. “The project had many obstacles to get through for successful implementation, but viastore stood by us and worked through the issues. We are satisfied with the results so far,” said David Barber, President of the company’s Calgary Division.
For viastore, adding a Gordon Food Service site in Canada marks continued growth. “Gordon Food Service has been a long-time customer of viastore in the U.S., but this was our first implementation with them in Canada,” said Tom Tobin, president and CEO of viastore SYSTEMS Inc. “We will continue to work with them to help utilize the automation system at Calgary to achieve the maximum ROI and look forward to working with them on future projects.”
For over 40 years, viastore has been a leading international provider of automated material handling solutions including AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval systems) and conveyor systems, warehouse management systems software, material flow and process controls, and integrated SAP logistics solutions. The company employs over 450 people worldwide and has annual sales of over $135 Million.
Alex Nitsche, CFO