Taken over by Carrefour in 2016 as part of its e-commerce strategy, the Plessis-Pâté warehouse in the French department of Essonne covers an area of 24,000 m². With the increase of drive-in purchases, Carrefour decided to robotize its platform in 2016 with the help of the Exotec start-up, a designer of robotic solutions for the supply chain.
Preparation station. The dry area has 8 stations and the operators retrieve the products carried by the robots to place them in the blue crates.
Almost zero error rate
Thanks to the 226 “Skypod” robots of Exotec - 148 for the dry area and 178 for the fresh produce - working day and night to prepare the orders for the drive and home deliveries, the error rate is now almost zero and the productivity has increased thanks to the optimization of the vertical space. The robots can now move vertically to remove and put away the crates.
The warehouse of Plessis-Pâté has four temperatures: dry, fresh (0-2°), frozen, fruit and vegetables (6-10°) as well as 15,000 stored references, 40,000 crates and 200,000 products processed each day (with a potential of 300,000 articles), compared to 6,000 for a regular warehouse. The 200 employees are spread into 3 teams working 23 hours a day from Sunday evenings until Saturday evenings. “It is the first site equipped by Exotec for the food sector, and it is the third largest site in the entire world,” explains Mourad Bensadik, supply chain director for e-commerce France.
Elyes Mechri, manager of the site, and Mourad Bensadik, supply chain director e-commerce director.
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