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Honeywell to triple Apparel Logistics Throughput

William Payne
September 19, 2019

Retail supply chain services provider Apparel Logistics has engaged Honeywell to help it expand its e-commerce order output at its distribution centre in Dallas. The supply chain automation and mobile solutions are forecast to triple daily output from the centre.

The Apparel Logistics Group provides multi-channel fulfilment and supply-chain services to clients in the apparel, footwear and accessories industry. The company is a business unit of The Apparel Limited, a global manufacturer of woven and knit apparel producing more than 50 million garments annually.

Honeywell's Intelligrated supply chain automation division will deliver automated material handling solutions to Apparel Logistics with the aim of expanding its e-commerce parcel shipping capability, productivity at the shipping dock, order accuracy and value-added services capacity, which includes returned merchandise management and product customisation.

Located in Dallas to support fast shipping throughout the U.S., the 240,000-square-foot facility features an array of dedicated automation solutions including a high-volume sortation system and more than five miles of controlled conveyors.

Honeywell Intelligrated will install new material handling solutions to more efficiently move products through at The Apparel Logistics Group's distribution centre, which provides retailers with a one-day turnaround on e-commerce orders.

In addition, Honeywell Intelligrated will implement a warehouse control system to operate the production activities and equipment. 

"The third-party logistics (3PL) sector is experiencing unprecedented growth as more retailers require cost-effective order management, reverse logistics and product customisation services," said Pieter Krynauw, president, Honeywell Intelligrated. "In turn, 3PLs need to deploy automation solutions to help them ensure quality control, reduce risks associated with labour availability and deliver on their service-level agreements."

"To keep pace with growing consumer expectations, both traditional retailers and online-only e-tailers need to outsource their order fulfilment, returned merchandise management and product customisation. In addition, available warehouse space in North America is at an all-time low," said Aric Schwab, Senior Vice President, The Apparel Logistics Group. "With these new facility enhancements, we're able to offer our customers increased volume, faster shipping and more value-added services."

Large retail brands and online-only retailers in the U.S. and Canada turn to The Apparel Logistics Group for warehousing, multi-channel order fulfilment and Foreign Trade Zone services to deliver products to distribution centres, stores or directly to individual consumers' homes.