COCA - COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS - Sandalo - Seville - Automatic picking expansion, SPAIN

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The Company
SANDALO (Sociedad ANdaluza De Almacenamientos
LOgisticos) is the company that manages the
distribution centre in Rendelsur, one of the major
independent bottling companies for Coca-Cola in
Spain, with two production plants located in Seville
and Malaga respectively. Sandalo was established in
the year 2003 with two main objectives: developing
and making the distribution operations in Rendelsur
efficient, at the same time becoming a 3PL.
The partnership between Sandalo and System
Logistics dates back to 2004, when the first automatic
warehouse for logistics flow management was
created, which would be then expanded in the year

Problems and objectives
During the year 2013, a new and fully automated
distribution centre was created with the aim of
boosting the plant efficiency as a consequence of
increased productivity.
This second expansion allowed the Spanish logistics
company to serve - via a single platform and on behalf
of Coca-Cola Iberian Partners - all the Ho.Re.Ca sales
points and the Department Stores in the major 15
towns in the South of Spain. Distribution is therefore
implemented avoiding any intermediate steps
through regional distribution centres and using the
local distributors as cross-docking platforms.

The solution and the results achieved
The new distribution centre started operations in
the year 2013. It covers an area of over 30,000
sqm and is arranged on three different heights..
The system receives 70 incoming trucks per day,
over 2 working shifts, and prepares 325 outgoing
shipments per day, handling approximately 2,500
SKUs. The system receives (on pallets) both the
Coca-Cola branded products coming directly from
the connected bottling lines or from other
production sites, as well as other manufacturers'
The intensive storage area consists of a selfsupporting
structure, 32 metres high, where 33
stacking cranes operate. The total storage capacity
amounts to 110,000 pallet slots.
The order management activity involves 3,000
order lines per day and is fully automated for
almost all SKUs. Picking may be performed by
layers, packages or individual items, using fully
automated means such as depalletizers or with
semi-automatic methods (goods to man).
The shipping area is connected to the automated
storage warehouse by means of 3 loops, where 32
SVLs (System Vehicle Loop) transport the ready
pallets by means of roller conveyors.
The MOPS picking system
Automatic picking and palletization of packages
are handled using the MOPS (Modular Order
Picking System) system, which consists of:
· automatic layer depalletizing stations for
automatic package picking;
· racks served by Miniloads for temporary
storage of packages with low rotation
SKUs that shall be required in the two
following days.
· VLS (Vertical Lift Sequencer) pod used for
temporary storage of packages (with high
rotation SKUs that shall be required in the
following hour) and for sequencing the
packages towards the palletizing stations
(both for low and high rotation SKUs).
· automatic package palletizing stations;
· conveying system to move the packages
from one sub-system to the other.