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Schuh increases capacity with material handling solution from Vanderlande Industries

VEGHEL, the Netherlands – In 1981 Schuh was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their philosophy was simple: “to provide individual high fashion footwear, sold in a unique and exciting retail environment”. Schuh still holds on to that philosophy with footwear and accessories for men, women and children.  Future plans to significantly grow the business in the UK and Europe required a high capacity material handling solution for which they have partnered up with the Dutch company Vanderlande Industries.


Schuh_Logo_RGB_USETo enable recent growth and future expansion plans of the Schuh store estate and online offering, the company needs to extend beyond its Neilson Square distribution centre in Livingston. The new 245,000 square foot DC is five times larger than its current warehouse and will be located on its recently acquired site at the J4M8 complex in Bathgate, Scotland.

According to Rob Bridle, Head of Logistics at Schuh: “fast and efficient logistics is an essential requirement for successful multi-channel retailing and the Vanderlande solution will help us ensure that we continue to provide great service to our customers now and in the future.”

schuh pic3Vanderlande Industries proposed a solution including a CROSSORTER 700 enabling the handling of both shoeboxes and accessories. Depending on the size of the article the CROSSORTER uses one or two belts to sort it to its destination chute. This results in a very low number of non-conveyable products and completely automates the sortation of products towards dispatch.

Currently the system is equipped with three inducts reaching a capacity of 9,300 items per hour. This can be increased in the future to 10,700 items per hour with an additional induct. This flexible approach, also known as a ‘breathing system’, together with close co-operation during the tendering phase and a thorough understanding of their needs were the main reasons why Schuh chose Vanderlande Industries as their supplier.

Profile Vanderlande Industries

Vanderlande Industries provides automated material handling systems and services. The company is world leader in the market for Baggage Handling at airports, and has a leading position in sorting solutions for Parcel Postal facilities. Furthermore, the company has a strong position in the automation of warehouses for food retail, fashion, parts components and tyres.

schuh pic2The company implements material handling systems of all sizes, ranging from local sorting depots, airports and distribution centres to the world’s largest facilities. Vanderlande has sales exceeding EUR 700 million and employs 2,800 people of whom more than 50% have a college or university degree.

Its systems and services focus on improving customers’ logistics processes and increasing their logistics performance today, tomorrow and throughout the entire life cycle. The company strives for close cooperation with the customer, extending from initial analysis of the underlying business processes through to total life-cycle support.

To achieve this, the company has a wide product range and industry knowledge, and possesses capabilities in the relevant disciplines. These range from system design and engineering, through supply chain management and manufacturing, to information and communication technology, system integration, project management and customer services.

Vanderlande Industries is a global player with extensive experience in many industries and references in all major regions of the world. It operates locally through Customer Centres that handle all key business functions and maintain direct contacts with customers.

For more information please contact:

Vanderlande Industries

Natascha Vermeulen

Marketing Communications

Tel       +31 (0)413 495277


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