NA-KD: Empir Industry´s Always On Logistics concept enables e-commerce and automated robot warehousing
In early 2020, Empir Industry received a major order from e-commerce and fashion company NA-KD to deliver services and critical IT infrastructure to NA-KD's new automated Nordic robot warehouse in Landskrona, Sweden which went operational in August 2020. The warehouse is a state-of-the-art and automated distribution center of just over 23,000 sqm with the possibility of expansion. The warehouse is built around an AutoStore solution delivered by Element Logic and the WMS system Manhattan SCALE delivered by IDnet. With its new warehouse, NA-KD is able to continue to deliver on its strong sales growth and improve its lead times to all Nordic customers. Empir Industry's new concept Hosted Infrastructure for Logistics Automation (HILA) is the basis for the deal.
NA-KD initially invested in an AutoStore solution with over 100,000 bins and 100 robots which later was expanded with 21 additional robots. The solution is from start adapted to deliver over 1,000 orders per hour and is prepared to expand over time. The implementation is one of the larger AutoStore solutions in Europe. The warehouse was scheduled to go live in Aug 2020 and was successful. The seasonal peak for fashion giant NA-KD is Black Week which occurs end of Nov. Empir Industry tuned, optimized and scaled up the environment based on systems and monitoring data in order for the warehouse to cope with the huge order flow volumes. The warehouse and its systems landscape were able to handle 5.4 orders per second around Black Friday which brings the automation to top in the Nordics. This without any production downtime or warehouse disruption.
NA-KD awarded the IT company Empir Industry to design and deliver all IT infrastructure in terms of networks, server and security platforms, PDAs, scanners, printers, computers, conference room equipment and most software services for highly efficient warehouse operation. Empir Industry is also responsible for all operation and support of the IT infrastructure, initially on a 16x6 basis yet prepared long term for 24x7. The services are designed through its concept - Always On Logistics (AOL), especially developed for logistics customers with requirements for efficient, scalable and automated IT.
"- From basically only having a building plot, we will have a fully functioning business in 7 months. In a very short time, Empir Industry has implemented a functioning IT infrastructure with hardware, software and support. This would not have been possible if it was not for Empir's expertise in the IT area and its dedicated and solution-oriented project team ", says Fred Skantze, Head of Fulfillment, NA-KD.
"- We are very happy that NA-KD has chosen Empir Industry as a partner. Gaining the trust of NA-KD to deliver these critical services and infrastructure as well as project coordination with the other IT suppliers involved is proof of the deep knowledge and experience we have in the IT industrial area. We also see that our solution, Always On Logistics (AOL) where we deliver business critical operating environment and 24x7 remote services is both cost-effective and scalable and will be an important asset in NA-KD's continued investments going forward ", says Daniel Johansson, CEO of Empir Industry.
NA-KD.com was launched in January 2016 and has established itself as one of the fastest growing brands for e-commerce. The site has over 8 million visitors each month and the NA-KD brand is one of the fastest growing in social media with over 2 million global followers (2020).
NA-KD.com has delivered to customers in over 170 countries and is delivered every month to more than 100 countries. The majority of sales come from NA-KD.com and internal brands such as "NA-KD Trend" and "NA-KD Boho". The NA-KD brand is also represented by over 600 retailers worldwide. Read more at: www.na-kd.com
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