Since its founding in 2006, Spartoo, a leading online retailer for footwear and clothing, has been a runaway success. With currently over 400 employees and a presence in more than 25 countries, the company has almost 3,500 brands and 300,000 models in its online product catalog.
This rapid growth brought some significant challenges to Spartoo. To maintain the highest level of customer service and on-time deliveries, the company decided to insource its logistics processes to gain full control over its supply chain. As a result, an investment in process automation was of crucial importance.
Warehousing for 30,000 pairs of shoes per day
For its new, automated warehouse in St. Quentin Fallavier, near Lyon, France, Spartoo required a strong, experienced partner who would take full responsibility for this strategic project. Lyon-based Actemium, the VINCI Energies brand dedicated to industrial process automation, was selected as responsible system integrator for the overall project. Actemium engineers, together with Spartoo project managers, designed the complete warehouse, from goods reception to shipping, based on a throughput of approximately 30,000 pairs of shoes per day, and developed the overall process layout. The scope of supplied equipment ranged from mechanical to electronic and IT systems and included conveyors and sorters, transfers, weighing and packing machines, tracking systems and label printers. The whole installation is controlled through Actemium’s warehouse control and IT systems. The Actemium team assisted Spartoo in the implementation of radio frequency identification (RFID) on all products.
"1+1=3" – The Rolling On Interroll equation
For the vertical transportation of boxes, Actemium relied on the industry-leading technology of Qimarox, a Rolling On Interroll partner, installing two vertical conveyors on the mezzanine floor. Conveying lines were built with the energy-efficient DC technology from Interroll, with over 5,000 driven and non-driven rollers. The equation "1+1=3" represents the mindset and ambition of Rolling On Interroll (ROI) partners acting as one team for the benefit of the end customer. Highest product quality, timely deliveries and mutual trust are the key ingredients of this powerful teamwork.
Full control over the supply chain
Gaining more control over its entire supply chain was the key driver for Spartoo to invest in smart-process automation that would support its future growth. The most important result for Spartoo became obvious immediately: The new warehouse and all its logistics processes could be monitored at all times and corrective actions could be taken without delay. Actemium’s automation concept proved to be a robust and efficient solution; the new, improved flow of goods helped Spartoo reduce delivery times, improve its quality of service and eliminate human error.