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Furniture chain automates

Wednesday, 9 September 2020 ( #991 ) - Oslo, Finland
Bohus' new central warehouse in Lillestrom
Bohus' new central warehouse in Lillestrom
Bohus has commissioned Jungheinrich for the construction of a new central warehouse in Lillestrom, near the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Norway's leading furniture and interior decoration chain operates 60 branches throughout Norway as well as a successful online shop. In order to adapt to the major changes in trade, the furniture chain is currently investing in innovative IT and network solutions as well as in forward-looking warehouse logistics. The new warehouse involves comprehensive automation solutions including a high pallet racking warehouse, miniloads, conveyor systems and software. Operation of the warehouse is scheduled to begin in 2021. When designing the warehouse, it was Jungheinrich's goal to guarantee Bohus as much handling flexibility as possible for its wide variety of product categories and load sizes. Therefore, the solution includes a manual warehouse with room for up to 2,000 pallets, a fully automatic high-bay warehouse with 10,000 rack storage locations in three lanes for euro-pallets, and 1,200 further rack storage locations for special pallets measuring 2,600 mm x 1,260 mm in two additional lanes. Stacker cranes with telescopic forks by Jungheinrich subsidiary Mias will perform the loading and unloading. Two Jungheinrich STC 2B1A miniloads will be used in an automated miniload warehouse with a total of 22,000 rack storage locations. All subsystems will be controlled by Jungheinrich's WCS, which is connected to the customer's SAP system. "The furniture industry is a conservative and challenging sector," says Hakon Bredde-Prytz, managing director of Bohus Logistikk. "Over the past 50 years, Bohus has developed into Norway's leading national furniture chain. We sell shape, colour and design, and not all our products fit into rectangular boxes, so we were looking for a flexible solution that is capable of meeting our needs. "Jungheinrich worked out a unique solution with us, and we're enthusiastic about it."