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TJ Morris specs up distribution centre

By Retail Technology | Tuesday August 13 2013

Discount retail brand appoints materials handling general contractor to manage new distribution centre that will support growth plans

TJ Morris, trading as Home Bargains, has selected Swisslog as general contractor for the materials handling elements of a new distribution centre (DC).

The family-run UK discount retailer has over 280 stores throughout the UK and plans to expand to over 700 within the next five years. The new DC, which is due to be constructed soon, will handle this increased volume and also facilitate distribution in Southern England.

First UK site for CaddyPick

The Swisslog materials handling order comprises pallet and light goods cranes and conveyors, including software and racking. At the heart of the solution lies Swisslog’s CaddyPick semi-automated case order-picking system. 

The contractor said the integration of its CaddyPick system would revolutionise the working environment for TJ Morris, offering simplicity of picking and a clean, quiet atmosphere for operators. The integration is due to start on-site in mid-2014 and be completed in 2015.

“Swisslog’s innovative solution design convinced us,” stated Joe Morris, TJ Morris operations director, commenting on the CaddyPick system. “It was the decisive factor for us to engage Swisslog for this important growth project.” 

The deal is reportedly worth some £40 million to the logistics supplier.