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Solutions for Apparel

Fast and Accurate Omnichannel Order Fulfilment Solutions 

The key aspect of each logistics solution created for the apparel market is the modular, scalable system design combined with the strategic management software that provides real time control, visibility and operational insight.

Dematic Approach

Dematic provides intra-logistics solutions for apparel manufacturers/designers, wholesalers and retailers, ranging from small specialty boutique companies to large global corporations, thereby supporting low, medium, and high volume distribution requirements. These solutions are engineered to accommodate the specific application needs of the apparel warehousing and distribution environment, such as configurations for multi-channel or dedicated e-commerce and retail store fulfilment systems, seasonal/promotional peaks, slow moving inventory, and returns processing. Typical solutions are designed to optimise the processes involved with receiving, storage, replenishment, case and item picking, consolidation, packing, truck loading, and cross-docking, along with the ability to handle a variety of load types: cartons, totes, poly bags, and garment-on-hanger. 

Dematic brings a non-biased, activity based, industrial engineering approach to the development of each apparel distribution system. Dematic has the process improvement engineering experience and expertise to design high performance solutions for the apparel market, with hundreds of successful reference projects operating worldwide. The centrepiece/core of each apparel solution is the modular system design and the strategic management software that provides real time control, visibility and operational insight. 

Systems may be comprised of a single solution such as order fulfilment or they may include all the operational functions from receiving to shipping. Dematic engineers each system as a modular, flexible, scalable solution to accommodate changing activity profiles, average to peak capacity and future growth. Dematic guarantees successful system performance while creating a strong ROI:

  • Reduce space requirements, fulfilment time, and labour
  • Optimise material and information flow, processes, activities
  • Increase throughput, accuracy and ergonomics

Apparel Supply Chain Trends

  • Omnichannel (eCommerce growth 10-15% annually)
  • Mall traffic shrinking – stores closing
  • Less inventory in stores/more frequent deliveries
  • Order fulfilment from stores - mini DCs
  • Fluctuations in demand and merchandise handled
  • Returns processing
  • RFID Tags
  • Dependence on imports affects time to market, tariffs, unexpected interruptions in deliveries

Economic Drivers

  • Dependent on consumer income – volatility in business due to economy
  • Omnichannel impacts everything in supply chain
  • Seasonal demand changes can have major impacts on business
  • Integration of RFID tags in distribution centres
  • Off shoring manufacturing increases cost/complexity in supply chain
  • Customer buying habits more complex and less predictable
  • Labour availability becoming an issue

"Goods to Person" Order Fulfillment

Goods to Person Order Fulfilment

"Goods to person" means that the order picker stays in one place, and the system brings the "goods" or SKUs (stock keeping units) to the person. Significant benefits can be realised with the use of a "goods to person" system.

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Typical Solutions

RapidStore Mini Load

Automated Container Storage/Dynamic Replenishment

Maximum Capacity with Minimum Footprint

Garment on Hanger System

Automated Garment on Hanger Solutions

Sort, Transport, and Ship Garments on Hanger Fast

Multishuttle 2

Automated Mixed Case Order Fulfilment

Rapid Fulfillment of Mixed Case Orders


Automated Pallet Transport and/or Storage (AGV)

Flexible, Scaleable and Real-Time Pallet Transportation and Storage


Batch Pick to Putwall / Sorter

High Volume Item Picking For Small to Medium Size Orders

Split Case Picking

Directed Split Case Picking

Accurate and Efficient Piece Picking

Goods to Person Piece Picking

Goods-to-Person Item Picking

Maximize Picker Efficiency with Over 1,000 Picks per Hour

Pallet ASRS

High-Density Pallet ASRS

Optimised Storage and Throughput in Minimum Footprint

High-Volume Packing and Shipping

High-Volume Packing and Shipping System

Fast and Accurate Shipping with Real-Time Visibility

Pouch Sorter

Dematic Pouch Sortation System

Distribute Hanging Items and Flat Goods Simultaneously

Value Added Packing

Packing and Value Added Services

Efficient Packing and Value Added Services

Zone Routing

Item Picking to Conveyor (Zone Route)

Accurate and Efficient Piece Picking

Receiving and Putaway

Receiving & Putaway

Real-Time Inventory Visibility



Fast, Accurate Shipping with Real-Time Visibility

Typical Solutions

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With over 70,000 SKUs, the pick face for a manual operation would have been massive and we would have been continually changing it; automation improves efficiency threefold.

Manager of Global Business Solutions,

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