With systems integration partner KPI Solutions, Kenco’s new automated storage and retrieval system will shorten click-to-delivery times for the 3PL’s eCommerce customers starting this summer

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – May 8, 2024 – Kenco, a leading third-party logistics (3PL) provider, today announced the implementation of AutoStore™, a leading automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), at the company’s Jeffersonville, Ind. distribution center. Set to go live in summer 2024, the AutoStore system – designed and implemented by KPI Solutions – will service Kenco’s eCommerce customers and open the door for businesses of all sizes to access a technology typically only available to larger companies.

Once complete, the AutoStore system will include 49,000 bins, 130 grid robots, 10 picking ports and four replenishment ports. Kenco estimates 15 million units will travel through the system per year.

The announcement reinforces Kenco’s dedication to automation and warehouse transformation, coming on the heels of Kenco’s introduction of Automation Guidance. A part of their comprehensive Material Handling Solutions offering, this consultative offering will help clients upgrade existing facilities with automated material handling equipment assets to meet today’s warehouse needs.

“At Kenco, we’re dedicated to continuously improving our operations,” said Jason Minghini, Senior Vice President of Operations at Kenco. “By implementing AutoStore’s proven solution, not only are we optimizing our space and workforce, we’re taking our eCommerce fulfillment solutions to the next level by providing even shorter click-to-delivery times for all customers in this market.”

Jeffersonville is Kenco’s second AutoStore installation. While the first serves a single client, the newest installation is larger and will efficiently process orders from multiple customers for an optimized operation.

“The system and reserve storage will take up about one fourth of one of the facilities on our campus,“ said Jeffersonville Senior Director of Site Logistics, Bill Dragoo. “Installation is going smoothly, and we’re excited to see the full benefits of the solution come to life this summer.”

As an ASRS, AutoStore harnesses the power of warehouse robots for 24/7 order fulfillment within a cubic layout up to quadruple the storage capacity of traditional warehouse racking. The goods-to-person (G2P) system maximizes existing labor and space, reinforcing supply chain dependability.

“We are proud and happy to partner with Kenco to manage their warehouse space innovatively and efficiently, empowering their customers to achieve incredible results,” said Mike Harding, Account Executive at KPI Solutions. “This AutoStore system will boost labor productivity and enable scalability while improving delivery times for consumers across North America.”

To learn more about AutoStore, visit https://www.autostoresystem.com/. To learn more about Kenco’s eCommerce fulfillment services, visit https://kencogroup.com/solutions/e-commerce-fulfillment/. To learn more about KPI Solutions, visit: https://kpisolutions.com/.

About Kenco

Kenco supplies integrated logistics solutions that include distribution, eCommerce fulfillment, comprehensive transportation management and material handling equipment services, and customized supply chain solutions – all designed for Operational Excellence. Kenco continues to be a leading 3rd party logistics provider in North America, building lasting customer relationships for over 70 years. Kenco’s focus is to support customers’ business needs and redefine third-party logistics by offering innovative, connected solutions.

About KPI Solutions™:

KPI Solutions provides end-to-end supply chain services and automation to transform our clients’ distribution operations. We analyze, design, implement, and support flexible and scalable engineered solutions that optimize order fulfillment, build capacity, and reduce reliance on labor. Our data-driven operations strategy delivers resilient designs and our technology-neutral approach allows a blend of automated technologies for a customized solution. Our comprehensive offerings include consulting, network strategy, engineered facility design, material handling systems integration, robotics, intelligent warehouse software, and lifetime services.

About AutoStore

AutoStore, founded in 1996, is a technology company that develops order-fulfillment solutions to help businesses achieve efficiency gains within the storage and retrieval of goods. The company offers both hardware and software capabilities and the AutoStore technology is interoperable with other third -party solutions. AutoStore is global, with ~1,350 Systems in 52 countries. All sales are distributed, designed, installed, and serviced by a network of qualified system integrators referred to as “partners.” AutoStore was founded in Nedre Vats, on the west coast of Norway. The company has offices in Norway, the U.S., UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and Singapore, as well as assembly facilities in Poland.