Varner Group’s new distribution center starts serving entire European market next Christmas

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Varner Group is getting ready for Europe.
The new 53 000 square meter distribution center in Vänersborg, Sweden, will serve the entire European market and replace six third-party warehouses (3PL) into one state-of-the-art DC.
“We were looking for a scalable, cost efficient, ergonomic and green solution”, explains Anders Eriksson, Head of Logistics at Varner Retail AB.

Swisslog today announced it has been awarded a major order for the new distribution center in Vänersborg, Sweden, by the Norwegian fashion giant Varner Group.
The value of the order, which comprises innovative material handling solutions in addition to a system operation contract, amounts to approx. 415 million SEK.
Swisslog will act as general contractor for the material handling elements of the new distribution center in Vänersborg, Sweden. The order comprises cranes and conveyors for pallets and light goods, a crossbelt sorter, a hanging garment solution and Swisslog’s proprietary warehouse management software and controls systems.
The storage volume of the distribution center amounts to 40 000 pallet locations in a high-bay warehouse, 330 000 dynamic locations in the miniload system as well as 60 000 bins in an AutoStore small parts storage system.
Integration of the material handling systems is due to start in April 2015 and hand-over to the customer is foreseen for summer 2016.

Earlier this year Varner Retail gave NCC the assignment to build the 53,000 square meter logistics hall – an investment of 300 million.
The logistics building will be be environmentally classified as Very Good under BREEAM. Of the total of 53 000 square meters, 9 000 consist of high bay warehouse with a height of 30 meters.
The warehouse is put into operation in November by 2015.

The Varner Group has a turnover of 1 250 MEUR and more than 1 380 stores throughout Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, Iceland and Poland.