Breda, 12 March 2019

Warehouse management specialist Consafe Logistics announces that AGF wholesaler Van Gelder groente & fruit will implement Astro WMS® in a new warehouse of 30,000 m2. By investing in automation and mechanization, Van Gelder can continue to respond to the rapidly growing demand for fresh products in the coming years. The WMS also helps to optimize logistics efficiency and to process all customer orders more flexible and faster.

Automate and mechanize warehouse processes
In 2019 Van Gelder will take a new hypermodern business premises into use with a warehouse of 30,000 m2, for the storage, sorting, processing and shipping of fruit and vegetable products. This warehouse at the Nieuw-Reijerwaard business park in Ridderkerk is extensively automated and mechanized by Consafe Logistics and Vanderlande. With the objective that Van Gelder can continue to grow successfully in an ever-growing market for fresh products. Consafe Logistics first advised Van Gelder on the specification of all necessary logistics solutions and is now going to implement the Astro WMS® with a link to Van Gelder’s IT service bus. Astro WMS® will communicate with a ‘goods-to-man’ ADAPTO system from Vanderlande and the ERP and TMS systems that Van Gelder uses.

Harnessing growth opportunities
We already decided in 2014 to invest heavily for the current period of boom and fast growing demand for fresh produce“, says Demis van Kouwen, general manager at Van Gelder. “Since 2010 our turnover has increased from 15 million to around 90 million in 2018 and there are even more opportunities for growth. Because of our fast growing assortment in combination with the ever shorter turnaround times in the market, we are investing strongly in the new warehouse on innovation through automation and mechanization of all processes. We were looking for a WMS solution with proven experience in our sector, with which we can quickly respond to changes in customer demand. The Astro WMS® from Consafe Logistics best meets our requirements and wishes.

Automate from scratch
We are delighted that Van Gelder has chosen Consafe Logistics as the fastest growing fruit and vegetable specialist with the largest assortment of fresh products from the Netherlands,” says Chief Sales Officer Henk-Jan van Donkelaar. “We also have the opportunity to automate all processes in a fully mechanized new warehouse from scratch as optimally as possible with the Astro WMS®. In collaboration with Vanderlande, with which we have already successfully realized successful projects.