Zacaris optimises its footwear warehouse with digitalisation

Zacaris optimises its footwear warehouse with digitalisation

Footwear e-commerce company Zacaris uses Easy WMS to prepare and ship 3,000 orders a day to its customers.


The online footwear shop Zacaris has moved to a new warehouse equipped with Mecalux’s Easy WMS to facilitate the expansion of its e-commerce business. The software tracks 300,000 SKUs in real time and sends instructions to operators to prepare and dispatch 3,000 orders per day.

Zacaris: leader in online shoe sales

Zacaris is an online footwear shop that sells a wide range of shoes from brands such as Converse, Skechers, Geox, Clarks, Tommy Hilfiger and Camper, among many others. The company’s priority is to meet its users’ needs with competitive prices and fast, error-free delivery. The e-commerce business is constantly expanding its catalogue with new brands, models and styles of fashionable footwear.

  • Founded in: 2010
  • No. of brands: 200+
  • International presence: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and the UK


  • Control the traceability of hundreds of thousands of shoes.
  • Process, dispatch and deliver online orders within 24 hours.
  • Tackle expansion of the company and bolster its e-commerce business.


  • Mecalux’s Easy WMS warehouse management system.


  • Real-time management of 300,000 SKUs.
  • Preparation of 3,000 orders and dispatch of 4,000 parcels a day to online customers.
  • Relocation to a new warehouse without disruption to operations or customer service.

The online footwear shop Zacaris has experienced considerable growth in the last few years. The Badias brothers, who already owned three shoe shops at the time, founded Zacaris in 2010 with the aim of taking advantage of the possibilities of digital commerce and reaching a wider audience. For the e-commerce company, the internet was the catalyst for the internationalisation of its business, which today sells products to thousands of customers in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and the UK.

Zacaris’s success is based on two pillars: an extensive catalogue of products including the latest footwear trends and an efficient supply chain that offers next-day delivery for orders purchased before 4 p.m. In addition, Zacaris has a flexible returns policy, offering users a period of 12 months from the date of purchase to make an exchange or return.

The Zacaris supply chain stands out for being highly demanding, which is a hallmark of e-commerce logistics. To cope with the expansion of the business, the company is following a strategy of optimising and renewing processes to speed up order picking and dispatch. Under this premise, the e-tailer has centralised its logistics operations in a new facility equipped with Mecalux’s Easy WMS warehouse management software to keep a thorough control of 300,000 SKUs in real time.

Digitalisation of the warehouse

In Lleida (Spain), Zacaris had a central logistics facility where it managed its goods and distributed orders received from its online customers. All operations were performed manually, from receiving to inventory control. “To perform the goods receipt process, we would consult the ERP system for the items that were scheduled to arrive in the warehouse and print out the labels. Afterwards, we had to locate the products among the pallets received and place the corresponding label on them,” says Oscar Herranz, CTO of Zacaris.

Once the items were recorded, the operators placed them on the racking, organised by brand, code and size. “With such a large number of products in stock, placing the goods in order was a very laborious task. If there was no space to store a product, we had to make room by moving hundreds of boxes,” Herranz adds.

It was clear to Zacaris that it needed to improve its warehouse operations to successfully implement its e-commerce strategy: “We wanted to stop organising goods manually, streamline the receiving process and optimise picking to minimise any chance of mistakes,” says Herranz. The e-commerce company was looking for a digital solution that would speed up its logistics processes and guarantee the highest quality.

After comparing several options, Zacaris chose Easy WMS, the warehouse management software from Mecalux. One of the special features of this program is that it can adapt its functionalities to the needs of each facility. The system is designed to help the e-tailer cope with changes in the business, such as a rise in the number of orders or the management of a growing number of SKUs.

Logistics centralisation in a new warehouse

As online sales increased, the Zacaris facility was no longer big enough and had started to become overwhelmed by so much logistics activity. The company was finding it more and more difficult to accommodate the products, so it decided to move to a new, larger logistics centre. “We also wanted the warehouse to be equipped with Easy WMS to be able to track the 300,000 SKUs in real time,” says Herranz.

Zacaris’s priority was to continue to serve customers without interruption over the course of the site relocation. During the time that the process lasted, Easy WMS was operational at both sites simultaneously. “Change is always complex. Coordinating operations at both logistics centres was a major challenge,” says Herranz.

In addition to providing uninterrupted service during the relocation, there was another constraint: all receipts of products had to take place at the new logistics facility. The old centre no longer received goods for storage, but only dispatched merchandise that was in stock.

“Easy WMS has always been by our side, helping us to prepare all our orders for customers without any delays. Our greatest desire is to maintain our commitment to our users and to ensure 24-hour delivery. The warehouse move has shown us that Easy WMS is scalable software — capable of adapting to changes in our business — and that it will always drive our supply chain forward,” says Herranz.

Digital e-commerce warehouse

As in the previous Zacaris facility, “Easy WMS controls, manages and optimises all operations: from incoming goods to outgoing goods,” says Herranz. To do this, the system distributes the work among the operators and sends personalised instructions to each of them.

In the warehouse, workers use RF scanners to communicate instantly with the software. “When we installed Easy WMS, we needed some time to adapt to the software instructions, but now we’ve mastered the system. No operator would want to work without this technology,” says Herranz. The WMS generates routes for operators to travel the shortest possible distances for both storage and order picking.

Every day, the e-commerce warehouse receives pallets from suppliers with a multitude of different SKUs and products. Operators simply scan the barcode on each item and enter it into the system so that Easy WMS can assign it a location. Working with tags and RF scanners has been a breakthrough for Zacaris’s logistics operations. Each item is identified with its own barcode, making it easier to locate and track the 300,000 SKUs in real time.

To assign a location to the goods, Easy WMS uses advanced algorithms that take into account variables such as the SKU, the brand and the level of demand for each box of shoes. Zacaris uses a chaotic slotting strategy, meaning each SKU has a free and random location.

Despite this paradoxical name, the warehouse follows a very strict order: the software knows at all times what products are in stock and where they are located. “With this chaotic organisation of the goods, our facility is much more efficient than it was before,” says the CTO.

One of the key and most demanding operations in the Zacaris e-commerce warehouse is picking. Every day, 3,000 orders are picked and distributed to customers in less than 24 hours. A special feature of online shops is the preparation of a multitude of orders, each consisting of only a few items. In the case of Zacaris, 80% of the orders usually include only one order line (for example, a single model of shoes). In order to create so many single-unit orders, a grouping strategy is used in the facility: operators pick the items belonging to several orders on the same run.

Then, in the consolidation area, the products are packed, labelled and grouped by transport route. The Zacaris e-commerce warehouse distributes 4,000 parcels a day to customers. To manage such a large number of shipments, the company has reorganised the dispatch area with Mecalux software to avoid mistakes and ensure deliveries within 24 hours.

Logistics in transformation and expansion

Zacaris’s e-commerce logistics operations are continuously evolving and growing. Proof of this is the move to a new, larger centre to cope with the real-time management of 300,000 SKUs and the preparation of 3,000 orders per day.

The company has implemented Mecalux’s Easy WMS software in its new warehouse to provide better service to customers. With digitalisation, Zacaris has now simplified its operations to guarantee 24-hour order deliveries. The digital transformation of the facility has brought numerous advantages to Zacaris, including tighter stock control, better use of storage space and great agility and security in operations as complex as picking.

Easy WMS has helped Zacaris to boost its logistics performance. With very promising future prospects, the e-commerce warehouse will continue to operate at full capacity to ship an ever-increasing number of orders.

Easy WMS has completely transformed our logistics operations. The warehouse is much more efficient than before because we have tighter control of all processes and stock. The organisation of the goods has led to greater agility in storage and order picking tasks.

Oscar HerranzCTO, Zacaris

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