Automated warehouse for boxes and pallet racks of COVAP in France

19 Jul 2019

The COVAP cooperative will reorganise its logistics centre’s distribution in La Chaize-Le-Vicomte (France) by collaborating with Mecalux. Over the next few months, it will install an automated warehouse for boxes with Easy WMS managing the entire operation. The automated warehouse will fill two 5,000 m2 sections, each pre-equipped with pallet racks.

Miniload system and pallet racks for COVAP in France

The miniload system will consist of two, 43 m long aisles and 8 m high double-depth racks on each side that will provide a 13,224-box capacity. Two picking stations will be located on one side where orders will be prepared according to the “product-to-person” principle. Shelving for picking will be set up behind each station, where up to 30 orders can be processed simultaneously. These will be equipped with pick-to-light (PTL) devices to help operators and increase picking efficiency.

There are 8,500 storage locations in the pallet racks. Their versatility characterises these 8.5 m high racks in adapting to unit load sizes, even very bulky products.

Wilfried Ferré COVAP Logistics Manager
“We wanted to increase productivity and guarantee safety during the arrival and departure process for stored products. By automating, we will speed up our operators’ work during the order fulfilment process. Moreover, thanks to the miniload solution, we will be able to cope with our current growth rate without increasing the payroll and, also, make workplace ergonomics better. Our focus is always on improving customer service.”


Founded in 1982, COVAP is a French cooperative that brings together 350 tradesmen from different fields: bathrooms, kitchens, electrical appliances, heating, electricity, etc. COVAP is a member of an important French organisation: ORCAB (Organisation des Coopératives d'Achats pour les Artisans du Bâtiment). At present, it employs more than 140 people and boasts a catalogue of more than 300,000 different SKUs.