Logistics automation for a 3PL company

21 Aug 2023

LD, a renowned Mexican logistics provider, will build an automated warehouse solution to respond more swiftly to its customers’ needs.

Logistics provider LD will install six stacker cranes for pallets

“We’ve decided to automate part of our inventory management operations to maximise efficiency, improve the quality of our service and respond to our clients’ automation needs. We’re also going to digitally integrate product management with our other operations in a single interface,” says Miguel Gallardo, Key Account Manager at LD.

The third-party logistics (3PL) provider has set out to optimise processes in its logistics centre in Guadalajara, Mexico, with an all-in-one solution from Mecalux that combines automation and digitalisation. With capacity for more than 26,600 pallets, the automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) will consist of six aisles spanning 16.7 m long with double-deep racking on both sides.

In each aisle, a stacker crane will insert and remove goods from their locations automatically. The double-deep racking will optimise the available surface area by providing the greatest possible storage capacity. The stacker cranes will be equipped with telescopic forks to handle pallets in the double-deep configuration on each level. To connect the storage aisles with the infeed and outfeed stations, Mecalux will install a transfer car and conveyors at the front of the AS/RS.

LD will also digitalise control of its facility with Mecalux’s Easy WMS warehouse management system. Integrated with LD’s inventory management and data sharing program, the WMS software will maintain more accurate stock control, enabling users to track materials in real time. The minute an item arrives at the facility, the WMS will assign it a location according to its SKU and demand level. “Digitalisation will give us tighter inventory control. And that will allow us to offer our clients greater speed, capacity and reliability in order fulfilment,” says Gallardo.

About LD: at the service of its customers

Founded in 2005, LD is a logistics provider dedicated to inventory management and distribution of products and materials for clients from various sectors. The company has a specialised zone for supplying products to manufacturing plants. The priority of this area is to fill orders at top speed while ensuring high inventory dependability to meet the demanding and ever-changing needs of its clientele.