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Group 1JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP: SEMIAUTOMATED ‐NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTRE
BACKGROUNDJohn Lewis Partnership is one of the UK’s top 10 retail businesses and has a distinctive ownership structure, being the country’s largest employee cooperativeJohn Lewis opened a drapery shop at 132 Oxford Street, London in 1864John Lewis Partnership (JLP), retail systems established since 1929 with the main owner is the workforce.John Lewis Partnership (JLP) is a department store system which is favored by middle class of England. Under the management of JLP is Waitrose supermarket chain which is no less famous.Has over 70,000 employees, also considered as partnersOwns 28 John Lewis Department Stores, 234 Waitrose Supermarkets and 2 at home storesThe company is known for selling high quality goods to the customers.
The Sandc is located at Magna Park in Milton Keynes, near the centre of the UK, and commenced operations in 2009.Construction costs is £46 millionIt is 60,393 square metres in floor area with a height of 15 metres.There are 33 receiving docks and 46 despatch docksBeing used to handle small-sized items, employing the latest technology so as to improve efficiency and accuracyThe SANDC is designed to operate two shifts per day after rampup with potential to increase to ‐three shifts per day at peak in future years. It is planned to hold 87,000 SKUsSANDC Semi-automated National Distribution Centre:
1With the changing demand patterns, fewer full bins are being required and a greater proportion of goods need to be picked at the picking stations. What alternatives may be considered to accommodate this?