Global clothing designer and manufacturer, AS Colour has deployed a cloud-enabled Wi-Fi 6 solution with Extreme Networks and Dematic to improve mobile device connectivity and efficiency within the warehouse.

The solution provides AS Colour with a robust, high-capacity, high-efficiency Wi-Fi 6 network to operate seamlessly, handling large amounts of data transmitted between mobile devices and backend systems.

High-performance Wi-Fi was essential for AS Colour to support current and future growth, as well as improve overall warehouse reliability.

“Rather than waiting for issues to arise or expecting our warehouse staff to tell us if they are having problems with the network, our IT team now has complete visibility of each access point across our entire global operations from a single-pane-of-glass dashboard. These insights give us increased visibility, flexibility and scalability across our IT network,” AS Colour managing director, Lawrence Railton said.

AS Colour is also deploying the Dematic Multishuttle Goods-to-Person (GTP) solution to the Auckland DC, to help drive operational efficiencies and reduce the overall size and power requirements of its warehouse.

Acting as a high-density automated storage and retrieval system, the Dematic solution provides the space with high-density tote storage and high sequenced order picking for better productivity.

“With a smaller warehouse footprint, the Dematic solution has reduced our construction costs by about 30%, and we’ve now also seen increased pick rates of 20 to 30% as a result,” Railton said.

“Additionally, we’ve been able to increase our product storage capacity by about 35%, which has brought in more revenue and given us a buffer against any supply chain issues.”

AS Colour rolled out a new warehouse management system (WMS) supported by the introduction of handheld Android devices for distribution staff, which works to complement the automated Multishuttle system.

“Dematic has been a strong technology partner, helping us from a global perspective, and we see this as a long-term partnership to meet all our automation and wireless networking needs as we continue to expand as a business in the future,” Railton added.