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Northern Tool + Equipment to Install Swisslog Software Solution

Swisslog’s Automation Solution will be installed within Northern Tool’s Fort Mill, SC facility to meet its distribution needs.

Swisslog, leading provider of best-in-class warehouse automation and software, has announced that Northern Tool + Equipment will install a Swisslog Automation Solution within its Fort Mill, SC facility to meet its omni-channel distribution needs. Designed by Swisslog experts, the solution features the AutoStore system optimized by Swisslog’s SynQ software. The solution is expected to be operational by October 2023.

The automation solution from Swisslog is part of Northern Tool + Equipment’s emphasis on innovation and deploying state-of-the-art technology to position the company for continued growth and serve both its online customers and retail locations. The company currently has over 130 stores across the U.S. and plans to open 80 additional locations over the next four years. It sees warehouse automation technology playing a vital role in this growth.

The existing Fort Mill facility supports both online ordering and Northern Tool + Equipment retail locations. The automation solution, which contains 23,175 bins and 62 robots, is designed to help bolster the company’s omni-channel fulfillment capabilities and ensure its customers receive products when and where they want them in today’s changing marketplace. Swisslog automation experts worked with the customer to integrate the system into the existing facility and operations without needing any additional construction work.

The automation solution to be deployed in the facility operates on synchronized intelligence from Swisslog’s SynQ software, which provides warehouse management, material flow and automation control system functionality in a single, modular platform. It can integrate seamlessly with existing warehouse management systems (WMS) to orchestrate the material flow and ensure the different components communicate and work together to boost efficiency and productivity and adapt to changing market requirements.

As the world’s leading integrator of AutoStore, Swisslog currently has over 370 AutoStore projects in over 26 countries, featuring over nine million storage bins and using over 13,000 robots. The Swisslog e-book, “Making AutoStore Work For You,” offers insights and best practices from a variety of these projects.

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