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Metro Supply Chain to invest $100 million to network fulfillment

The first facility being outfitted is a 285,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building in Bolton, Ontario, dedicated to the apparel and footwear sector.

November 15, 2021  by CM Staff

Metro Supply Chain plans to further invest in excess of $100 million in its fulfillment network to provide customers with highly automated e-commerce solutions (CNW Group/Metro Supply Chain)

TORONTO— Metro Supply Chain plans to invest more than $100 million to automate several of its fulfillment facilities. In addition, the company continues to invest in business intelligence capabilities that integrate fully into the automated solutions.

The first facility being outfitted is a 285,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building in Bolton, Ontario, dedicated to the apparel and footwear sector.

“As real estate and labour costs continue to rise, and consumer demand wildly fluctuates in today’s complex, e-commerce-driven environment, businesses require an innovative strategy that boosts their time to market, delivers cost certainty and predictability, and builds capacity for future growth,” said Martin Graham, Group President of Metro Supply Chain, in a press release.

According to a company statement, Metro Supply Chain was selected for its AutoStore facility (a global cube storage and order fulfillment system powered by warehouse robots) which offers access to inventory and reduces energy consumption.

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Bastian Solutions will implement AutoStore into this facility and integrate it with automated conveyors, high-capacity packing stations, and high-density, very narrow aisle racking to create a forward-looking e-commerce and unit pick solution that solves for the seasonal peaks businesses face.

“To deliver on their customer promise, companies need to become even more strategic in creating a transparent, demand-response model fuelled by the right capabilities and technologies,” said Chiko Nanji, CEO and Group Chairman of Metro Supply Chain in a company press release.

“We’re pleased to provide businesses with an automated, scalable e-commerce solution that gets them quicker to market and supports their long-term growth.”