Every DC has bulk storage for medicines and healthcare products. There can be thousands of different locations for products including storage in cold chain and secure facilities.
In larger DCs, around 80,000 – 100,00 units of medicines and healthcare products can be unpacked from their boxes per shift for storage and fulfillment of orders.
Medicines and healthcare products are retrieved from bulk storage for order fulfillment. Up to 75,000 totes can be retrieved per hour.
Picking medicine orders also takes place using automated systems such as the A-Frame.
Each box represents a pharmacy order. Boxes are sealed securely ready for dispatch.
This facility stores temperature sensitive medicines at 2-8 degrees Celsius. Orders for cold-chain medicines are picked and packed exclusively within this facility.
At each station, more than 600 product lines per hour can be picked by hand to fulfill orders.