Helly Hansen and Element Logic Automate their warehouse with AutoStore

Helly Hansen Revolutionizes Warehouse with Element Logic Partnership and Adoption of AutoStore

Facing rapid growth and scalability needs, Helly Hansen, the leading manufacturer of sportswear and workwear for rugged outdoor environments, partnered with Element Logic to transform its Sumner, WA, warehouse with the AutoStore automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS). This strategic move addressed growth and efficiency challenges and streamlined operations, boosting efficiency and customer satisfaction—a key milestone in Helly Hansen’s quest for operational excellence.

An illustration of the Helly Hansen Warehouse with an AutoStore with conveyor belts

Scaling Up in the Competitive U.S. Market

Helly Hansen’s rapid U.S. expansion highlighted critical scalability and efficiency challenges. The brand sought a scalable solution to enhance distribution and exceed customer expectations. A partner with global reach, a strong U.S. presence, 24/7 support, and top-tier software became essential for navigating these complexities and achieving a seamless, efficient operational upgrade.

A Seamless Automation Transition

Helly Hansen partnered with Element Logic to overhaul its distribution operations using AutoStore. This implementation, featuring 50,000 bins, 36 robots, and 10 carousel ports, marked a shift towards unparalleled operational efficiency. The transition from manual, labor-intensive processes to an automated, efficient system addressed the critical challenge of Helly Hansen’s rapid growth and the need for adaptable warehouse space.

A man operating a port with eManger
REDEFINED: eManager has redefined Helly Hansen’s order fulfillment approach.

AutoStore, augmented by Element Logic’s WCS system, eManager, redefined Helly Hansen’s order fulfillment approach. The AutoStore system not only simplifies the handling of various order types—including direct-to-consumer, e-commerce, and complex wholesale—but also integrates picking, packing, and shipping into a seamless, unified operation.

Quote from Brian Crowle, Account Executive at SDI Element Logic

The Transformative Impact of AutoStore

The deployment of AutoStore by Element Logic transformed Helly Hansen’s operations. With a more efficient system, e-commerce orders that were previously taking 2-3 days can now be completed in just half a day, enhancing customer satisfaction through quicker deliveries. Furthermore, the shift to automation improved work environment by reducing the physical demands of warehouse work and overtime needs during peak season. AutoStore’s modular design ensures Helly Hansen’s operation remains agile and scalable, aligning perfectly with its growth trajectory and reinforcing its commitment to operational excellence.

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GRAND OPENING: The opening of the warehouse was celebrated with flags and banners.

Choosing Element Logic

Helly Hansen prioritized finding a partner that could elevate its distribution efficiency. Element Logic emerged as the optimal choice due to its global infrastructure, cutting-edge technology, and robust support. Element Logic’s 24/7 support, factory-trained technicians, and superior warehouse management software were critical to this selection, aligning perfectly with Helly Hansen’s need for a partner to support their growth in the U.S. market.

“The proven track record of Element Logic in exceeding Helly Hansen’s expectations in Europe established a deep trust in their capabilities,” – Brian Crowle, Account Executive at SDI Element Logic.

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SIGNIFICANT TRANSFORMATION: The implementation of the solution has been a success marked by enhanced efficiency, scalability, and customer satisfaction.

Element Logic’s implementation of the AutoStore solution has been a resounding success. Helly Hansen experienced a significant transformation in its distribution operations, marked by enhanced efficiency, scalability, and customer satisfaction.

Facts and figures Helly Hansen

Number of bins: 50,000

Number of robots: 36

Number of carousel ports: 10

Local support: 24/7

Order fulfillment time: from 2-3 days to half a day

Software: eManager

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