Leading storage solutions specialist APEX Linvar has just completed its first major installation of SpeedCell, its innovative mobile storage and picking system, at River Island’s 466,000 sq ft national distribution centre in Milton Keynes.

SpeedCell has been retro-fitted into a number of pallet racking bays at ground level, storing fashion items and accessories in the facility that handles worldwide distribution.

APEX Linvar’s sales director Andy Barrie commented: “At River Island, an extra 5,000 picking locations were created in just one aisle of SpeedCell. This has been made possible thanks to a super-efficient design that is focused on utilising all of the dead space and flue space to the rear of a pallet bay.”

SpeedCell is made up of an array of mobile vertical shelving columns made from anti-static, flame retardant technical textiles, which slide sideways to reveal even more such columns behind them. Installing the system transforms traditional racking bays into high-density storage modules, eliminating dead space while allowing quick and easy access to every item inside.

Despite appearing soft and light, the vertical columns of SpeedCell are strong and hard wearing, each supporting a 100kg load. Over 20 columns fit easily into a standard 2.7m bay of racking.

SpeedCell customers can choose from a wide range of streamlined options to help optimise storing their specific products. From custom sizes to varying shelving supports and many other shelf options, SpeedCell has been created to provide a cost-effective storage solution.

River Island logistics director Arif Ahmed commented: “The SpeedCell installation is one part of an APEX Linvar storage solution that has transformed the way our distribution centre operates and further enhances picking efficiency to ensure we deliver to our customers on time, every time.”

APEX Linvar, which has 75 years of experience in the design, manufacture and installation of storage and handling solutions, delivers a professional service to all its customers, and its broad customer base ranges from the very smallest companies to multi-nationals such as Amazon, Goodyear, Laddaw, P&O Ferries, Matalan, Marks & Spencer, Argos, Tesco, River Island and TNT.



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