Alcon is the global leader in eye care, dedicated to helping people see brilliantly. With over 70 year experience,
Alcon is the largest eye care device company in the world – with complementary businesses in Surgical and Vision Care. Alcon is a truly global company active in over 70 countries and serving patients in more than 140 countries.


  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Material flow mapping
  • Logistics solution design (multiple alternatives)
  • Economic feasibility calculation of logistics solutions

Logistics feasibility study for an automated warehouse

At the time of the study:

For its warehouse in Bornem (B), Alcon wants to investigate which conceptual and process changes could be of interest from an economical point of view. Additional attention is required for the logistics impact induced by the company's expected growth and the introduction of the European Medical Devices Regulation. 


Engineer an optimal logistics concept and investigate the related feasibility taking into account following elements:

  • extension of storage capacity according to growth projection and changes in SKU base;
  • improvement of receiving and putaway process;
  • improvement picking strategy;
  • improvement consolidation process (VAS and non-VAS flows).


A concept design based on a goods-to-person solution driven by miniload stacker cranes and an alternative design based on an Autostore solution. Both concepts were elaborated and demonstrated a strong business case. At the same time, the designed solutions showed a significant increase in maximal throughput introducting new opportunities for a.o. cut-off scheme and service levels.

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