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Specialty outdoor retailer REI receives Productivity Award for innovative automation technology provided by Austrian company KNAPP

April 4, 2017

REI receives Modern Material Handling Productivity Award; KNAPP Technology & Innovation Take Center Stage

KNAPP announced that specialty outdoor retailer REI was the recipient of Modern Material Handling Magazine’s Productivity Award for Innovation. The annual award is given to those companies that demonstrate outstanding operational improvements through material handling systems and related information systems – and this year’s recipient REI in Goodyear, AZ features first-of-its-kind supply chain automation technology in North America –provided by KNAPP.

Featuring KNAPP OSR Shuttle technology, Pocket Sorter, Streamline conveyor, patent pending Pick-it-Easy Multi ergonomic workstations and KiSoft WCS, the new REI facility is considered a state-of-the-art model for omnichannel distribution center design and innovation. REI has also been awarded LEED platinum status for outstanding building performance. Both KNAPP technology and the building infrastructure were designed to operate at very low energy consumption levels, and the facility actually returns energy to the grid - a “net negative” energy distribution center.

According to judges from MHI, St Onge, Kimberly Ellis, Virginia Tech and editors of Modern Material Handling, “REI integrated their corporate core values into both the design process and the design outcome of their distribution center. For example, they used a design charrette process to integrate input from key stakeholders and to incorporate important features such as energy efficiency and omnichannel fulfillment. REI has taken innovation to the next level with their new DC. They have not only looked at what they need for best-in-class distribution to their customers, but also the impacts they can have on their employees and the environment.”

KNAPP is an internationally operating company and is one of the world market leaders in warehouse logistics and automation with over 3,000 employees worldwide. As a solutions provider, KNAPP provides one-stop, custom-designed intralogistics solutions in health care, retail, apparel, food, manufacturing and ecommerce sectors. Our clients experience results that are flexible, resource efficient, ergonomic and self-learning. The company’s North American headquarters are in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit .