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November 25, 2019 999



Active Ants is an e-commerce fulfillment provider for webstores. Their process is supported by an AutoStore storage and picking system. Active Ants stores, picks and packs the orders and arranges the shipments to the consumer for their clients.


Packing is a typically time-consuming activity within the e-fulfillment process.

Active Ants requested support in the evaluation of several solutions for automated packing. Furthermore, the differences / advantages of each solution & supplier are to be compared together with the impact on operational costs (packing material spend).


Groenewout has compared several suppliers of automated carton packing. Additionally, supporting processes such as dunnage, labeling and printing on the cartons are also considered as part of an overall end-of-line solution.

For the evaluated technical solutions, the impact on packing material costs are evaluated to obtain the best technical solution with lowest OPEX.


Active Ants benefits from:

  • proper evaluation of the correct automated packing technique and impact on packing costs.
  • contribution to the overall design of the lay-out and process with an automated system
  • Groenewout’s expertise in e-fulfilment and related automation.

As a result, the most optimal technical packing solution is selected with lowest costs on corrugated carton.

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50 years of experience

Consulting firm with over 50 years of experience.

European database

Availability of a European logistics database with benchmark figures on transportation and warehouse costs.

Network design

Full scope expertise on network design, as well as warehouse design (conceptual layout, logistics - and storage equipment) and logistics building design (engineering and investment calculations).

Implementation support

Ability to support implementation of new logistics concepts (70% of Groenewout revenue is with existing customers in follow-up/implementation projects.

Extensive knowledge

Extensive operational knowledge, hands-on, pragmatic and bottom-up approach.

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