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Automated packing for outdoor retailer

Backcountry.com has purchased three CVP-500 automated packing solutions for the company’s Virginia, Germany and Utah DCs


November 10, 2016
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BROOKFIELD, Wisconsin—Backcountry.com, an online retailer of outdoor gear and apparel for skiing, snowboarding, biking, climbing, fly fishing, hiking, camping and more, has purchased three CVP-500 automated packing solutions for the company’s Christiansburg, Virginia; Stuttgart, Germany; and Salt Lake City, Utah distribution centers. The CVP-500, made by ProShip, Inc, a Neopost company, is intended to increase Backcountry.com’s throughput and automate packing operations to support the company’s rapid growth.

The CVP-500 builds, fills, folds and labels every order in a single process. The system creates a custom-fit parcel every seven seconds, while using less corrugated and eliminating void fill. The fit-to-size packing automation reduces dimensional weights and frees-up working space, providing a cost-effective packing solution.

“We are thrilled to have the CVP-500 in our distribution centres. It can be installed in just a few days, enabling us to be up-and-running prior to the end of the year,” said Jeff Carter, senior vice-president of global fulfillment at Backcountry.com. “The CVP-500 will bring us closer to achieving a fully automated distribution centre and create an efficient, cost-effective flow in order fulfillment.”

“We were also impressed with the system’s environmentally-friendly benefits in using 20 percent less corrugated and eliminating void fill. Our customers are outdoor enthusiasts and we support their goals for a clean environment, so it is important for us to minimize our global footprint,” continued Carter. “With the CVP-500 we can work smarter, while reducing packing, shipping and seasonal labour costs.”

“We are excited to begin our partnership with Backcountry.com,” said Scott Eggenberger, director of business development/CVP-500 at ProShip, Inc. “The CVP-500 will help the company reach its goals for faster, more reliable fulfillment and increased efficiency.”

Eggenberger said the Backcountry.com CVP-500 purchase is the third since the system was launched in the US in February 2016, and the 12th worldwide. “As more and more shippers hear about the speed and cost savings of the system they want to see how it can work for them.”