Facility Size: 190,000 sq. ft.
A pool supplies distributor was relocating its distribution center to accommodate growth. The new 190,000 sq. ft. facility required a material handling system to support the high volume of products stored and distributed.
REB was provided with a list of all products as well as material handling methods used. Each of these items was evaluated to develop a storage solution that optimizes the flow of orders.
- Forklifts are used to transport pallets. Employees then pick individual cases of products for order fulfillment.
- Because of rapid product turnover, excess pallets of products are taken into the facility.
- The company predicts substantial growth over the next five years.
Based on this, REB engineers developed a layout that includes a forward pick area and a reserve storage area.
The forward pick area spans 5,700 sq. ft. of the distribution center. For this area, REB implemented a pick module design that integrates multiple rack system types to reduce overall pick time:
- 2-deep pallet flow on ground level for easy forklift access
- Two levels of carton flow above pallet flow for efficient case picking
- Five levels of selective rack for product replenishment of the carton and pallet flow
The pick module design also accommodates an option for a catwalk level to allow for future vertical expansion.
The reserve racking area spans 83,800 sq. ft. of the distribution center and consists of 5 levels of selective pallet rack. This racking is used to store the overflow of items that are to be used for replenishment in the forward pick area.
The company now has designated areas for active picking and static storage. Because the pick module was designed around the company’s unique operation, the flow of orders is optimized. The vertical expansion capability of the pick module will allow the new building to accommodate future growth without expanding its footprint.
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