- Products: selective rack, push back rack.
- Services: design, installation, permitting support, project management.
- Location: Chicago, IL
Concern: Choosing the right building for an expanding distribution operation.
A food distributor had to expand their operation to an additional distribution center to accommodate recent growth.
The company was considering multiple buildings to lease, but was unsure which would be the best for their operational requirements.
The food distributor approached REB to help them optimize their new space. REB has been a strategic business partner of the company for more than 12 years, helping the company optimize their distribution as they’ve grown.
Solution: Comparison of multiple buildings based on material handling system layouts.
REB worked with the company to provide designs for multiple buildings to ensure they chose the best building to suit their needs. Layouts that showed potential pallet positions for four buildings were provided.
Through this design process, REB was able to identify multiple considerations that influenced the company’s decision. For example, the real estate broker presented a desirable building to the company as one lump square footage. The company assumed that most of this space would be able to be allocated to storage. However, once REB laid out the building, it was identified that much of the square footage included dock space. Since the company’s main objective for the building is storage, and they do not need this large amount of dock space, they excluded that building from their options.
The company chose the building based on the layouts provided by REB. They moved into a 60,000 sq. ft. distribution center, which added additional temperature-controlled storage along with dry storage.
The project was completed in three phases:
- Dry storage: all selective rack.
- Cooler: 3-deep push back rack.
- Freezer: 2-deep and 3-deep push back rack with one row of selective rack.
Each phase was completed back-to-back. The entire project was completed 2 weeks earlier than scheduled, which included a 20-day installation of the push back rack in the cooler and freezer.
Outcome: The company is now fully operating and distributing their products across the Chicagoland area from two locations.
The company’s distribution is now able to keep up with demand. They were able to have their operation running at full scale two weeks earlier than anticipated due to REB’s project management.
Because they compared spaces at various facilities, they were able to choose the building that best suits their operational requirements.
How You Can Improve Storage Density and Selectivity in Your Warehouse
If you have a requirement for a material handling system, contact REB today.
Our team of material handling experts can work with you to provide you with a solution that will optimize your selectivity and density. We are highly experienced in identifying inefficiencies and implementing improved systems.
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