Challenge: The growth experienced by one of the largest restaurant and convenience-store chains in the United States from new, remodeled and same-store sales growth had pushed the limits of this company's current warehouse operations and transportation network.
Solution: FORTE conducted a network optimization study and recommended opening a second, 300,000-square-foot DC in an optimal geographic location to best support the medium-term geographic growth plan. The client is proceeding with construction and engaged FORTE to design and implement the material handling automation solution for the Greenfield facility.
Results: The proposed FORTE solutions are expected to deliver an estimated transportation cost reduction of 18 percent in year one and a cumulative estimated operating cost saving of 7 percent in the first year and 10 percent through the first five years. A favorable cumulative financial impact, net of investment, of up to $30 million is estimated through 2023.
About the Solution Provider: FORTE is a leading distribution center design/build and warehouse execution software (WES) technology firm. FORTE provides client-side, network-wide engineering, systems integration and operations optimization services for existing distribution facility upgrades or Greenfield operations. FORTE’s expertise and services include logistics network optimization, facility sizing and design, material handling systems and WES.