Large Retailer Supports Growth and Reduces Costs With New Distribution Center Design

Challenge: After making numerous acquisitions, a large omni-channel retailer and was operating out of three different facilities. The company wanted to reduce costs without compromising service levels.

Solution: A team of Commonwealth's senior-level retail distribution consultants objectively evaluated the feasibility of consolidating all three sites into one of the company's existing facilities. Using Commonwealth's DC Console™ distribution center design tool, the firm analyzed the data and played "what if" with future growth scenarios. Various processes, layouts, storage options and material handling concepts were considered. Ultimately, the team developed a design for a high-performance DC that would support 5-year growth. Commonwealth's team created and managed the equipment RFP and led the installation, training, inventory transition and go-live.

Results: By partnering with Commonwealth through all phases of the project, the client confidently moved forward with its facility design. The new system was operational on-time and on-budget, and the retailer significantly reduced its operating costs while supporting its continued growth.

About the Solution Provider: Commonwealth is a leading supply chain consulting firm that helps companies of all sizes structure their supply chain networks, design distribution centers, and select and implement warehouse management systems (WMS). Headquartered in Boston, Commonwealth works with clients across the globe. For more information visit



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