Executive Briefings

Industrial Distributor Revamps Distribution Center for Growth

Challenge: The client is an industrial distributor experiencing tremendous growth. The company's distribution center capacity was taxed. Furthermore, operational costs were rising because the distribution center lacked the processes and systems to support rising demand, specifically: an inefficient picking methodology was elongating order fulfillment times; pickers were walking too far in between picks due to improper slotting; and aging equipment components were causing bottlenecks.

Solution: Commonwealth developed a plan to improve processes and re-design the distribution center. Commonwealth helped the company transition from discrete order picking to cluster picking; re-slot; re-configure the overstock area, and expand the use of the existing WMS to enable these changes. Commonwealth also developed a longer term strategy involving a move from pick-to-tote to a pick-to-shipping carton method and redesigned the material handling system.

Results: Commonwealth's client meaningfully reduced their cost per unit picked and can now support projected five-year growth without having to significantly increase labor costs.

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. Commonwealth is based in Boston and works with clients across the globe.

Web: www.commonwealth-sca.com

Email: info@commonwealth-sca.com

Phone: 617-948-2153

Solution: Commonwealth developed a plan to improve processes and re-design the distribution center. Commonwealth helped the company transition from discrete order picking to cluster picking; re-slot; re-configure the overstock area, and expand the use of the existing WMS to enable these changes. Commonwealth also developed a longer term strategy involving a move from pick-to-tote to a pick-to-shipping carton method and redesigned the material handling system.

Results: Commonwealth's client meaningfully reduced their cost per unit picked and can now support projected five-year growth without having to significantly increase labor costs.

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. Commonwealth is based in Boston and works with clients across the globe.

Web: www.commonwealth-sca.com

Email: info@commonwealth-sca.com

Phone: 617-948-2153