This blue-chip PLC had manufacturing plants situated at several sites throughout the UK. The logistics side of the business was based at a central warehousing and distribution facility which also housed the Logistics Management and Administration teams.
Three satellite units supplemented the main "picking" warehouse for the group; unfortunately, they were hundreds of miles apart! In addition to the running costs associated with the warehouses, several other problems had emerged:
- Stock had to be transported between the various sites
- Products held in storage were often duplicated, leading to over-stocking
- The operation was difficult to manage effectively, mainly due to the geographical constraints
Our solution centred on consolidating onto one site, consisting of a main warehouse and a back-up store to handle seasonal products. We also devised a complete working layout and a series of standard operating procedures to accompany the changed conditions.
As a result of the project, two of the warehouses were closed, stock was reduced and the new layout led to more efficient picking and despatch.