The current economy has everyone in the warehousing and logistics industry focused on containing costs without sacrificing efficiency. Strides made by forward-looking Interroll customers show how efficiency and cost can be improved simultaneously and dramatically with systems that deliver many years of outstanding performance.
As one example, Gilmer Warehouse & Logistics operates more than 1 million square feet of warehouse space in the state of Georgia. Its six locations are managed by VP of operations Darren Farber, who became familiar with Interroll USA when Gilmer was planning a new facility ten years ago.
Building this warehouse from the ground up gave us an opportunity to look at alternatives to traditional racking systems, and our research led us to dense flow storage. Because our plans called for an unusually large facility—approximately 550,000 square feet—the top racking vendors were all interested, and several presented solutions to us. Interroll earned the project by proposing a system with operational efficiencies and cost savings that were unmatched by any of its competitors.
In its final design, Gilmer's new, custom, high-density Pallet Flow system was indeed substantial in size, but required much less space than Gilmer had anticipated.
Interroll's dense flow reduced our overall space requirement from 550,000 to 320,000 square feet. That provided us with tremendous cost savings in capital investment, as well as a significant reduction in forklift material-handling equipment and operators required to run the facility and meet the volume expectations.
"50 percent improvement in loading productivity" thanks to high quality
Farber says that the Interroll solution is operationally excellent: "From a productivity standpoint, our deepest storage lanes are 22 pallets deep, and the quality of the system allows our product to flow with an insignificant amount of tracking over the 100-foot distance. With this depth, you would predict tracking issues, yet we have none, and by allowing the system to transport the pallets towards the loading docks we achieved a 50 percent improvement in loading productivity. The system also manages FIFO, with all product charged in from the rear and then flowing via gravity to the front of the system as pallets are picked from each lane."
Even 10 years on, Farber has found Gilmer's relationship with Interroll to be highly satisfying. "Their performance has been outstanding from day one," he says. "Everything Interroll committed to, from inception to now, has actually happened, from installation details to warranty backing to maintenance. We're so pleased that we have welcomed Interroll prospects from all over the USA to see our system in action."
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