This case history about Bargreen Ellingson comes courtesy of White Systems. It has been selected and edited by the MHM editorial staff for clarity, content and style.
In order to utilize warehouse space more efficiently and increase picking efficiency to handle the company’s 20% annual growth rate, Bargreen Ellingson, a multi-service equipment supply, restaurant design and fabrication company located in Tacoma Washington, recently installed a high performance horizontal carousel system solution from White Systems. The carousel installation serves many functions for their operation. To improve space utilization and picking efficiency for their food service supplies, Bargreen Ellingson installed one pod of four White Systems horizontal carousels integrated with Intek WMS software. They moved the smaller and fast moving SKUs to the horizontal carousels and increased their efficiently dramatically with one person now pulling 200 lines per hour. In addition to the space savings and picking productivity, the White carousel systems also offer protection of the supplies, increased organization, improved inventory accuracy and control.
“To handle our tremendous growth rate we moved from a 45,000 sq ft distribution center to a new building with 100,000 sq ft. We needed a system that could increase our picking efficiency and save valuable floor space,” said Tom Murphy, VP of Operations. “The White Horizontal Carousels allowed us to move 40% of our SKU’s to just 4% of our building. This also increased the efficiency of the other part of our warehouse since they no longer had to deal with the smaller items. Picking efficiency in that area increased from 30-40 lines per hour to 60-70 lines per hour.”
Bargreen Ellingson was introduced to the White Carousel Systems when they did a site visit to the company located just across the street from them. “When we saw how well the carousel system was working for them we knew we needed to employ that solution in our warehouse,” added Mr. Murphy. “The staff at White Systems has been great to work with. They communicated with us during every step of the installation process and have effectively supported all our needs.”
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