Warehouse Optimization for Empire Merchants
CHALLENGE: MERGING FACILITIES
In merging three facilities, Empire Merchants North LLC (EMN), looked to maximize its square footage and improve operator productivity. Additionally, EMN wanted to better develop its process and material flow handling.
EMN partnered with Pengate Handling Systems, an authorized Raymond Solutions and Support Center, to help evaluate possibilities.
SOLUTION: DISTRIBUTION PLAN AND FLEET MIX
Pengate evaluated EMN's new facility and devised an efficient distribution center floor and fleet plan. During construction, Pengate helped ensure efficient spacing, bulk lane sizing and a layout for lift charges were made.
Also implemented, was an efficient Raymond fork lift fleet. Including Raymond 4700 sit-down counterbalanced trucks, 5000 series order pickers and 7000 series reach-fork trucks.
RESULT: INCREASED EFFICIENCY & DECREASED COSTS
Advancing from propane powered fork lifts, the fully electric Raymond lift truck fleet is reducing fuel costs and the sit-down lift trucks are decreasing maintenance costs while increasing up-time. The AC-powered motor requires less battery changes while maintaining a high level of performance.
Pengate and EMN also signed a comprehensive labor agreement, reducing maintenance costs by 8%.
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