The Creation of a Dedicated Picking Zone
SEC's stock placement analysis identified that Daler-Rowney uses four specific carton types, segmented into: quarter size, half size, full size and an undefined size for miscellanious products. Once this had been established and the warehouse simulations were run, SEC was able to devise an optimal aperture that would allow for the storage of all of Daler-Rowney's SKUs. The next step - to design the storage solution that would house of all these SKUs.
In order to achieve Daler-Rowney’s key goals: maximising storage efficiency, increasing the volume of stock and the number of picking locations, SEC looked to design and install a dedicated picking zone in the form of a rack supported, multi-tier system. The combined footprint of all three floors of the multi-tier totals over 64,000 sq/ft, allowing for the storage of around 14,000 apertures which will house the majority of Daler-Rowney’s arts and crafts products.
A VNA (very narrow aisle) racking installation was also constructed, comprising of over 300 racking bays in a 20,000 sq/ft area. This separate installation was built to hold large paper and canvas based products, along with non-paper items that have an undefined aperture.
The resulting works have provided Daler-Rowney with five dedicated zones for the storage of the four carton types, including the three floors of the multi-tier system, the VNA zone and an additional bulk stacking zone. This new storage setup now fully utilises the facilities footprint, whilst ensuring maximum capacity for all product types.