National Food Wholesaler Reduces Picker Travel Time by 80% with UNEX Warehouse Storage Solutions

UNEX-order picking-National WholesalerA national distributor of food products was faced with a great problem – explosive growth. Unfortunately, the proliferation of SKUs was wreaking havoc on productivity. To create space, slow moving items were taken away from the pick aisle and shoved in corners on shelves here and there, requiring workers to leave the pick line to retrieve items.

To streamline order picking, the UNEX team created a new pick line that intermixed pallet positions, carton flow and shelving. The new design incorporated shelving into the existing pallet rack layout by removing the beams from the ground floor positions on selected bays, creating a walkthrough within the pallet rack. The team then installed mobile shelving units within the walkthroughs, and the shelving has become known as “Pick Tunnel Carts.”

With Pick Tunnel Carts, the food distributor:

  • Eliminated the need to travel up to an additional 500 feet per order
  • Reduced travel time on the pick path by 80%,
  • Reduced pick time by 42% 
  • Freed up 456 pallet positions

Download the case study to learn more about how carton flow solutions help growing companies like this national food wholesaler to maximize space to hold more SKUs, increase pick rates, and meet the demands of the grocery industry.