Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Beverage distributor implements conveyor and sortation system

Beverage distributor implements a conveyor and sortation system to process 200,000 bottles a day out of two Michigan warehouses.
By Noël P. Bodenburg, Executive Managing Editor
August 01, 2012

When the liquor distribution network was privatized in Michigan, National Wine & Spirits became one of three authorized distribution agents to receive deliveries from producers, warehouse the liquor, accept and reconcile orders from more than 12,000 licensees and make approximately 8,000 weekly deliveries. 

More than 350 suppliers of wine and spirits sell their products to National Wine & Spirits. The company distributes more than 7,000 products through a master warehouse in Brownstown, Mich., and a hyper-terminal in Grand Rapids.

National worked with a supplier (W&H Systems, whsystems.com) to automate the master warehouse and hyper-terminal. High-speed conveyors and sortation systems handle thousands of cases per hour. All of the slower-moving full case and bottle SKUs are picked in Brownstown and loaded onto the trucks so that when they get to Grand Rapids, they can be properly sequenced with the Grand Rapids goods.

“As our business in Michigan has evolved and grown, technology has played a major role in managing the costs of distribution and obtaining efficiencies within our warehouses,” said John Baker, COO of National Wine & Spirits.

The system features a very large split case holding system that holds more than 5,000 split cases that are queued up around the clock, then released in sequence with the full case in the evening when it is time to load the trucks. A warehouse control system manages all the equipment and activities, including order fulfillment from two buildings and one consolidated delivery to the end customer.

About the Author

image
Noël P. Bodenburg
Executive Managing Editor

Noël P. Bodenburg, executive managing editor, has been with Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News since 2006. She is a graduate of Boston University. Prior to joining the Supply Chain Group magazines, Noël worked as a production and managing editor at other industry business-to-business publications.


Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Parent company's Logistics & Automation Division began servicing North American customers in 1962, 12 years before Murata machinery was established.

Pack Expo and Pharma Expo to draw 2,400 exhibitors in more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space.

Cloud-based manufacturing execution systems grant visibility into centralized or global manufacturing environments.

In-plant trailers represent a tried and true method of moving materials through plants safely and efficiently. While trailers look alike at first glance, there are some significant differences that greatly affect performance and cost. The wise purchaser will study the differences and select the system that makes the best sense for the specific application. This complimentary white paper addresses the most important design factors to consider when specifying in-plant trailers.

Very often companies debate needing a new WMS or just muddling through while constantly adding to the List. The List is that set of notes that operations people wish their WMS could do. Every operation has their unique items, things their business requires that their WMS system doesn't do, or does poorly. This white paper reviews how to extend a WMS to allow the List to become a thing of the past.



© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA