West Grove, Pa.
Size: 200,000 square feet
Products: Shoes and promotional items
SKUs: 4,000 active SKUs
Throughput: 1,500 cartons per day, which equals 18,000 to 20,000 pairs of shoes per day
Shifts per day/days per week: 1.5 shifts, 5 days per week.
Receiving: When containers arrive at the receiving dock (1), cases are unloaded onto a conveyor and delivered to a quality assurance and staging area (2).
Once the cases are opened and the contents verified, they are scanned by an inventory control associate and palletized 28 cases to a pallet. A license plate bar code label is applied and completed pallets are staged for putaway into storage.
Storage: The warehouse management system (WMS) determines if the product will be sent to reserve storage (3) or is needed to replenish the mobile robot Kiva picking system (5).
Mobile robotic picking system: Pallets with product for the Kiva picking system (5) are delivered to a replenishment station (6) and dropped onto an accumulation conveyor. An operator scans the bar code label on a pallet and the label on a case. The operator then places an electronic puck on the case that communicates with the Kiva system. The system sends the appropriate storage pod for that case. When the pod arrives, a laser light indicates which shelf the case should be placed on for storage. The operator confirms the task by pressing a button on the pod. The inventory is now available in the WMS.
Picking: Just as there are two storage processes, there are also two picking processes: One for full case picking from the reserve storage area (3) and another for split case picking from the Kiva picking system (5).
Processing: Once an order is complete, cases are sent to the order processing area on the mezzanine (8) where cartons are finalized with any customer service requirements. Once that is complete, parcel shipments are conveyed (11) to a manifest station (12) where a FedEx or UPS shipping label is applied.
Orders that are shipped by truck are automatically taped and then sorted to one of five shipping lanes (13) based on the shipping method.
UPS orders are conveyed directly into a trailer (14). FedEx or truck shipments are manually palletized and loaded onto a trailer.
Systems integrator and warehouse control system: enVista
Picking system: Kiva Systems
ERP: Microsoft Dynamics (Navision)
WMS: Lanham Associates
Lift trucks: Crown
Mobile computing and bar code scanning: Motorola Solutions
Rack: REB Storage Systems