Case-Picking Solutions Advance Distributor
Vertique helps Florida’s J.J.Taylor improve
When Florida beer
distributor J.J. Taylor was looking to consolidate its two facilities, it
was also looking for ways to improve its system. At the time, the
distributor was moving “a little more than 17 million cases —
12 million out of Tampa and 5 million out of a leased facility in Ft.
Myers,” explains Jay Martin, vice president of operations.
To expand its
capabilities, the company opted to enlarge its Tampa warehouse and locate
sales personnel in Ft. Myers.
J.J. Taylor installed a fully automated system by
Vertique, Arden, N.C. to pick its top volume SKUs. Alternate layer picking
for orders is still done by hand, Martin says. A main advantage of the
Vertique system allows the beer wholesaler to pick orders by stop, which
allows for better deliveries, he explains.
“As a wholesaler of beverages at a supermarket
stop with a sideload truck, the driver would have to go by bays and pick
the orders at the store,” Martin says. “Now the driver opens
one bay and the whole order is there and the pallet is shrinkwrapped
— it’s ready to go.”
This allows the wholesaler to route trucks to deliver
to both supermarkets and convenience stores, which increases route
Vertique’s solutions also have boosted
productivity. On a cases-per-employee basis, the company improved nearly 20
percent on delivery and almost 14 percent in cases per delivery route. In
the warehouse, personnel efficiencies also have seen improvement. He
also reports the company went from 250 SKUs in the warehouse to 400.
“On top of that, the complexity of our SKU mix
has gone up more than 50 percent,” Martin says.
Overall, J.J. Taylor is pleased with its Vertique case
“At the end of the day, we’re loading 17
million cases,” Martin says. “We will do that from management
to mechanics, with 55 people on board and an average of 110 trucks a night.
We couldn’t do it by stop without the Vertique solutions; we just
couldn’t afford it.”
Martin sums up that J.J. Taylor’s partnership
with Vertique is not yet complete. The company continue to work with
Vertique regarding upcoming efficiencies and improving its system, Martin
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