SEC Storage were invited by Daler-Rowney to propose an intelligent solution that would solve their existing storage issues – optimising their operation and allowing for an estimated 10% growth in product volumes year-on-year.
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 miscellaneous 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 phase was 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.
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 VNA installation was built to hold large paper and canvas-based products, along with non-paper items that have an undefined aperture.
The resulting works across the multi-tier and VNA racking installations 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. Read the full case study.