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WBS Group worked with us on the construction and fit out of a 20,000 pallet extension to the existing 45,000 pallet capacity warehouse. The project began in January 2007 and the first stock was transferred in on the 31st July 2007, three
weeks ahead of a very challenging schedule and on budget. The full handover to
the operations team followed four months later.
WBS Group also helped us with a programme of refurbishment to the existing
warehouse. This involved new lighting, redesigned pick face layouts, new traffic
and pedestrian routes and gravity racking to improve the working environment and
maximise throughput at the site. The new warehouse in conjunction with a similar
extension project also by WBS provided a 160% increase in the number of pallets
stored in the facility.
Working with the WBS Group, we were keen to: create a centre of best practice for
warehousing; optimise service levels and provide a better working environment for
staff. We’ve used the project as a catalyst for improving the way we manage our
warehousing generally and facilitated by WBS Group, we have defined new working
practices to enable us to improve our efficiencies and allow us to simplify the process,
cut out waste and improve resilience of operations.
WBS Group’s management consulting experience combined with their understanding
of operational performance and people requirements guided the way they managed
these projects. They introduced sound project management techniques and their
experienced Project Managers engaged well with the onsite Operations Team to
ensure everybody was working to the same goal.