July Project of the Month: Optimizing Pallet Storage in Beall’s New Distribution Center

July 25, 2019

Optimizing storage space makes everyday warehouse operations safer and more efficient while minimizing delays and downtime. Southern States Storage and Handling (SSSH) is the warehouse pallet rack expert dedicated to helping our customers become more organized and productive. In fact, we recently helped retail giant Beall’s solve a storage constraint problem in their new distribution center. Keep reading to uncover what the solution was!

About Beall’s

Headquartered in Bradenton, Florida since its founding in 1915, the family-owned corporation now operates more than 550 stores in 15 states under the names of Beall’s, Beall’s Outlet, Burkes Outlet, Bunulu, and Home Centric. The company employs over 12,000 associates and has two corporate offices and three distribution facilities in Bradenton, as well as a remote buying office in Los Angeles.

Beall’s Relocation Challenge

After deciding to relocate their existing e-commerce business into a different distribution center, Beall’s wanted to move their pack-away merchandise closer to their main facilities and operations. However, they were facing a major challenge—the new distribution center had much less square footage than where the merchandise was currently being stored.

SSSH’s Solution For Warehouse Storage

Beall’s turned to the SSSH team to help them overcome this challenge due to our knowledge and experience. Their decision came down to not only pricing, but who they trusted most to complete the project based on specific delivery and installation timelines. We partnered together to design, install, and implement a wire-guided, turret truck application for pallet storage.

With very narrow aisles, Beall’s was able to store more pallet positions in the smaller facility. Additionally, the wire-guided system allows for 100% selectivity, meaning operators can quickly pull the exact pallets they’re looking for—improving efficiency and performance throughout the facility.

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The End Result

Beall’s is now able to store over 10,000 pallet positions in their new racking system when loaded to full capacity. Moving the distribution center closer to their main operations also resulted in savings on merchandise transportation and storage.

Will Ragsdale, the Facility/Line Maintenance Operations Manager in the facility, says, “The project was a success. SSSH kept us informed from the placement of the order to the completion of the installation of the rack and wire guidance system.  SSSH's knowledge, experience and confidence kept our team at ease during the entire process.”

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At SSSH, we provide best-in-class pallet storage systems and industrial shelving to meet any facilities’ storage and handling needs. We also offer pallet rack installation, planned preventive maintenance, and racking system repairs. If you’re looking to optimize storage capacity in your warehouse, reach out to one of our experts today!

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