Case Study
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Capital Candy

UNEX Strings Together a Collection of Carton Flow Solutions for Candy Wholesaler

About Capital Candy
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In 1938, a Mom & Pop penny-candy operation opened in a small Vermont town. Success followed, and Capital Candy Co., Inc. emerged as a full-fledged wholesaler for grocery and convenience stores. Growth was good, and more was on the way. At a rapid-fire pace, manufacturers began introducing new product extensions by the hundreds. Capital Candy was running out of space, and the surges in inventory made the need to increase productivity greater than ever.

What Was Needed
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Exploring the Options

Even with a 70,000 square-foot warehouse space spread over three buildings, Capital Candy was stretched to the limit. “In any space-con-strained building like ours – a 175-year-old granite shed with lots of poles, beams, and posts – maximizing the cube is imperative”, says Operations Manager, Jim Thibeault.

The company considered several options:

  • Move to a new building – deemed too expensive
  • Construct an addition – again, too costly
  • Stack inventory higher – an inefficient approach since perishables have to be rotated regularly
  • Reorganize facility – the most practical, cost-effective solution

Working with a consultant, Capital Candy decided to reorganize the pick areas for each product group with UNEX carton flow solutions to match the unique needs of each area. This would maximize pick efficiency and provide a space-friendly operation allowing Capital Candy plenty of room to grow.

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Installation
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The Grocery Area

The grocery area needed a major overhaul, requiring the construction of a three-level pick module. On the first level, UNEX installed low profile SpanTrack. Low profile’s drop-in design nests between the beams, maximizing vertical space for product storage. The second and third levels were set up for pallet storage, which allowed Capital Candy to make the most of limited warehouse space.

The Cigarette Area

The cigarette area has UNEX Roller Rack with high profile SpanTrack installed. High profile sits on top of the beams, allowing the carton flow track to extend beyond the structure, which enables Capital Candy to store more units per SKU.

In The Freezer and Cooler Sections

In the freezer and cooler sections, UNEX combined low and high profile SpanTrack in pallet rack to create Easy Access/Fast Pick of cold inventory items. “When we put in something new, we like to use SpanTrack,” explains Thibeault, “because everything here is short-coded and needs to be FIFO managed. We have to ensure that customers always receive fresh products.”

The Candy Line

The candy line replaced the existing plastic wheel track with UNEX Shelf TRACK, a built-to-last, full-width aluminum roller track that ‘drops-in’ to existing flow rack shelves – a “sweet rolling major improvement,” says Thibeault.

Customized Flow Solution

UNEX engineered a custom flow rack installed with gravity conveyor sections to accommodate the unique handling requirements of Capital’s dairy line.

Installation
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The Grocery Area

The grocery area needed a major overhaul, requiring the construction of a three-level pick module. On the first level, UNEX installed low profile SpanTrack. Low profile’s drop-in design nests between the beams, maximizing vertical space for product storage. The second and third levels were set up for pallet storage, which allowed Capital Candy to make the most of limited warehouse space.

The Cigarette Area

The cigarette area has UNEX Roller Rack with high profile SpanTrack installed. High profile sits on top of the beams, allowing the carton flow track to extend beyond the structure, which enables Capital Candy to store more units per SKU.

In The Freezer and Cooler Sections

In the freezer and cooler sections, UNEX combined low and high profile SpanTrack in pallet rack to create Easy Access/Fast Pick of cold inventory items. “When we put in something new, we like to use SpanTrack,” explains Thibeault, “because everything here is short-coded and needs to be FIFO managed. We have to ensure that customers always receive fresh products.”

The Candy Line

The candy line replaced the existing plastic wheel track with UNEX Shelf TRACK, a built-to-last, full-width aluminum roller track that ‘drops-in’ to existing flow rack shelves – a “sweet rolling major improvement,” says Thibeault.

Customized Flow Solution

UNEX engineered a custom flow rack installed with gravity conveyor sections to accommodate the unique handling requirements of Capital’s dairy line.

“UNEX’s reputation for quality is bulletproof.”

– Jim Thibeault, Operations Manager

“UNEX’s reputation for quality is bulletproof.”

– Jim Thibeault, Operations Manager

That’s A Wrap!
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Measuring the Results

Since implementing UNEX solutions, Capital Candy has realized all of the project’s objectives and gained several other benefits in the process.

  • 1,000 New SKU’s Added
  • Pick Rates Improved 35%
  • Labor Costs Down/Sales Up
  • FIFO Issues Resolved

One thousand new SKUs have been added to the warehouse due to the space gained during there configuration. Inventory is now rotated appropriately. “In the past, if you got a delivery twice a week, sometimes the latest ended up on top of the previous delivery, and the lower inventory went out of date,” says Thibeault. “UNEX’s carton flow approach put an end to that problem.”

Focusing on the Future

Capital Candy’s 70-year legacy continues, and so does the company’s confidence in UNEX. “We’ve done business with UNEX for over 30 years and never had the need to look at other suppliers,” says Thibeault. “Everything has always worked great.”

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