CASE STUDY
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New Distribution Center Maximizes Product Flexibility and Flow with SpanTrack Wheel Beds

About Cutter & Buck
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Apparel from Cutter & Buck is contemporary and meticulously designed, and so is the company’s new high-tech distribution center equipped with SpanTrack wheel beds from UNEX.

When Cutter & Buck decided to add a new distribution center in Canada, company leaders set out to create a fast, efficient, and technologically savvy facility to service Canadian customers. “We wanted something fresh and innovative because that’s the type of brand we are,” says Mark Alexander, Operations Manager, Cutter & Buck, Canada.

The center opened in Brampton, Ontario, in October 2017, fully equipped with state-of-the-art systems that allow a lean staff to pick from 1 million golf shirts, hoodies, rain jackets, and other items across 25,000 distinct pick locations. More than 4,000 SpanTrack wheel beds help keep the high-tech operation wrinkle-free.

What Was Needed
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Buttoned Up and Ready to Grow

The SpanTrack wheel beds are located in 42,000 square feet of the distribution center. The additional 33,000 square feet is slated for future growth of the Cutter & Buck business.

“The wheel beds maximize our warehouse space and give us lots of flexibility,” says Mark. “In fact, with the wheel beds and our other efficient systems, we could double our business without having to double the space footprint.”

Whether the Cutter & Buck team is adding new products or replenishing existing ones, Mark adds that SpanTrack helps keep the operation flowing. “It’s easy to replenish products from the back side. And when we do inventory, we don’t have to shut down the operations twice a year. Everything is well-organized and easy to count, so we can keep track of inventory on a daily basis without disrupting the pick.”

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Check Out Some Images
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Installation
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The Right Fit

The distributor who recommended SpanTrack says the solution was just the right fit for Cutter & Buck. “The wheel beds are well-engineered. They are strong, durable, reliable, and easy to install,” says Ross Shepherd with 3D Storage Solutions Limited.

He adds that an additional benefit is working with UNEX. “It’s a worry-free experience. And that’s important for companies like 3D Storage Solutions and Cutter & Buck. We need efficiency in our operations so that we can focus on growth.”

Installation
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The Right Fit

The distributor who recommended SpanTrack says the solution was just the right fit for Cutter & Buck. “The wheel beds are well-engineered. They are strong, durable, reliable, and easy to install,” says Ross Shepherd with 3D Storage Solutions Limited.

He adds that an additional benefit is working with UNEX. “It’s a worry-free experience. And that’s important for companies like 3D Storage Solutions and Cutter & Buck. We need efficiency in our operations so that we can focus on growth.”

“We are exceeding performance expectations, largely because of the efficient systems we have in place. The Span-Track wheel beds are a big part of that picture.”

–Mark Alexander, Operations Manager

“We are exceeding performance expectations, largely because of the efficient systems we have in place. The Span-Track wheel beds are a big part of that picture.”

–Mark Alexander, Operations Manager

That’s A Wrap!
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Creating the Best Place to Work

Cutter & Buck was founded in 1989 in Seattle, Washington. Like the current Seattle location, the Brampton operation must compete with several major distribution centers for employees, such as Coca-Cola and Amazon.

“Recruiting an exceptional staff can be a challenge,” explains Mark. “We want to attract great team members and keep them for the long term. Anything we can do to improve the work experience will help us compete for talent.”

State-of-the-art systems, including one of the industry’s most advanced order-picking trucks, help make Cutter & Buck a great place to work. “The UNEX racking system helps us create a more efficient, accurate, and safer pick environment than a traditional setting. New employees see that, and it gives us a competitive advantage,” says Mark.

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