Out of Space
Founded in 1941 as a small family-owned business, Pine State Trading Co. has evolved into a prominent distributor for the region’s convenience stores. In 2011, the company faced a significant challenge: “We were completely out of space at our distribution facility and were even renting additional storage facilities,” says Steve. Meanwhile, the company was projecting a 50% increase in volume. “We needed a place where we could grow.”
In 2012, the company located a larger facility in Gardiner, Maine, and brought in St. Onge, a supply chain and engineering logistics firm, to design the ideal warehouse system. Pine State Trading Co. also brought in Mark Goldstein, President of Coastal Equipment Corporation, to help select the right equipment to accommodate the existing 10,000 SKUs and leave plenty of room for growth in the future.
SpanTrack from UNEX turned out to be critical pieces of the puzzle.
Finding a Flexible Solution
Pine State Trading Co.’s list of inventory is extensive and diverse. Candy, beverages, paper products, automotive supplies, deli sandwiches, dairy, and health and beauty items are among the company’s growing list of stock.
“Storing and picking such a wide variety of products can present a number of challenges,” says Mark. “We had to find the right mix of carton flow systems to optimize space and allow us to quickly respond to customers’ needs.”
That “right mix” included a full-width SpanTrack roller carton system for products that have consistent carton sizes, such as cases of cigarettes, and a highly flexible, universal wheel bed carton flow. The combined solutions allow workers to quickly slot products of varying sizes, such as candy and grocery items, into any location without having to change or move equipment.