About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Wine & Spirits’ Santa Fe Springs, CA and Louisville, KY facilities use SpanTrack flow rack systems to keep the product rolling
The largest distributor of wine and spirits in the country, Southern Wine, was serving Southern California from a total of 800,000 square feet spread over five different warehouses and 35 miles with the city of Los Angeles in between them.
The logistics of balancing inventory of 12,000 SKU’s over five warehouses while servicing customers in the LA market posed a real challenge. A major issue was no single facility could store all 12,000 different items. This required Southern Wine & Spirits to transfer 4 million cases a year between their facilities. Additionally, the distributor’s business continued to expand. Robert Pavone, VP of Operations for Southern Wine and Spirits, realized the only way he could better serve his customers while improving the efficiencies of the supply chain was to consolidate their operations.
Operating from a 217,000 square-foot building in Louisville, SW&S distributes liquor, wine, and other beverages to retailers, restaurants, bars, and clubs across the commonwealth. Since moving from paper to voice software for its split-case bottle picking, it has increased speed, accuracy, and flexibility, while improving its allocation of labor. UNEX SpanTrack flow racks store fast-moving SKUs that are readily accessible for workers using voice-based picking software in the split-case fulfillment areas. SpanTrack is used throughout the rest of the facility, where up to 17,000 full cases of wine and spirits are shipped out every night.
(2) Southern Wine & Spirits’ Kentucky distribution center has nearly doubled productivity and dramatically improved accuracy, thanks to voice picking and UNEX SpanTrack flow racks.
(1) “Spirited Distribution” by Bob Trebilcock (excerpts) Modern Materials Handling, December 2006 (2) “The Speed Challenge” (excerpts) DC Velocity