EAGLE DISTRIBUTING OF SHREVEPORT
Eagle Distributing of Shreveport is a quality focused Anheuser-Busch family owned distributor, and like many companies in the beverage industry, they were faced with the challenge of spending over $5,000,000 on expansion to support increased demand.
Knowing today’s modern facilities need to process increasingly complex tasks while providing flexibility for future needs, Darrell Dunham of Cirrus Tech approached Eagle Distributing of Shreveport with the idea and design of a High Volume Storage and Replenishing System that would provide them with significantly more space (over 50% more) in the warehouse and allow them to automatically replenish product as well. The CEO of Eagle Distributing of Shreveport, Brad Nichols, and his management team evaluated Mr. Dunham’s design and decided to implement the Cirrus Tech Crane System to maximize the efficiencies of the system, provide more space to the warehouse, and forgo a costly expansion.
With 83% of the beer now stored in The Cirrus Tech Crane System (“The Crane”), the company still needed a solution to increase picking accuracy to the remaining medium to slower moving SKUs on the warehouse floor. These items actually accounted for a majority of the total SKU count on the warehouse floor. Cirrus Tech Directed Picking software provided the perfect solution, enabling Eagle Distributing of Shreveport to become a much safer and more efficient work environment.
As an addition to their existing facility, The Cirrus Tech Crane System has enabled Eagle Distributing of Shreveport to maximize storage space, lower operating costs (reduced energy, labor and product damage costs), as well as increased inventory accuracy.
With The Cirrus Tech Crane System Eagle Distributing of Shreveport:
- Stores the top 54 SKUs, or 80% of the highest volume products within the pallet storage system
- Now stores over 3,200 pallets — an increase of 1,400 more pallets in the same space
- More effectively manages the slow moving SKUs
- Manage productivity and picking accuracy by having a 99.7% or higher pick accuracy
With the gravity-feed conveyor of the Cirrus Tech Crane System, it's just first in, first out...So it just eliminates all of the touching for about 70% of your product.
In terms of receiving, I don't have to carry a pallet 100 feet, 200 feet. It's just 20 feet away to getting input into our Cirrus Tech Crane System and I can input between three and four trailers at a time.
With Cirrus Tech we will receive product and put it in a rack location - it's in the system with one touch. The next time we touch it is for order building, and so we plan to take a minimum of four touches out of the process. That's where the efficiency is.
By choosing “The Crane” ASRS System from Cirrus Tech, we will gain efficiencies through our entire warehouse; how we receive, rotate and shuffle back stock, cycle count and replenish pick locations. The real surprise will be the efficiencies gained on the load building side. Cirrus Tech’s “Crane” and voice solutions will help us in all areas of the warehouse.
The Cirrus Tech Crane System provided our company an opportunity to consolidate an entire warehouse (Norfolk, NE) into the existing warehouse here in Fremont, NE. It will incorporate 5 years of growth while providing less than a 5 year ROI with the efficiencies of the system.
My picking with the Cirrus Tech Directed Picking solution is at least 3 times faster and more accurate than when our employees picked orders manually using a sheet of paper.
The Cirrus Tech Crane System not only saved us from doing a costly expansion, it also helped us organize our warehouse in a manner that put efficiencies in places that we would have never realized by building a new warehouse.
A major advantage of the Cirrus WMS is being able to know where all of the SKU’s are at any given time. This is especially helpful during crunch times when that rarely requested item would otherwise have to be hunted down in the warehouse. Now, the system instantaneously tells us where to find it.