A longspan shelving installation designed and installed by Leicester based, LB Foster Materials Handling, has increased the storage capacity of the distribution facility of Perry Ellis Europe by more than 25%.
Famous for its portfolio of men’s apparel brands including Farah Classic, Farah Vintage and Original Penguin, Perry Ellis Europe is located in Witham, Essex. The facilities at Witham include a 56,000 sq ft distribution centre which was originally completely fitted out as a garment hanging facility.
Tom Cole is the distribution manager for the company, he comments, "Changing our distribution centre from a hanging to a boxed facility has been a gradual transition. It began with switching our incoming product from hanging to boxed 10 months ago which helped to make the conversion a smooth process. Last year we changed our mezzanine floor to carton storage and recently the entire ground floor has been altered to flat pack too.
"LB Foster Materials Handling was our chosen partner for the new longspan shelving system which now comprises over 80% of our total storage – some of our original shelving remains on the mezzanine. We initially had three quotes for the mezzanine contract and LB Foster was selected on the grounds that their quote met the brief exactly and was competitively priced.
"It made sense therefore, when we decided to convert the ground floor, to go straight back to LB Foster. We had already developed a strong working relationship.
with them as they had given us such good service on the initial contract. As a result we trusted that they would complete this much bigger project to the level required for such a major expansion of our shelving."
He continues, "Working with LB Foster has been straightforward. Everything they have done for us has been finished either ahead or on schedule.
"The longspan shelving system they have installed maximises the available space in our facility and we can now store 820,000 units. This is an increase of more than 25% on our previous capacity which brings down our overall operating costs."
Perry Ellis Europe Limited is the European division of Perry Ellis International, a leading designer, distributor and licensor of apparel and accessories for men and women.