Rapidly expanding brands for less retailer TK Maxx have added to their fleet of logistics handling solutions to cater for growth. The company has chosen Wanzl to provide vital equipment giving long lasting service in preference to existing suppliers.
The roll cages form a key component of TK Maxx's logistics operations, being used for dynamic order picking as well as for store delivery cages transported from each of the four distribution centres around the UK.
With the existing roll cages in TK Maxx's supply chain fully employed, the company needed a 24% increase in numbers but had stringent requirements. “We needed equipment that allowed full nesting to save space when not loaded, yet remain light and manoeuvrable,” comments Mike Corbridge, inventory and planning manager at TK Maxx.
At the same time, one of the critical considerations was the ability of the solution to last the pace. “We chose Wanzl because they are robust and we are looking forward to a long life span with little maintenance,” adds Mike Corbridge.
One of the uses of the roll cages is for product picking in the warehouse operations at TK Maxx. Empty cages are provided at the goods loading area, where products required for delivery are unpacked and checked before being loaded into empty roll cages.
These loaded cages are then taken to the picking area, where further cages are laid out in store order. The number of items for each store are transferred to the relevant cages as the picking operative moves along the pick faces. Once store cages are complete, they can be loaded onto waiting transport.
They are then used for deliveries to the 197 high street and out of town stores before returning to distribution centres for immediate use once again. Mike Corbridge; “we have tightened procedures so we get the cages back from the stores quickly. We need every one especially at peak season.”
The standard roll cages have two fixed and two swivel castors, an integral intervening shelf to allow even and safe loading whilst utilising the maximum capacity per cage. The door is hinged for safety and can be firmly locked for security.
With such demand for vital equipment, it was important for TK Maxx to find a reliable supplier as well as long lasting products. “We were really impressed with Wanzl's response,” states Mike Corbridge. “Their service is excellent and they delivered on time.”
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