Visit to a major distributor

Yesterday, I spent some time with a major distributor in the Oconomowoc, WI area. This very large facility of 1.1 million sq. ft. impressed me but not for the typical reason.

See the expectation when visiting a plant this size is in the seeing of the automation running the facility. When a company is receiving 300 trucks per day and moving out 155 outbound trucks, you would expect that automation is at the highest levels.

One additional fact which would lend this thought, was the fact brought up right away that of the 167 doc doors, they use these doors for both receiving and shipping. Making things more complex, they have two different modes of storage Continue reading →