A £250,000 overhaul of the storage system at one of the UK’s leading providers of workplace supplies has increased capacity, improved pick accuracy rates and boosted productivity by up to 25% in the first months of operation.
Lyreco, which serves customers across the UK via next-day delivery from its 50,000m2 warehouse in Telford, Shropshire, can now hold three times as many product lines within the equivalent footprint, thanks to its new vertical storage system. The automated system involves three towering Kardex XP500 machines, reaching up to 12m in height, allowing storage in vertical space that was not previously utilised. It features 300 trays, measuring 2850 x 864mm, which can cope with loads of up to 360kg that are picked and delivered directly to the operator at an ergonomic height and dramatically reducing walking distances.
The major investment in capacity supports Lyreco’s core vision to be a complete workplace solution for its customers. Richard Taylor, manager of the national distribution centre, said: “We were looking for a solution that would let us increase our capacity whilst allowing us to maintain the very high service levels we already offer to our customers. We are very proud of our picking accuracy rates and ability to deliver ‘on time, in full’ and this investment allows us to hold more product lines without compromise. Efficiency has been improved, and the reduction in walking distances and delivery of the product to the operator at waist height has improved the working environment for our employees.”
Taylor added that the new equipment also offers more opportunities for Lyreco to enhance its offer by expanding its range of workplace supplies and its ‘hold and ship’ bespoke lines for specific customers. “Procurement specialists are now looking for a more complete logistical solution,” he said. “We recognise this from the high street names and brands we already support across a range of sectors including retail, construction and public. They want to order their office stationary at the same time as PPE, hygiene products or even product lines bespoke to their business. Increasing the available storage space using a vertical storage system means we have more capacity to expand our ranges and carry more product lines, enabling our customers to order anything and everything they need in one single transaction. We believe that this investment demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement here at Lyreco with the needs of the customer at the heart of what we do.”
Photo Shows: The vertical storage solution at Lyreco that has increased productivity and efficiency.