Renowned for the extensive range of products it holds in stock, William Smith has moved its materials store and despatch facility to a new 14,316sq.ft. purpose-built warehouse at Stainton Grove, close to the company’s Barnard Castle base.
With nearly 2,000 storage bays – compared to just 640 at the former site (an increase of almost 200%), and racking up to 8.5m high, the facility has the capacity to store nearly three times the boxes of materials.
Selection and picking of products for despatch is carried out using sophisticated state-of-the-art “pickers”. Orders are keyed in to an integral computer which then guides the truck to the required bays and products by means of RF sensor tracks embedded in the floor.
In addition, the warehouse features two loading bays that have been built to allow distribution vehicles to be positioned for ‘walk-in’ loading.
William Smith’s Marketing Manager, Chris Bradley comments: “The new warehouse has enabled us to further improve our operational efficiency, so that we can continue to provide our customers with an ever wider range of products whilst maintaining the fast turnaround times for which we are well-respected.”