Westfalia Technologies helps Heaven Hill enhance warehouse efficiency

  • September 06, 2018
  • Westfalia Technologies, Inc.
  • Case Study
Westfalia Technologies helps Heaven Hill enhance warehouse efficiency
Westfalia Technologies helps Heaven Hill enhance warehouse efficiency

September 6, 2018 – Westfalia Technologies, a provider of logistics solutions for manufacturers and distributors since 1992, announced that Heaven Hill Brands (Heaven Hill) has installed the company’s warehouse automation technology at its Bardstown, Kentucky, facility. The high-density automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) with integrated layer pick system and Savanna.NET Warehouse Execution System (WES) enabled Heaven Hill to increase storage capacity by 40 percent and ship products 400 percent faster than before.

Founded in 1935, Heaven Hill is an independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world's second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. With significant growth in acquisitions, Heaven Hill soon found its warehouse operating at full capacity with limited expansion options. In addition, the company’s current manual processes hindered efficiency as the company grew. Heaven Hill turned to Westfalia for a solution that would meet its throughput requirements, improve shipping efficiencies, increase warehouse storage capacity and scale as the company expanded its facility.

The combination of the AS/RS and layer pick system allows Heaven Hill to convey pallets from palletizing to storage and to truck-staging lanes, thereby streamlining the entire order fulfillment process. Westfalia’s WES, Savanna.NET, directs all activities in the warehouse and provides real-time inventory visibility and tracking.

Cindy Mouser, director of supply chain and bottling operations, Heaven Hill, said, “Our ability to significantly cut down our dock time and truck turnaround time is a big step in moving towards being the shipper of choice. At Heaven Hill we expect future growth for both our company and our brands and Westfalia’s Savanna.NET really gives us the systems and leverage to be able to accommodate that growth.”

Westfalia’s AS/RS works to maximize storage capacity within Heaven Hill’s existing site with a rack structure that covers three aisles with more than 27,000 pallet rack positions and is serviced by four tandem-pallet storage retrieval machines (S/RMs). The system features storage blocks of multiple storage lane depths, including two outside storage blocks that can hold six pallets deep and middle storage blocks that hold up to 10 pallets. This gives Heaven Hill the flexibility to configure the middle storage blocks with varying lane depths, based upon inventory levels of each SKU.

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