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W&H Systems Client Southern Wine & Spirits Opens New Highly Automated Warehouse

Posted December 11, 2014 in News, Press Releases

W&H Systems Client Southern Wine & Spirits Opens New Highly Automated Warehouse

New Facility Drives Operational Efficiencies & Promotes Competitiveness

Carlstadt, NJ – December 10, 2014W&H Systems, Inc, a full-service integrator of material handling systems, announces the recent opening of Southern Wine & Spirits of California’s highly automated warehouse in Union City, CA. Developed in partnership with W&H Systems and Westfalia Technologies, the new facility houses four automated storage and retrieval (AS/RS) systems that refill pallets automatically.

Southern Wine & Spirits of California president and CEO Wayne Chaplin said: “We’re always looking for innovative solutions to leverage world-class supply chain capabilities to reduce costs, deliver optimal fulfillments and provide tailored customer service. We tore down the existing Atlantic Street structure to invest in the development of this state-of-the-art facility that will not only drive value for our trading partners, but also drive internal operational efficiencies that will allow Southern to remain competitive in this ever-changing and highly competitive wholesale environment.”

“Southern Wine & Spirits of Californi chose to work with W&H Systems because of our extensive experience in the wine and spirits distribution market,” said Paul Laman, VP of W&H Systems. “We offer a comprehensive turnkey design and solution taking into account all of the operational factors.  Our solutions include high-rate combiners and sorters, high-speed conveyors, our advanced WCS called Shiraz, AS/RS, pick modules and more. With 20 years of experience in the wine & spirits industry our solutions bring best practices and efficiencies to the distribution operations in order to improve fulfillment, throughput operations, and customer service levels.”

At 334,000 square feet and 55 feet tall, the new facility can house more than 12,000 SKUs and 1.8 million cases. Atlantic Street is the first four-high in rack pick module the company has built. The AS/RS—built in collaboration with W&H Systems and Westfalia Technologies, Inc.—stores 24,750 pallets and is equipped for deep pallet storage—up to 10 pallets deep. Four storage and retrieval machines (SRM) refill pallets automatically and each SRM can process more than 80 pallets per hour each in and out. Additionally, Atlantic Street is LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

About Southern Wine & Spirits 

Southern Wine & Spirits is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor and broker with operations in 35 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. Southern also holds operating licenses and permits in Nebraska and Texas. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits employs more than 14,000 team members. Southern urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information about Southern and its responsible consumption program, see: http://www.southernwine.com.

About W&H Systems, Inc.

W&H Systems understands that the most efficient warehouses are led by real-time information and with direct access into each function of your distribution center. We recognize that viewing your warehouse’s production from your iPad, anywhere, at any time, will save you money. Shiraz Warehouse Control System gives you visibility and control to make “on-the-minute” decisions, getting your product out the door faster and for less.

For over 50 years, W&H Systems has provided “The Total Warehouse Solution” including, design, equipment, implementation and support. The wide range of equipment used in the material handling systems includes: conveyor systems, high-speed carton and unit sortation, AS/RS, GOH systems, palletizers, paperless picking and packing systems, and specially designed equipment to coincide with our material handling system designs. W&H continues to provide innovative solutions for tomorrow’s requirements, today! Visit us at www.whsystems.com.