Coca-Cola Case Study

Efficient Storage and Retrieval System Decreases Costs for Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola Warehouse, QueenslandHelping Coca-Cola Amatil Queensland relocate its Brisbane operations to a giant new Richlands plant meant examining the operation of warehousing facilities as a means to maximise an efficient materials handling process that also reduces inventory control costs, increases throughput, reduces capital costs, and improves customer service.

Spacerack's challenge for the project was to improve the movement capabilities of product whilst catering for increased load despatch and daily deliveries. After much negotiation with Coca-Cola and careful consideration of their needs in making the new warehouse the largest and most technologically advanced soft drink manufacturing operation in Australasia, Spacrack's solution included the implementation of a drive-in racking system which maximises the use of warehouse space.

In using approximately 1500 pallet locations, the drive-in system offered the best means to handle the large quantities of product lines in storage, and batch production of goods held prior to despatch. In order to provide pre-training, encourage familiarity with the new system, and to make sure the drive-in racking system met all of Coca-Cola's needs, Spacerack installed a sample rack at the old Fortitude Valley depot. This assisted in educating the staff about the most efficient methods of utilising the system, confirming to management that the storage solution was the right one before Coca-Cola had gone to any expense.