Boston Industrial’s recent groundbreaking with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker showcased the effort, thought, design and implementation of an efficient, automated, ‘Green’ system for Subaru of New England’s Parts Depot. Quoted by their owner as a ‘true company asset’, the system allowed proper capacity to be met on a small site footprint.
The process began with an evaluation of early manual distribution operations in order to develop a more efficient design for their new Norwood, MA Parts Depot facility. Subaru’s expanding business required a more ‘Lean’ approach to parts receiving, picking and shipping. The evaluation and recommendations encompassed new equipment, process and systems, including a new Warehouse Management System and Inventory Management functionality. BI used internal, customer unique tools to determine the proper equipment to handle a wide variety of uniquely sized products that lead to an accurate understanding of square footage requirements.
The system design required a high-level of automation to facilitate the volume demands of the business, while providing a flexible design for future operations. BI developed an ROI model that allowed Subaru to fit into a smaller footprint by using taller, narrow aisle technology, coupled with automation of pick and pack operations. BI also created a customized slotting model for the AS/RS and Vertical Lift Module technology that was implemented at Subaru.
Since the start of the construction, BI worked closely with Subaru of New England through the procurement and implementation of warehouse equipment, software and picking technologies. BI helped guide the transition from the existing facility to the new facility. Subaru of New England’s transition was successful due to an organized layout and location system, resulting in a dramatic increase in order turnaround time.
The new facility has allowed Subaru of New England to continue to serve its new and existing customers in a more accurate and efficient manner.