Tour of The Oriental Trading Company
State-of-the-Art Distribution Center
September 18, 2014
La Vista, Nebraska
This state-of-the-art facility underwent a massive automated warehouse renovation, which included adding voice picking technology, sortation and conveyor systems, a warehouse control system, and 250,000 square foot fulfillment area featuring a three-level mezzanine.
Members of the Distribution Roundtable and interested parties will learn how this highly automated facility increased productivity to better mange more than 30,000 SKUs and handle on a daily basis over 400,000 items to meet customer service level agreements.
September 18, 2014 -Orientation about OTC facility in Wabash Meeting Room (at the Hilton), followed by a guided tour of the Oriental Trading Company.
9:00-9:30am - Overview of the Oriental Trading Company operation
Hear firsthand from the systems integrator on how the project was executed.
10:30-11:00am - Mobile Worker Technology Supplement Automation
Get the latest information about improving your production using mobile technology.
11:00-11:30am - High Speed Unit Sortation
Can a sorter be fast, gentle and efficient? Yes it can! Learn how OTC achieved this.
11:30-12:15pm - Lunch
12:30-2:30pm - Tour of Oriental Trading Company
On September 17th, we will be hosting a welcome dinner and networking at the Horse Shoe Casino.
4501 Abbott Drive
OMAHA, NE 68110-2689
Key Details of The Oriental Trading Company Distribution Center
The 750,000 square foot warehouse located in LaVista, NB outside of Omaha replaced a smaller facility, which was maxed out due to company growth and new product additions. Previously, OTC used a paper-driven, pick-to-cart fulfillment process, which required pickers to walk up to 10 miles/day. With automation, OTC has increased productivity by 45 percent, reduced picking errors by 60 percent, and improved accuracy to 99.9 percent.
Key benefits OTC received from the automation project that will be showcased during the tour include:
- Fulfillment capabilities to manage 50,000 SKUs, including out-of-season stock frequently ordered by consumers through OTC's website
- Voice-picking technology
- Sophisticated double-density tilt tray sorter and conveyor system that feeds 600 packout stations
- Secondary sortation system that delivers packages to trucks
- Warehouse Control System that optimizes picking and packing waves and more
- Improved pick density in picking processes to minimize travel distances and pick times
- Unique explode and assemble picking methodology for order fulfillment
About The Distribution Roundtable
The Distribution Roundtable is a LinkedIn Group for Warehouse and Distribution Center professionals. We focus on key industry trends and issues in the Retail, CPG, Distribution, Manufacturing, Wine & Spirits, Food & Beverage industries.
Our discussions focus on warehousing and DC management best practices, material handling automation, material handling processes, omni-channel fulfillment, picking & packing technology, and much more. Connect with us by visiting us on LinkedIn in Groups at Distribution Roundtable.