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B&H Uses Quiet Conveyor on the Retail Store Floor


B&H Photo is a leading provider of new and used imaging products including cameras, video equipment, computers and more. More than 170,000 items are available for shipment every day from B&H Photo’s Manhattan facility. Aesthetics and quiet operation were very important as the system is visible to retail store customers. B&H wanted to expand and update their current system to service both the first and second retail floors and handle increased sales volume. Retail space in New York City is very expensive so minimizing the equipment footprint was critical. B&H is located in the heart of Manhattan, so travel and lodging was expensive for the project team. Installation had to be done overnight so as not to interfere with store operations. Key Technologies used at B&H Photo: Intelligent Packaging Systems conveyor with Itoh Denki powered rollers United Sortation Solutions Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRCs) NERAK Systems Continuous Vertical Conveyor (CVC) Accu-sort Scanners Model 20 II Bastian Controls Warehouse Control System (WCS) BMH’s efforts exceeded B&H Photo’s expectations. Customers now receive their selections quickly and quietly. The Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors maximized floor space and are aesthetically pleasing for the customer. Phased cutovers from the old to new system were very successful and allowed the new system to get up and running without losing any days of sales. The throughput requirement was met – over 6000 totes per day are processed on the weekends. Click here to view the case study and webcast.

Author: Jaco Hooijer


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