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Fashion Fast and Accurate with Pick To Light


Citi Trends Fashion for Less is a value priced family apparel retailer with over 200 stores in the southeast, mid-Atlantic region and Texas. Citi Trends success as a value retailer has resulted in the need for an expanded distribution network to include the new DC located in Darlington SC. Citi Trends' distribution center utilized a very manual flow through process with little on-site storage other than work-in-progress. This caused accuracy and productivity to be less than desired. The expansion and modification of the Darlington Distribution Center needed to meet Citi Trends growth goal of 800 retail stores. In addition, BMH needed to keep the current system operational while expanding and improving operations. The original Darlington DC was outfitted with a used conveyor system which was never properly installed or fully operational. BMH incorporated the following key technologies: ASAP Automation Pick-To-Light (Acculight) Blue Arc Engineering Pivoting Roller Conveyor Shelving and Lifts Hytrol Sortation: Prosort SC and Prosort 90 Mecalux and Interlake Rack Accusort Scanners BMH Controls Warehouse Control System (WCS) Manhattan Warehouse Management System (WMS) BMH reworked/configured approximately 6108 feet of existing conveyor, and installed/integrated approximately 4389 feet of used conveyor to reduce Citi Trends costs. BMH exceeded System Design Rates for both the Pack Sorter and the Shipping Sorter. As a result, Citi Trends is experiencing increased efficiency and improved ergonomics. The project was completed on-time and under budget without disrupting Citi Trends seasonal operations. To view the case study and webcast click here.

Author: Margie Schramke


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