Waitrose has taken on CLASS, the warehouse simulation tool from Cirrus Logistics, to support its distribution network growth.
Waitrose anticipates increasing and improving operations across its DCs, as well as potential new facility in Leyland, Lancashire.
The grocer focussed initial research on its fresh operation and how to incorporate picking for mixed branch formats, where convenience and service station orders were being picked with traditional and larger branches.
Waitrose used CLASS to simulate multiple activities including inbound arrivals, receiving, order picking, temperature controlled environments and loading to see how changes to pick techniques and to timing of the activities could positively impact the business as it grows.
The simulation showed that its current layout could be altered in order to save considerable travel time per picking journey, greatly improving productivity.
We’re very impressed with the results that we’re already seeing and the benefits experienced at this early stage of having CLASS within the Waitrose business,” remarked Ian Robbins, distribution network, analysis and budgetary control manager at Waitrose.