Heaven Hill Brands Improves Warehouse Efficiencies with Westfalia Technologies
Westfalia Technologies, Inc. (Westfalia), a leading provider of logistics solutions for manufacturers and distributors since 1992, announces that Heaven Hill Brands (Heaven Hill) has installed the company’s warehouse automation technology at its Bardstown, Kentucky, facility. The high-density automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) with integrated layer pick system and Savanna.NETE™ Warehouse Execution System (WES) enabled Heaven Hill to increase storage capacity by 40 percent and ship products 400 percent faster than before.
Founded in 1935, Heaven Hill is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. With significant growth in acquisitions, Heaven Hill soon found its warehouse operating at full capacity with limited expansion options. In addition, the company’s current manual processes hindered efficiency as the company grew. Heaven Hill turned to Westfalia for a solution that would meet its throughput requirements, improve shipping efficiencies, increase warehouse storage capacity and scale as the company expanded its facility.
The combination of the AS/RS and layer pick system allows Heaven Hill to seamlessly convey pallets from palletizing to storage and to truck-staging lanes, thereby streamlining the entire order fulfillment process. Westfalia’s WES, Savanna.NETE™, directs all activities in the warehouse and provides real-time inventory visibility and tracking.
Cindy Mouser, director of supply chain and bottling operations, Heaven Hill, said, “Our ability to significantly cut down our dock time and truck turnaround time is a big step in moving towards being the shipper of choice. At Heaven Hill we expect future growth for both our company and our brands and Westfalia’s Savanna.NETE™ really gives us the systems and leverage to be able to accommodate that growth.”
Westfalia’s high-density AS/RS maximizes storage capacity within Heaven Hill’s existing site with a rack structure that covers three aisles with more than 27,000 pallet rack positions and is serviced by four tandem-pallet storage retrieval machines (S/RMs). The system features storage blocks of multiple storage lane depths, including two outside storage blocks that can hold six pallets deep and middle storage blocks that hold up to 10 pallets. This gives Heaven Hill the flexibility to configure the middle storage blocks with varying lane depths, based upon inventory levels of each SKU.
Dan Labell, president, Westfalia Technologies, said, “A key benefit of a high-density AS/RS is its unique ability to improve space utilization in an existing facility without the need for a costly expansion or off-site storage. This is especially appealing to the wine and spirits industry, as many producers and distributors, like Heaven Hill, are operating at maximum capacity, while handling a growing number of SKUs. Westfalia’s AS/RS, integrated with our Savanna.NETE™ WES, will provide Heaven Hill with additional operational efficiencies, cost savings and a competitive advantage.”
About Heaven Hill Brands
Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Brands (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams Bourbon; Larceny, Elijah Craig and Henry McKenna Bourbons; Rittenhouse Rye Whisky; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; HPNOTIQ Liqueur; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila and Carolan’s Irish Cream Liqueur.
About Westfalia Technologies, Inc.
Westfalia Technologies, Inc. is a leader in providing logistics solutions for plants, warehouses and distribution centers. Its expertise in combining software (WES) development with automated equipment manufacturing reveals Westfalia’s ability to deliver turnkey solutions to meet each client’s specific needs with unsurpassed quality and control. To learn more about Westfalia’s products, including Conveyors, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) and Savanna.NETE™ Warehouse Execution Systems, please visit www.WestfaliaUSA.com.