With the impending opening of a new, 296,000 square foot distribution center, Navistar needed to address the initial slotting of 40,000 SKUs, while taking into consideration plans to be able to potentially increase capacity to 51,000 SKUs without major changes to storage locations. The new distribution center was set to be an Uptime Parts Facility, which necessitated for the facility to be ready to serve at start-up. Noting this requirement, each of the 40,000 items needed a primary pick location upon arrival. With nearly 40 different rack types and a SKU mix including large, unique-shaped items like engines, hoods and air foils, down to smaller items like spark plugs, O-rings and washers, many of which had none or poor dimensions and were being addressed via an ongoing Cubiscan project, Navistar had a challenging initiative to implement.
This case study illustrates how Navistar used OptiSlot DC™ (OptiSlot), Optricity’s advanced slotting optimization and profiling software, to support its Uptime initiative, achieving substantial efficiency increases.