Automotive salvage specialist Charles Trent has deployed SnapFulfil’s warehouse management system (WMS) at its new £4 million distribution centre in Dorset.
It’s part of the company’s five-year growth plan, which is predicted to boost turnover to a quarter of a billion pounds. The move to replace the old labour intensive, paper picking process with a WMS, will, it says, help support a significant scale-up of its already ‘thriving’ online parts business.
Charles Trent’s new 30,000 square foot DC facility is 14 levels high and has top picking height of 13 metre, with state-of-the-art racking. Influenced by Amazon, it’s said to be only one of its kind in the country.
By the end of this month, the DC will be fully operational with capacity to store and distribute 60,000 recycled products, ranging from used components, such as engines and gearboxes, to small parts and interiors.
With SnapFulfil’s assistance to help drive accurate storage, putaway, picking and packing, the company aims to process almost double that number of parts (110,000) during 2021. Rising to 170,000 in 2022.
Matthew Groves, Charles Trent’s distribution & operations manager, said: “We used to have return issues and about 2-3 orders per day going astray within the old system, but we’re now achieving close to 100 per cent accuracy with SnapFulfil and we’re only just getting started. Full traceability like this is a real benefit in a variable business such as ours.
“The storage and distribution transition from the old warehouse and processes to the new, digitally-driven distribution centre has also been pretty seamless.”
“One of the other main reasons we chose SnapFulfil is its ability to scale with us and its flexibility to meet all of the ongoing and future demands of our business. The kitting functionality is great and can support rapid scaling of fulfilment processes, as well as multiple site facility rollouts.”
Over the next five years, by 2026, Charles Trent intends to open another five new sites, which will include both distribution and recycling centres. It also aims to increase its £29.3 million turnover to £250 million.