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Business: Brush Distribution

Nature of Work or Scope and Results

One of the premier brush manufacturers in the U.S. was operating from two individual warehouses which were both located in the midwest. The products were brushes, ranging from small tooth brush sized items to large 4 foot diameter floor sweeper brushes. The main warehouse was collocated with the company's headquarters and was completely full of raw materials, packaging materials, work-in-process, and finished goods.

The company had recently acquired another brush distributor whose products were sourced from China. They elected to close the acquired company's facilities and consolidate the new inventory with their existing inventories in their main warehouse. This necessitated the leasing of an old, almost abandoned, facility several miles away for housing the acquired materials. This resulted in an extremely inefficient situation.

SCG was engaged to help the company rationalize their inventories and relayout their main warehouse to get better space utilization. SCG analyzed their combined inventories and developed statistics and recommendations for paring slow moving inventories. SCG also developed a computer based inventory "rules" model which serves as a tool to help the company increase its inventory turns dramatically.

To size the warehouse, SCG physically inventoried the material in the two warehouses and one additional plastics production facility, sampled the cubic information for specific part numbers, and evaluated the inventory as to quantity and velocity. This information and analyses was used to develop several warehouse layout and materials handling alternatives. The selected alternative allows the company to better utilize its space and to close the outside leased storage facility.


















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