NBC increases picking speed with HI280 shelving

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NBC increases picking speed with HI280 shelving

When PostNord Denmark took over Nordic Book Centre (NBC) in Haslev they started an optimisation project with the aim of obtaining more capacity and increasing pick rates within the warehouse.

Annually PostNord Denmark handles approx 10 million books on behalf of NBC. While NBC services publishers, book retailers, direct end users, including book club members, schools, and public institutions.

It was quickly recognised that the solution needed to address how to optimally store fast and slow moving titles. Storing multiple titles on a supply rack meant pickers spent a long time searching for the correct title. This resulted in a back log of picking orders especially during peak times. PostNord were keen to find a solution and so approached Constructor. 

Constructor therefore installed standard HI280 shelving, complete with fixed, marked picking locations to an area known as the "pigeon-hole" which only contained books on pending orders.  Every other aisle was used for picking, while the alernate aisles were used for replenishing, to prevent bottle necks from ooccuring. The shelving were equipped with a safety barrier in order to prevent possible damage from collisions. This new storage solution enables approx. 2,000 books to be picked from this stock daily.

Today as the goods arrive into the warehouse, each pallet is now labelled with a bar code which is immediately scanned and registered into the WMS. From here the pallet is taken by truck to the mini load storage system where a crane places the pallet in its location.

In addition to the mini load system the warehouse includes two designated areas for fast moving titles that have been sold within the last 7 to 10 days, as well as the “pigeon-hole” area that only contains books on pending orders. 18 employees now comfortably shift between picking, storing and packing.

The pickers start by fetching a picking box from the conveyor system and then they receive directions through the Voice Picking system that takes them from one picking location to another. This process is further optimised by the pickers using finger scanners when confirming a pick instead of having to speak.