Columbus Vegetable Oils processes and packages more than 100 different shortening and oils within its 330,000-square-foot warehouse in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Business accelerated shortly after the company moves to its current location, which strained the warehouse's capacity and threatened to negatively impact warehouse flow. Product rotation is critical, and the company found it difficult to find space to rotate and store over 5,000 different SKU’s. The company has 18 docks and ships 30-40 truckloads of product a day. Product was stacked on pallets and placed directly on the floor. Operators were already struggling to maneuver around pallets. Space around the loading docks was limited, which inhibited the company from properly staging products for easy transition onto waiting trucks.