Columbus Vegetable Oils processes and packages more than 100 different shortening and oils within its 30,658-square-metre (330,000-square-foot) warehouse in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Unexpected growth significantly strained the warehouse’s capacity and threatened to negatively impact warehouse flow. At that time, the facility did not contain any racking. Product was stacked on pallets, which were placed directly on the floor. A business increased, more pallets were added, which in turn took up more space and increased placement and retrieval times. As space disappeared, it came more difficult to manually rotate product, which slightly increased the risk of oil spoilage.