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Racking & Shelving solution for beauty products firm, Liz Earle

Case studies

June 2008

By Malcolm Jeary
Chairman, Founder - Southampton, Hampshire

Hampshire based Spaceway have worked with Liz Earle for many years so..

When it came to choosing a company with innovative designs, fast response times and attention to detail for its new distribution centre at its new headquarters in Ryde, Isle of Wight, Liz Earle Beauty Co, manufacturers and distributors of the fast expanding Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare products, turned to Spaceway.

Spaceway designed a  102 square metre picking and production area  within the main distribution centre to provide the maximum number of pallet locations possible.A total of 200 pallet locations have been fitted into the confined area.

These comprise of 85 static single depth locations, 100 pallet locations over the picking tunnel and 15 picking pallets feeding into the picking tunnel which has 80 carton live pick faces.  The configuration has been designed in order that a standard reach truck can be utilised and to guarantee first-in first-out stock rotation of this date sensitive product.

When it came to designing the picking and production area, Spaceway recommended that a specialist carton live solution would provide Liz Earle with a shorter picking route, taking up less space and aiding stock rotation.

Liz Earle Beauty Co’s existing picking system comprised of single box depth with multiple locations for the same product which resulted in long picking aisles making it difficult to rotate stock.  The new system incorporates BITO carton live shelving for 140 of the fast moving product lines each four cartons deep.  The system is contained within a picking aisle of just 12 metres long with 560 carton worth of stock immediately available.

Products Used

  • High bay pallet racking
  • Carton live racking
  • Shelving containers
  • Work stations
  • BITO pallet live picking tunnel
  • Work benches

Clients Comments

“We had worked with Spaceway on other projects and knew that they had the design and technical ability to provide us with a complete turnkey operation”, said Simon Hastain, Fulfilment Manager at Liz Earle.  “Spaceway worked with us on this project for over 12 months to ensure that when we took possession of the building it could provide us with a fast turnaround which enabled us to continue to fulfil and distribute our own products and to deliver an exceptional service to our customers”.