Flowstore Logos and Flowstore increase order picking & live storage efficiency for Argos with Duraflow

flow rack • live storage • pallet racking • storage equipment • pick face • lean manufacturing

Storage Handling
Argos Warehouse

“I was most impressed by the quality and the
speed in which this versatile flowrack system
can be fitted.
A shelf consisting of 5-7 tracks hooked over
existing rack beams can be installed in less
than 10 minutes.”
Argos Facilities Manager, Roy Siggery

Stock Movement
Installing DuraFlow
Stock Movement
DuraFlow Indexer

Argos improve order picking efficiency by 10% with Duraflow

When Roy Siggery, Argos Facilities Manager, saw a demonstration of Flowstore’s DuraFlow modular multi-wheel roller track sections, he instantly recognised that DuraFlow had the potential to give a flexible solution to their storage requirements.

The subsequent changes at Argos have improved order picking
efficiency by up to 10%, increased warehouse capacity, allowed for better inventory of stock and some 1,600 pick locations.

With sales of over £5.5 billion and over 17,000 lines on offer Argos has accomplished outstanding growth from their 670 stores and internet orders.

Roy commented, “In comparing live store products, DuraFlow was the only modular unit fitted with wide wheels, providing a densely packed dynamic bed for ultimate handling flexibility, as virtually all carton variations can be accommodated without the need for track and guide re-configuration; so inventory change can be easily managed. In trial, Duraflow was most compatible in meeting our flexible storage needs and even at very low gradients, products ran smoothly and true from loading to pick face.”

Eliminate wasted space
Our multi-wheel DuraFlow system enables basically any box width to be accommodated without loss of space, unlike regular conveyor tracks, which limit carton widths and give rise to wasted shelf space.

Ease and speed of installation from pre-assembled units gives our clients amazing flexibility, and the frustrations associated with reconfiguring lane widths becomes a thing of the past!”

Picking efficiency
Argos objective at their Lutterworth warehouse was to maximise floor space and pick locations. Having used live storage in the past, Argos was familiar with the concept of “first-in, first-out” (FIFO) picking techniques and the way in which stock lines can be condensed into shorter pick routes, therefore speeding up picking and concentrating areas of operation. This obviously met their project criteria, providing both space saving and handling efficiencies, as well as improving supervision of pick activities.

Speed of installation
Roy further noted  “The DuraFlow multi-wheel track sections come ready assembled and couldn’t be quicker to install. Re-position a beam at the loading face to create the required gradient and then simply hook the track section onto existing pallet rack beams. With over 260 shelf levels it only took Flowstore 2 days with 3 installers to fit the entire system!

System flexibility for Argos is important, as seasonal fluctuations in product sales may require flowrack bays to be converted back to pallet pick locations as volumes dictate higher or low stock levels. The DuraFlow system provides this facility, unhook and remove the track section and reposition the pallet beam - it’s as simple as that!

Product Factfile
Duraflow is a modular system of pre-assembled, multi-wheel roller track sections in widths of 305mm and 405mm. A typical shelf level 2.7m wide x 2m deep can easily carry1300kg –1600kg of product, without any intermediate beams for support.
Flowstore sales engineers can advise correct sizes for fitting to existing pallet racking, or we can supply a complete system with rack framework and the DuraFlow tracks.

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