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Customer Case Study – Price & Buckland

GH Consulting conducts Warehouse Optimisation for Price & Buckland

 GH Consulting conducts Warehouse Optimisation for Price & BucklandFounded in 1959, today Price and Buckland, remain as the same family run company, with the same dedicated ethos and passion. Price & Buckland want pupils to look good and feel great, ready to learn and eager to embrace all of the opportunities that school gives them.

Price & Buckland Ltd (PB) are a privately-owned school wear supplier based in Hucknall, with a turnover in excess of £8 million per year, delivering school specific uniforms directly to 2,000 primary and secondary schools, and directly to parents.Each year, PB supply 1 million garments from a comprehensive range of approximately 44,000 skus.

 

PB are all about providing their customers with exactly what they want; offering a full bespoke design service to help ease the process of creating and producing a new school uniform. From the beginning concept ideas, right through to the finished garments, Price & Buckland guide and advise upon design, fabric options, colours and styles; whether it be for a complete uniform overhaul, or the need to integrate a matching sportswear kit.

 

Price and Buckland’s Managed Stock Handling service is a great way to manage school-wear; from working with the customer to production, storage of the uniform, to tailored delivery to the customer for when the school-wear is needed. PB offer a range of delivery solutions to their customers from direct to the school, and direct to parents via their school-specific online store, through to a customer’s chosen retailer; providing delivery within 5 working days, even during peak periods.

 

Warehouse Optimisation

The PB manufacturing facility located in India manufactures 30 to 40% of the garments. The company is based on two adjacent sites which comprise of a 25,000 sq.ft. building housing offices, warehousing and the finishing / processing areas and a 17,500 sq.ft. building used solely for warehousing activities.

 

There are three main types of stock held and processed through the warehouses as follows: general stock items from the PB range; customer dedicated stock items from the PB range held and despatched on a ‘call off’ basis referred to by PB as Managed Stock Holding (MSH); bought in items for customer specific orders.

 

On speaking with the warehouse and operations managers it was evident to the Specilaist Logistics and Warehouse Consultants at Gideon Hillman Consulting (GH), that Price & Buckland were keen to move to a fully functioning WMS system with full barcode reading capabilities, to improve the speed and efficiency of goods receipt, put-away, replenishment and picking procedures. 

 

Discussion and feedback between the PB management team and the GH Consulting team, after the tour of the warehouse concurred it was desirable to provide PB with a WMS operational requirement specification against optimised physical warehouse operations, reviewing the total warehouse operation accordingly. PB and GH agreed that in principle any physical or process improvements identified could be implemented, with the implementation of a WMS system to follow.

 

Working with PB on this project, Gideon Hillman Consulting successfully optimised the layouts and workflows within the current PB facility against their five and ten-year planning horizons, increased the efficiencies of the warehouse and finishing operations whilst establishing the full operational requirement specification for a suitable WMS system; and identified potential WMS system providers for PB, and budget costs, against their WMS requirement specification.

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Gideon Hillman Consulting is a trading name of The Supply Chain Consulting Group Ltd is registered in England and Wales.
Company Registration No: 09751027. Registered office at Highdown House, 11 Highdown Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XT. UK
A supply chain and logistics specialist with knowledge of logistics and distribution, tender management and inventory optimisation

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