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Weird Fish - Customer Case Study

GH Consulting, implement a Tailored Logistics Solution for Weirdfish

Warehouse OptimisationThe Weird Fish clothing brand was born in 1993 and has grown its core business of wholesaling their unique and quirky range to 400+ independent retail outlets, with a significant increased growth rate in the last 2 years. In addition to the independent retail outlets Weird Fish also make significant internet sales and has 5 of its own dedicated retail shops in the South West of England.

“We approached Gideon Hillman Consulting as they were highly recommended to us by another company for whom the specialist Warehouse and Logistics team carried out a similar project with excellent results” Spencer Dodington, Weird Fish Finance Director.

 Warehouse Optimisation

The continued growth of the business is driven by supply to the major high street retail chains (in addition to the existing independent retailers and growing internet business). It was identified by the Weird Fish management team that external expertise was required to develop and ensure that the warehouse and logistics resources were fully optimised to facilitate their considerable sales growth.

The company has approximately 30,000 sq ft of warehousing and offices in Cheltenham which is the National Distribution Centre for the UK and currently fulfils all the orders for the business. The warehouse operation is primarily a break bulk, replenishment and pick & pack operation to suit the order profiles of the traditional  customer base (independent retailers and internet sales). However the recent growth in sales towards major high street retailers has created the need for Weird Fish to review and reconfigure both their operational and planning processes.

 

The target for the team from Gideon Hillman Consulting was to design the optimised solution, reflecting the changing business profile, and to support implementation in December 2010 when the warehouse activity is traditionally low prior to the intake of the Spring/Summer 2011 range.

“The result was a sensible and practical solution which focused on our real needs, objectives and capabilities, and gave us a clear direction on how to continue improving  our warehouse operations in the future” Spencer Dodington, Weird Fish Finance Director.

The Warehouse and Inventory Management specialists carried out a thorough review of all physical aspects of the warehouse operations from goods received through to order despatch; as well as a detailed review of historical and projected order profiles.

 

“We undertook a  comprehensive mapping exercise of the existing pick face layouts, picking routes and operating procedures, identifying key areas for improvement, and designing practical solutions, in order to  improve order pick speed, simplify the picking operation and consequently reduce  costs. This also allowed us to generate capacity to accommodate the clients projected growth” Managing Director, Gideon Hillman Consulting.

 

The consultants worked closely with the Weird Fish Management team and warehouse teams to find pragmatic solutions to specifically suit the client’s unique requirements. The team were able to identify to Weird Fish Management the cost and efficiency benefits of the proposed solutions by clearly presenting the pick rates and the cost per item picked for the optimised solution versus the current operation.

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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 sales and operations planning, warehouse layout and material sourcing

CMI Awards Finalist 2010 SHD Logistics Awards UKWA Customer Service Award Finalist 2014 SHD Logistics Awards Finalist 2016 UKWA Winner 2016 SHD Logistics Awards Finalist 2015 ISO 9001 RegisteredLogistics Awards Finalist 2018Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2018