Volante is a market-leading independent flooring distributor based in Chessington serving London and the South East. Following significant growth in business levels, they needed to move to a larger warehouse and office building.

Express Logistics Ltd (Harrow)

Background & Brief

Volante talked to several suppliers of forklift trucks and several racking suppliers but chose to partner with Locators. Locators specialise in integrated materials handling and storage systems from a single supplier.

By getting to know and understand the operation and all the products being stored and supplied; Locators was able to achieve Volante’s key criteria and deliver the most cost-effective end result in terms of the equipment supplied and, most importantly, the building size needed.

Express Logistics Ltd (Harrow)

The 2 key criteria for the move were:

1. Increase stock levels by more than 100% so they can continue to meet their next day delivery promise on over 6000 lines.

2. With industrial space being an expensive commodity in West London, the second most important factor was to minimise the size of the warehouse they needed to move into.

The factors that made both tasks a challenge were:

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Unusual product sizes including Vinyl floor rolls to be stored and handled in the racking

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Dense and heavy products

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The need to pick all products in the aisles

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Fast-moving stock rotation

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Carpet roll storage

Express Logistics Ltd (Harrow)

Solution

“By working with Locators we had a team with us in every meeting that covered the whole materials handling and storage project. That meant swift progress and peace of mind. We could achieve more when we met and also have Locators guarantee of compatibility on the job. Locators provided temporary equipment, training and full installation of the storage systems. We would recommend Locators to any company looking to improve their storage density.”

David Evans

Managing Director, Volante