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The Pallet Network Plans for Future Growth with Cirrus Logistics

November 15, 2012

The Pallet Network plans for future growth using CLASS simulation to test growth scenarios at its 315,000 sq. ft. site in Minworth

London, UK. 15 November 2012: The Pallet Network (TPN), one of the UK’s leading palletised freight distribution networks uses CLASS, the warehouse layout design and simulation tool from Cirrus Logistics to plan for future growth. Following TPN’s £10m investment in their Minworth site, the company wanted to understand its capacity levels as well as, when they would need to increase capacity around the site to maintain high levels of customer service.

TPN had been experiencing high volumes of growth, predicted to continue well into the future they wanted to make the investment at Minworth grow with them. Cirrus Logistics was selected to help the company understand how the operation would be impacted by increased throughput.  Using CLASS to model ‘what-if’ scenarios TPN has been able to identify possible ‘stress-points’ and how the business could remodel or tweak the site to meet demand in the future; without jeopardising service levels or having to outlay further investment that could prove unnecessary.

The purpose-built, drive-through facility currently has 24 vehicle loading and unloading bays, with the ability to handle over 230 vehicles and move in excess of 12,000 pallets in any one night. CLASS analysed TPN’s current data about the site – such as the volume of trucks offloading and loading at any one time, peak periods in the day, number of pallets per truck and pallet locations. Predicted growth figures were then tested against this data, helping to identify how the warehouse and loading area could be developed to further cope with the added pressure of a larger operation.

“Using the CLASS simulation tool from Cirrus Logistics has meant that we have been able to understand which areas of our warehouse will need further development when business increases and over what timeframe,” commented Mark Kendall, director of operations at TPN. “The results provided from the tool mean that we can better predict our facility’s needs and avoid making unnecessary investments.

Simon Shore, managing director of Cirrus Logistics summarised, “We’ve worked with TPN to ensure that their warehouse is future proofed for growth, whilst also highlighting areas which can be altered to increase productivity in its current operation. CLASS is the warehouse simulation tool of choice for customers around the world; ensuring their layout alterations and new investments will work effectively first time. TPN is no different. We will continue to work closely with the company as they continue to grow their business”