Introducing… Markham Vale, the brand new logistics centre of the bilstein group in the UK
In the heart of the Midlands in the UK, the Markham Vale facility is a state of the art centre with semi-automated warehousing that will unite all UK distribution into one central location, increasing the company’s logistics capabilities and overall efficiency, to ensure better customer service. It will also be the first time that bilstein group brands febi and Blue Print are housed under the same roof in the United Kingdom.
Construction at the site began in April 2016, with every step meticulously planned to ensure it could fulfil the needs of both employees and customers, to grow the brands. And now the doors are officially open.
Blue Print parts have been moved in first. This started at the end of 2017, with more and more stock moving throughout Q1. A large portion of the Blue Print stock has now been moved from the site in Kent to Markham Vale. At the same time as the stock transfer, the first Blue Print parts orders have been received and distributed from the new site. This is the first time Blue Print has been located away from its original home in Marden, which will continue to serve the brand in office based roles once distribution has been fully moved.
In the second half of 2018, febi stock will be moved to the new site. Once everything is moved in, both brands can be ordered and delivered together, allowing for a smoother service.
The semi-automated picking system, known as Witron, has been undergoing months of testing to ensure the system works smoothly: 250,000 totes (including half-totes) must be loaded into the racking, and over 1,000 metres of conveyor belt must be checked for any inconsistencies. All this machinery must also be able to talk to the SAP system used by the company, adding another level to the testing phase to ensure the systems are communicating smoothly.
The next few months promise to be an exciting time for Ferdinand Bilstein UK Ltd who look forward to better serving the aftermarket from the new premises.