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Case Study 1-08744
Pizza chain improves warehousing
and distribution efficiencies
IET created a value stream map and performed studies to identify bottlenecks and
waste in the system which in turn increased throughput.
A well known nationwide pizza chain
"We were faced with increasing warehousing and distribution requirements
with no increase in square footage. IET came up with practical, low cost
solutions to help us meet our increasing customer demands."
Decrease delivery truck loading times, increase warehousing capacity and increase
throughput through their distribution center.
A current state value stream map was created to show critical points along the receiving,
warehousing and distribution path. A timeline of a typical day was created to show when
trucks arrive, trucks are loaded, and are sent out. By creating a future state value stream
map, the time to load a truck was seen as a bottleneck. Continuous time studies were
performed to track all of the loading activities and how much time was spent. By identifying
waste in the system and changing the storage location of certain products, the time to load a
truck was decreased from 311 minutes down to 227 minutes. The storage capacity of the
warehouse was also increased by performing a usage and storage analysis, right sizing the
inventory and relocating bulk and racked storage areas.