Leading security, fire protection and heating controls supplier, ESP has been experiencing strong sales growth across all of its product ranges – CCTV, access control, fire protection, emergency lighting and the Sangamo heating and timer controls. As the company continues to expand, this has led to the investment in the warehouse facility to accommodate the growing demand for its products and the introduction of new product ranges.
The racking has been totally redesigned and expanded to provide valuable additional space. It has allowed for a 66% increase in the number of bulk pallet locations and an 88% increase in the number of picking locations. As part of the redesign, the racking has been turned to run lengthways and by reducing the aisle widths from 3m to 2m this has allowed an extra two runs of racking to be installed. With a reduction in the space between the aisles, ESP has invested in a new forklift, moving from the original reach forklift version to a Bendi forklift that is capable of operating within the narrower aisles.
The addition of the Fort Smart Security range of products at the end of last year has vastly increased the stock levels that the business is holding. The need to expand the provision of space therefore became a priority. ESP has now future proofed the warehouse facility with the creation of more space to store new products for picking and more pallet spaces for deliveries. The ability to spread the stock out across pick locations will also increase the speed of the picking process
Whilst the redesign of the racking system was under way, ESP took the opportunity to upgrade the lighting in the warehouse, with new Inceptor Hion Highbay fittings supplied by Scolmore Group company, Ovia, as well as products from ESP’s Duceri emergency lighting range, installed. Microwave Sensor versions of the Inceptor Hion Highbays were chosen for their energy saving properties, with the built-in sensor activating lights only in areas that are occupied.
Comments Neil Baldwin, managing director: “As the business continues to experience strong sales growth, we continue to develop and expand our product range, and it is important that we invest in the operational facilities to ensure that we have the capacity to manage stock levels and maximise the efficiency of the picking process. This latest investment to increase our warehouse capacity and its functionality has set us up to meet further demand as the company continues to prosper.”