Tuesday 1st May 2012
A marriage made in DIY heaven. Last year Stanley, renowned for its hand tool makers and Black & Decker, famed for its power tools, joined forces. We take a peek inside the UK’s logistics arm of this newly merged company, Stanley Black & Decker …
At Stanley Black & Decker’s Brackmills warehouse lorries come and go, the phones ring around the clock and around 70,000 products are dispatched every day to stores and customers all across the UK and ROI.
Brackmills Industrial Estate has been part of the company’s history for over two decades. In 1986 Black & Decker opened a distribution centre in Caswell Road and in 1999 Stanley unveiled its new warehouse on Gowerton Road. It is within this Gowerton Road warehouse that the merged company now houses its combined logistics operation.
Products come in from Europe, the Far East or the US and are stored in the 175,000 square foot warehouse before being distributed to customers all across the UK and ROI. It is a slick operation.
In general, bulk orders are delivered day 1 for day 3 and 30% of the workload is despatched for next day delivery. On average the distribution centre receives eight inbound trailers per day which are processed from dock to stock within four hours of receipt. The pickers within this manual operation can pick up to 190 lines per hour. Around 800 orders are despatched every day which can translate to an average of 7,000 lines processed per day.
Around 120 staff, a mix of warehouse operatives, truck drivers and pickers, are based on Brackmills and back office support staff.
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