Warehouse tour: The Source

by Array

BARRIE, Ontario—The Materials Handling and Management Society (MHMS) of Ontario is offering an opportunity for an up-close look at The Source’s DC operations.

The organization has arranged a tour of the electronics retailer’s Barrie warehouse on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. The tour will be preceded by a dinner and networking event at a nearby restaurant.

For those interested in the facility, here’s what the MHMS has to say about The Source and its operations:

With (over 700) locations primarily in malls and plazas, stores have a small foot print, on average 1,500 sqf. To keep compulsory in stock inventory levels, stores receive multiple shipments per week consisting of mainly split case orders. The Source also provides a choice of online direct-to-customer or direct-to-store processing and deliveries across Canada from the Barrie DC.

In 2002, the DC was completely refitted with a fully integrated system: WMS, conveyor, automated picking, pick-to-light and shipping diverts. This was required to meet growing business needs and to provide efficient processing in a primarily split case environment. The system is designed to provide continuous motion, reducing the requirement for temporary storage on conveyor lines. In August of 2012, a new e-commerce fulfillment area was created within the DC.

Barrie Distribution Centre specs:

  • 368,000sqf
  • Knapp Logistics Automation (conveyor, A-frame, LMS, sort divert system, WCS)
  • Infor (formally Exceed) WMS
  • RF by symbol
  • Bulk storage areas
  • Rack storage areas
  • ATS Retail Solutions provide 90 percent of outbound freight services.

The Source  Online Fulfillment specs:

  • Knapp Logistics Automation—14 put to light work stations
  • Conveyor by Wecon Systems
  • Canada Post (direct-to-home service)
  • ATS Retail Solutions (direct-to-store service)

For further details or to book a space, please contact the MHMS.