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“take the travel away” and allow for the most
throughput in the smallest footprint. An 85,000
square foot mezzanine helps facilitate the facility’s footprint optimization efforts. On the main
floor, a large throughway dubbed “The Spine”
segregates conveyable products from non-con-veyable ones, keeping congestion to a minimum
by designating space for each type of work.
Automation for the Future
This design to “take the travel away” makes
perfect sense for many of the traditional DC
operations. According to Favaro, non-value-add-ed work where employees were walking five or
six miles per day and pushing heavy carts could
really take a lot out of warehouse employees.
But Grainger Minooka is also very focused on
not automating every process, especially when
a human eye for detail can improve quality and
accuracy. For example, says Favaro, “We try not
to remove some of the knowledge element of
the work that we do. Being able to say ‘this item
doesn’t belong here even though the slotting
tool said it should go here — I don’t think that
manual part will ever be automated. That’s
where the value of the tenure of your employees comes in.”
The red and white Grainger boxes are 100 percent recyclable.