Flowstore Logos and Lexon improve order picking efficiency with LS2 | Flowstore Systems EU

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Flowstore Systems was recently awarded a contract to design and install a storage and order picking system for leading pharmaceutical distributor - Lexon (UK) at their 80,000 square foot warehouse in Redditch.

With an £80 million plus turnover, Lexon is one of the fastest growing UK businesses supplying major retail and wholesale groups, drug stores and pharmacy groups with rapid order to delivery schedules. They specialise in the distribution of parallel imports, generics, dressings, surgicals, prescription medicines, fragrances and OTC products throughout  the UK.

Lexon’s registered trade customers are able to view special offers and place orders onto a sophisticated electronic order entry system by free phone, fax or email.  Lexon processes over 6,000 line items a day  and look to same day or next day delivery.

Working closely with Lexon - MD Anup Sodha and with reference data supplied to analyse product flow, Flowstore undertook a site survey and prepared initial system layout proposals to meet the key criteria of versatility, efficiency within an agreed overall budget. 

In analysing product flow and determining storage locations, Flowstore in conjunction with Lexon divided stock into fast, medium and slow moving items. Further considerations had to be given to accommodating other items for storage, such as bulk products and the security of prescription items in store .

Flowstore MD Simon Dennis commented, “Lexon had a very clear picture of the data and type of operation they wanted, and in close co-operation with Anup and his team this enabled us to fully meet their objectives.”

Flowstore worked closely with Lexon to provide an integrated storage and handling system, utilising customer data to  plan product  location into a practical working layout that offers  maximum efficiency with in the shortest pick route.

With over 20 years experience in live storage systems and ergonomic picking techniques, Flowstore proposed the use of a pick to trolley system as being the most cost effective, highly efficient means of fulfilling the customers requirements.

Flowstore designed and installed bays of LS2 carton live storage units and ET2 Ergo-Tilt shelving to provide for sequential and optimum efficiency of order picking of  fast and medium throughput products.  Flowstore LS2 provides for compact, dynamic cubic storage, enabling stock  to be continuously fed into the rear of the racking units, without disruption on the order picking face. It also automatically ensures correct stock rotation on a ‘first-in-first-out’ basis to an industry where a batch control system is of particular importance.

Ergo-tilt shelving offered increased storage capacity within an ultra-slim racking profile  and presented containers at an ergonomically efficient picking angle. For bulk or slow moving items, Flowstore installed pallet racks and standard shelving for storage of reserve stocks. 

Lexon MD Anup Sodha reported, “ Flowstore Systems worked very closely with Lexon to identify with our immediate requirements and provided us with a cost effective, flexible system that could be easily evolved to meet future expectations and demands. Their approach to business demonstrated integrity and instilled us with confidence to place the contract.

Lexon are very pleased with the Flowstore system which has increased efficiencies in terms of accuracy and numbers of orders picked, and has provided for a high level of discipline in operations. The system has optimised on space available, provided for accurate first-in first-out stock rotation which is important with date sensitive products, plus simplified inventory of stock. The project was installed on time and with in budget.

Since the equipment was first installed, Lexon have placed further orders with Flowstore to install additional product lines and extended the system further.”


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