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Material Handling Case Study- Mudhole Custom Tackle - Ecommerce Retailer

Company Desciption

Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc. is the world’s largest supplier of tackle crafting goods – rod building, fly tying and lure building.

Situation

As a leading e-retailer and mail order supplier, Mud Hole maintains more than 45,000 SKU’s representing $15 Million of inventory.  Their facility uses a mix of storage rack, shelving and custom storage units.  Additionally, they use powered and gravity conveyor to conduct packing operations.  The company has experienced significant growth and maintains its position as the world’s largest supplier of tackle crafting goods. 

Assessment

Due to significant growth, a new distribution center was designed to service e-commerce customers across the United States.  The goal of the new  DC facility was to increase their capacity to handle the volume of customer orders in order to provide the level of service required for continued customer growth. Additionally, a parallel goal was to automate the picking, case routing, packing, sorting and shipping operation to better serve their e-commerce customers. 

Solution

Mudhole Case Study

TriFactor was commissioned to perform an in-depth material handling design study to determine the appropriate material handling requirements to include the most efficient conveyor system and sortation system needs for the requirements of e-commerce operations.  Upon completion of the analysis, TriFactor and Mud Hole created a comprehensive design for a material handling system containing a detailed concept, operational description, budget guidance and a comprehensive implementation schedule.  As a result, Mud Hole leadership and associates had the essential information required to plan for the new distribution center. Once the project budget was approved, TriFactor was selected to implement the project.  From initial commissioning to beneficial use took approximately 4 months, reflecting the detailed planning and collaboration between TriFactor and Mud Hole Custom Tackle teams.  The material handling system provided by TriFactor included a 24V motorized driven roller system, dynamic zone accumulation and carton and tote sortation.  The system is designed to accommodate future growth in picking, packing and shipping operations. 

Result

The project was completed on budget and schedule.  The go live date established was achieved and the system has passed acceptance testing with minimal issues. 

ROI

2 - 4 Years

System Summary

Customer:

Mudhole Custom Tackle

 

TriFactor Provided:

-Detailed Design Engineering

-Equipment Selection and Procurement

-Mechanical and Electrical Installation

-Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

-Control Systems Programming

-Operator Training

 

 Size: 200,000 Square Feet

 

Facility Type:

Distribution Center

 

Products Handled:

Totes & Cases Direct to Ecommerce

 

Markets Served:

Fishing Products Stores

Individual Fishing Enthusiasts

 

Products Utilized:

-Conveyors Sortation

-Conveyors

-Sortation

-Accumulation

-Gates

-Gravity Spur Lines

-Accumulation Gates Gravity Spur Lines