Here at MBS, we’re always looking for ways to more efficiently get the right books to our partners. With our 440,000 square-foot facilities already chock full of state-of-the-art technology and miles of conveyor belts, we had to look upwards for inspiration.
Recently, the company warehouse became home to a new storage system and set a milestone along the way. MBS is now home to the tallest high-bay bulk storage racks in North America. Towering at 55 feet in the middle of the structure — the tallest in the continent by 6 inches — the storage structure can hold 6,200 pallets of books. The racks are so tall, in fact, that they have to use some of the tallest fork lifts available, as well. Our laser-guided Jungheinrich fork lifts make placing and sorting pallets safer and even more efficient.
As MBS buys more large quantities of books from publishers, we needed to find a way to store them and save time that would have been spent tearing down each pallet and resorting each book. The storage racks will help us accommodate more of our shipments that come in large pallet orders. By keeping books together as they come bundled by the publisher, it will save workers in our warehouse time from having to open each crate and sort the books before they are pulled to fulfill an order.
This means a faster order response time for schools and stores around the country. It’s the latest in a long line of upgrades to make our warehouse more efficient and better serve our partner institutions.