Safelite Opens Distribution Center in Airdrie,
May 11, 2011
The Safelite Grouphas opened a new distribution center in Airdrie,
Canada, and sent out its first shipment of auto glass from the facility
in March 2011. The facility will serve the western half of Canada
and the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
Company officials say the new distribution center is approximately
100,000 square feet and carries about 90,000 units of inventory
covering roughly 9,000 SKUs. The Airdrie distribution center also
is the first facility at which the company has implemented parent
company Belron's global warehouse management system, designed to
automate inventory control and operational functions within the
facility. The system will subsequently be rolled out to all the
U.S. and Canadian distribution center and warehouses in the next
year, according to Safelite.
According to the company, the latest Canadian facility came as
part of both Safelite and sister company Belron Canada's three-year
effort to invest in new distribution center and warehouses, which
has included the opening of a new western facility in Ontario, Calif.,
in June 2009; an East Coast distribution center in Braselton, Ga.,
in August 2010; and a new location in Montreal, Canada, to serve
the Eastern half of Canada.
In addition, Safelite officials say they have relocated, expanded
or added 31 new warehouses (bringing the total count up to 87) within
"The focus on expanding our supply chain allows us to more
quickly and efficiently get the right vehicle glass parts to the
right place at the right time so that our customers don't have to
wait for service," says Dino Lanno, Safelite's senior vice
president of supply chain and manufacturing. "I congratulate
all of our team members - from those that researched and assessed
our supply chain capabilities to those involved in the site selection
and construction to the distribution center and warehouse staff
who get the job done every day."
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