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Price & Buckland Case Study

The Supply Chain Consulting Group Optimises Warehouse For Price & Buckland

Founded in 1959, today Price & Buckland, remain as the same family run company, with the same dedicated ethos and passion. Price & Buckland want pupils to look good and feel great, ready to learn and eager to embrace all of the opportunities that school gives them.

Price & Buckland Ltd (P&B) is a privately-owned school wear supplier based in Hucknall, with a turnover in excess of £8 million per year, delivering school-specific uniforms directly to 2,000 primary and secondary schools, and directly to parents. Each year, P&B supplies 1 million garments from a comprehensive range of approximately 44,000 SKUs.

P&B focus on providing their customers with exactly what they want; offering a full bespoke design service to help ease the process of creating and producing a new school uniform. From the beginning concept ideas, right through to the finished garments, P&B guides and advises upon design, fabric options, colours and styles; whether it be for a complete uniform overhaul, or the need to integrate a matching sportswear kit.

P&B’s Managed Stock Handling service is a great way to manage school wear; from working with the customer to production, and storage of the uniform, to tailored delivery to the customer for when the school wear is needed. P&B offer a range of delivery solutions to their customers from direct to the school, and direct to parents via their school-specific online store, through to a customer’s chosen retailer; providing delivery within 5 working days, even during peak periods.

The P&B manufacturing facility located in India manufactures 30 to 40% of the garments. The company is based on two adjacent sites which comprise of a 25,000 sq. ft. building housing offices, warehousing and the finishing/processing areas and a 17,500 sq. ft. building used solely for warehousing activities.

There are three main types of stock held and processed through the warehouses as follows: general stock items from the P&B range; customer dedicated stock items from the P&B range held and despatched on a ‘call off’ basis referred to by P&B as Managed Stock Holding (MSH); bought in items for customer-specific orders.

P&B wanted to implement a fully functioning WMS system with full barcode reading capabilities, to improve the speed and efficiency of goods receipt, put-away, replenishment and picking procedures. Requiring specialist expertise, P&B engaged The Supply Chain Consulting Group (SCCG) to review their warehouse, develop a WMS requirement specification and suggest a suitable WMS provider.

SCCG conducted an on-site review, to determine WMS operational requirements and identify opportunities to optimise warehouse processes. The SCCG team of Specialist Supply Chain & Logistics Consultants recommended physical or process improvements, following which they supported the implementation of an effective WMS system.

The team identified potential WMS providers for P&B, and budget costs, against their WMS requirement specification. SCCG successfully optimised the layouts and workflows within the current P&B facility against their five and ten-year planning horizons, increased the efficiencies of the warehouse and finishing operations whilst establishing the full operational requirement specification for a suitable WMS system. As a result of working with SCCG, P&B are prepared for future business growth.