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Inside Bmw’s New DC With North American Narrow Aisle Racking

In the August 2018 issue of Inside Logistics, BMW Group Canada opened its new Regional Parts Distribution Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, this April, and Inside Logistics was invited in for a tour during the grand opening celebrations in June. The new facility is 280,000 square feet, 50 percent bigger than the company’s old RDC located in the Whitby, Ontario, area. After 12 years, operations had outgrown capacity there, necessitating a move to a larger building.

The building sports a “nuclear-proof” 10-inch-thick concrete floor and is equipped with racking from North American Steel in a narrow-aisle configuration. The roof is 36 feet clear and the rack standard throughout the building is 28 feet, with extenders up to 30 feet on the aisle ends for safety. According to the facility’s manager, Ian Sant, there’s also a 60,000-square-foot mezzanine for small parts, with 60,000 bins locations over three levels. Almost 77 percent of the DC’s volume of 2,000 parts per day is picked from the mezzanine.

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