Dickies Workwear

Dickies Narrows the Gap in Top Warehouse Management

Dickies Narrows the Gap in Top Warehouse Management

Dickies, the World’s largest privately owned workwear company has adopted an innovative system of maximising the storage capacity and further increasing the efficiency of its UK based, 100,000 sq.ft. distribution centre in Midsomer Norton, Somerset.


Dickies VNA Warehouse

The new ‘VNA’ (Very Narrow Aisle) system which condenses the racking to accommodate greatly increased stock levels whilst speeding up both the storage process and customer order selection, allows for the racking aisles to be positioned closer together making room for others; fork lift trucks fitted with a series of magnets then follow a straight wire ‘path’ embedded into the flooring which enables them to move at maximum speed without any deviation or fear of causing damage or injury.

Commenting on the new facility, Operations Manager John Harvey said:

“The ‘VNA’ system has been installed to cope with the vast number of additional new products which we have had to produce in order to satisfy growing demand, and helps us to maintain our aim of providing top level customer service at all times. In addition we have significantly increased our staff numbers and introduced new shift patterns to match the heavier workload which, with a new night shift, means we are operating 24 hours a day for the majority of the week”.

The company supplies coveralls, work shirts and trousers, jackets, bodywarmers, foul weather protection, high visibility garments, and a comprehensive range of safety footwear, with over 2 million products distributed to 4,000 outlets throughout the UK and Ireland with others now rapidly expanding further into Europe and the Middle East.

The introduction of the new ‘VNA’ warehouse management system comes at a time when, in the midst of the worst UK and Global economic crisis for decades, Dickies has been awarded the coveted ‘D&B Rating 1’ status, having demonstrated to Dun & Bradstreet, the World’s leading source of business information and insight, that it is in a first class financial situation with the minimum risk of failure and the highest level of credit worthiness.