Success Stories

VF Corporation

VF Corporation is a leader in branded lifestyle apparel and footwear including jeanswear, outdoor products, image apparel, sportswear and contemporary apparel brands. Sedlak has built a long-standing relationship with VF that includes over 25 strategic and facility planning efforts across multiple business units since 1993. The following outlines one of our more recent engagements.

Project Objectives/Challenges

When VF Jeanswear's distribution center in Hackleburg, Alabama was destroyed in a tornado, the company made a decision to rebuild in the same location. With initial plans in hand, VF turned to Sedlak as its material handling systems partner for the rebuild.

VF sought a flexible, easily scalable design that would accommodate future growth and other soft goods beyond jeans.

All equipment and process upgrades based on industry best practices.

What Sedlak Did

Project included a review of the material handling and storage concept plans. Sedlak conducted a design charrette to quickly develop design requirements and evaluate applicable concepts.

Sedlak developed detailed design and functional specifications documentation, and provided bid management and evaluation to select qualified bidders.

Selected concepts included ergonomic fluid unloading, upgraded conveyor system, high speed shipping sortation, and improved processes to maximize picking efficiency and productivity for kitting, value-added services, quality control, and carton sealing.

Sedlak also developed the building modifications for equipment interfaces, and managed equipment procurement and implementation, testing, training and go-live.

Results

Project was successfully complete on time and within budget.

Storage capacity supports 24M unit sales with growth to support 36M unit sales.

Expanded conveyor system can handle 50M units annually.

New warehouse management system and WCS interface provides greater visibility, accuracy, and throughput.

Facility is LEED certified.

As the largest employer in Hackleburg, the additional growth capacity of the facility enabled VF to continue to support the local economy and community.

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