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Award winning camping gear manufacturer Big Agnes, headquartered in Steamboat Springs, CO set up a new DC in Salt Lake City, Utah to consolidate several smaller warehouses and improve overall efficiency.  Key elements in achieving their goals were an advanced Inventory Management system, and a J1-192 Joey.  Big Agnes was able to maximize their storage footprint and cube utilization while increasing DC throughput to keep pace with continued growth.  “We’ll fill 300 orders totaling over 1,000 items per day.  The flexibility and size of the Joey allowed us to have narrower aisles and fit more into our space.  Right now, the most valuable thing to us is that space,” said Howard Peterson, DC Manager. 

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Ortho Development located in Draper, Utah is a medical implant manufacturer with rapidly growing domestic and international distribution.  While overseeing a facilities expansion, Inventory and Production Manager Matt Hines looked into purchasing additional JLG MSVs to pick orders in their warehouse.  When his local distributor recommended the J1 Joey as a superior alternative, Matt agreed to an inhouse demo.  After just one day in the Ortho Development facility, Hines ordered two J1 Joeys and had a PO issued in 24 hours.  The Joeys were so successful that he ordered a third J1-192 just one month later.  He plans to buy...

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Johnstone Supply Dania Beach Branch, owned by The Ware Group, LLC (Headquarters in Jacksonville, FL) is part of 25 Johnstone locations across Florida and South Carolina.  Johnstone Supply specializes in commercial and residential HVAC / R parts, and the Ware Group is their largest ownership group.  Since purchasing the Dania Beach location three years ago, The Ware Group has invested in new technologies to increase its profitability and safety. Incorporating the J1 Joey into the picking operation has allowed Dania Beach to fill more orders faster while maintaining their nearly three year long streak of accident free days.  J1 Joeys are now are being used in Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Lakes, Boca Raton, and most of other locations.

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PDQ / ERP located in St Charles, IL is one of the Nation’s largest suppliers of appliance parts, processing over 3,000 picks to fill more than 400 orders per day. Operations Manager Oscar Davila found that they had reached the performance limit in terms of working height and weight with their fleet of Crown WAVs.  Searching for more capabilities, he visited Big Joe at Promat, and found the J1 Joey.  After arranging a demo with his local dealer, PDQ / ERP purchased two J1 Joeys.  Subsequent purchases have brought their fleet up to six J1 Joeys and two J2 Joeys with plans to expand to a total of ten J1s, as the WAVs are phased out completely.  Find out more by reading the Case Study here.  Check out the brochure for the J1 Joey here.

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Krones, Inc., located in Franklin, Wisconsin is the US headquarters for the world’s leading manufacturer of bottle handling and packaging equipment.  Sustained growth had led to an overstocked warehouse, using unsafe rolling ladders to access stock resulting in general inefficiency and creating the potential for serious employee injury.  Krones incorporated the J1 Joey, along with repositioned and condensed aisles to increase their inventory storage without construction, and eliminate a serious risk to employee safety. “What made the Joey the right decision for us is we were able condense the warehouse, double our storage capacity, increase our productivity, all at the same time making it safer for employees. It’s an all-around win-win for us,” said Jim Brantner, Head of Warehouse. 

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