Consolidating two warehouse spaces into one meant a chance for Pacific Coast Warehouse Company to gain efficiency and improve control over product and equipment. But it also meant a different warehouse design and putting a new fleet of lift trucks to work in racking that is significantly higher than in the existing locations.

Raymond Handling Solutions, with headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., helped the company devise a material handling system using deep-reach lift trucks to place loads of product on 26-foot-high racks. The change enabled Pacific Coast Warehouse to replace multiple facilities totaling 625,000 square feet with a single 412,000-square-foot warehouse in Ontario, Calif., with double-deep racking and more than 45,000 pallet positions.

“Our objective was to improve productivity and to be able to store the same number of pallets and get the same revenue in a smaller footprint, because we can cube the warehouse higher,” says Dave Boras, chief financial officer of Pacific Coast Warehouse.