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Wirtz Beverage, a Chicago-based distributor of wines and spirits, recently built a futuristic distribution center on the site of an abandoned horseracing track just outside the city. The company combined three separate facilities into one brand new, 555,500-square-foot distribution center that features high speed conveyors and sortation systems, voice-directed picking and futuristic management systems that automates nearly every step of the unloading, sorting and reloading process. The custom-built facility stands 42-feet high and has 22,470 pallet positions. Its automated storage and retrieval system replenishes 780 separate SKUs and has the capacity to store 1.3 million cases of wine and spirits in just 110,000 square feet of space. Read more HERE.


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