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Southern Wine and Spirits First Privatized Spirits Distributor in Washington State


Indianapolis, IN -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/21/2015 -- Southern Wine & Spirits of America is the largest wine and spirits distributor in the United States with operations in 35 states. Southern Wine & Spirits turned to Bastian Solutions for their newest distribution center in Puyallup, WA to improve picking operations and throughput. SW&S wanted to be the first privatized spirits distributor in Washington State, provide next-day delivery to customers throughout Washington, and double system capacity to include distilled spirits in addition to wine. This all required improved system throughput and accuracy without additional labor costs. Bastian Solutions provided the fully integrated solution and installed the system in 4 months using Human Machine Interface, voice-directed picking in split case pick module, carton flow rack, trash conveyor line, scan stations, zero pressure accumulation conveyor, Hytrol ProSort 400 shoe sorter with electronic switches, and accumulating vertical spirals from Bastian Automation Engineering.

The Puyallup, WA location now ships 30,000 cartons each night and the single facility services the entire state of Washington while providing next-day delivery. The state-run facility for spirits operated with about 900 employees. SWS is distributing wine plus the amount of spirits distributed by the state facility with about 300 people.

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Bastian Solutions (, a global material handling systems integrator and expert in e-commerce fulfillment automation is an innovator in the fields of material handling automation, goods-to-person systems, wearable AR technology, supply chain software, and robotics. Bastian Solutions recently announced the acquisition of Forte Engineering. The merge creates a turnkey software suite for beverage distributors and strengthens the companies' overall product offerings and customer support.

Bastian Solutions is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, with an additional 16 domestic offices and 7 international offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Uniquely positioned, Bastian Solutions offers customers complete and innovative turnkey material handling systems, from design and simulation, all the way through installation and operations. Modern Materials Handling named Bastian Solutions 2015 Top 20 Systems Suppliers Worldwide.

Bastian Solutions provides integrated material handling systems reducing the total cost of order fulfillment and delivery cycle times for its customers; tremendous productivity gains and a quick return on investment are ensured. Automating supply chain logistics with harmony between material flow, information flow, and operational processes, yields a unique and important competitive advantage.

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