RedPrairie has announced that Blick Art Materials, a large retailer of art supplies in the USA, has managed its rapid growth across all its sales channels and increased inventory accuracy to 99% with the help of RedPrairie’s WMS and Workforce Management solutions.
Headquartered in Illinois, Blick Art Materials has over 30 company owned and operated stores in addition to its thriving catalogue, online, and commercial channels. Blick Art Materials operates one distribution centre, with two facilities, out of Galesburg, Illinois.
The number of SKUs that Blick Art Materials manages has grown from 40,000 to over 60,000 over the last three years. With RedPrairie, Blick Art Materials has increased productivity while reduced picking errors by over 35%, allowing the company to lower its return rate from around 3% to fewer than 2%.
“Our company has experienced double digit growth for several years and we needed warehouse and workforce management solutions that were going to grow with us and help us manage our diverse product group,” said John Polillo, Executive Vice President of Operations for Blick Art Materials.
“Whether a small tube of paint or a large roll of art paper, every order has to be perfect for our customers every time. With RedPrairie’s retail supply chain expertise, we not only have near-perfect inventory accuracy, but have improved our picking strategies and distribution centre efficiency.”
“For almost 100 years, Blick Art Materials has successfully supplied the artist community,” said Mike Mayoras, CEO of RedPrairie. “We’re proud that our solutions have helped this rapidly growing retailer resolve some of their toughest distribution challenges.”