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Rodo Droylsden

Manchester based family firm, Rodo, is now in its ninth decade of trading. With its head office and a 100,000 sq ft pick and dispatch warehousing site in Droylsden and stock holding storage in nearby Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, Rodo supplies branded and own label products to all the major players in the UK trade, both under its own brands – including Blackrock, ProDec and own label.

Employing over 100 employees, Rodo is the largest supplier of decorating sundry products in the UK. Excellent relationships with suppliers across the globe, together with a can-do approach to business, continue to enable the company to offer its customers a large and diverse product range to help grow their businesses.

The Brief

Recently and in a move to centralise stock and keep pace with continued business growth, Rodo designed and built a new £4m hi-tech warehouse on an existing bulk storage site in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Whilst retaining additional warehousing space in the area, the new warehouse and distribution facility was planned to double current capacity, enabling receipt of up to five containers per day and allowing Rodo to expand the dispatch area of the current warehouse at its Droylsden headquarters.

According to Bill Brierley, Managing Director of Rodo, “With this new addition to our infrastructure, we are now in an even better position to enhance our customer service, respond more quickly to enquiries, and use our increased capacities to attract new customers and ultimately increase local employment.”

Working to an external height of 20m, Rodo’s logistical staff consulted with a number of forklift and pallet racking suppliers to calculate the potential capacity of the new build. Contracts for both MHE provision and a pallet racking solution were put out to tender to a number of suppliers, including Link 51. As they provided the best solution, together with a competitive quote, Link 51 secured the contract.

The Solution

Link 51 provided an integrated service which included: solution design, racking installation amounting to 280 tonnes, labelling and on-site liaison with other contractors and suppliers.

The narrow aisle racking solution provides a total of 10,662 pallet spaces, including 282 Pick & Deposit (P&D) pallet locations and configured in 13 double and two single runs at each end, rising to a height of 16m. Pallets on the double runs are stored on 11 levels, including the floor and to 10 levels on each of the single runs. The racking is serviced by 2 VNA ‘man up’ and 2 counterbalance forklifts, as well as a number of ‘man-riders’.

The facility also benefits from a paperless management system, voice activated picking and laser guiding (for man-up forklift systems and an auto-palletwrapping system).

“The solution provided by Link 51 was excellent from beginning to end. They managed the whole project and liaised with all the other contractors to ensure that the installation went as smoothly as possible. They were entirely flexible throughout and provided a highly efficient, bespoke service.”Wayne Fitzpatrick, Logistics Manager Rodo Ltd

By using Link 51, Rodo benefited from:

  • UK based in-house manufacturing capability
  • Fully managed market-leading mass storage solutions
  • Extensive knowledge and experience
  • High quality product range combining strength, durability and operational reliability
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