ShelterBox provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. They deliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to the specific requirements but typically contains a relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
ShelterBox currently operate from two adjacent warehouse facilities in Cornwall from where 20,000 Shelter Boxes per year are despatched to disaster zones across the world. Since the charity’s conception 10 years ago, growth has been exponential and the site layout has been struggling to meet demand. As the profile of the charity increases they plan to extend their help to reach 50,000 families per year, with 50,000 Shelter Boxes. With such ambitious plans the ShelterBox team urgently needed to optimise their facility layouts and this is where Gideon Hillman Consulting decided to donate their professional support to help them maximise the throughput of aid to disaster zones.
Phillip Beckham (pictured above) the Senior Warehouse Consultant who undertook the design work commented: “Obviously we wanted to leave ShelterBox with a layout that could meet their future needs, but we also wanted to limit any expenditure that may be required for equipment. Through innovative use of the space available we’ve managed not only to accommodate the future needs, but also to avoid capital expenditure on racking and MHE, which once again supports ShelterBox in focusing their cash into direct aid.”
The Gideon Hillman Consulting warehouse team undertook a full review of the layout, configuration and storage facilities and remapped the space to optimise the existing throughput and make the pick, pack and despatch process quicker and replenishment easier by making bulk storage more accessible.
“I believe in what ShelterBox are doing and I think we have a personal and corporate responsibility to help charities that we believe in…” commented Paul Trudgian, Project Director at Gideon Hillman Consulting. “…donating our services to ShelterBox helps them to operate more efficiently with the donations they receive and limits the percentage of those donations being spent on business support. At the end of the day, it simply means that more people will be helped”.