The Coca-Cola Enterprises distribution hub in Northampton can now store and load under a temporary industrial canopy and loading bay. This innovation has greatly improved the capacity and efficiency of the operation.

Coca-Cola European Partners is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCEP GB makes, distributes and sells more than four billion bottles and cans every year, with 97% of these products being made in the UK. Their distribution centre in Northampton can store over 24,000 pallets and is primarily used for storing goods manufactured at their Milton Keynes factory.

The site is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, receiving inbound loads from their factories and dispatching outbound loads to wholesalers and retail outlets.

Approximately 160 vehicle movements are coordinated every day, which can flex up to over 200 during busy high-demand periods. It’s estimated that an incredible one million pallets pass through the facility every year.

When it comes to beverage distribution at this scale, every part of the process must be constantly scrutinised to ensure the best solutions and practices are adopted.

So, when Coca Cola’s facility management contacted Aganto regarding possible improvements to their loading area, Sales Manager John Hutchinson recommended installation of a temporary loading bay 20m wide x 40m long x 6.2m at the eaves, with a part-clad canopy. This flexible solution linked to the existing warehouse and enabled drivers to offload/load much more efficiently.

The space was transformed into useable storage that provided weatherproof access for the fleet of fork lift trucks, keeping warehousing activities efficient and safe.


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