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Automated Storage Solutions for Automotive Parts Departments

Automated Storage Solutions for Automotive Parts Departments

Modula’s automated vertical storage solutions are doing more than just saving valuable floor space for automotive parts departments.

Automotive dealerships that have implemented automated vertical storage systems within their parts departments have significantly heightened their storage capacity. On average, saving about 90% of valuable floor space compared to traditional static storage methods. In addition, they’ve also gained increased control of their inventory, improved picking accuracy, and significantly reduced the time required to pick parts for customers and service. As dealerships look to preserve revenue in the face of the pandemic, parts departments are a key factor and need to run as efficiently as possible.

Before and After Modula System
On average, automotive dealers save 90% floor space with just one vertical lift module


Why do you need to ensure your Fixed Operations Department is operating at maximum efficiency?

In an automotive dealership, the Fixed Operations Departments (Service, Parts, and Body Shop) are central to the profitable operation of the dealership. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), 49.6% of the dealership’s gross profits come from the service and parts department. Having an efficient and well-organized Fixed Operations Department means a healthy dealership.

Key benefits of implementing automated storage solutions in an automotive parts department

1. Saving space to increase profitability

Thanks to automated vertical storage systems, automotive dealerships can typically gain 85% to 90% more storage capacity compared to traditional static storage methods.

A 20ft. tall vertical lift module in 140 square feet of floor space can store the same amount of parts inventory that would require approximately 1,500 to 2,000 sq. feet of static shelving within a Parts Department. As a result, implementing an automated storage solution can even eliminate outside containers or off-site storage locations. With more space available, dealerships can also add additional service bays and increase their revenue.

Modula vs Static Shelving

2. Better inventory, better picking accuracy, and increased order fulfillment

Automated vertical storage systems contribute to strategic goals by helping operators work more productively. Vertical lift modules automatically deliver parts to the picker at an ergonomically correct height rather than having the picker go and locate the parts within long aisles of shelving and cabinets. Therefore, the walking time for parts retrieval is reduced by up to 70% while the productivity is dramatically increased.

Better inventory, better picking accuracy and increased order fulfillment
Better inventory, better picking accuracy and increased order fulfillment

3. Keep your valuable automotive parts secured

Another contributing factor to improved inventory accuracy with automated vertical storage systems is that parts are “out of sight”. They are no longer visible on unprotected open shelving or in bins. As an additional security safeguard, user access passwords restrict access to certain storage locations within automated storage systems.

The advantage of the Dealer Management System (DMS) integration

These automated vertical storage systems feature a color touch screen controller that interfaces with most Dealer Management Systems (DMS). This allows orders to be automatically sent directly from the DMS to the storage unit. Personnel is no longer required to manually enter order information from parts invoices. This results in a decrease in staffing for the Parts Department. Current data exchange partners utilizing the Automotive Package include CDK Global, Reynolds & Reynolds, Dealertrack Technologies, and Karmak.

Dealer Management System

Contact Us for More Automotive Storage Info

These automotive storage benefits lead to more service department jobs, higher profitability, and more satisfied customers. Learn how we can improve your automotive space and improve your safety and ergonomics. Contact us online today or call us at 1-800-696-3453.

How a Vertical Lift Module Could Help Your Warehouse Operations

How a Vertical Lift Module Could Help Your Warehouse Operations

As new warehouse space becomes more expensive, you may find yourself looking for ways to maximize your current storage space. You might be thinking the only way to alleviate this problem is to build out, but instead, build up and utilize your vertical space! A vertical lift module (VLM) is a great solution for utilizing your warehouse’s vertical space and is also excellent way to improve your warehouse operations.

What is a Vertical Lift Module (VLM) and How Does it Work? 

Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) are, in basic terms, a vertical warehouse. These are highly automated picking and storage devices that maximize unused vertical height in new or existing facilities. The implementation of a VLM results in recovered floor space, improved ergonomics, productivity gains, and increased accuracy.

Improving Your Warehouse Ops with a VLM

Take a look around your warehouse. As our partners at Modula put it, your operation could benefit from the use of a VLM if…

You’re considering moving or building a new warehouse.

A warehouse move is costly and time consuming. Often, we can eliminate the need for a move by using vertical lifts that occupy previously unused storage space. Remember; don’t build out, build up!

You utilize a lot of drawer cabinets or shelving.

While static cabinets and shelving can be useful, they don’t allow for the most efficient use of space. With a vertical warehouse, the footprint of cabinets or shelving units can be condensed and is much more efficient for your workers, since the inventory is delivered to them in the automated VLM trays.

You have a large gap between the top of your storage shelving and ceilings.

If you have a 30 foot building but your shelving is only 6 feet tall, you’re not utilizing your vertical space as efficiently as you could!

You are picking small parts.

If your inventory consists of mostly smaller parts, utilizing a VLM can boost your productivity since parts are presented to the user in a VLM tray to pick from rather than scrounging through shelves and drawers. We also offer VLM tray partitions to even better manage small parts and their SKUs.

You are experiencing a lot of mispicks/errors in picking.

With traditional warehouse storage, human errors are unavoidable. With laser pointers, alphanumeric LED bars, put-to-light systems, and similar aids guiding operators to units and quantities to retrieve, automated storage and retrieval systems like these completely mitigate mispicks.

Your inventory needs to be secured.

A vertical warehouse system provides a safe storage space for high value inventory and parts. Your SKUs can easily be kept track of using the VLM inventory management software, and the VLM can limit access to authorized users only.

You’re walking a long distance to pick orders.

Walking to each pick location is time consuming and draining for your staff. Presenting parts to the user in one consolidated pick window leads to a faster, less fatiguing picking process.

Contact Us for More Warehouse Improvement Info

Learn how we can improve your warehouse space & gain a better ROI. Contact us online today or call us at 1-800-696-3453.