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Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Recognized with Modern Materials Handling Magazine Productivity Achiever Award

Friday, April 6, 2018

- For exceptional operational improvements in warehousing and distribution management –

MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer’s”)—the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company—today announced that it has been recognized by Modern Materials Handling magazine as the winning Productivity Achiever in the Warehousing and Distribution category. Southern Glazer’s was selected for the award following a review by Modern’s editorial team and a panel of highly-respected industry experts. Finalists in the Warehousing/Distribution categories are recognized for their ability to provide outstanding customer service, quickly respond to changing business conditions, deliver orders that meet customer requirements, and improve operations.

Southern Glazer’s was selected for the multi-year investment made to reinvigorate its 475,000-square-foot distribution center in Syosset, N.Y. to meet growing customer demand in the New York Metro market. Investments included:

  • Upgrading the conveyor and sortation system with new conveyor and a new warehouse execution and control system (WES and WCS) while retaining the existing sortation system. Southern Glazer’s also added spiral conveyors to optimize delivery of cases from a mezzanine-level accumulation area to the truck-loading area.
  • Installing a new bottle pick room—a two-level, voice-directed, split-case picking operation based on a design and best practices used by other Southern Glazer’s locations.
  • Implementing a new warehouse management system (WMS), a case-handling shuttle system with capacity for 25,000 cases and a case dispensing system. The shuttle aggregates the storage of slow-moving and low-volume SKUs and returns while the case dispenser handles the fastest-moving SKUs

“As a result of these improvements, we’ve increased the life span of the facility, improved customer service, and we can meet customer service demands in a more efficient manner,” commented Bobby Burg, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Southern Glazer’s. “We are proud to be recognized for this work, which reinforces our position as the industry leader in beverage alcohol distribution.”

Following the completion of this upgrade, Southern Glazer’s also recently announced the opening of its upgraded Port Elizabeth, NJ facility. The NJ facility was originally a storage center for the Company, and has been repurposed and updated to augment existing distribution operations in Syosset, New York.

A link to the full story in Modern Materials Handling can be found here:

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at


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