Coleman Distribution recap

In April we toured the (fairly) new Coleman distribution center in Gardner, KS. We had 7 members and 2 non-members participate on the tour.

The 1 million sq ft facility opened in October 2009 and is the first tenant in the new Midwest Commerce Center near the New Century Airport. The facility runs 24/7 for picking and shipping operations, with a standard 8/5 shift for receiving. On the receiving dock they primarily build the merchandise to stacking frames which are then stretch wrapped, scanned into inventory and set aside for putaway. Tickets are run at the end of each day and merchandise is picked and delivered to the shipping lanes, where loads are built per customer preference. Some customers use a center-point model where the merchandise is delivered in bulk to a few DC’s and then they distribute further within their network, while others prefer direct to store distribution. They also offer a few value added services of some of the product, such as specialized packaging or repricing. They also do all the walmart.com order fulfillment for their products.

Thanks again to the Coleman team for providing the tour!

Please let us know if you have a particular facility you would like to tour. Email us: kansascityiie-at-gmail-dot-com.

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April Tour – Coleman Distribution

Coleman logoJoin us as we tour Coleman’s distribution facility in Gardner. The Coleman Company was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Wichita, KS with operations around the world. The company opened its distribution facility in Gardner, KS in October 2009. It currently employs around 200 full‐time employees and will staff an additional 200 contingent workers during peak season. The facility is a 24/7 operation. Some interesting facts about the Coleman Distribution facility:

  • 1.1 million square feet
  • 25 acres under roof (20 football fields)
  • 3,000 truckloads of concrete on the interior
  • 3,000 truckloads of concrete on the exterior
  • 100 dock doors and trailer parking for 300
  • The building is accumulating LEED points and working towards becoming LEED certified
  • For energy efficiency, all lighting is operated by motion sensors and the roof is specially painted to reflect light.

Where: 17150 Mercury St, Gardner KS (off I-35 and US-56)
When: Wednesday, April 25th at 3pm
RSVP: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SZ6B6L7
Cost: Free for IIE Members; $15 for non-Members

Sneak peek at May event: Volunteering at Harvesters, Tuesday, May 8th, 5-7pm. More info soon!