Southern Glazer¡¯s Wine & Spirits (SGWS) is a family owned and operated supplier and distributor of alcoholic beverages. Starting from a small bottling operation in Texas in 1909, the company has expanded to a team of over 20,000 employees, distributing more than 150 million cases of wine and spirits annually across 44 U.S. markets, the District of Columbia, Canada and the Caribbean. The company continues to grow, expanding its Lakeland, FL distribution center from 800,000 square feet to 1.2 million square feet to meet growing customer demand.
SGWS is always looking for new technologies that provide a competitive edge. With the expansion of the Lakeland, FL facility and the addition of new lift trucks to its fleet, the company seized the opportunity to address some specific goals. First, SGWS wanted to automate the completion of pre-shift inspections as much as possible, eliminating the paperwork associated with the company¡¯s prior manual system. With the increase in the number of lift trucks and operators, the company also wanted to implement an operator training and certification system to replace its manual tracking system. A third goal was to develop a better system for managing the fleet and understanding how each forklift is utilized.