Acme Tools announced the start of business operations at its new distribution center in Grand Forks, N.D., in support of its growing Internet sales division.
Acme Tools built the new 40,000-square-foot facility on a 9-acre site in the Grand Forks Business Park located adjacent to and west of Interstate 29. Acme Tools was the first company to purchase land in the business park.
Designed to optimize the fulfillment process, the new distribution center opened with 20 Acme Tools employees and employment is projected to double in five years. The Grand Forks Business Park location also provides for future expansion to accommodate additional growth.
“The online marketplace continues to record rapid year-over-year growth rates,” said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of corporate operations for Acme Tools. “Completion of the new distribution center centralizes our Internet sales operation and increases fulfillment efficiency, which will benefit our Web customers and retail operations who expect timely order processing and fast, on-time delivery from Acme Tools.”
The new Acme Tools Distribution Center features increased exterior surface space for trucks delivering products and loading outbound shipments, and increased interior space for inventory and staging areas providing more efficient receiving and shipping operations. A new high performance precision conveyor system, packing stations and mobile radio frequency technology maximizes product transfer and order fulfillment.
“Acme Tools continues to offer e-retailing's finest assortment of tools, equipment and accessories in the industry,” said Paul Kuhlman, vice president of merchandise operations and marketing for Acme Tools. “Acme Tools will continue to invest in e-commerce technology and mobile technologies that guarantee response time performance and maximum site availability with excellent consistency for our customers.”
Since its re-launch in 2010 as AcmeTools.com, built on IBM WebSphere Commerce, Acme Tools has set the e-commerce standard for customer service and shopping experience for online retailers of tools and equipment.
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