Case Study

VF Distribution Centre, Sint Niklaas, Belgium

 “We first heard about Box Latches™ from a Total Logistics sales representative in Europe in 2015. Because of their knowledge of the apparel industry, VF Europe had previously chosen Total Logistics, Inc. to design and oversee construction of a massive warehouse merchandise receipt, storage, repackaging, and shipping distribution system for us in Sint Niklaas, Belgium.  Since VF was building a new distribution centre (DC) in the Czech Republic, we thought the Box Latch™ could save tape, time, boxes and the environment if its use could be implemented effectively there. Anyone who knows VF and its North Face®, Wrangler®, Lee®, Timberland®, Nautica®, JanSport® and other brands, knows that sustaining and improving our environment is a high priority for our company.

 After testing the Box Latch™ Small and Medium in Czechoslovakia, VF purchased 18,500 of them. We were quickly convinced that we could apply the same principles they had used there to our facility in Belgium. After testing 1,000 of the large size, we purchased 15,000 of them. They work exceptionally well in our systems here in Belgium and we are certain this new latching device will work exceptionally well in lots of others. We are in the process of calculating the financial savings that will come with their use here and expect it will be in the 100s of thousands of Euros. It is rare to find a product that serves the environment so well while reducing cost at the same time.

We began calculating how much temporary holding power tape we could save per year if we replaced that environmentally unfriendly product with Anchored Box Latches™. We were astounded to project that we expect to save 1 million meters of tape per year. Even better, we also save the costs of gathering up this temporary, messy tape and disposing of it. Working with Box Latch has helped VF advance our “no waste,” “Go Green” mission while saving lots of money in the process.”

Jimmy De Block, Training Supervisor & Sustainability Coordinator EDC

Herman Goosens, Facility & Maintenance Manager EMEA, VF Distribution Centre, Sint Niklaas, Belgium

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