Mouser breaks ground on new expansion of global distribution centre

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Mouser Electronics is greatly expanding its large global headquarters and distribution centre as it looks to meet the changing needs of its business well into the next decade.

The company recently broke ground on a 416,000-square-foot, three-story building that will expand its distribution centre, located south of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

“With a larger warehouse space and continuing investment into automation and staffing, Mouser is preparing for the future while ensuring the highest levels of customer service today,” said Pete Shopp, Mouser Electronics’ Senior Vice President of Business Operations. “The tools and systems we’ve put in place offer another way we can help shorten our customers’ time to market.”

Upon completion of the new construction, Mouser’s 78-acre global headquarters and distribution centre will consist of almost 1.5 million square feet to accommodate Mouser's inventory of 1 million unique SKUs for products and technologies from over 1,200 electronic component manufacturers. The new building will feature a triple-mezzanine floorplan, advanced automation, and a skybridge connector to the existing distribution centre building.

According to Mouser, the new addition will see the deployment of some of the most advanced receiving, order pulling, and shipping departments in e-commerce.

In spring 2022, Mouser completed installation of 120 vertical lift modules (VLMs), the largest VLM installation in the world. VLMs are essentially giant vertical filing cabinets, complete with shelves and an automated extractor to bring the components to the employee’s workstation. This increases efficiency and floor space and can reduce an employee’s walking time by over 45 per cent.

In addition to the massive VLM installation, Mouser’s distribution centre also features multiple Ultipack and I-Pack machines – an automated system for sealing and labelling shipments that can process up to 14 orders per minute - as well as an OPEX Perfect Pick system for consolidation and an AutoStore system.

The adoption of start-of-the-art automation is seen as boosting efficiency, productivity, accuracy and speed, and these new systems will also enable more sustainable operations and improved customer satisfaction.