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The Canadian floor-covering company explains how the Warehouse Management System (WMS) has helped optimize their business. 

Vertical: Distribution
Industry: Flooring & Surfaces
Product: IWMS
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About Shnier

Founded in 1938, Shnier has grown to become a dominant force in the Canadian floor-covering industry. The company consists of upwards of 250 associates, centered out of each of 5 distribution facilities stretching from Vancouver, BC, to Dartmouth, NS. They pride themselves on always being a step ahead - easy, innovative and more flexible at all touch points. Their value add proposition is represented through their fashionable products, value-adding marketing programs and fast/efficient local service. Their product sourcing has encompassed the globe, with over 100 supplier partners in each of 12 countries. Shnier’s customer relationships, both residential and commercial, are as deep as they are diverse.


Before implementing our Warehouse Management System, Shnier employed upwards of 60+ full-time and temporary employees in its Hub facility located in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Following the implementation and utilization of all that our Warehouse Management System had to offer, Shnier then reduced its headcount by 25+ employees while simultaneously growing the throughput volume. Shnier also reduced its annual warehouse operating costs using our Warehouse Management System-directed workflows. It specifically eliminated almost all shipping paperwork, picking tickets and receiving paperwork on the floor, as employees now handle almost all functions through their RF Scan units. This functionality automatically created a productivity scorecard for each employee, allowing managers to deploy the necessary resources to the appropriate area of the warehouse, thereby capitalizing on each worker’s unique ability.

Gains and benefits

  • Reduced variable labor costs
  • Reduced overhead fixed costs
  • Reduced transportation costs, due to a more efficient warehouse
  • Improved service to the customer in accuracy and order turnaround
  • Improved morale and working environment as all employees are held to the same standard

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