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Renwil opens Montreal DC

 4 December 2017     Michael J. Knell 

MONTREAL – Home décor resource Renwil has opened a new 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution centre here, part of its ongoing plan to grow its business across North America.

“Over the past 15 years, we have transformed Renwil from being a local manufacturer to an import business,” Jonathan Wilner, second generation president of the family-owned enterprise told Home Goods Online in an interview. “We used to be a wall decor company and have grown the business by going into different product categories.  We are now designing and manufacturing art, mirrors, lighting, accent furniture, rugs, bathroom products and accessories.”

Jonathon Wilner (right), president of home décor resource Renwil is seen here at the opening of the company’s new Montreal distribution centre with his brother Ryan Wilner, who serves as president of Renwil Hospitality. He noted over the past 15 years, Renwil grew into two buildings on six floors. “We have now opened a 100,000 square foot distribution facility with 33 foot high ceilings and racking with four levels,” he continued, adding they’ve also invested in a new computer system as well as an automated warehouse management system that’s able to ship a retailer’s order in two or three days.

The need to build the new facility was driven by the simple fact that over the past five years, Renwil’s business has quadrupled, Wilner said, adding it now serves about 4,500 retailers across North America. The facility will also support the Renwil’s four showrooms, including two in Canada – Montreal and Toronto – and two in the United States – Las Vegas and Dallas.

It contains approximately 1,300 SKUs, with more than 120,000 units stored in some 5,500 pallet positions covering Renwil’s entire category assortment from art and mirrors to accent furniture, rugs and bathroom products.

Wilner was also quick to note while Renwil has been bridging the gap between the art world and the commercial marketplace since its founding in 1967, the “heart of the organisation” has not changed: a 3,500 square foot studio where the company’s ten in-house artists experiment with materials and styles that are then developed into affordable works of art.

“We have beautiful designs. In order for us to capitalise on getting these beautiful designs to our clients, we really needed the backup and the support of the right logistical system,” he noted.

The new facility is totally operational, with some outbound shipments being sent to the retail network using Renwil’s two new 53-foot trucks. The new Warehouse Management System, equipped with wall-to-wall, four-level racking is also helping to shorten shipping times while increasing product availability.

“This was a very big investment in software and equipment,” Wilner said. “This investment was important because logistics and service are key in business today.”


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This HGO article was written by:
Michael J. Knell
Michael J. Knell

Michael is the publisher and editor of Home Goods Online. A seasoned business journalist, he has researched and written about the furniture, mattress and major appliance industries in both Canada and the United States for the past three decades.


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