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Sustainable Distribution at REI

Specialty outdoor retailer REI’s new distribution center brings together the next generation of materials handling and sustainability into one facility.

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The first inkling that REI’s 393,000 square foot, $73 million distribution center in Goodyear, Ariz., is different comes when you walk through trails to get from the parking lot to the facility entrance. It’s no accident that it’s the same experience that a cooperative member might get visiting REI’s flagship store in Seattle that connects members to the outdoors experience.

The second hint comes when you notice that the break room is connected to a botanical garden, where employees can walk through zones of Arizona fauna or play a game of horseshoes. REI also opens 25% of the second floor space for community use.

Or, you might notice the rooftop solar array, which provides the power for a Net Zero Energy facility that leaves no trace as REI would teach in it’s own outdoor school. Or, walking the DC floor, you might feel a gentle movement of air from a cooling system that maintains a relatively constant temperature from floor to ceiling while saving a millions gallons of evaporated water per year, despite outside temperatures that can reach above 115 degrees. Touches like these are among the factors that led to the building becoming the first distribution facility in the United States to earn LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy.

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The first inkling that REI’s 393,000 square foot, $73 million distribution center in Goodyear, Ariz., is different comes when you walk through trails to get from the parking lot to the facility entrance. It’s no accident that it’s the same experience that a cooperative member might get visiting REI’s flagship store in Seattle that connects members to the outdoors experience.

The second hint comes when you notice that the break room is connected to a botanical garden, where employees can walk through zones of Arizona fauna or play a game of horseshoes. REI also opens 25% of the second floor space for community use.

Or, you might notice the rooftop solar array, which provides the power for a Net Zero Energy facility that leaves no trace as REI would teach in it’s own outdoor school. Or, walking the DC floor, you might feel a gentle movement of air from a cooling system that maintains a relatively constant temperature from floor to ceiling while saving a millions gallons of evaporated water per year, despite outside temperatures that can reach above 115 degrees. Touches like these are among the factors that led to the building becoming the first distribution facility in the United States to earn LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy.

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About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Bob Trebilcock, editorial director, has covered materials handling, technology, logistics and supply chain topics for nearly 30 years. In addition to Supply Chain Management Review, he is also Executive Editor of Modern Materials Handling. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.

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