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WILDMAN BUSINESS GROUP

The average tenure for employees and customers of Wildman
Business Group is more than 10 years.

ucts Wildman Business Group offers for
distribution are ones usually bought by
the companies that use its uniform services, such as manufacturing, retail, service, healthcare and hospitality.
"Pretty much every company is now
in some type of a uniform program or is
using some type of branded product or
uniform that our company supplies,"
Wildman declares. This portion of the
business relies on third-party carriers.

MATERIAL HANDLING
The distribution center stocks products from the size of pins to large coffee
tables. It uses manual picking with the
assistance of some lifts that can elevate
pickers to bins three stories high. Handheld scanners direct the pickers to their
locations and confirm the product selection through bar code scans. The company distributes its products throughout
the United States and Canada.

Wildman Business Group is investing heavily in the business. "We have
invested significant capital into a manufacturing facility," Wildman says. "That
reinvestment has opened up a lot of additional warehouse space. We're constantly evaluating and putting in new
technology to help us track our inventory turnover, utilization and speed to the
customer, so we can keep our cost of inventory-on-hand extremely low and responsiveness extremely fast. We're reinvesting very heavily as a growth company
to keep up."
The company participates in many
fundraising and charitable activities.
"We're 100 percent committed to the
communities that we live and work in,"
Wildman emphasizes. "We give monetarily and with our people volunteering.
That's a big piece of our culture.
"Living out our faith and taking care
of our people is the single greatest factor

to any success we have had as a company," Wildman continues. "We believe
if we have healthy people, we will have
a healthy business. And a profitable,
healthy business is the lifeblood that
gives us the opportunity to continue impacting lives within these walls, our community and around the world. Business
just happens to be the vessel that God
gave us to steward resources for good."
Wildman Business Group is not so
much following lean practices as just applying common sense. "Our target this
year is a 10 percent reduction in inventory
overall with a 15 percent sales increase,"
Wildman declares. "This is the first year
we've really taken this initiative from our
CFO. We've got some low-hanging fruit
with some items that aren't turning fast
enough, so we think we can do it. It's just
more what gets measured gets managed,
and we're finding if we look closer at it,
we can improve it." 
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