Warehouse Design – 5 Tips for Success

February 8, 2018

Efficient warehouse design is a key element of ensuring that material flow through the supply chain is achieved as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. Gone are the days of ‘stores’ that simply had stock, and lots of it, piled high with limited thought to its expense.

Modern warehouses need to be super-efficient machines, handling the material throughput with speed and accuracy. To achieve this, detailed consideration needs to be given to every aspect of warehouse design, so in this article, we give 5 tips for success. Read more

Effective Warehouse Design – The 5 Step Approach

February 5, 2018

Warehouses are typically designed around the primary functions of receiving, storage, retrieval, and despatch.

The objective of effective warehouse design is to ensure each function is optimised and that material handling, which is the movement of goods between each function, is as efficient and has as few touch points as possible.

Whether you are looking to redesign an existing facility, or design a brand-new facility, there are five steps to be addressed to ensure that the warehouse design is comprehensive and effective. Read more

3 Building Blocks of Logistics Network Design

February 3, 2018

The objective of logistics network design is to create a logistics network where the material flow between source and demand points can move as quickly and as efficiently as needed. Of course, logistics is subject to a host of geographical and time constraints and the essence of good logistics network design is to build an optimal ‘path’ around these constraints.

In designing this path, the logistics network designer must consider the three ‘building blocks’ of the network – location strategy, transport strategy, and inventory strategy. Read more

Logistics Outsourcing – 5 Reasons to Partner with a 3PL

January 29, 2018

Logistics is increasingly becoming a key differentiator when it comes to servicing customers and, reflecting this, supply chains are an area of rapid technological development. These two factors combined make it increasingly difficult for some companies to deploy the investment and retain the skill needed to remain at the front of the field when it comes to their logistics operations. In this article, we look at five reasons why a company might consider partnering with a 3PL. Read more

So, You Want a Free Hamster in Every Box? Why Logistics Should Question Sales

January 28, 2018

Sales teams naturally follow the beat of a different drum than logistics operations. The drive of sales is, of course, to sell and ensure they meet every feasible market requirement. The drive of logistics is get those sales to customers at the expected time and cost. However, very often there’s a conflict between how the product is being sold and the ability of logistics to meet the terms of the sale. Customers may well want a free hamster with every order, but logistics might struggle. Read more

A New and Disruptive Model of Warehousing is on its Way

January 23, 2018

The UK start-up, Stowga, is in the process of bringing a disruptive model to the way warehousing has been previously managed, akin to that of Airbnb. Effectively, Stowga are a non-asset based ‘match-maker’, matching companies with available warehouse capacity with those that need additional capacity without committing to long-term fixed overheads. Principally, it’s an extension of the 3PL storage model, without being constrained to a 3PLs warehouse assets. So, what does this mean for others within the supply chain and warehouse industry? Read more