The average media consumer is now highly aware of smart warehousing technology thanks to the likes of Amazon and Ocado. The media has succeeded in making a typically dull topic – warehousing – something exciting and intriguing. Who isn’t intrigued by the futuristic ideas of robots and drones, working in blissful harmony to deliver our goods speedily from A to B? This futuristic smart warehouse, with tracking and gizmos, is a million miles away from the classic warehouse format of shelves upon shelves complete with a fleet of forklift trucks. Read more
Automation in warehouses has been with us for a while, with material handling and storage equipment such as shuttle racking and conveyor systems. However, new robotics technology is introducing more intelligence in the automation of material movement in warehouses. Traditionally automation relied on fixed physical infrastructure such as tracks, but what we’re now seeing is flexibility for robots to carry products freely across the floor based on non-physical tracks determined by software algorithms. Read more
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
Automation is becoming the name of the game in warehousing, but in some instances, it is needed more than in others. Two primary factors are driving the requirement for food and drink warehousing to fully embrace automation: a fall in the availability and quality of labour, and the noticeable increase in costs that the UK is facing. Read more