Warehousing has undergone resurgence since e-commerce has boomed. Not so long ago, warehouses were frequently languishing part filled, or even empty. Now, warehouses are frequently full to bursting, and it’s difficult to know what to do with a warehouse which doesn’t quite seem fit for purpose any more. Read more
The UK now conducts over a fifth of retail transactions online which is a five-fold increase in the last 10 years and there is no sign, and no obvious reason, why this trend won’t continue to grow. Amazon recognised this 20 years ago but some of our best-known retail brands didn’t.
Consequently, Amazon’s share price is soaring whilst many high-profile retail brands are facing administration. The traditional model of retail on high streets is in rapid decline and e-commerce is where the battleground is now, starting in the warehouse. 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
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
The role of a supply chain director is to control the movement of material from source to end customer. The remit is simple, but the execution is far from it. The constraining factors on material and information flow across any supply chain make the task challenging and occasionally very near impossible. Read more
As businesses evolve, customer order patterns change and customer territories expand, it’s not unusual for the distribution requirements of a business to change significantly. Over time, logistics networks often need to be ‘defragmented’, with existing warehouse facilities reconfigured, moved or closed and new facilities commissioned. This could be driven by the need for larger premises, an increased national footprint or the introduction of additional activities to the warehouse such as kitting, sub-assembly or expanded e-commerce sales. Read more