Best Practice - Warehousing

 

Maximising space in your warehousing operation

With the ever increasing lack of stock in the UK warehousing and distribution market, it is becoming more important to maximise the space that you have available. However simply maximising capacity may not be the right solution, and you should also be prepared to challenge your operation, says SEC Storage.   As a storage solutions provider and Associate Corporate Member of the UKWA, SEC Storage often gets approached with the brief to “maximise capacity”. Depending on the operation, simply achieving a high density of product may not be the right solution.   40% space charge savings   By re-analysing the stock profile of a leading fashion

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Preparing your premises for winter

The start of autumn means the start of shorter days, lower temperatures, and undesirable weather conditions. Whether you are celebrating the changing colours and countdown to Christmas, or clinging onto the idea of an Indian summer, it’s the perfect time to crack on with jobs that need to be done to prepare for the coming months and the change in weather. Chris Budd, Head of UK Sales at Watco, the UK’s leading manufacturer of industrial strength flooring products, gives tips and advice on jobs to be done.  1 – Waterproofing We all know what the traditional Autumn and Winter weather is like in

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Pounds per pallet stored comparisons leave companies

  Businesses that outsource control of their supply chain function to specialist third party logistics (3PL) companies are increasingly forced to look to replace their 3PL – often within months of the start of their contract period – due to shortcomings in the quality and range of services that the chosen logistics company is able to provide.   That is the view of Bob Montague, managing director of Berkshire-based fulfilment solutions specialist, Walker Logistics.   “The days when firms renewed their contracts automatically are, of course, long gone but we find we are increasingly approached to pick up the pieces after a company has awarded

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10 Tips to Help Manage Traffic Safety in Your Facility

Every workplace facility has a unique layout and will have different priorities – but one thing that doesn’t differ is the importance of managing the flow of workplace vehicles and protecting personnel.   With 20% of all workplace deaths still caused by vehicles, here are 10 cross-industry tips that will go some way towards making your workplace safer, streamlined and more efficient…   1. INDEPENDENCE DAY Wherever possible vehicles and pedestrians should be segregated, with each moving in their own defined zones.   2. VANISHING POINT Areas where vehicles and pedestrians crossover are critical and they should be properly managed – use floor markings, overhead walkways, control lights,

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Creating the Lean Warehouse: Evolution not Revolution By Robert Martichenko and Chris Luery

Creating a lean warehouse (or distribution center) is not something you accomplish overnight. It takes vision, planning, strategy, tools and tactics. Relative to people, you need to develop team members into problem-solvers and then provide a leadership infrastructure to support their efforts. Identifying and solving problems may seem basic, but experience suggests it can prove elusive in application. The results achieved through your lean efforts can be instrumental in your progress. Improved customer fill rates, decreased inventory levels, decreased inventory carrying costs, improved inventory accuracy, increased asset and team-member utilization are all benefits of lean warehousing. When Toyota Motor Manufacturing shared

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Creating the Lean Warehouse through evolution not revolution

 By Robert Martichenko and Chris Luery   Creating a lean warehouse (or distribution center) is not something you accomplish overnight. It takes vision, planning, strategy, tools and tactics. Relative to people, you need to develop team members into problem-solvers and then provide a leadership infrastructure to support their efforts. Identifying and solving problems may seem basic, but experience suggests it can prove elusive in application. The results achieved through your lean efforts can be instrumental in your progress. Improved customer fill rates, decreased inventory levels, decreased inventory carrying costs, improved inventory accuracy, increased asset and team-member utilization are all benefits of lean

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David Hilton from Vickers Energy examines why reducing energy costs plays an important role in warehouse environmental policies

Energy consumption and managing a reduction in it should be part of a wider environmental policy that every warehouse should adhere to.  It can be tricky working this into the every day needs of the business but it will pay dividends in the end as implementing policies which include it have a knock on effect on bringing down energy costs.  They also ensure that the warehouse is respecting the local environment and is being socially responsible for its actions. Ensuring your business has a strong policy can reap the rewards for years to come, and is relatively easy to implement.

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SEPARATION ANXIETY

Why segregation in business isn’t always a bad thing   In most areas of life, segregation is considered to be a bad thing. That's not exactly news, though, because it's such a negative concept. Segregation divides and obstructs, confines and isolates. As a rule, it fosters an unhealthy 'us and them' culture and promotes disharmony, disunity and inequality.   In life, integration is much more inclusive and sociable. Everyone is — to coin an awkward phrase from last summer — better together. (Although that still doesn't explain why the creator of unisex toilets thought they were a good idea.)   But there is an environment where

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AFE brings concrete floor flatness management to Europe for greatly increased warehouse efficiency

The F-Number System – when coupled with the unique floor profiling instruments available from Allen Face Europe (AFE) - provides a simple yet comprehensive means for warehouse operators both to define their flatness and levelness requirements and to provide extremely effective daily monitoring and correction of results during the floor’s construction.   While it is well understood that a warehouses’s throughput (in pallets/truck/hour) will be determined in large part by the flatness and levelness of the concrete floor on which the trucks must operate, close control over this warehouse feature is routinely overlooked on most European warehouse floor projects. Decades of worldwide experience,

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Time to start making money from your warehouse operation.

Mark Connell, Senior Logistics Architect, says it’s time to start making money from your warehouse operation. I spend a great deal of time talking to warehouse operators about warehouse management systems (WMS). You’ve heard all about the very tangible gains to be made from moving to a fully integrated and automated WMS: lower costs, higher supply chain visibility, better customer service, and automated invoicing to reduce revenue leakage. One of the largest problems I find is that WMS options aren’t being considered at all. Perhaps because many logistics companies take on a warehouse operation by default (simply to store contracted freight) there’s limited

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High Quality Concrete Floors for Efficient Logistics Facilities

Having a high quality floor in your distribution centre or warehouse is critical to the overall efficient operation of the facility.  The floor is the working surface on which a warehouse operator runs its business.  No other part of the facility will have such an impact on the cost effective and efficient storage and movement of goods.  Also no other part of the facility is subject to so much wear and tear.     Despite all of this, the floor is often not considered by the warehouse owner in any detail, in fact it is often assumed that the floor is one

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Three steps to warehouse efficiency heaven

Forward looking logistics company Farrall’s Transport has invested in the efficiency of its 100,000 sq ft of warehousing. Matt Farrall, head of marketing and IT at Farrall’s Transport, explains how the company and its customers are benefiting.   Warehouse efficiency is not an abstract phrase. It translates to bottom line savings for a company and its clients. By running an efficient warehouse, a logistics company can pass on financial savings to its customers as well as improve service levels in terms of order cycles, accuracy and visibility.    There are three fundamental steps towards making warehouse operations as efficient as possible. They cover storage,

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How to Avoid the Dangers of Forklift Accidents

Forklifts, despite their many benefits, are far too often the causes of serious and even deadly accidents. These machines are sometimes easily underestimated in terms of the damage they’re capable of and the challenge operating one requires. Preventing and avoiding these dangers should be a priority in any warehouse or factory where they’re being used. With a proper understanding of safety guidelines and precautions, the chances of an accident reduces substantially. However, it’s also worth finding alternatives to traditional, manually operated forklift systems. Overall, avoiding dangerous forklift accidents requires an understanding of how to maintain and operate both your workspace and

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How can bonded storage benefit your business?

  It's often said that technology is making the world a smaller place. Email, social networks and VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services like Skype, for example, have made communication easier than it's ever been; it's possible to chat and move data around the globe at the click of a button or the even the touch of a screen.      There are few areas of life that have been impacted more significantly by these developments than business. Companies now have much larger pools of potential customers and clients to target as they can sell their products and services internationally with ease.

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No job too small

Clients needing small warehouse systems, minor extensions or simple upgrades turn instinctively to smaller suppliers. However, solutions from larger system integrators can often match the price and come with added benefits, argues David James, KNAPP’s Regional Director for UK, Sweden, Norway and Finland.   Companies finding that they require a simple, low-complexity transport system will often flick through the classified ads in the leading trade journals and seek out the services of an SME. It’s understandable that the same reasoning we apply in domestic situations ,selecting, say, a plumber ,of ‘small is fine and will probably save me money’ gets transposed into

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Refrigerated Cold Chain Will it pick up heat in the near future?

While India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, the lack of cool rooms & refrigerated transport is causing more than 40 per cent  losses in annual produce India’s integrated cold chain industry, currently valued at INR 245 billion, is expected to reach INR 520 billion by 2017, growing at a CAGR of 20 per cent With initiatives by the Indian government and a steep growth in the consumption of processed foods, cold chain logistics will witness huge growth in the coming years While India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, the

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Top Tips

 Top Ten Tips on choosing the right WMS   Justify the need for a WMS Just because you are building a warehouse does not necessarily mean that you will need a Warehouse Management System. To embark on a WMS project you need to be certain that you are going to achieve significant business benefits. Of course such systems need capital investment, plus there are some running costs involved. However, the main 'cost' is the drive, enthusiasm, and commitment needed from the entire warehousing team and senior management to ensure the system is set up correctly, used properly and regularly

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Experts in warehouse flooring: The CoGri Group

Experts in warehouse flooring: The CoGri Group Established since 1989, the CoGri Group are warehouse floor solutions specialists.  The Group are a world renowned leader and experts in their industry, particularly in the grinding and measuring of Superflat floors.  Key services include: Design consultancy On-site training QA Flatness testing Due diligence surveys Floor performance testing Superflat Laser Grinding Bespoke tolerance grinding Floor joint repairs Floor joint stabilising

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Best Practice - What should you expect from a warehouse consultant

What should you expect from a warehouse consultant?   Whilst outsourcing has always been prevalent in the logistics and supply chain sectors, there has been a marked increase in the requirements for Warehouse design and operational consultants over the last 12 months. This is the result of a number of factors all contributing

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Best Practice - Warehousing - Forward-looking logistics for German medical technology manufacturer ERBE Elektromedizin GmbH

Forward-looking logistics for German medical technology manufacturer ERBE Elektromedizin GmbH In business since 1847, ERBE Elektromedizin GmbH now has over 560 employees developing, producing and distributing medical technology for electrosurgery and waterjet surgery as well as equipment and accessories for hemostasis, tumor removal and minimally invasive operations. ERBE has a global presence with sites in the United States, Brazil, China, France, the Benelux countries, Switzerland, Poland, the United Kingdom, India and Russia. Tübingen, Germany, is its sole production facility, however. For years, ERBE has achieved strong growth both at home and abroad. Exports currently account for some eighty percent of revenue. The

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