The Keys to Successful Warehouse Automation – Detailed Specification and Meticulous Testing

Automated warehousing has had a somewhat chequered reputation over the years, although the number of problem installations seems to be fewer than in earlier years. The projects that are successful have built upon the lessons learned and the contractors involved are now much more experienced in delivering these installations and working with Logistics Consultants. However, the success of these projects is not just due to the contractor alone, the client will played a major part in creating the outcome. In...

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Watch out for the rise of 3D printing – It will radically change the way we manage our Supply Chains

3D printing is an idea that has entered the public consciousness very recently and for a concept so new and novel it has been accepted remarkably quickly. However if you were to mention 3D printing to the public the image that will come to mind is plastic novelties, Star Trek style replication and controversies around guns. The real revolution, however, is taking place in industrial processes and supply chains. When applied to metals the process is more generally described as...

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However good your Warehouse Labour Management – You can always do better

Labour management in warehouses is an essential tool enabling the manager to monitor one of the main resources available to him. Variability of work load is a major issue to be addressed in planning for efficient operation of a centre. Applying the well know summary from US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to the operation of a distribution centre, this variability can possibly be due to a known known in the business, e.g. seasonality, a known unknown, such as promotional...

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What makes a good e-fulfilment Warehouse?

We have nearly all moved very quickly to an acceptance of shopping on-line and all have gained an understanding of what advantages we are looking for over previous models of shopping. e-fulfilment, which started from small beginnings, has now developed along a path that everybody is familiar with and brought together various other technological developments. These include secure ordering, order tracking and electronic payments for the customer and paperless picking, delivery scheduling and consignment tracking for the supplier. Initially these...

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The Essentials of Distribution Centre Design – It’s more than filling a shed with racking

The concept of a distribution centre has grown out of the warehouse which grew out of the stockroom. This isn’t just a matter of size but the whole way in which the operation is approached. Buildings for these purposes have become more specialised initially just being part of the factory or shop, and have responded to demands such as to being customised for transport operations. Perhaps the most surprising part of the Distribution centre design is the amount of space...

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