Automated Warehousing

Automated warehousing systems have developed enormously over the last thirty years. The pinnacle of warehouse automation in the 80’s was a fully automated high bay pallet store using stacker cranes and pallet conveyors, which dramatically reduced the footprint and labour needed to store a given volume of product. Whilst these benefits are still true today, automated systems have been developed well beyond the storage and retrieval of unit loads, and modern systems now include sortation, picking and packing. To enable...

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Click and Collect helping fuel the growth

You may well have noticed that more and more retailers are offering a collection option for products bought on their website. But have you realised how fast this service is growing? The latest retail figures show that whilst overall sales are flat or even falling, internet sales which were themselves barely growing earlier in the year are once more on the increase. There are of course lots of reasons for this but one appears to be the growth in click...

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Warehouse Automation- is now the time to invest?

The warehouse automation market is in a strange place right now. On the one hand, thanks to the measures taken to survive the recession, we hear that many companies are sitting on strong balance sheets, have good cash flow and hence could afford to invest in their business. On the other hand, continuing market jitters and lack of growth is putting companies off making investments and automation suppliers are finding orders hard to secure at the moment. This might seem...

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Multichannel Strategies – Connecting Supply Chains with Consumers

Today, there is an increasing disconnect between consumer’s channels of information and their channels of supply. A customer may browse the internet for information before visiting a shop to physically see and touch the product before buying. Alternatively, a customer may check out the product in a shop and then search for the best price on the internet, where they can order at a time that may be more convenient to them and receive the added bonus of free delivery....

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