A Warehouse Move as a Logistics Consultancy Project

Much of our work in logistics consultancy is directed to planning new warehouses for our clients. After data collection, analysis, design and debate, the plans for the new facility will be agreed. The implementation of this concept can be a substantial project in its own right, whether an existing building is being used or a new construction undertaken. Completing the physical building is, however, only part of the project and is the part that can be most easily passed over...

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Tesco Direct – Design of E-Fulfilment Facilities

Tesco needed to fulfil the promise of a new internet retailing arm Tesco Direct, and this required the rapid transformation of a traditional warehouse operation to cater for the very different demands of multi-channel retailing. They appointed The Logistics Business to undertake the work. Initially the key tasks included deciding upon the operating processes and the size and scope of the fulfilment centre operation. From these, the detailed design of a workable solution was developed. ‘We needed flexibility of approach...

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Multichannel Logistics – It’s simply retail distribution isn’t it?

There has been a long debate whether multichannel retailers can service on-line sales through the same warehousing and distribution infrastructure as retail outlets.  After all, you might ask, don’t they use basically the same operational processes and storage and handling equipment, etc for multichannel logistics? With the experience of many successful projects, developing warehouse designs, operating processes and distribution networks for on-line retails as well as the High Street, THE LOGISTICS BUSINESS is not going to say that it can...

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Tesco Dotcom – Design of Specialised Fulfilment Facility for Online Food Shopping

Tesco’s “Dotcom Only Store” (DCOS) in Aylesford has proved to be so successful that they recently decided to open another in Greenford. The Aylesford store, which opened in October 2008, provides the fulfilment service for Tesco grocery home shopping for most of Kent, and replaced picking and delivery from a number of Tesco supermarkets in the area. It is just one of a series of DCOSs that Tesco plans to open over the next few years. Tesco had previously built...

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Outgrowing your Automated Warehouse System

All systems are designed to a given future capacity and capability, but what happens when your business grows and reaches this capacity? When part or all of the system is automated and designed for specific product types, volumes and order structures, this can be a significant problem. The first stage is a course to define the type of business growth that takes the systems beyond their current capacities, and then translate this into stock, flows, SKUs and orders. As important...

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