WHSmith – Warehouse Processing Improvements for Existing DCs

WHSmith appointed The Logistics Business for a high level review of operations in their three distribution centres (Birmingham, Dunstable and Swindon), with the objective of identifying opportunities for improvement which would then be highlighted for further development. The commercial objectives were to make changes and enhancements that would reduce cost whilst maintaining service levels. The scope covered all activities in the D.C.s, from goods-in, through put-away, replenishment and picking to goods-out. This included the way in which the operations interfaced...

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iFlow Suite of Modelling Tools

Our iFlow Suite of Modelling Tools is the result of many years of accumulated experience, development and refinement. It is used to support large and complex projects, as well as smaller ones where just a small part of the overall suite is required. All areas of this integrated model access a common database, allowing us to draw upon previous experiences and undertake new studies with maximum efficiency. The different applications utilise the interactive nature of spreadsheet modelling, but are combined...

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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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