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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Successful Warehouse Automation depends on more than technology

There is a view in some quarters that warehouse automation doesn’t work and does not pay for itself. For some, automation means lack of flexibility and constant breakdown. This view has been fuelled by some high publicity failures over the years, where multi-million pound investments have been abandoned as automation is removed to be replaced by manual, labour intensive systems. The fact is that there are many successful automated warehouses and there are very few genuine failures; and by successful...

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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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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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