Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD Spt-Oct 2014 Contents operations that are looking for maximum redun-
dancy and flexibility are automated guided
vehicles (AGV). Apart from providing reliable
and cost-effective pallet transport, the inherent
flexibility of AGV means that as throughput
requirements and pickup and delivery destina-
tions change, pathways can be easily adjusted
and additional AGV readily added to the fleet.
4. Dealing with increased SKU
proliferation and order complexity
Consumers are demanding a wider range of
products, driven by tastes and food fashion
trends, fitness and health concerns. Just
one example of this is the shift away from
mainstream beers, milk and soft drinks, and
the associated increase in the consumption of
craft beers, cider, soy milk and health drinks.
Manufacturers are responding by introducing
many new products.
The impact on F&B manufacturers’ supply
chains is continuing SKU proliferation and
the need to stock an ever-increasing variety of
product. For manufacturers who are also pro-
ducing private labels for retailers, this only adds
to the SKU complexity they need to manage.
In a manual warehouse system, the impli-
cations of handling additional SKU means
that everything has to get larger – more pallet
storage and picking locations and more travel,
which leads to slower and less efficient opera-
tions, in bigger, more expensive warehouses.
ASRS deliver greater storage capacity for
handling higher numbers of SKU
By offering greater storage density and the
opportunity to go higher, ASRS provide opera-
tions with significantly more storage locations for
handling additional SKU without increased travel.
And with order profiles changing, including
variations in throughputs of individual SKU as
they shift from slow to fast movers and vice-
versa, ASRS can readily re-slot product to
ensure fast movers are located closer to outfeed
zones, increasing system responsiveness.
5. Managing occupational
health and safety (OH&S)
OH&S is regularly cited as the number one
priority for many F&B manufacturers. The
movement and storage of heavy pallet loads,
potential breakages and spills, all pose dangers
to operators. Many DC require complete
operational separation of MHE and personnel to
ensure operator safety and compliance with new
work safety requirements.
Apart from the human factor, Lost Time
Injuries are becoming increasingly costly to
operations. And an ageing workforce only
increases the imperative to address OH&S
challenges. A further safety factor, Chain of
Responsibility, takes into account axle loading,
and it is up to warehousing operations to
ASRS minimise OH&S risks
ASRS, by eliminating the need for operators
and forklift trucks in storage and staging
applications, significantly reduce the OH&S risks
associated with manual handling.
ASRS deliver precise put-away and retrieval
from storage locations, removing the risk of
product, pallet, or rack damage. With regards
to Chain of Responsibility, ASRS can deliver
pallet loads to a trailer in the precise sequence
specified by a host system according to axle
6. Rising energy costs driving
the need to improve efficiency
Rising energy costs are also impacting on F&B
manufacturers’ margins; this has particular
significance for manufacturers with energy-
intensive cold store operations.
and we handle the complex tasks others prefer to avoid
If your product is not easily palletised,
or is particularly delicate or awkward,
there is a good chance other logistics
providers are not too keen to handle it.
That’s where the staff at Simon National
We’ve built our reputation providing
transport, warehousing and distribution
services nationally to a select group of
companies whose needs are special.
From glass to air conditioning units,
trade show displays or production
machinery, assembly or processing of
goods in our warehouses, services to the
remotest parts of Australia or guaranteed
time critical transit times to the next
suburb or across the nation.
If your logistics needs are unusual,
our staff are the experts to ensure they
For assistance contact your local
Simon branch or call Chris Rose
on 0418 727 194.
If your product is not easily palletised,
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