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Ionce visited an ancient wine cellar in Central Europe, which was
established in the 1400s. The underground labyrinth was full of
old, musty wine barrels exuding a wonderful aroma of harvests
past, in the cool environs of the maze.
The tunnels had a second, perhaps even more important function
in the days of the convulsive Middle Ages: that of a refuge from the
Turkish occupiers, who invaded and occupied the countryside for no
less than 150 years.
The locals would strike out at the occupying army from time to
time, disappearing again mysteriously into the underground wine
cellars from the retaliating Turkish soldiers, who well outnumbered them.
One feature of the labyrinth was that I couldn't stand upright. I am not tall by current standards,
around 5'10" in the old language, but I had to walk through the cellars bent over, head to the side.
Clearly, our ancestors all those hundreds of years ago, if not in bravery, in physical stature were
somewhat shorter than us.
Similarly, whenever I see the actual armour the knights of yore wore, I cannot help but remark on
the extension in height we have acquired over the centuries.
What has this to do with warehousing?
Now, you may well be wondering what my historical musings have to do with warehousing.
If ever anyone mentions the word "height", I cannot but think of the above experience - and how, in
more recent times, mechanisation has allowed mankind to reach even further into the space above us.
No, I don't mean aeroplanes and spacecraft - I am talking about cranes and, more recently,
warehouse automation equipment (ASRS) and specialised stock-picking forklifts.
Take a look at the picture on page 61, for example. That machine can go up 17 metres, or six
stories, high. And there is an operator up there, performing stock-picking and replenishment.
Now whilst I may not be comfortable at that height, I cannot help but admire the scientists,
the engineers and the manufacturers who have developed and made this extension possible. By
going up and not sideways, companies can boost productivity and expand operations without going
bankrupt paying for real estate.
As Australia's - and the world's - overpopulation becomes more and more extreme, the most
economic direction to expand will be - is already - upwards. And until we ourselves grow to six
storeys tall, it's a good thing that the machinery's already available to reach that high.
TALLER AND SMARTER
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