Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD Mar-Apl 2018 Contents Charles Pauka
hen it comes to operating a warehouse, I am constantly amazed by not
just the new and innovative technology going into today’s facilities, but
the amazing feats those on the frontline of customer order execution
(picking, packing and dispatch) are able to achieve.
For the demands of modern commerce, whether traditional or even more so
in the case of online retail, are such that order preparation windows are getting
increasingly smaller, and it is no longer a question of pacifying an unhappy
customer if things don’t click; it’s a case of goodbye for good.
And so all retailers, physical or in the cloud, must meet the demand, and the
demand can be great. For example, take this automotive parts supplier from
the cover story (pages 16-19), describing its newly commissioned warehouse
equipment installation: “The new system needed to be designed to grow and still
has the capacity to accommodate up to a 30% increase in order output. At this
DC, Preston Motors holds 50,000 SKU and handles 2,500 picks per day, including
accommodating 200-300 emergency orders per day.”
Not bad, is it.
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THE GOODS FOR
Bickford’s Group Warehouse Manager, Rhett Glanville, says
he would be lost without his AGVs. For the past five years, the
Adelaide-based manufacturer has been using a fleet of AGVs to
distribute its iconic beverages. Working around the clock, the AGVs
collect finished goods from production and then transport, store
and stage loads for despatch in the DC. The AGVs communicate
with each other to optimise efficiency, charge themselves when
batteries run low, facilitate a rolling stocktake, have virtually
eliminated damage to stock and storage systems, provide a safe
working environment, and delivered an ROI of just 2.5 years.
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