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Are Fully Automated Warehouses Right for You?

Fully automated warehouses are flexible, reliable, fast and efficient. They allow for improved warehousing and goods distribution and optimum material flow. Processes such as the storage, retrieval and relocation of goods efficiently proceed automatically.

These fulfillment centres or third-party logics (3PL) warehouses, where incoming orders are received, processed and filled, will become fully automated in ten years’ time, say Amazon. (Brian Merchant – Gizmodo UK – 2nd May 2019)Read More

Cloud Data Warehousing – What are the Pros & Cons?

A data warehouse is an electronic system that gathers data from a wide range of sources within a company and uses the data to support management decision-making. However, what are the advantages and disadvantages of such a system?

‘Panoply’ is a cloud data warehouse and management service. They explain that:

“Companies are increasingly moving towards cloud-based data warehouses instead of traditional on premise systems. Cloud-based data warehouses differ from traditional warehouses in the following ways:

  • There is no need to purchase physical hardware.
  • It’s quicker and cheaper to set up and scale cloud data warehouses.
  • Cloud-based data warehouse architectures can
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What is an Effective and Organised Warehouse Storage Facility?

Do you need to employ better organised and more effective storage techniques in your warehouse? This article will assist you to achieve a better understanding of the issues confronting your organisation, whilst offering sensible yet logical solutions to eradicate any shortcomings.Read More

Re-Purposing of Retail Premises for Warehouses

In the USA empty retail stores and shopping centers are increasingly being converted into warehouse and e-commerce distribution centres.

So, states the global industrial real estate firm CBRE, which examined in detail two dozen such projects ranging from southern California to Baltimore. Such is the rise in demand for ecommerce warehousing.

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Assess your Warehouse Business Planning and Logistics Needs

The start of a New Year is the ideal time to conduct a company health check.

It makes so much sense to review the progress of your company and identify how you can make the most of the market position you’ve established and decide how to improve your business and how to take it to the next level. You will need to revisit and update your business plan with your new improvement plan in mind and make sure you deliver these new improvements in a timely manner.

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“Brexit won’t affect me though”

We think that the Brexit withdrawal agreement should be high on everyone’s agendas in the UK – whether you trade between the UK and the EU or not – because the impacts of the agreement (or lack of) will far exceed just those directly involved…and here’s why.

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Warehouse Demand for Space in Britain

The Financial Times has recently reported that Brexit-related stockpiling is driving up the cost of short-term space in UK warehouses, as companies across the country guard against a no-deal outcome that could cause gridlock at ports and chaos in cross-border trade.

Companies of all sizes and in all sectors are laying plans to hoard raw materials, components, packaging and finished goods. Solutions are becoming more difficult to find with panic hoarding of warehouse space.

The voracious growth of e-commerce has devoured warehouse space for rent in recent years. Experts report of Amazon’s domination of the market in terms of demand Read More

Northern Ireland Brexit – Issues affecting Warehousing and Logistics

Brexit and its effects upon Ireland were not entirely evident when the UK population voted to leave the European Union on 23rd June 2016. There are many repercussions for the warehousing and logistics sector.

We all know that in Ireland there’s a land border between the UK, in the guise of Northern Ireland and the country Eire, otherwise known as the Republic of Ireland. In the past, the need for customs and security checks meant that the border was a physical as well as legal and political manifestation. Nowadays, it isn’t a barrier in any practical sense. People can Read More

Whichwarehouse can satisfy online retailers demand for more warehouse space

The Daily Telegraph reports that one in every five pounds spent in UK shops is now online.

New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows online sales rose by 15.3 per cent over the past year and now make up a record high of 18.2 per cent of all retail sales. This is up from 2013 when one pound in every ten was spent online. Katie Morley, the Consumer Affairs Editor emphasises that:

“In particular shoppers are avoiding ‘dusty old department stores’ and shopping on their computers and phones instead, experts said, as they saw online sales rise Read More

How will AI transform the Smart Warehouse?

Have you seen HAL 9000 in the iconic film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, Sonny in Isaac Asimov’s ‘I Robot’, David in ‘Prometheus’, or ARTI (artificial intelligence system) in the recent film ‘2036 Origin Unknown’?

These films challenge credibility, are fabulous, thrilling and exciting. It is reassuring that these AI robots are works of fiction. Will they remain make-believe, or is this robotic artificial intelligence fantasy becoming a reality, now that we are in the 21st Century?

You will probably watch some of these films on your Smart TV, but will AI (Artificial Intelligence) facilitate Smart warehousing?Read More

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