5 Ways to improve warehouse productivity

Warehouse productivity depends on a number of elements – not the least of which is the human factor.

Falls, workplace injuries and accidents account for a large percentage of lost productivity in UK warehousing and logistics and addressing this situation can resolve a large problem for small firms in particular. But how can the average business optimise productivity without incurring cost?

  1. Optimise productivity through tracking

We’re always told to ‘measure what matters’ but for warehouse productivity, the slogan should really be, ‘what goes unmeasured remains unproductive’. The beginning of effective tracking is to establish what you’re actually measuring:

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How to get the most from your 3PL partnership

Supply chains are an increasingly important part of any business strategy. As the world changes, they are also becoming more complex: transnational regulations, language and currency variations, blockchain issues, the creation and maintenance of local supplier relationships all factor into the decisions that need to be made.

Moving to a third party logistics provider is one way that many organisations resolve their difficulties with the supply chain, but 3PL is not a hands-off experience – working in partnership not only allows you to get the best from this relationship but can also give you the opportunity to plan for the Read More

China’s impact on logistics and warehousing

China is described as a powerhouse and that’s nothing but the truth. With a population of nearly 1.4 billion and a Gross Domestic Product of $9.2 trillion dollars, it’s the second largest economy in the world. It’s also the most popular manufacturing location worldwide. What does this mean for UK logistics managers?

Production has moved offshore and so has warehousing

Simply put, many of the goods that were previously warehoused in the UK to ship around the country are now warehoused elsewhere and shipped in. This puts more pressure on shipping container ports like Felixstowe and shortens the amount of Read More

Southampton Port – Successes and Challenges

Southampton is the UK’s busiest vehicle handling port and Europe’s foremost turnaround cruise port, contributing £2 billion to the UK economy every year. Less that two miles from the M27, and with direct rail links to the UK railway network it is also served by Southampton International Airport.

New Asia to Europe route confirmed for Southampton Port

The port is also a substantial container gateway and its routes to Asia are about to be improved with a new service from Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) that offers a round trip route comprising Pusan-Shanghai-Ningbo-Kaohsiung-Shenzhen-Singapore-Colombo-Rotterdam-Hamburg-Southampton-Singapore-Hong Kong-Pusan. Whilst the service will comprise a mere Read More

How reverse logistics can help your SME

Reverse logistics might not be a phrase that trips off the tongues of the management team of the average British, small and medium enterprises (SME) retailer, but it’s a growing area of concern, especially with the influence of Black Friday and other American shopping trends that increasingly impact the UK marketplace.

What is reverse logistics?

Most of us are familiar with traditional logistics ie the process of planning and controlling a cost-effective movement of raw materials, manufacturing processes, finished goods and information to the consumer. Reverse logistics is defined as the process of planning, controlling and managing the cost-effective flow Read More

Felixstowe – developments to take the port into a profitable future

On 11th January 2018 the Secretary of State for Transport took part in a ceremony to launch the next phase of expansion at Hutchison Ports, Felixstowe.

For fifty years the port has been central to the UK’s import/export market, and the new developments are designed to keep the port abreast of the latest logistics trends.

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Logistics Predictions for 2018

whichwarehouse.com tries to keep its finger on the pulse of our industry as a whole. We’ve looked at the key developments in 2017 and we’re going to suggest that the following will be crunch points for many logistics and supply chain 2018 managers:


Growth in trade volumes

Containerised trade volume is likely to increase in 2018, but projections vary from around 1.8% to 5.1%. What’s more, agreed on is that port volumes in Europe are likely to decrease by around half a percent while Africa’s port volumes could increase by as much as 25%.

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Top Logistics Stories – 2017 in focus

We want to start by wishing all our readers a Happy New Year!!!

At whichwarehouse.com we watch our industry eagerly to find out what the emerging trends are, and to explore how we can best help our customers fulfil their logistics, haulage and warehousing needs.

Over the past year we’ve brought you lots of meaty stories, so here’s our roundup of the most interesting logistics developments in 2017…

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Heathrow cargo slots and warehousing

A visionary plan for warehousing near Heathrow is being approved and it could change the way that freight, cargo and warehousing are handled in the UK’s biggest airport.

Interestingly, the warehousing space isn’t the main reason that a vast underground construction is likely to begin in 2019, rather it’s the vast reserve of minerals to be found in the selected area.

The site which has just been given planning permission runs parallel to the A312 (The Parkway) and the A4 (Bath Road) This is significant because Bath Road is already a vital road link to Heathrow, much used by cargo Read More

Customs, borders and logistics – how to plan for Brexit on 29 March 2019

While the UK logistics industry has declared that it’s ready to work closely with the government to try to ensure Post-Brexit structures don’t ‘stifle supply chain efficiency’. The recently published Customs Bill Paper gave an outline framing for the UK’s customs, VAT and excise arrangements after 29 March 2019.

UK Customs after 2019

The framework includes the creation of more inland customs depots to try and create more freedom for port-based customs. What isn’t clear is where these inland depots might be based, how they might be staffed and what effect this might have on the warehousing and logistics sector.Read More

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