In constructing or updating distribution centres, any efficiency gains must be seriously considered. As consumer demand increases and new challenges are created, automation is seen as the viable long-term solution.
Even though many companies have been under financial constraints, those with long-term strategies have still taken advantage of lower real estate costs and the availability of labour.
Technological advancements within the warehouse industry continue apace. This reflects the ongoing challenges facing operations as they seek to offer high-quality products, excellent service
and rapid deliveries. These considerations are consistent throughout the food retail, fashion, parts and components, and e-commerce sectors.
In addition, however, each of these sectors has its own unique set of demands and the requirements of one warehouse can differ to those of another. For example, food retailers generally require smaller distribution centres located closer to a city. For parts and components companies, the focus is on smaller orders and high SKUs. In the fashion industry, distribution centres require greater capacity in order to stock all product lines, which results in a warehouse full of ‘loose’ cartons.
Despite these differences, new builds, upgrades and redevelopment initiatives can all benefit from the wide selection of innovative systems available. Everyone involved in the planning and design
phase should be fully aware of the range of automated solutions that can optimise workflows and boost efficiency. The demands facing warehouses and distribution centres can be translated
proactively into a list of building considerations.
These can be consulted from the moment a project is commissioned.
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