Cleaning Tomorrow’s Industry Warehouse:Report: Partner Partner Opinion
Food and FMCG companies need to
prepare now for shifting market conditions
Food and FMCG companies must take steps to organise themselves now if they are going to
have the right warehouse infrastructure in place to meet post-lockdown trading conditions
says John Maguire, managing director of intralogistics solutions specialist, Narrow Aisle Ltd.
In the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis fears over
shortages of food and other essential items
prompted panic buying in supermarkets across
Britain. The UK’s largest retailer Tesco reported a 30%
increase in sales, for example, while Sainsbury’s
recorded a 48 per cent peak.
Coronavirus panic buying placed an unprecedented
strain on supermarket retailers and their suppliers.
However with many food and FMCG companies still
holding much of the inventory that they had stockpiled
within their warehouses and distribution centres in the
run up to Britain’s exit from the EU, the impact on retail
supply chains as consumers rushed to fill their baskets
was less damaging than it might have been.
But the buying frenzy significantly depleted stock
levels and, as a result, many food and FMCG companies
are looking for ways to consolidate empty warehouse
space and reconfigure their storage systems to reduce
overall storage costs and prepare for the future
With consumer spending power likely to be
significantly reduced as the economic shockwaves from
the lockdown reverberate around the world, food and
FMCG companies must take steps to organise
themselves now if they are going to have the right
warehouse infrastructure cost base in place to meet
future trading conditions.
Through its Warehouse Systems Division, Narrow
Aisle Ltd works with 3PL, food and FMCG companies to
update and transform existing facilities to significantly
improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.
We provide a free survey of a site’s potential storage
capacity together with CAD drawings and an overall
appraisal of the operation. Our aim is to develop the
most efficient and cost-effective system for the client’s
and their customers’ needs.
And, with their ability to operate in much narrower
aisleways by articulating up to 220 degrees and lift
pallet loads to heights of over 14 metres, Flexi
articulated lift trucks manufactured and supplied by
Narrow Aisle are ideal for food and FMCG companies
that are looking to consolidate storage space.
Flexis can save warehouse operators at least 30 per
cent of their storage costs. Furthermore, the truck’s
design allows it to unload pallets from road vehicles or
goods-in marshaling areas and deliver loads directly to
the storage racks which can reduce existing handling
costs by a further 50 per cent.
If the Flexi’s space saving abilities are combined with
a complete re-configuration of the storage system to
improve, say, customer order picking techniques, an
existing food or FMCG warehouse operation can be
transformed to meet the demands of post-lockdown
market conditions and save many thousands of pounds
in the process.
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