Tomorrow’s Warehouse: Partner Opinion
Never too early to plan
ASG Services evolves to provide the integrated safety solution for tomorrow’s warehouses.
Ever increasing consumer demand is placing added
pressure on warehouse operators to maximise the
square footage they have available. Higher racking
and mezzanine levels are now commonplace and as
demand is set to increase so the creation of multi-storey
warehousing is likely to become the new requirement.
Automation will increasingly become a part of the
warehouse of tomorrow and the subsequent impact this
has on human workers and the importance of ensuring
their safety cannot be overlooked.
However, providing an integrated safety solution for
the modern warehouse will not be without its
difficulties. Traditionally, solutions have been about
installing measures to ensure pedestrians and moving
machinery/lift trucks are separated so that both can
perform their tasks safely and efficiently.
ASG Services has been supplying line marking,
physical barriers and safety signs to warehouse
operators as part of its core services for years. These have
helped to ensure the safe segregation of people and
machinery within the warehouse. The Covid-19 outbreak
has heightened concerns about worker safety and in the
aftermath of the pandemic, a greater focus has been
placed on the safety of warehouse workers as the need
to safely social distance places new responsibilities upon
the warehouse operator. ASG Services has responded to
this to by supplying new products including safety
signage, anti-viral desk screens and hand sanitiser.
This will continue as until a vaccine is found for the
virus, social distancing within the workplace will part of
the new normal.
Chris Hopkirk, Sales Director for ASG Services, said: “A
complete integrated safety solution is generally going to
be around 15% of the cost of your racking. Spend a
million on racking and it will cost you £150k for the right
solution. The return on investment is simple, helping to
ensure full safety of your workforce, while maximising
productivity. How to resolve this? It is never too early to
start planning the right solution. So, do not leave it until
the last minute. Start by identifying how and where to
segregate personnel. Consider what the impact is likely
to be on productivity. Crucially, establish a budget for
this and stick to it. Any compromise could jeopardise the
integrity of your operation.”
ASG Services’ unique ability to supply integrated
safety solutions including line marking, barriers, safety
signage and safety net systems has ensured trouble-free
warehouse installations for its customers, including
quality cookware distributor, KitchenCraft.
When KitchenCraft came to plan out its new site in
Birmingham, everything had to revolve around safety.
Therefore, it had to work with a trusted partner, one that
could deliver a quality solution, on budget and within
timeframe, which is why it turned to ASG Services.
Other customers, including online supermarket
Ocado, retailer H&M Hennes and 3PL logistics provider
Great Bear have also benefited from an ASG integrated
safety solution and it is no coincidence that ASG’s most
engaged clients are the ones to have partnered with it
well in advance of their operations going live.
“ASG Services works with its customers to help them
plan the right solution for their needs and this will
continue as warehouses evolve to meet changes in
demand. As a segregation specialist, we have long been
supplying our core products such as line marking, safety
barriers, safety signage, netting and floor marking. Now, as
the warehousing industry evolves so we will be on hand
to offer crucial advice,” said Mr Hopkirk.