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Movies as a source of logistics inspiration

Guest column Dirk Beck | Warehouse Totaal | Film als logistieke inspiratiebron - december 2022 Dirk Becks Sometimes, a movie can really strike a chord with me as a logistics professional. One example is Monsters Inc., a Pixar animation featuring an immense factory with a huge transport and storage system for doors. The protagonists’ dizzying ride through that system reminds me of the route a product would take through a state-of-the-art pocket sorter in an...

Key considerations when building multistory distribution centers

  In the Netherlands, work is currently underway on the construction of several multistory distribution centers allowing trucks to be loaded and unloaded on two levels. But what exactly is a multistory distribution center? And what are the key considerations when building one? Mari van Kuijk and Dirk Becks share their insights. The Netherlands is a densely populated country, so it is no surprise that the question of multistory distribution centers is a recurring topic. So...

Looking for quick wins for saving energy in your warehouse? Request a quick scan!

With energy bills now at an all-time high, energy-saving measures make more sense than ever. Peter Marijnissen provides an overview of the key ‘quick wins’ for warehouse operations. It is not unusual for newly constructed warehouses to have an energy label of A, or even A+++, because today’s warehouses are built with sustainability in mind. However, making older existing warehouses and distribution centers more energy-efficient doesn’t always have to involve a lot of time and...

From a simulation model to a digital twin (part II)

While the term ‘digital twin’ tends to be widely used and abused nowadays, there are still very few examples of the concept itself being put into practice. Rather than being a simulation model, a digital twin is actually a tool that automatically controls processes, systems or even complete warehouses. In the first article in this series of two, Dirk Becks (from Groenewout) and Dirk-Jan Moens and Steven Hamoen (both from Talumis) explained what exactly...

From a simulation model to a digital twin: definitions, applications and success factors

While the term ‘digital twin’ tends to be widely used and abused nowadays, there are still very few examples of the concept itself being put into practice. What most people refer to as a ‘digital twin’ is often actually nothing more than a simulation model like the ones we have been using for years. So what is a digital twin exactly? Dirk Becks (from Groenewout) and Dirk-Jan Moens and Steven Hamoen (both from Talumis)...

How can you ensure that warehouse security is watertight?

On 11 September 2001, a series of terrorist attacks in the USA shocked the world. Since then, security standards have been tightened across the globe, especially in international supply chains. However, 20 years on from the attacks, the situation is still far from clear for many organizations in the logistics sector. Two security experts  explain how companies can translate today’s security standards into concrete requirements for their own warehouse security. Read more (in Dutch only)  

Smart warehousing: why the box should not be an afterthought

  Automating the order picking process means making choices. One such choice is whether to ship the products in boxes or plastic crates. That decision is often influenced by various practical considerations and is sometimes even made based on what’s already available in the warehouse. Many companies underestimate the impact of this choice on their logistics operation. In this sixth and final part of the series on smart warehousing, Dirk Becks, outlines the key factors that...

Smart warehousing: cobots are experts at multitasking

Many companies are curious about the potential of collaborative robots (cobots) in logistics, but there have only been a limited number of real-life implementations so far. In this fifth part in a series of articles about smart warehousing, Dirk Becks, Senior Consultant at Groenewout, discusses the differences between conventional robots and cobots. The article also explores the advantages and disadvantages of each solution and the bottleneck for both of them. Would you like to know more about...

Logistics real estate in the Netherlands: innovative solutions to make better use of the available land

When it comes to logistics real estate, how does the Netherlands measure up against its neighbors? Is there still land available for the construction of logistics real estate? Does the country have enough space (and societal support) for new e-commerce facilities? And what about the costs and regulations – are they on a par with those in neighboring countries? Nederland Distributieland took a closer look based on a number of factors and spoke to various experts,...

Securing logistics premises: make risks manageable

Many logistics businesses believe that the remedy to theft and loss is a large and complex access control system, supported by security cameras and visitor/intruder detection systems. But is this really the case, or are they too focused on managing incidents? Groenewout regularly sees companies implementing solutions in response to incidents. According to Groenewout, that can often result in a false sense of security. The way to avoid this is to develop a carefully...