Smart storage systems call for smart thinking

New technologies are opening up new opportunities for smart warehousing – resulting in not only lower costs, but also faster and more flexible processes. But how can you start making your warehouses ‘smarter’? In the second in a series of six articles, Dirk Becks explains what makes shuttle systems, autonomous mobile robot (AMR) systems and cubic storage systems so ideal for smart warehousing. To read Dirk’s previous article, which outlines which factors to consider when choosing...

Step by step to smart warehousing

New technologies offer numerous opportunities to make warehouses ‘smarter’. Besides reducing costs, that also results in faster and more flexible processes. But how can you implement smart warehousing in practice? Dirk Becks answers this question in a series of six articles. In the first article, he examines the factors that influence which solution to choose. This article was published on logistiek.nl in October 2020. Click here to read the article on logistiek.nl or download in PDF (in Dutch only)

Kiezen voor Smart Warehousing? Neem deze stappen

Nieuwe technologieën bieden de mogelijkheid om onze warehouses slimmer te maken. Dat leidt niet alleen tot lagere kosten, maar ook tot snellere en flexibelere processen. Maar hoe zet je nu de stap naar Smart Warehousing? Dirk Becks beantwoordt deze vraag in een serie van zes artikelen. In dit eerste artikel gaat hij in op de factoren die bepalend zijn voor de te kiezen oplossing. Dit artikel is gepubliceerd op logistiek.nl, oktober 2020. Smart warehousing opent nieuwe mogelijkheden voor...

Importance of a sound omnichannel strategy

How can you combine e-commerce with brick-and-mortar stores? Groenewout outlines the importance of a sound omnichannel strategy; Although e-commerce is becoming increasingly difficult for retailers to ignore, brick-and-mortar stores are unlikely to completely disappear from the retail landscape. There is growing evidence that omnichannel retail strategies – and the associated supply chains – are the way to go. Mohamed Lasgaa recently shared his views on the latest developments, the impact of the coronavirus crisis and...

Strong e-commerce growth fuels logistics real-estate sector’s optimism for rapid recovery

“Sorting centers have been working overtime since the coronavirus outbreak. The coronavirus crisis has had a substantial impact on real estate in general, but after a sharp drop that lasted a couple of months, the logistics sector already appears to be recovering – and it’s all thanks to the accelerating e-commerce growth. This article analyzes the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the logistics real-estate sector.” This article, which includes a contribution from Mari van...

How many solar panels do you need? (Warehouse Totaal)

Solar panels are becoming an increasingly common sight on warehouse and distribution center roofs. There is no question that they make a valuable contribution to improving sustainability in the logistics sector. But is it really necessary to cover the entire roof with solar panels, or can you generate sufficient energy with a smaller number? At the Greenport Venlo business park, Nunner Logistics has moved into a new 110,000m2 warehouse and the entire roof is being covered...

The Art of Optimizing Warehouse Design (Nekst magazine)

Nekst magazine reports activities organized by Asset | Econometrics of Tilbury University and publishes interviews with interesting econometricians like our colleague Rob Besten. In a recent interview, Rob talked about what it is like to work at Groenewout. After successfully defending his master’s thesis in Business Analytics and Operations Research at Tilburg University, Rob joined Groenewout as a consultant. He was particularly attracted to the firm due to the opportunity to analyze logistics processes, plus the idea...

The physical store is here to stay (Online Retailer)

Belgium’s B2C e-commerce records are being broken year after year. According to the latest estimates, the country passed the €11 billion milestone in 2019, 45% of which was spent on products. The actual figures still have to be confirmed, but there is no denying that consumers take a very positive view of online shopping. Nevertheless, e-commerce should mainly be seen as functional shopping, according to Groenewout’s Mohamed Lasgaa: “If you’re looking for customer experience,...

Continued investment in proven technology

Rising demand and the labor shortage are changing the face of warehouses, and the shift towards mechanization is already well underway, according to logistics consultants at Groenewout. Yet despite the robotization trend, in practice companies are still primarily investing in proven technology. Although there is much talk of warehouse robotization, our own research shows that – so far – it is rarely chosen as the winning design. “Robotization is not yet being implemented on a...

Investeren in bewezen technologie

Warehouses zijn aan verandering onderhevig als gevolg van een toenemende vraag en de krapte op de arbeidsmarkt. De trend naar mechanisatie is dan ook duidelijk ingezet, stelt Groenewout. Ondanks de tendens naar robotisering wordt in de praktijk vooralsnog vooral geïnvesteerd in bewezen technologie. Er wordt veel gesproken over robotisering in warehouses, maar uit onze studies blijkt het vaak nog niet het winnende ontwerp. “Het wordt in de praktijk niet op grote schaal toegepast, wat alles heeft...