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)

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...

Are XXL warehouses more efficient? (Link2LogisticsManagement)

As a result of the continued growth of online retail and e-commerce, it is becoming increasingly common to build an XXL warehouse – a storage facility of 40,000 m² or more. Groenewout’s Rob Wijnen  recently discussed the pros and cons in an article published in Link2LogisticsMagazine (in Dutch only), which was inspired by his contribution to another Dutch publication, Warehouse Totaal.    

Move and carry on: the secret to Hollister’s happy landing (Warehouse Totaal)

When you’re moving to a new warehouse facility, you preferably want your day-to-day operations to continue without interruption – but how can you ensure that? Job Sonke from Hollister Incorporated and Arthur Zondervan from specialized logistics consultancy firm Groenewout reveal the secret behind a successful relocation project. Two years ago Hollister moved its European DC in the Netherlands from Etten-Leur to Oud Gastel, a village eight kilometers from Roosendaal. The relocation involved the transfer of...

How efficient is an XXL warehouse ? (Warehouse Totaal)

The Netherlands is seeing explosive growth in the number of XXL warehouses, but is bigger always better? The answer: not from an internal logistics perspective. Extra steps are necessary to ensure an efficient warehouse set-up and keep costs under control. ‘XXL’ refers to warehouses bigger than 40,000 square meters. That number seems to have been chosen for a reason. The productivity of warehouse operatives declines in direct correlation with the size of the warehouse, according...