Automating e-commerce

Companies that are involved in e-commerce or omnichannel retailing are advised to start giving automation some serious thought, according to Dirk Becks. “In view of future challenges such as the pressing labor shortage, the ever-changing e-commerce market and rising customer expectations, automation and material handling will play an increasingly important role in logistics.”

Automation success depends on environmental factors

There is no question that material handling systems such as shuttles, pocket sorters and Autostore achieve a high output. However, people tend to forget that such a system forms part of the bigger picture, and that it is necessary to make health & safety and facilities-related adaptations to the building too (whether it is a new or existing one). It’s one thing to opt for mechanization, but various experts – including Groenewout’s Mari van...

Round table session on logistics challenges in e-commerce

Countless parcels are shipped every day. Many of these products pass through a complex logistics cycle as they are transported from the retailer to the consumer – including home delivery, if possible. As a result of e-commerce growth, we will see an explosive increase in the number of parcel shipments over the coming years. Needless to say, the pressure on the logistics sector will increase exponentially too. How is the sector preparing for that? We...

Omnichannel: from vision to reality

Whereas, a couple of years ago, companies in the logistics sector had at best formulated an omnichannel vision, today that vision is actually becoming reality. In a warehouse, logistics flows are increasingly intertwined and companies are taking a much more integral approach. Now, words really have been turned into deeds.” And that is producing a number of new challenges. This article was published in Online Retailer magazine (in Dutch only).  

Logistics real estate: Past performance is no guarantee of future results

Numerous developers are finally daring to take the risk of constructing new logistics real estate once more. Now that the economy is growing again and the need for storage space is rising rapidly, property developers are initiating new-build warehouse projects without necessarily having a tenant lined up. That was less of a problem in the past since there was general agreement on the definition of a ‘market-conforming’ building, but the growth of e-commerce is...

Food retail needs to speed up supply chain collaboration

In food retail, collaboration between supply chain partners has been the topic of fervent discussion for many years. Although everyone is aware of the benefits, there are still very few examples of supply chain collaboration in practice. It’s now time to change all that. Supply chain collaboration is more important than ever before, not least due to e-commerce, and the necessary conditions are already in place to make it a success. “Data is the new...

Getting more out of warehouse data without costly tools

Warehouses are the source of a wealth of data that is still severely under-utilized, according to Rob Wijnen, Senior Consultant and Data Specialist at Groenewout. He presents five steps to help companies get more out of their logistics data without needing cost-intensive and complex tools. The importance of data in optimizing processes and performance needs no explanation nowadays. Most logistics managers realize that they can and should leverage more meaningful information from their data –...

A focus on working conditions boosts the value of logistics real estate

Mega distribution centers for e-commerce seem to be popping up everywhere. Despite rising levels of mechanization, such distribution centers still often employ hundreds of people. The sheer size of these facilities can lead to labor shortages on the local job market. Therefore, in the battle for the right people, one weapon is becoming ever-more important: the physical working conditions. Over the coming years more focus on and investment in working conditions will increasingly give logistics...

Overview of steps towards achieving BREEAM certification

Do companies applying for a BREEAM rating incur lots of extra costs? Not necessarily. A large number of measures fall into the category of ‘low-hanging fruit’, meaning that companies don’t have to spend much time or money to reap significant benefits. Read on for an overview of low-hanging fruit for a three-star BREEAM rating. Use of warehouse. To reduce waste, BREEAM requires the design and layout of the building to be aligned with the...

Benefits of BREEAM vary from one warehouse to another

It should come as no surprise that BREEAM certification is hugely popular within logistics, because in this sector in particular a three-star rating is within easy reach thanks to lots of ‘low-hanging fruit’. However, there are a few hidden pitfalls, including ones related to benchmarking and the fiscal benefits that are associated with BREEAM certification. The number of BREEAM-certified square meters in the industry is rising rapidly. At the start of this year the...