Friday, April 9, 2010

Rugby Logistics Group Solve A Terminal Illness

Solutions for a Congested Warehouse
Shipping News Feature

UK - Anyone who runs a pick and pack operation or any sort of warehouse or freight terminal where goods turnover quickly yet in large quantities, knows the costs and problems all centre round an efficient handling system. Goods arrive, offload, are stacked away taking up valuable room and have to be accessed quickly for shipping out with no double handling to eliminate wasted space, time and, ultimately, money.

The Fulfilment Store (TFS) based in Rugby is a logistics specialist offering a broad range of storage, picking, packing, distribution, and fulfilment solutions to a diverse client base to die for and which includes such high profile organisations as Sharp, BP, Wrigley, Amnesty International and Phones4U.

With three sites comprising over 150,000 sq ft of warehousing space, from where it manages more than 26,000 stock lines, ranging from paper-based literature to point of sale material, product management is the difference between success and failure and now, because efficient use of storage space is crucial to TFS, the company has switched to a flexible narrow aisle storage system at all three of its sites.

The move has meant the company has managed to exchange its old two fork truck system, with a counterbalanced machine working outside and feeding a reach truck inside, for single trucks designed to cope with an ultra modern stacking system. Aisle widths have been reduced from 3.5 metres to just 2.0 metres meaning the need to take on an extra warehouse has been eliminated.

The new trucks are Flexi G4’s, the most popular articulated truck in Europe, supplied by Narrow Aisle Ltd. of Tipton. John Maguire, sales and marketing director of Narrow Aisle Flexi, comments:

“Modern businesses need reliable standardised industrial trucks that can work through multi-shift applications with very high levels of up-time. Its unique feature’s, enable the Flexi to work in aisles down to 1.6 metres wide and lift to heights of 12.5 metres.”