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How to fit a quart into a pint pot

21 November 2018

Brexit has only exacerbated spiralling demand for warehouse space. The eComm boom had already greatly increased the need for warehousing, and we are still stewing in the hangover of the recession where years passed without new spec build warehouses coming online. But there is no doubt Brexit has brought this into sharper relief.

Consultancies are now telling companies to stockpile products in case of problems and delays with importing, which is particularly likely if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit. This flies in the face of years of advice on running supply chains lean.

This is a good time for you to review your logistics and storage operations. Can you better utilise the warehouse cube? Should you invest in temporary buildings? Should you explore cross-docking? In this issue, we have no shortage of space-saving solutions for you to consider, as we provide in every issue.

Check out the shuttle-based storage system a food firm has installed across multiple temperature zones. Pharma firm Cultech bought itself more space to keep pace with growth by deploying a permanent, steel-clad building and two extensions at its Port Talbot location. A specialist forklift can help you make the most of yard space and make cross docking more efficient.

Making the most of space is also a key concern for Muntons, a food ingredients firm based in Stowmarket. By the way, Muntons warehouse manager Nicki Milner won the reader’s prize (£100 of Amazon vouchers) when we surveyed the readership about future innovations for our Tomorrow’s Warehouse Special Report. It was great to follow this up with an interview at Muntons in Stowmarket and see the warehouse and logistics operations first hand. Nicki has developed a broad range of strategies to make the most of space at the plant, allowing the firm to grow considerably in recent years, particularly via exports. As she says ‘we fit a quart into a pint pot.’