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Desire to boost warehouse IT a key event driver

12 December 2012

Warehouse professionals attending the recent Warehouse Technology Group event in October reported a desire to boost warehouse IT performance as one of the key reasons for attending. The event took place on 18-19 Octo

Warehouse professionals attending the recent Warehouse Technology Group event in October reported a desire to boost warehouse IT performance as one of the key reasons for attending.

The event took place on 18-19 October at the Mantra Learning facility in Manchester and is the group's second showcase of the year.

Barloworld was the event's guest forklift supplier.

Craig Brophy, logistics manager for print and direct mail services at Communisis attended the event, with the aim of seeking out ideas that will help improve warehouse operations.

Among the areas under consideration was IT, as Brophy explains: "I've had a look at the IT side of things, and we are considering using a dashboard to give us reports on KPIs etc.

"It's useful to let everyone know what's happening and identify what levels of activity there are.We do a lot of material and pallet moves in and around our Leeds site and greater visibility could help us identify the materials handling kit that will work best for us, or maybe help us let some kit go." Lighting was another repeated focus of attention for the warehouse professionals in attendance. Terry Whyte, engineering, safety & production manager at Wardle Storeys, a manufacturer of polymer films and coated fabrics for sectors including automotive and contract furniture, also attended the event.

"These events are useful to keep up to date with current technologies.

We are hopefully building a new warehouse in the future, so we are making sure if we see something that would be of benefit to us, we can incorporate it into this new facility," he explains.

"Most of the lighting we have currently is the old fashioned type. It interesting to see what is available now. The ability to switch on and off when people are present, without having the long strike times that have been associated with it, is interesting." Phil Culling, chairman of Redirack and one of the organisers of the Warehouse Technology Group is delighted with the progress of the event.

"This was our third event and we are learning each time. The exhibitors have had good leads and are interested in putting the next one on, which is planned for May. The event is informal, people don't feel pressured and the salesmen don't pounce on them. The catering is in the body of the warehouse, so there is a great opportunity to mingle."
 
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