Material requirements planning (MRP) makes it possible to plan what and how many materials are necessary for carrying out a production process. This system ensures that you receive the right materials for maintaining low inventory levels and meeting customers’ needs.
Unitization is a key supply chain process consisting of properly preparing the goods to facilitate their storage, handling, and transfer.
By being fully-automated operations-wise, Laboratorios Maverick’s rack-supported warehouse was able to cut order prep and delivery times by half, optimizing each truck’s load volume. The warehouse, set up next to the production center the company has in Tarragona (Spain), is fitted with cutting-edge technology and runs the Mecalux Easy WMS.
Eurofred, a refrigeration equipment distribution company, will equip its new warehouse in Spain with pallet racks and racking run by the Pallet Shuttle system of Interlake Mecalux. The two storage solutions will accommodate a total of 7,940 pallets of the company's finished products.
A warehouse control system (WCS) is a system that manages the automated elements in an installation. The software receives instructions from the WMS and coordinates the machinery in the warehouse in order to carry out the orders.
Minimum order quantity (MOQ): it’s possible to negotiate this with suppliers to reduce the initial outlay, minimize storage costs, and avoid warehouse overstocking.
Augmented reality and wearable technology add value to warehouse logistics. This technology frees up the hands of operators, enabling them to work quickly, comfortably, and safely.
Warehouse slotting describes the strategy for distributing stock among the various locations in an installation to boost productivity in processes such as goods receipt and picking.
The Ciech Group, one of Eastern Europe’s leading manufacturers of evaporated salt, is making its largest-ever investment with the construction of a new salt plant in Stassfurt, Germany. It will be equipped with a fully automated, 131-foot-tall warehouse providing storage capacity for over 10,000 pallets.
The year 2020 was marked by changes in consumer habits and logistics on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Being on top of the trends and latest technological developments for 2021 is crucial for companies that aim to grow and stand out in the market.
Dock to stock: efficiency in this process helps to increase warehouse throughput. Cutting cycle times is possible through the implementation of automated storage systems and digital tools.
3D printing constitutes technology with an enormous potential for transforming logistics and transportation. Its main characteristic is easy product personalization.
Inventory management with Excel: nowadays, many businesses depend on this to control their warehouse stock. But is it enough? WMSs ensure comprehensive goods control in real time.
The Plásticos del Segura production warehouse in Spain is managed by Easy WMS of Mecalux
Minimizing and managing backorders means that a company’s supply chain is efficient and that its warehouse is free of stockouts.
Logistics manager is a position of great responsibility in any company, regardless of sector, as this key figure’s role is to manage all processes taking place in the warehouse.
The demand for warehouses closer to cities — which breaks with the tradition of setting up logistics centers far from large urban areas — has led to a shortage in available land.
A detailed bill of materials increases the throughput of all processes involved in the production chain. There are various types, depending on activity and business needs.
Kitting is a process aimed at increasing assembly line productivity. It consists of compiling the materials and components necessary to manufacture a product.
Dark warehouses are installations in which no lighting is required: all processes taking place in them are fully automated, doing away with the need for human intervention.
The Italian logistics operator Genta S.n.c. has a distribution centre consisting of Interlake Mecalux compact racks with the Pallet Shuttle system and pallet racks in Santa Vittoria d'Alba (Italy). The resulting storage capacity exceeds 7,000 pallets of alcoholic beverages.
The direct-to-consumer (D2C) sales model refers to manufacturing companies that sell their products directly to end customers, without the need for intermediaries.
Item coding is a way of appropriately identifying each item in the warehouse. The main advantage is that it makes it possible to carry out inventory control in real time.
Training centre Startévo has opened an installation in Leulinghem (France) for its students to develop their skills by working in a warehouse. Interlake Mecalux has installed pallet racking, picking shelves, the semi-automated Pallet Shuttle system and the Easy WMS warehouse management system.
Logistics centers are much more than merely spaces for storing goods. Their role is essential to having an efficient supply chain. Depending on their design, location, and various functions, they can be classified as particular types of facilities.
Micro-fulfillment is a logistics strategy that serves to bring retailers’ warehouses closer to end consumers, thus streamlining deliveries of online orders.
Pesquera Veraz, a company dedicated to the extraction, processing and marketing of products from the sea, will build two freezer stores. Interlake Mecalux has equipped them with racking and the semi-automatic Pallet Shuttle system, which will provide capacity for over 3,000 pallets.
Businesses in the food, cosmetics, and chemical industries use cleanrooms to manufacture their products. In the warehouse, automatic conveyors securely connect cleanrooms to the other areas in the installation.
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