The team here at HQ have been very busy the last two weeks, with two exhibitions on we have exhausted our feet, backs and brains while exhibiting and hosting a demo suite on our Logistex stands.
First the team headed to London, to the Retail Business Technology Exhibition (RBTE) on at Earls Court. It was our first time and the show and we were pleasantly surprised by the mix of retailers that were represented at this prestigious show. After snow attempted to hold us up on the Monday we successfully managed to get down and set up in time for an early start of Tuesday.
By the end of the show we had done many a demonstration of our Warehouse Management System, LWS Reflex, where visitors to our stand could order from our online web shop, pick their desired items, pack them and then despatch the goods, giving the client a true feel of the system and the efficiency that installing LWS Reflex could add to their operation.
After a busy two days at RBTE, we all established that sitting down at our desks five days a week comes at a price, as when we finished standing, lifting, loading and walking for three days solidly, we were totally exhausted and needed rest back in the office for the rest of the week.
Our relaxation was short lived and on the following Monday we were back in the van and heading North this time to Birmingham’s NEC where we were to exhibit at the tri-annual International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX).
IMHX is the UK’s most comprehensive materials handling and logistics event with over 400 exhibitors and approximately 20,000 visitors over the four days the show is open.
The show was open to visitors on Tuesday and right from the word go we were busy telling potential clients about our vast range of services, from complete integrated automated warehouse projects, engineering support services, hotline and support and of course our WMS, LWS Reflex.
The demo suite was live once again and visitors were enjoying having the reality of warehouse picking at their fingertips on our 35 square metre stand.
If the sound of our LWS Reflex demo suite sounds like something you would like to see for yourself, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a demonstration at our head office in Kettering. Alternatively we will be attending the E-Commerce show in October and hope to see you there.
IMHX is not all about the selling but also a fantastic networking opportunity for the industry and much of our time was spent catching up with acquaintances from present and past.
Logistex is a member of AMSHA (Automated Material Handling Systems Association Ltd) which opens a door to numerous opportunities including a speaking spot at the AMHSA Pavilion which hosted ‘Meet the Experts’ talks throughout the four day event. Our Business Development Director took to the stage with his talk ‘Does Cloud Reign’ which discussed the future of Cloud based WMS and automation. If this is something of interest, be sure to log onto the blog in the coming days for the slides and article.
As well as the serious stuff of exhibiting and seminars, the team also took part in the AMHSA five-a-side football tournament, held at the Lucozade Powerleague football centre in Yardley. Four teams were there and geared up for the challenge, including AMHSA, Logistex, Swisslog and Caljan. It was a cold night and the spectators were few and far between, who really wants to spend an evening after exhibiting all day in the freezing cold watching five-a-side football I ask?
The teams played each other in the first round and the two top teams went through to the final. After some close, and some not so close, matches the final was down to team Logistex and Swisslog. The match was close, with possession being dominated by Logistex but at the final whistle the score was 2-2. It went straight to penalties, with each team scoring all the penalties, so after play and penalties the guys were all tired and called it a draw, how sporting!
Swisslog and Logistex take joint first place
Thursday morning of the show started with a lot of sore muscles, deep heat and limping, nothing another day exhibiting couldn’t fix.
All in all IMHX was a successful and eventful show where we met with some great businesses who we hope to be speaking with again very soon.