Monthly Archives: August 2013

Third Annual LWS Reflex User Group a Huge Success!

On 3rd July 2013 Logistex, together with our valued customers Arco, hosted the third annual LWS Reflex User Group.

The annual event is set up to enable existing customers and users of the LWS Reflex Warehouse Management System to learn about new developments, discuss processes with other users and share ideas and strategies with the LWS Reflex Product Development Team.

This year the event was held at the impressive National Distribution Centre of Arco in Hull. The site holds 22,000 products that supply their network of 41 branches over the UK and Ireland.

Arco has worked with Logistex for many years and originally installed the Warehouse Management System in 2005. A recent upgrade project implemented by Logistex included:

  • Additional automatic order consolidation tote buffer
  • Extension of existing tote infeed & outfeed for new buffer
  • New consolidation buffers infeed conveyor & support mezzanine
  • New tote conveyor linked into the existing system to provide additional accumulation and resilient routing
  • Modifications to the existing WMS and CCS
  • Upgrade of obsolete tote handling ASRM drive controllers

The day started with introductions from our LWS Reflex Business Development Manager, Ian Stevens and a presentation about Arco’s National Distribution Centre from Arco’s Divisional Director of Logistics, Neil Griffiths.

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Delegates enjoyed a presentation by Joel Ray, Head of Consultancy for Transport Intelligence, the day’s Industry Guest Speaker, who spoke to the delegates about e-Commerce and the impact of e-Tailing on the logistics industry. Citing a recent study undertaken by Ti and Savills he described how the market is developing right now and the trends we can expect in the future.

After a networking lunch was a group tour of the 200,000 square foot facility which operates 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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This was followed by group discussions that focused on requirements and ideas for development of the LWS Reflex Warehouse Management System, topics included:

  • What impact will global e-Commerce have on the traditional warehousing model?
  • From receipt of palletized goods, storing, picking and shipping. What to watch out for.
  • Toteable and non-toteable products. Should we deal with them separately or consolidate?
  • Have the customers and order profiles changed since the introduction of the Automated Systems? How do the systems cope with this and what would be needed to make the systems cope better with these changes?

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The delegates enjoyed the chance to share experience and discuss these points in detail with like-minded individuals in similar positions to their own. A select number of consultants and our Logistex team were also able to shed some light on tricky topics.

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The day was tied up with a presentation by Logistex’s Systems Manager, Bernie Ryan who ran through the LWS Reflex Road Map, leaving delegates excited with what is yet to come from Logistex and the LWS Reflex product.

If you would like to find out more about the LWS Reflex Warehouse Management System and what Logistex could do for you please contact us at reflex@logistex.com or call us on 01536 480 600.

 

Logistex at Logistics Leaders Network Annual Lunch

On the 11th June 2013 a group from Logistex were lucky enough to attend the Logistics Leaders Network Annual Lunch hosted at Mercedes Benz World in Brooklands, Weybridge.

A vintage Mercedes

The event was well attended with over 100 delegates from across the logistics industry.

The day started out with a presentation by Richard Hunt CBE, Chairman of the London Ambulance Service. Richard is also an executive coach, who has recently launched the ‘Leadership Vault’ which is a very simple process of identifying the skills and qualities of people in organisations required to achieve inspirational leadership.

Richard Hunt presenting

He has an operations and general management background in the oil industry, aviation and the logistics and supply chain sectors with companies such as Total Oil, Grand Met, Courage Brewing and Exel Logistics. Amongst other senior roles he was Chief Executive of Exel Europe and Chief Executive of the Aviation Division of Go Ahead Plc., providing services at 17 UK airports.

In the public sector Richard was a non-executive advisor with the Highways Agency for five years and is a Colonel in the Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps advising the MOD. He has also been International President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) with operations in 30 countries.

He was appointed CBE in 2004 for services to logistics and transport.

His presentation covered the challenges faced by the London Ambulance Service including goals and KPI’s as well as the emotional and mental challenges that Paramedics on the front line face every day. There were certainly a couple of sombre moments as he told stories of some infamous moments in history involving the amazing work of the London Ambulance Service.

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Richard Hunt CBE was followed by pre-lunch drinks in the AMG Lounge, where delegates we surrounded by Mercedes AMG cars.

A wonderful 3 course lunch was served on the second floor gallery overlooking the Brooklands race track and surrounded by vintage Mercedes cars. During our time there, delegates had the opportunity to look around the innovation centre, at new car concepts, and try their hand at driving around the Top Gear track on a simulator.

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Drinks before lunch

After lunch Malcolm Hannon, Business Unit Director for Mace Group gave delegates a presentation on the logistics involved in the building of The Shard.

Malcolm has gained a wealth of experience from varied projects he has been involved with during his 33 years in the construction industry. Malcolm joined Mace in May 1998 and has worked on numerous construction projects in a variety of roles.

Malcolm has managed numerous construction logistics commissions in the open market for a variety of clients such as HAL at Terminal 5, BMW at Cowley, Sellar Property Group at The Shard and ISG at One Hyde Park.

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His presentation covered all elements and challenges involved in building such a large and impressive structure in a very tight space in Central London. We saw time lapse photography of The Shard’s construction which gave a true perspective of the project, alongside statistics such as:

  • The Shard is 310 metres/ 1016 feet tall with 87 floors
  • The timescale of the build was 39 months, beginning in March 2009 and completion in September 2012
  • The building has 11,000 glass panels which equates to 1,367,784 sq ft/56,000 m
  • There are 306 flights of stairs
  • The total floor space is 31.4 acres – 1,367,784 sq ft, or more than 16 football pitches.
  • Single basement concrete pour of 5500m³ – the largest pour ever achieved
  • It is the 59th tallest building in the world, around 2.7 times shorter than the tallest, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is 2,717ft high.

The day was finished off with a chance to admire the beautiful vintage cars at the venue as well as view the brand new Mercedes truck that was being showcased.

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