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.
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.
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?
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.
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 email@example.com or call us on 01536 480 600.