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Logistex User Group 2018

Users of Logistex’s warehouse management and control software recently gathered at the Kettering Park Hotel for our fifth User Group. Delegates heard about the latest product development, attended workshops on how to make the most of the software, and engaged in lively discussions with their industry peers about how to address business challenges facing them today.

A highlight of the day was guest speaker Brian McBride, Chairman of ASOS and former MD of Amazon UK, who gave our closing speech. Brian spoke about digital disruption, citing the likes of Nokia and Kodak who went from being hugely successful to falling by the wayside as they did not respond to digital advances. He also spoke about the importance of mobile and social media, giving examples from ASOS and Amazon, and ultimately arguing that retailers only have two choices – ‘Evolve or Die.’

“All the speeches, presentations & workshops were highly professional, and the content was all current & relevant to our working world”
(Network Systems Development Manager, Wincanton Logistics).

SHD Logistics Conference

The SHD Logistics Conference, ‘Transforming Logistics Through Technology’, returned this month allowing attendees to discover transformative new technology, network with senior logistics professionals, and debate and discuss the challenges faced in today’s environment.

Among the speakers were Justin Saw, Sales Director at Logistex, and Naila Dad, Head of Operations at Pharmacy2U who discussed the award winning pharmaceutical dispensing facility created by Logistex and Pharmacy2U. The pair also sat on the afternoon conference panel to take questions from the audience.

Read the Pharmacy2U case study and see a video of the facility in action here.

Visit us at eDelivery Expo – 21st-22nd March

There’s no rest for the wicked! One show down and the LWS Reflex team are busy preparing for the next one! After a busy couple of days at IntraLogisteX, Logistex are now getting ready for our next big event – eDelivery Expo, the UK’s largest retail fulfilment and final mile event.

The eDelivery expo will be taking place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd March at the NEC in Birmingham. Logistex will be on stand F61 showcasing our innovative warehouse management software.

Not sure of your stock levels? Want to improve pick accuracy? Need to manage peaks of activity but don’t want to pay even more when you bring in temporary staff? Then pop along to the Logistex stand for a chat with Mark and James about how you can combat these issues and try a live hands on demo of our WMS. Register free here!

One month countdown to IntraLogistex..!

There’s only a month to go until the biggest ever IntraLogistex exhibition! The 2 day event, taking place on Tuesday 27th – Wednesday 28th February at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, provides a comprehensive platform for all the latest cutting edge technology available to give your business the power to stay one step ahead of the operation.

Not sure of your stock levels? Want to improve pick accuracy? Need to manage peaks of activity but don’t want to pay even more when you bring in temporary staff? Logistex will be on stand 142 to discuss how you can combat these issues, and showcasing a live demo of our innovative warehouse management software.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Christmas Jumper Day

Employees at the Kettering Head Office sported their favourite festive knits on Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save the Children. Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day raises money to bring essential healthcare, education, protection and food to millions of children around the world who are missing out on these basics.

Here’s a few snaps of our festivities!

Christmas Jumper Competition Winner: Jonathan Skelly (Solutions Design Engineer)

Logistex Celebrates 80 Years

The story behind Logistex’s growth and success

Logistex can trace its roots back to 1937 when it started as Cleco, a name synonymous with advanced and sophisticated automated systems throughout the latter part of the 20th century. The name Cleco will be familiar to many, for years it was one of the strongest and most respected companies in the industry, designing and manufacturing materials handling products, including VNA automated stacker cranes, with which the company was most associated. Even then, the company supplied integrated solutions based on bought in products from other materials handling manufacturers as well as in-house equipment, so the business model we use today is one that has always been a part of the company’s culture.

As the world of IT and software systems became more advanced,  Cleco merged with software house Io Systems, with whom the company had a long-term partnership, in the 1990s to provide the additional expertise needed to support its own increasingly sophisticated systems. This commitment to specialist in-house IT expertise remains part of the company’s DNA to this day.

Following a management buyout from former owners Melrose PLC, Logistex is now a fully independent business, managed by the team which turned the business round into a financially robust, profitable and successful organisation. The company head office is located in Kettering, Northamptonshire, and employs over 250 people throughout the country.

After dusting off an old Cleco finance ledger, we can see there have been many highs, and some lows, along the journey. 1944 saw costs for damage as a result of the war, whilst 1969 saw an allowance for depreciation of the company aeroplane! The company cars looked a lot different back then too; in the swinging 60s Logistex employees were driving around in the likes of a Ford Zodiac, Humber Hawk, Hillman Minx and an electric van.

Open Cleco finance ledger

Today, Logistex continue to design and deliver intelligent, productive and cost effective warehouse solutions, helping hundreds of clients in a variety of sectors to raise productivity, improve service and cut costs. We’ve made lots of friends along the way too. Mike Hellier, Logistics Product Development Manager at our most longstanding partner, Pladis, says; “Our many years in successful partnership with Logistex are testament to their good attitude, high performance and excellent quality. Logistex continues to deliver excellent service within a highly demanding and pressurised environment. The team at Logistex continues to demonstrate organisational and personal excellence and I am confident that our partnership will continue for another 25 years. Happy Birthday Logistex – your people have made you a success.”

Some of our most recent successes include the automation of the Superdrug NDC which saw a 48% increase in throughput in the first year using 60% less operational cost, and a revolutionary warehousing and dispensing hub for Pharmacy2U which has improved their clinical accuracy to an industry leading 99.98%.

Jerry Woodhouse, Managing Director at Logistex says; “Logistex takes great pride in celebrating its 80th anniversary.  From humble beginnings as a manufacturer of electrical components, Logistex has developed into one of the UK’s leading providers of automated material handling systems, serving the needs of warehouse operators nationwide. The passion and innovation exhibited in the early days of the company continues today helping fuel our continued success. But it is the support of our customers, employees and suppliers that is most important and for which I express my gratitude”.

timeline of Logistex projects

Pharmacy2U and Logistex Win Top Prize at The Logistics Awards!

We’re thrilled that Pharmacy2U and Logistex won not one, but two awards last night at the prestigious Logistics Awards. Pharmacy2U and Logistex scooped up trophies for best ‘New Facility’ and ‘Overall Winner’ for the night. A huge congratulations to the whole team who made this groundbreaking new facility possible. You can watch a video of the evening and see the team collecting their awards here. 

You can also see a video of Pharmacy2U’s dispensing and warehouse system in action here.

Justin Saw (Logistex) and Naila Dad (Pharmacy2U) with the New Facility award

Justin Saw (Logistex) and Naila Dad (Pharmacy2U) with the New Facility award