Warehousing: Imperative to Supply Chain Fluidity
We live in a global economy where supply chain coordination between manufacturer and consumer has never been better.
Huge time pressures are being placed on the warehousing industry, how is Waltham Logistics responding to this?
As supply chains become leaner to increase fluidity and become more cost efficient, warehousing
has become a key contributor to manufacturers’ business objectives. Manufacturers are seeking to become ever more agile in meeting market
demands within decreasing time frames. To reduce pressure on our customers’ production economies, we run a warehouse that can quickly and effectively adapt to their needs. We assist in increasing our customers’ production lead times by ensuring their raw materials are delivered rapidly and accurately to their factory sites. Warehousing has radically changed from being a bottle neck in the supply chain to becoming adept in balancing out the variations between supply and demand.
How does Waltham Logistics meet manufacturers’ needs for increased lead times?
With all our customers we operate a Just In Time (JIT) service. Our background in the chilled food industry, which is absolutely dependent on an understanding of the critical time issues relating to production and delivery of goods, means it is second nature to respond to requests within the shortest possible time frame and to be adaptable to our customers’ needs. Alongside our scheduled bulk delivery and collection services, we frequently meet demands for smaller emergency deliveries from our warehouse to local customers. We take, on average, 37 minutes to pick, dispatch and deliver these urgent consignments to our clients’ factories in Grimsby.
How does Waltham Logistics contribute to the efficiency of the supply chain?
When I arrived in Grimsby I spent 14 years in logistics within the temperature controlled sector. One of the bugbears of the industry was the time wasted at storage facilities. Our current focus is on optimising time efficiency within the supply chain which means we give as much attention to the goods coming into storage, by providing rapid turnaround times for UK and European hauliers, as we do for goods being dispatched.
What are the benefits of outsourcing warehousing?
One of the great benefits of outsourcing warehousing is that it allows manufacturers to focus on their core competencies. The other obvious benefits to rapidly expanding small and medium enterprise (SME) manufacturers is to free up factory floor space currently used for storage in order to maximise production, and to ease the congestion of vehicles on site. Outsourcing warehousing addresses both of these issues.
Innovation is a buzz word in the industry, what do you see as the greatest catalyst and conversely the greatest obstacle to innovation?
People, people, people – on both accounts. We understand the concept that location, location, location within the property market determines the value of the asset – within logistics it is people, people, people. Visionary, creative people are foundational to innovation. Each team member at Waltham Logistics understands the importance of rapidly responding to our customers’ interests.