Lift, load and deliver! Double your productivity in Logistics.

Logistics, Productivity

Working in Logistics or Distribution is a never-ending strive to be as productive and cost-efficient as possible, in order to keep up with the increasing demands of the market. In these challenging times, when the market is rapidly changing, its behavior and online sales is accelerating. Logistics and Distribution centers need to keep up with an even higher pace and demand. Since the pandemic hit us, more than one in three consumers admit to beginning with – or increasing – their online grocery shopping. (Source: Ericsson) Are there still elements in the logistics process that can be improved? Is doubled productivity even a possibility?

Market expectations

In the media industry, the digital transformation has enabled consumers instant access to whatever content they want. In the non-digital world, products still need to be shipped to their destination by trucks, trains, airplanes, or ships. However, since the digital “instant-access society” has become so successful, consumers now also expect instant access to physical deliveries. These expectations are also evident in the B2B sector. Of the companies surveyed in a recent study, 88% say that their customers currently request same-day delivery. (Source: Ericsson)

The solutions enabling this evolution has been a combination of manufacturing where the production costs are optimal, just-in-time shipping, highly automated fulfilment centers and, to a growing extent, mobile connectivity.

Bottlenecks in the logistic process flow

Looking at this simplified process flow within a distribution center, we have identified 3 steps that can be improved. These steps will potentially double productivity, depending on the facility’s unique challenges of course.Logistic industry workflow

  • Truck or container loading & unloading
  • Conveyor to pallet & palletizing
  • Order picking

Whether unloading, palletizing or order picking, handling products is still a highly manual task, however more automated solutions continue to emerge.

Efficient lifting solutions will solve most of the hassle found at these bottlenecks. Reducing downtime, employee cost, securing your personnel’s health and safety, and minimizing damage to goods will all boost productivity and provide a quick return on investment.

Truck or container loading & unloading

With a never-ending arrival of goods, it is of essence that goods are unloaded and brought into the process flow in a distribution center as fast and accurate as possible. What are the challenges? Unloading is a laborious task, usually demanding physically strong manpower that can cope up with the hard work. Goods might come in many different sizes and shapes and all need to be handled with care not to cause damage.  At the same time, you do not want to cause any downtime in the following process steps.

Conveyor to pallet & palletizing

When the goods are unloaded, they need to be sorted and palletized in an efficient way to make their way into their final destination in the center. This is usually a manual station requiring lots of lifts of all sorts of packages, bags, long, heavy items. How can you ensure that workers stay efficient throughout the day? How can you make sure they do not risk any physical strain to their bodies? Can you reduce the risk of dropping and damaging the goods? And how to make sure that the available floorspace is utilized in the best possible way?

Order picking

The last element of the logistic process flow is the order picking. We often see the need for 2 people helping each other to manage heavy or bulky items. Sometimes the product is stored in cramped places where one person simply cannot manage the picking on their own. In addition, there is still the concern of social distancing.

Bending into pallet racks and twisting and turning while lifting goods is also highly affecting the endurance of the workforce. Here, as in all other parts of the logistics flow, speed is of the essence. All lifting solutions that help workers needs to be up and running without delay. It is also very important to optimize utilization of space – storing goods in the best possible way for the fastest order picking possible.

Solutions to bottlenecks in Logistics

There are several different lifting solutions that can solve the difficulties in the different steps described. Many aspects make vacuum lifting stand out compared to the alternatives. To get up to speed with the most important actions you can take to ensure optimal productivity, click here to download our full article. Get a thorough look into how you can improve the productivity in your logistics facility.

Return on Investment

When investing in new solutions or systems, it is critical to the return on that investment. We know for certain that one important benefit you will get from implementing assisted lifting solutions are healthier and happier employees. You will also decrease sick leave and associated costs, as well as minimize the trouble of having to reorganize personnel to cope with the daily tasks.

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