In the October edition of Food Manufacture magazine, Alyson Magee reports on how the UK food and drinks manufacturing industry is following in the footsteps of major retailers and looking towards the increased use of automation within warehousing and storage. As labour rates fall, and costs increase, the article discusses how online shopping demands and technological advances have shaped the warehousing sector, and how warehouse safety could be compromised as a result.
With a background in performance optimisation and project management across automated and mechanised sites, Bis Henderson Consulting’s Neil Adcock was invited to contribute to the discussion as an expert in the industry. Having followed the development of these forms of technology throughout his career, Neil was able to provide valuable insights on the advances in core warehouse technology and the technology he believes will have a real impact on declining labour rates.
As a business we work on a wide range of Supply Chain consulting projects across the industry, and our experience within the food sector spans across the whole supply chain. Working across a breadth of projects in transport, network and solution design with some of the largest producers and manufacturers, logistics 3PLs, wholesalers and distributors, retails and end users in the sector, Neil and all of our consultants understand the importance of an effective supply chain to support excellent service in delivery.
The article also contains comments from:
- Peter Ward, United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA)
- Mike Flynn, Gist
- Chris Tozer, Ivanti Supply Chain
- Chris Sturman, Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF)
- Jaap Vos, Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (SEMA)
- Alex Mills, ProSKU