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Maximising intralogistics in the FMCG supply chain

Being automated ready, increasing flexibility and mobilising the next generation workforce are seen as key to intralogistics operations maximising their contribution to high performing supply chains in the future.

These were the conclusions from an industry debate recently hosted by Linde Material Handling UK, which put the spotlight on the critical role of storage and handling in making supply chains more resilient to the prospect of increased global uncertainty.

Kenny Watson, Senior Manager Intralogistics at Linde Material Handling UK, who was part of the debate, said: “Many fascinating and forward-thinking points emerged from the discussion that senior decision makers in the FMCG sector need to actively consider as part of their supply chain strategies.

He continued: “Intralogistics is more often than not overlooked when the role of supply chains in supporting global economies is talked about. Yet it’s where much of the innovation and efficiency gains are taking place in the supply chain.”

One area of particular discussion, unsurprisingly, was around automation in the warehouse. It was argued that being automation ready is a journey the customer has to go on ahead of actual automation being deployed to make sure the company is absolutely ready to get the best out of it from day one. The need to ensure automated solutions operate efficiently alongside staff was also highlighted.

Watson added: “Despite the warehouse becoming increasingly hi-tech, people were still seen as the greatest asset in intralogistics operations. Consequently, the view was that much more needed to be done to attract top talent to this leg of the supply chain, for example highly skilled engineers to look after the automated solutions. This in turn it was felt, required the story of the automated and forward-looking warehousing environment to be much better told.”






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