Thursday 22 November 2012

Taking space-management into the warehouse - a networking aid for NAMs?

Given that a NAM’s effectiveness increasingly depends upon multifunctional motivation, and with warehousing efficiency a key cost in the pricing equation, then any insight into optimising warehouse space has to count. This is why the fact that Mini Bendi have scooped the Innovation Award at Asda’s annual Store Proposition award ceremony is closer to the NAM role than you think.

The Asda view
Simon Grass, Asda Back of House Development Manager commented: “The Mini Bendi allows us to significantly drive the use of the cube in our back of house areas as it can work in the narrow aisle format and maximise the usable height available, but due to its way of working, that allows us to have pedestrian pick within the same area permitting the stores to drop and fill effectively. This supports the reduction in the building footprint and thus improves the building’s selling efficiency as we can either build a smaller store or increase the selling sq ft. It also allows us to lower the height of the building as we can now store as many pallets above ‘pedestrian pick’ in narrow aisles, as we could in the reach truck aisles at height, which is especially welcomed by the local planning authorities in certain areas of the country.”

A networking opportunity?
In a place where space is money, the Mini Bendi, which saves warehouse space, increases shop floor selling space and frees up congestion in the pedestrian pick area, offers NAMs a way of opening a productive networking dialogue with both colleagues and ‘back-of-store’ customer contacts.

Why not pass a link to relevant contacts and see it make a difference?

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