Pal­leti­za­tion in Lo­gis­tics Man­age­ment

In food trans­porta­tion, pal­lets with the abil­ity to main­tain a clean, con­tam­i­na­tion free en­vi­ron­ment are gar­ner­ing at­ten­tion. In ad­di­tion, more ship­pers are look­ing for tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties that en­able them to mon­i­tor move­ments through the sup­ply chain.

Progressive Grocer (India) - - Contents - By Sunu Mathews

The land­scape of In­dian ware­hous­ing and trans­porta­tion of con­sum­able goods, which con­sti­tutes a ma­jor part of lo­gis­tics man­age­ment, is chang­ing for the bet­ter af­ter the im­ple­men­ta­tion of GST in the coun­try. For im­prov­ing lo­gis­tics in In­dia’s food and gro­cery in­dus­try, there is a press­ing need for the in­crease in the use of tech­nol­ogy and the avail­abil­ity of ad­vanced equip­ment and tools. The use of wooden pal­lets and fork­lifts is re­shap­ing the way goods are stored and trans­ported to dif­fer­ent points in the sup­ply chain. The ba­sic prob­lem the method ad­dresses is how the unit load is han­dled in var­i­ous stages of the chain in the dis­tri­bu­tion and re­tail en­vi­ron­ment.

Pal­leti­za­tion has be­come a boon for the food and bev­er­age in­dus­try, par­tic­u­larly in ar­eas where au­to­ma­tion was the need of the hour. We see a num­ber of com­pa­nies for­ay­ing into this goods cat­e­gory and we also see an in­flux in the vol­ume of goods be­ing trans­ported. Since pack­ag­ing and stor­age plays a dom­i­nant role in the qual­ity of the end prod­uct, the us­age of pal­lets and fork­lifts for stor­age and move­ment of goods from one place to an­other is vast and mul­ti­far­i­ous. The In­dian mar­ket is slowly gear­ing up for a trans­for­ma­tion to com­pletely au­to­mated ma­chin­ery for the same. In an age where tech­nol­ogy is an in­te­gral part of hu­man ex­is­tence, de­vel­op­ments in this sphere have blended in seam­lessly with all func­tions of busi­ness and its ba­sic day-to-day op­er­a­tions. Tech­nol­ogy has now swiftly moved to­wards au­to­ma­tion as is vis­i­ble in var­i­ous sec­tors, which has led to en­hanced pro­duc­tiv­ity and growth of busi­nesses. Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments are redefin­ing the way busi­ness is con­ducted nowa­days.

The adop­tion of pal­leti­za­tion for stor­age of goods is help­ing dif­fer­ent busi­nesses, both large and small, to store their prod­ucts ver­ti­cally and move them for one point to an­other in an ef­fi­cient and time-con­scious man­ner. The con­cept of pool­ing of re­sources has rev­o­lu­tion­ized busi­ness prac­tices as it helps in re­duc­ing car­bon foot­prints left be­hind by var­i­ous en­ergy-in­ten­sive pro­cesses. This is done by en­sur­ing that there is some stip­u­lated re­use of the same prod­uct mul­ti­ple times by dif­fer­ent busi­nesses or ser­vices. The most pru­dent way to ac­count for the method’s suc­cess is by leas­ing and pool­ing th­ese re­sources in a planned fash­ion and main­tain­ing prompt records of users that can be en­trusted to use dif­fer­ent tools. One way to do this is by utiliz­ing tech­nol­ogy-based soft­wares that are de­vised to mon­i­tor the use and al­lo­ca­tion of th­ese prod­ucts by busi­ness af­fil­i­ates.

The use of MHES (Ma­te­rial Han­dling Equip­ment) i.e. fork­lifts, stack­ers, reach trucks etc. is an­other ma­jor de­vel­op­ment in hu­man

The con­cept of pool­ing of re­sources has rev­o­lu­tion­ized busi­ness prac­tices as it helps in re­duc­ing car­bon foot­prints left be­hind by var­i­ous en­ergy-in­ten­sive pro­cesses.

en­gi­neer­ing as th­ese ma­chines can reach any height at any given lo­ca­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, they can also be used for trans­porta­tion and move­ment of large vol­umes of goods from one place to an­other with­out in­volv­ing ad­di­tional man­power. This method does not al­low any dam­age or wastage of goods as fold­able con­tain­ers of vary­ing sizes en­sure that frag­ile items are stored and trans­ported care­fully. Fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of GST, all ware­houses and trans­porta­tion units have be­come mod­ern and tech savvy. Con­sol­i­da­tion of ware­houses, a di­rect re­sult of util­i­sa­tion of ver­ti­cal stor­age space, is also sav­ing costs for large cor­po­rates and small busi­nesses alike. Stor­age and trans­porta­tion of goods on pal­lets has in­creased the ef­fi­ciency of busi­nesses and has even­tu­ally saved costs and re­sources. The end re­sult has seen a higher vis­i­bil­ity of mul­ti­ple brands in re­tail stores and on su­per­mar­kets shelves and has led to in­creased con­sumer con­nect. Pal­leti­za­tion is highly rec­om­mended for the food and bev­er­age in­dus­try, where the pri­mary con­cern is re­lated to han­dling of frag­ile items and main­tain­ing quick re­tail cy­cles of per­ish­able items. In both th­ese cir­cum­stances, the use of stor­age so­lu­tions like pal­lets, crates, totes and Mhe-man­aged move­ment be­comes cru­cial as they en­sure faster de­liv­er­ies and re­duces wastage of time, en­ergy and goods. As is clearly ev­i­dent, the need of the hour is smart au­to­ma­tion to drive larger busi­nesses, and save on tan­gi­ble re­sources.

Pal­leti­za­tion is highly rec­om­mended for the food and bev­er­age in­dus­try, where the pri­mary con­cern is re­lated to han­dling of frag­ile items and main­tain­ing quick re­tail cy­cles of per­ish­able items.

Sunu Mathews is Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor at LEAP In­dia. The start up is amongst the 7 com­pa­nies in the world that pro­vides equip­ment pool­ing and re­turn­able pack­ages, ef­fi­ciently re­duc­ing the num­ber of la­bor re­quire­ments and time. Lead­ing En­ter­prise in Ad­vanced Pool­ing also pro­vides ser­vices in strate­gic man­age­ment, busi­ness and op­er­a­tions man­age­ment, lum­ber sourc­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion busi­ness, chan­nel mar­ket­ing, sales and sup­ply chain.

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