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.
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.