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concertina-1Chess provides software and integrated hardware solutions to help companies optimise warehouse performance in the key sectors of wholesale, consumer, 3PL and industrial. These systems will deliver the best practice methodology needed for the highest levels of operational efficiency and customer service. They will create an effective, streamlined operation that reduces supply chain costs, maximises productivity and assists ongoing business growth.
concertina-2Our approach to implementing our systems is a holistic one. We’ll guide you through the process by helping define your requirements, advising on use and selection of the right technology, and giving practical support and assistance throughout the project. Then following successful project conclusion, our support department, staffed by technical experts, will become your regular point of contact for all system advice and assistance.
concertina-3We are founding members of the Warehouse Technology Group (WTG) – a unique collaboration of 20 plus companies all involved in the manufacture and supply of specialist equipment to the warehousing and logistics industry. We hold regular events for logistics professionals at our fully operational warehouse – the Logistics Research and Innovation Centre (LRIC) – in Middleton, North Manchester – a 12,000 sqft facility fitted out by the partners. For further information please click here.

OUR SECTORS

Logistics & Distribution

The logistics and distribution sector is a dynamic, competitive marketplace. Tight margins and global player presence dictate the need for optimum performance and a keen business edge.

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Wholesale

WMS systems for this sector must offer the stability to cope with volatile conditions like fluctuating throughput and storage needs caused by industry dynamics.

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Consumer & Retail

Affected by many economic factors, and heavily dependent on consumer behaviour, the systems deployed to manage warehouses must offer the same dynamism as the sector itself.

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Trade & Industrial

WMS systems must cater for varied item storage, from liquids and heavy solids to small parts and consumables as well as handling and reconciling production raw materials.

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Services

Many service providers supplying both goods and services have distinctive or unique aspects to their business model. These may require system functions beyond simple warehouse control.

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Food/Food Service

Key issues of service quality, short lead times and product excellence this sector invests in constant supply chain improvement to meet maximum order fulfilment.

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RECENT CASE STUDIES

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Winterbotham Darby

Winterbotham Darby is an award-winning supplier of high quality continental foods to the retail and foodservice sectors. To enhance an existing RF solution it has […]

Welspun

Home textile supplier Welspun has improved stock control and order picking performance at its distribution centre in Manchester following the introduction of Chess Logistics Technology’s […]

Vygon

Medical and surgical products supplier Vygon (UK) has been using the Empirica warehouse management system at its Cirencester distribution centre since mid 2008. The Empirica solution […]

PARTNERS

RECENT NEWS

Trio make the move to Empirica

The last few months have seen a number of new customers move to the Empirica WMS including Universal Flexible Packaging (UFP), Barron McCann and Robert […]

From Venezuela’s capital to Manchester

We are pleased to announce the recent recruitment of programmer Daniel Rosato to our existing technical team based at our headquarters in Trafford Park, Manchester. […]

TESTIMONIALS

“Chess was not the cheapest, but competitive, and what we liked most was the ease of use for operatives who have a range of expertise with computers. Empirica’s ability to provide a stock movement history was a big selling point. Our procedures are already more transparent and we will be more efficient and professional in the future and especially during the busiest periods.”
Mike Brook, Polestar Print
“Chess offered a cost effective one stop shop solution tailored to our needs. They demonstrated a keenness to understand our business and improve our processes with a pragmatic approach to delivering solutions.”
Derek Clements, BHS
“Stock management is much better and the key numbers, such as the amount of out-of-date stock we write off, have improved significantly. Chess has been incredibly supportive with good responses to our requirements and we have had a very positive experience with them and the software. We have been learning a lot about warehouse operations and improving our business as a result.”
Branwyn Darlington, Harro Foods
“One of the best aspects of the service offered by Chess was that it gave in-depth consideration to the needs of everybody at Knowles who was likely to come into contact with the Empirica solution – from the key management team right through to operators using it to input data into the system.”
Tony Knowles, Knowles Transport
“We liked the Chess approach and they spent a lot of time with us to understand the operation. From my point of view it has been the most successful implementation we have had in this business and it’s delivered the efficiency we wanted. Since the system went live it has delivered everything Chess promised and we have seen lots of benefits.”
Graham Naismith, Welspun International
“The system is almost invisible. It just works quietly and efficiently with no issues. To a warehouse a WMS is a means to an end and not our main focus. Empirica is perfect for us. The team at Chess are great… normal friendly people, a breath of fresh air after dealing with other systems companies in the past.”
Darrell Swain, QK Cold Stores (Marston) Ltd
“Chess demonstrated an understanding of the logistics world and was able to design a solution that matched our requirements rather than forcing us to do things in a proprietary way. They proposed solutions to issues that other potential suppliers thought might be a problem. The other systems we looked at could not cope with breaking loads to a sub-carton level but Empirica is able to track single items whenever we want.”
Nigel Held, Radley and Co. Ltd
” “This highly efficient solution supports our business and manages the complete stock control and picking process so that we fulfil the maximum number of orders every day. It helps us provide the very high levels of information, quality of service and product availability expected by our customers. We are very pleased with the solution delivered by Chess and the support they have given to us during the design and implementation of the system. The result is a solution that supports the current and future business requirement.””
Peter Timbrell, ERIKS UK