2403, 2017

Standard picking methodologies

In the last Warehouse Performance article we discussed how achieving high performance in picking operations depends on many factors. Adoption of technology per se does not automatically deliver performance gains if the processes used are […]

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3001, 2017

New face at Chess as Colm comes on board

We’ve further strengthened our technical support team at our headquarters in Trafford Park, Manchester, with the appointment of Colm McGahan as Application Support Analyst.

Reporting to the Technical Support Manager – Asif Patel – Colm joins […]

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1201, 2017

Karndean Designflooring enhances data capture operations

After several years successful use by Karndean Flooring Ltd of the Empirica WMS from Chess Logistics Technology, the system has recently been integrated with the latest generation handheld devices from Touchstar Technologies to enhance operations […]

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2211, 2016

Pick-by-vision – optimising picking in the warehouse

Picking processes, although a fundamental function of the supply chain, are considered the most labour intensive and costly activity for almost every warehouse. Indeed, some reports estimate that the cost of order picking is as […]

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1211, 2016

The Ice Co Storage & Logistics consolidates depot network with Empirica WMS

The Ice Co Storage and Logistics, sister company to Europe’s largest manufacturer of ice, The Ice Co, has recently consolidated its network of depots into a single real-time environment using the Empirica WMS (warehouse management […]

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2309, 2016

Achieve in excess of 99.9% picking accuracy with voice communication

Voice communication is a simple, natural medium by which to convey instructions in a warehouse environment which can produce major efficiency improvements to deliver a rapid return on investment. Operations with a large labour force […]

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1209, 2016

NNR Gets Empirica with Added Touch

NNR Global Logistics (NNR) has selected the Empirica warehouse management system (WMS) from Chess Logistics Technology to optimise its new Northampton operation.

A member of the Nishitetsu Group, NNR is an acknowledged provider of high quality […]

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2507, 2016

New Empirica WMS functionality to be showcased at IMHX 2016

Chess will be showcasing enhancements made to the web functionality of Empirica, its leading warehouse management system (WMS), on stand 11Q25 at IMHX 2016, at the NEC, Birmingham, 13-16 September.

In addition to a new web-order […]

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1207, 2016

To WMS or ERP – that is the question!

Few supply chain decisions will have as big an impact on your day-to-day operations as the decision about how to manage your warehouse operation.

And it is far too important a decision not to get it […]

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207, 2016

Two new faces join the team at Chess

Due to a string of recent contract wins and on-going new product developments we’ve made two new appointments to our technical support and development teams at our headquarters in Trafford Park, Manchester.

21-year-old Amir Aljandel joins […]

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2305, 2016

CM North West selects Empirica

Warrington-based CM North West, part of Magnavale Group the UK’s fastest growing temperature controlled logistics group, has selected the Empirica WMS from Chess Logistics Technology to support continued development and business improvement.

The operation is a […]

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1905, 2016

From Bricks to Clicks – keeping pace with the new world of e-tailing

The next Warehouse Technology Group (WTG) open day is being held on Wednesday 15 June 2016. Themed From Clicks to Bricks, this FREE one-day event will show you how investment in business-improving warehouse technology and […]

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1205, 2016

Software as a Service – the future of the WMS?

We can all agree that ecommerce is growing at a phenomenal rate as increasingly sophisticated consumers expect their ‘anytime, anywhere’ buying requirements to be met. We can also agree that most retail businesses, traditional or […]

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1904, 2016

New web development talent strengthens technical team

Following the recent news of two new additions to our technical support team in March 2016, we’ve made two additional appointments to further strengthen our technical development capability.

Based at our headquarters in Trafford Park, Manchester, […]

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1304, 2016

New Cloud WMS for smaller business to launch at eDelivery Expo 2016

Our sister company, ProSKU, will be showcasing its brand new Cloud based WMS product on stand D85 at eDelivery Expo, 27-28 April at the NEC, Birmingham.

Developed in response to significant market demand, ProSKU is a […]

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1503, 2016

The WMS is indispensable in today’s omnichannel retail sector


The last decade has seen the retail sector undergo significant transformation with new technologies and increasing competition all playing their role in the revolution. In addition, the phenomenal growth in Internet usage has expanded consumer […]

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103, 2016

Chess Strengthens Technical Support Team With Two New Recruits

We’ve made two key appointments to further strengthen our technical support team based at our headquarters in Trafford Park, Manchester.

Asif Patel has joined as Technical Support Manager and is responsible for the management and operation […]

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2502, 2016

Big Data enters the warehouse

Big Data is one of the most talked about developments in recent times. But what is it and how can it be utilised in a warehouse and materials handling operation?

A definition from Gartner identifies it […]

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2201, 2016

New Empirica WMS functionality to be launched at IntraLogisteX 2016

Chess will be showcasing enhancements made to the web functionality of Empirica, its leading warehouse management system (WMS) on stand 111 at IntraLogisteX 2016, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 16th and 17th March.

In addition […]

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1501, 2016

Why the WMS holds the key to the ‘omnichannel revolution’

Consumerism is having a significant and increasing impact on the supply chain, with today’s consumers demanding a seamless omni-channel experience across all retail sales channels.

Those retailers that have reacted quickly to these developments are now […]

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2110, 2015

New Cloud WMS for smaller business launches

Developed in response to significant market demand, ProSKU has been launched as a brand new cloud based warehouse management system (WMS).

Created specifically for the smaller business, ProSKU can be used on any web-enabled device and […]

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2110, 2015

Logistics outsourcing – why the WMS is becoming more vital to the shipper-3PL relationship

Research published by Cap Gemini in their 2014 Third Party Logistics Study, reporting on the state of logistics outsourcing, revealed that over half of shippers and 3PLs see the next seven to eight years following […]

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2506, 2015

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 Scott & Sons.

Based in Leicester, UFP (Uniflex) is a specialist […]

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2406, 2015

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. He joins the team in a specialist role as developer […]

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2306, 2015

Welcome to our new website

We are delighted to announce that our newly redesigned website is now live.

You’ll see a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation and that it’s been designed to be mobile and tablet responsive so you can […]

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1105, 2015

Design the perfect warehouse facilities to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s logistics

The next Warehouse Technology Group (WTG) open day is being held on 17 June 2015.

Themed The Dream Warehouse, this FREE one-day event will help you to design the perfect warehouse facilities to meet the challenges […]

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205, 2015

RJ Edwards consolidates position with Empirica

RJ Edwards Transport Ltd has recently implemented the Empirica warehouse management system from Chess Logistics Technology to enhance key functions including reporting, inventory management and stock traceability to support its ongoing expansion. Although not far […]

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2904, 2015

Pick rates increased by 90% at ERIKS

ERIKS UK distributes a wide range of industrial products direct to customers and through a network of approx. 250 sites in the UK and Ireland from its warehouse in Halesowen, West Midlands. The company’s products […]

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302, 2015

35 Years in Business and Still Going Strong!

A lot has happened over the last 35 years.

From the introduction of the Atari in 1980 through to smart watches, the current must have gadget. There’s also been a great deal happening around the world […]

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202, 2015

10 Must-Dos for Good WMS Implementation

Chess Logistics Technology shares its thoughts about how to help ensure a positive WMS implementation experience.
1. Get Management Fully Onside

A business critical project like WMS implementation won’t succeed without senior level management buy-in. This must […]

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2210, 2014

Optimum performance in picking operations

Ensuring optimum performance in picking operations is about so many different things. It starts with the size, type and format of your storage facility – the racking type and layout, the handling equipment and the […]

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2210, 2014

WMS Q&A – practical advice about WMS implementation

Cloud based WMS, improving picking efficiency, inventory visibility and IT technology integration – just some of the topics discussed in this month’s WMS Q&A.
A small business is considering moving to cloud based WMS, but ‘they […]

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1109, 2014

Empirica WMS helps Andrew Page achieve rapid delivery growth

Case Study – Andrew Page
Leading automotive trade supplier Andrew Page introduced the Empirica warehouse management system from Chess when it opened a new national distribution centre (NDC) in 2012 to support business growth and new […]

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1109, 2014

New duo boosts development team talent

Hot on the heels of three new appointments announced in June 2014, we’ve made two further additions to our technical development team based at our headquarters in Trafford Park, Manchester.

Adam Moran and Tom Corless are […]

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1109, 2014

VIP Event – Improving Warehouse Efficiency To Cope With Growth

The next Warehouse Technology Group (WTG) open day is being held on 8th October 2014.

Themed Improving Warehouse Efficiency To Cope With Growth, this FREE event will help you to ensure that your operation is operating […]

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1006, 2014

Chess Implements Web Ordering System for DHL

Chess Logistics Technology has recently developed and delivered a new web-based ordering system for its established customer DHL Supply Chain.  The ordering system meets a requirement from DHL’s customer, a retail forecourt operator, to simplify […]

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1006, 2014

Chess Bolsters Technical Development Team

Chess has recently strengthened its technical development team following the recruitment of a product manager and the addition of two system developers.
David Holden who joined the company in February is an experienced developer and product […]

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1006, 2014

The changing face of data capture

Data capture and omni-channel retailing
From the warehouse management system perspective there is very little technical difference in the detail of the data being captured which means existing hardware and software can be used. However, now […]

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205, 2014

Eleanor Goes Empirica

Eleanor Hospital Logistics has chosen the Empirica WMS system from Chess Logistics Technology to manage stock within a newly awarded logistics contract.

The contract is for the provision of logistics services to North Bristol NHS Trust […]

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205, 2014

The changing nature of order picking

With omni- and multi-channel, retailers or their fulfilment companies need the flexibility to pick more orders more efficiently. In retail distribution and internet retailing, for example, the trend is towards smaller orders  placed more frequently […]

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2111, 2013

Warehouse Wendy – Christmas Special

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111, 2013

Warehouse Wendy – 10

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2509, 2013

Empirica Enhancements Good News for Online Merchants

Chess Logistics Technology has made enhancements to its Empirica Warehouse Management System (WMS) to offer more support for companies that trade online.

Behind the system developments is the company’s desire to offer businesses with an e-commerce […]

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1809, 2013

FREE Warehouse Technology Event – Return on Investment

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As a founding member of the Warehouse Technology Group (WTG) we’re delighted to confirm that our next event is being held on 16th October 2013.

Themed Return on Investment, […]

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508, 2013

Warehouse Wendy – 9

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2207, 2013

Has the WMS Become a Commodity?

It’s many years since the warehouse management system (WMS) first appeared. Early versions were quite basic compared with those of today, mostly simple location systems whose product names often suggested a limited brief. But their introduction marked […]

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1107, 2013

WTG Event Deemed A Success With Over 90 Logistics Professionals Attending

The most recent Warehouse Technology Group (WTG) event took place on 22nd May 2013 with over 90 guests attending.

Free to attend, the event was themed Innovation in Logistics and guests were able to meet multiple suppliers […]

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1107, 2013

Chess Enhances Customer Support Team With Two New Recruits

We’ve made some two new additions to our Manchester-based customer support team.

Damian Zuk is newly appointed as support department manager and joins us with many years experience of software industry support team leadership involving varied […]

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1107, 2013

Cod Beck Upgrades WMS with Chess

Cod Beck Blenders, based near Thirsk North Yorkshire is a specialist chemicals processing company offering varied processing services for solid and liquid chemicals to create both finished and intermediate products. Their customers are leading manufacturers […]

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1006, 2013

Warehouse Wendy – issue 8

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312, 2012

Warehouse Wendy – issue 4

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711, 2012

Warehouse Wendy – issue 3

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1909, 2012

Warehouse Wendy – issue 2

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1109, 2012

Winterbotham Darby raises voice

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 recently implemented a voice picking solution proposed and supported by […]

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1109, 2012

Empirica WMS Supports Key Growth at Via Cold Stores

Since its initial implementation in 2011 the Empirica warehouse management system provided by Chess Logistics Technology has supported rapid growth at Scunthorpe-based Via Cold Stores. Operating from a 140,000sq ft site with over 22,000 pallet […]

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1109, 2012

Warehouse performance – Part One: What is warehouse performance?

All warehouses perform whether they do so well, or badly.  So when we discuss performance we’re usually talking about ways to improve it.  In other words creating measurable improvement in the activities that take place […]

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1109, 2012

Warehouse equipment open days 17-18 Oct

Expertise covering multiple aspects of warehouse automation and equipment will be on offer at the next Warehouse Technology Group (WTG) open days on 17-18 October 2012.

The open days offer an opportunity to see the latest […]

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1109, 2012

Andrew Page chooses Empirica for new NDC

Andrew Page Limited, a major independent distributor of quality vehicle components has selected the Empirica WMS system from Chess Logistics Technology for use at its new nationwide distribution centre. The new facility is located at […]

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2407, 2012

Warehouse Wendy – issue 1

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2105, 2012

AEIOU spells WMS benefits!

Basic alphabetic awareness aside, AEIOU is a convenient and useful mnemonic for remembering the chief benefits gained from implementing a good WMS system. Starting with A for Accuracy and E for Efficiency we have I […]

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1412, 2011

DFDS Logistics Gets Empirica

A high volume transhipment facility operated by DFDS Logistics at their Larkhall facility near Glasgow has begun implementation of the Empirica WMS from Chess Logistics Technology.  The site, along with satellite operations in Aberdeen and […]

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1412, 2011

Chess exhibiting at Logistics Link North

Chess Logistics Technology will be attending Logistics Link North on September 27th and 28th at Doncaster V3, come and see us on stand 73.  Click the logo for more information.

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1412, 2011

FWCL Gets Empirica

The Felixstowe Warehousing Company (FWCL), part of the John Good Shipping group of companies is implementing the Empirica Warehouse management system at its 200,000 square feet facility situated adjacent to Felixstowe’s Container Terminal.

FWCL specialises in […]

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2709, 2011

Do you know … about barcodes?

The humble barcode has come a long way since the Wrigley Co. first put a ‘Universal Product Code’ on a packet of chewing gum in the mid 70’s. Now prolific in the retail environment the […]

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2709, 2011

Dynamic picking solution for ERIKS

A unique combination of vertical picking towers, sortation conveyors, RF barcode scanners and warehouse management system has provided industrial products supplier ERIKS UK with a highly productive, adaptable and efficient order fulfilment solution at its […]

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809, 2011

September Newsletter

A unique combination of vertical picking towers,sortation conveyors, RFbarcode scanners and warehouse management system has provided industrial products supplier ERIKS UK with a highly productive, adaptable and efficient order fulfilment solution at its seals warehouse […]

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2707, 2011

Barnack storage bolster new site operation with Empirica WMS

Barnack Storage & Logistics based in Peterborough have completed a move to a new 100,000 sq ft warehouse operation at Orton Southgate.  To coincide with this their Empirica WMS has been upgraded to incorporate handheld […]

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2707, 2011

Bathrooms.com Starts Clean with Empirica

Bathrooms .com is an expanding online retailer of stylish and contemporary bathrooms at affordable prices. They have recently implemented the Empirica warehouse management system to coincide with a move to new DC premises in Skelmersdale. […]

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605, 2011

Warehouse Technology Group Live

The link is promoting a two day ‘open house’ event organised by the Warehouse Technology Group, of which we are a member.

The event takes place on the 18th /19th of May and is being held […]

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1009, 2010

Empirica underpins new Highways Agency stock systems

Highways Agency Introduces New Stock Management Systems

The Highways Agency uses integrated traffic technology as part of the Managed Motorway Programme to control traffic and support initiatives such as hard shoulder running. Traffic technology allows the […]

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2403, 2010

New Dashboard Display Module for Empirica

The new gadget-based Empirica Dashboard module adds a new level of reporting capability to Chess Logistics Technology’s Empirica WMS, and provides users with a highly configurable way to view a wide range of real-time performance […]

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802, 2010

Empirica WMS supports best practice for Harro Foods

Specialist Japanese food wholesaler Harro Foods has improved stock management and traceability following the introduction of the Empirica warehouse management system from Chess Logistics Technology.  Read full article click here

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801, 2010

Over 99% Stock Accuracy for Welspun with Empirica WMS

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 advanced Empirica warehouse management application with RF-based barcode scanning. Stock […]

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801, 2010

Interfaces to SAP Help Rhys Davies Freight Logistics Deliver Superb Service

Total integration of in-house supply chain applications with the SAP system of a major customer has enabled Rhys Davies Freight Logistics (www.rhysdavies.co.uk) to improve its overall service, save costs and deliver greater visibility of management […]

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