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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 not operationally appropriate. In this part we look at where and why some of the standard picking methodologies are used.

First […]

March 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Standard picking methodologies

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 a growing team of support specialists acting as the first point of contact for any system advice and software issues […]

January 30th, 2017|Comments Off on New face at Chess as Colm comes on board

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 at its Evesham distribution centre.

Founded in 1973, Karndean supplies a wide range of wood and stone themed luxury vinyl floor […]

January 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Karndean Designflooring enhances data capture operations

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 much as 55% of total warehouse operating expenses.

The reasons to invest in order picking technologies are numerous. They will help […]

November 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Pick-by-vision – optimising picking in the warehouse

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 system) from Chess Logistics Technology.

With three depots in South Kirby, Preston and Fleetwood, previously The Ice Co Storage & Logistics […]

November 12th, 2016|Comments Off on The Ice Co Storage & Logistics consolidates depot network with Empirica WMS

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 picking multi-item orders are likely to generate the most dynamic benefits including increased accuracy and productivity.

Voice directed instruction uses wireless […]

September 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Achieve in excess of 99.9% picking accuracy with voice communication

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 supply chain services. Founded in 1948, its continued organic growth has seen it evolve into a $4 billion global organisation […]

September 12th, 2016|Comments Off on NNR Gets Empirica with Added Touch

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 interface that significantly improves the placement and management of orders, Empirica WMS also provides an enhanced dashboard and improved reporting […]

July 25th, 2016|Comments Off on New Empirica WMS functionality to be showcased at IMHX 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 right first time.

But with so many offerings available, from enterprise resource planning (ERP) warehouse modules to specialist best of breed […]

July 12th, 2016|Comments Off on To WMS or ERP – that is the question!

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 the technical development team as Junior Programmer. Reporting to the Technical Director, Amir is responsible for the on-going development and […]

July 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Two new faces join the team at Chess

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 shared user facility providing storage and distribution to frozen food manufacturers serving the UK’s wholesale and retail markets.

The Warrington site […]

May 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on CM North West selects Empirica

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 equipment can help you meet the challenges presented by the growth of e-tailing.

Open to operations large and small including emerging […]

May 19th, 2016|Comments Off on From Bricks to Clicks – keeping pace with the new world of e-tailing

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 online, need some form of stock control.

For a single outlet with a small range of products on offer and relatively […]

May 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Software as a Service – the future of the WMS?

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, Noman Tayyab, 27 and Catalin Volneag, 21 have joined as web application developers.

Originally from Pakistan, Noman has an MSc in […]

April 19th, 2016|Comments Off on New web development talent strengthens technical team

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 Cloud based SaaS application, making it highly affordable, with speed of deployment and simplicity of use among its key benefits.

Created […]

April 13th, 2016|Comments Off on New Cloud WMS for smaller business to launch at eDelivery Expo 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 choice, creating a highly competitive and global market that sees billions spent online each year.

With more choice at their fingertips, […]

March 15th, 2016|Comments Off on The WMS is indispensable in today’s omnichannel retail sector


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 of the whole team and department. It is his responsibility to ensure that any system advice and assistance requests received […]

March 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Chess Strengthens Technical Support Team With Two New Recruits

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 as ‘… a variety of information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing for enhanced insight and decision […]

February 25th, 2016|Comments Off on Big Data enters the warehouse

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 to an enhanced dashboard and improved reporting functionality, the Empirica WMS now boasts a new web-order interface that significantly improves […]

January 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on New Empirica WMS functionality to be launched at IntraLogisteX 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 beginning to reap the rewards, while many are still saddled with systems that have been built for single channels. So […]

January 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Why the WMS holds the key to the ‘omnichannel revolution’

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 will appeal to those looking to replace a spreadsheet or paper-based stock management system. Using cutting edge web application design, […]

October 21st, 2015|Comments Off on New Cloud WMS for smaller business launches

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 the recession as a period of challenging growth.

The report also revealed that 3PL companies are well aware of the important […]

October 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Logistics outsourcing – why the WMS is becoming more vital to the shipper-3PL relationship

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 packaging provider, contract packer and popcorn manufacturer. Among their customers are major supermarket chains, confectionery manufacturers and retailers. Due to […]

June 25th, 2015|Comments Off on Trio make the move to Empirica

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 of web based applications.

Daniel, 27 recently moved to Manchester and is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. He will report to the […]

June 24th, 2015|Comments Off on From Venezuela’s capital to Manchester

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 browse the site on the device of your choice, for the best viewing experience.

You’ll find that we’ve updated and streamlined […]

June 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on Welcome to our new website