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UFP improves stock control with Empirica

Universal Flexible Packaging (UFP), the UK’s leading contract food and packaging supplier, introduced the Empirica warehouse management system from Chess to improve its stock handling processes and support sustained growth.

“We’ve been using Empirica at our main production site for three years and at the head office site for a year,” says Dipisha Chapaneri, Client Relations […]

June 18th, 2018|Comments Off on UFP improves stock control with Empirica

Warehouse Performance Part Seven – Picking #4

In recent contributions to this series we have looked at how different physical picking methodologies are appropriate to different warehouse operations. We have tried to show how selection of a methodology that meets your unique operational factors is important in achieving high level warehouse performance. And we have suggested that choosing the right methodology before […]

May 24th, 2018|Comments Off on Warehouse Performance Part Seven – Picking #4

Warehouse Performance Part Six: Picking #3

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 […]

April 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Warehouse Performance Part Six: Picking #3

Warehouse Performance Part Five: Picking #2

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 space you have available. It involves the physical processes and procedures and the way labour is deployed. And it’s about […]

March 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Warehouse Performance Part Five: Picking #2

Empirica WMS to be showcased at IntraLogisteX 2018

As a company we have been involved in the development of warehouse management systems for over 25 years. Empirica WMS is a well respected product which serves leading names in the logistics, wholesale and distribution sectors. Major customers include Culina, Kuehne + Nagel, Karndean, Neptune Furniture, Radley, Reed Boardall and Walker Logistics to name a […]

February 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Empirica WMS to be showcased at IntraLogisteX 2018

Warehouse Performance Part Four: Picking #1

Where does the quest for good picking performance begin? Before talking about picking methods or the different technology available it is important to look at the way a sales order is handled. Key to an effective picking strategy is a smooth order process. And where more than one IT system is involved in this they […]

January 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Warehouse Performance Part Four: Picking #1

Warehouse Performance Part Three: Dealing with exceptions

In the previous article we talked about how your WMS is used to evolve the ideal process for each warehouse activity. By doing this you provide a foundation for greatly improved performance in each area. You’ll also provide a framework of essential discipline to maintain the integrity of the process. This means not only that […]

December 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Warehouse Performance Part Three: Dealing with exceptions

Warehouse Performance Part Two: Analysing historical data

In our opening article on the topic we discussed how using a WMS can provide measurable improvement in warehouse performance. Clearly, for an accurate measure, rather than one based on guesswork, you’ll need to gather some data on current performance in key areas. Initially this means looking at areas most likely to show a clear […]

November 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Warehouse Performance Part Two: Analysing historical data

ProSKU launches latest mobile Android App

Our sister product, ProSKU now offers a mobile Android App to complement the cloud-hosted warehouse management system (WMS).

Developed specifically for Android devices, the App will empower your workforce to work accurately and efficiently in real time, raising your productivity and streamlining key operational activities.

The multi function App provides clear, intuitive processes to manage key warehouse […]

October 13th, 2017|Comments Off on ProSKU launches latest mobile Android App

Amazon – opportunity or threat to logistics and warehousing?

We’ve all heard of Amazon. In fact, most us have probably used it sometime or other to order goods.

And it remains the driving force in the online world, forever pushing the boundaries of the products and services it offers. Revolutionising and disrupting the multiple industries it serves.

But for those of us involved in logistics and […]

September 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Amazon – opportunity or threat to logistics and warehousing?

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 in the warehouse.

From a WMS provider point of view this typically involves focusing on the ways a WMS can help […]

August 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Warehouse Performance Part One: What is warehouse performance?

Why cloud-based Software as a Service WMS could be just what you need

A growing business needs systems it can depend on. In the beginning this might be your own grey matter and some good old pen and paper. But as your business grows so does the information you need to record, store and share. You can’t just rely on paperwork any more, and you quickly run out […]

July 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Why cloud-based Software as a Service WMS could be just what you need

Chess looks to the future as two junior programmers come on board

We’ve made two new appointments to our production team at our head office in Trafford Park, Manchester.

Connor Reilly (24) and Robert Atkinson (28) have both joined the company as junior programmers. Reporting to the heads of the production team – Alex Howard and David Parker – they are currently working on various development projects for […]

May 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Chess looks to the future as two junior programmers come on board

Achieving effective warehouse efficiency in a world of change

A VIP invitation to WTG Live – 14 June 2017

The next Warehouse Technology Group (WTG) open day is being held on Wednesday 14 June 2017. Themed Achieving effective warehouse efficiency in a world of change and uncertainty, this FREE one-day event will show you how investment in business-improving warehouse technology and equipment can help you […]

May 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Achieving effective warehouse efficiency in a world of change

The WMS and its increasingly important role in the 3PL-Shipper relationship

It has long been acknowledged that IT has a vital role to play in achieving operational efficiencies in the supply chain.

The 2017 Third-Party Logistics Study from Cap Gemini Consulting looks in detail at the state of logistics outsourcing on a global scale and once again recognises this as it reports that 3PLs’ IT capabilities are […]

April 8th, 2017|Comments Off on The WMS and its increasingly important role in the 3PL-Shipper relationship

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