Logistics companies are increasingly looking for their own warehouses. This is associated with a desire to work without intermediaries and optimize costs. New technologies and digitization are having an impact on almost every aspect of life, and the warehouse market is no exception. Traditional storage areas are slowly being forgotten. Entrepreneurs are investing in automated smart spaces.
Intralogistics is a term describing internal logistics processes. Currently, more attention is being paid to streamlining the flow of goods, with just-in-time and just-in-sequence deliveries supporting strong market positions and effective operations. The goal of internal logistics is to implement integrated systems that facilitate warehouse processes.
In April of this year AsstrA opened its own warehouse in Błonie, near Warsaw. Despite having operated for only a short time, the month-to-month increase of transported cargo volume has been noticeable. AsstrA’s clients receive a comprehensive range of logistics services including cross-docking, cargo storage, and goods stickering. Optimized warehouse processes play a key role.
“We leased the warehouse space for 3 years from the developer, P3 Logistics Parks s.r.o. From April to August, over 200 vehicles were reloaded. More vehicles are appearing to be reloaded every month. More than 1,000 tons of goods were overloaded in August,” says Robert Szymanczak, AsstrA Warehouse Manager in Błonie.
AsstrA customers receiving warehouse services mostly include companies from the beauty, personal care, drinks, household chemicals, automotive, and steel industries. They can take advantage of cargo storage, groupage cargo consolidation, and goods stickering. Even so, most do not have their cargo placed in storage, instead preferring to cross-dock it, i.e. reload or repack it at the warehouse before sending it directly to the final recipient.
AsstrA experts are working to implement the company’s Warehouse Management System (WMS), a software application supporting distribution center management and resource monitoring. The project is planned to be completed by September this year. The system is primarily designed to improve efficiency and reduce customers’ waiting times. The registration and monitoring of all warehouse operations will enable the efficient delivery of goods, cargo storage, groupage cargo consolidation, and shipment monitoring.
“At this point we are focusing on the digitization and automation of warehouse processes. This requires the participation of the entire company and the processing of large amounts of data. Thanks to the integration of the system, we will increase the efficiency of our warehouse. Introducing technological and organizational changes is a complex process, but this is what the market expects today. More often than not, customers choose a transport or logistics company based on delivery speeds. It is widely known that time is money,” summarizes Robert Szymanczak.