The beverage sector has evolved and grown significantly during the last twenty years. Liquor distribution centres have had to reconsider their methodology for beverage warehousing and goods management to handle an ever-increasing selection of speciality drinks and malt liquors due to brand development and customer requirement for new offerings. Logistics providers must deal with increasingly complex storage requirements as a result of the industry expansion, including obtaining more warehouse space, keeping different types of commodities, adapting to a rising stock turnover, and optimising cold storage solutions. Flexible warehousing systems are necessary for beverage distribution centres so that they may improve their density of storage, save labour costs, and streamline operations. Here are a few of the finest beverage warehouses and management options:
Racking & Mobile Shelving
Many drink variants require refrigeration, and it is no news that cold reservoirs are expensive to run due to the extra power, security, and manpower requirements. You must maximise your square footage area to make your distribution centre profitable. Mobile pallet racking solutions are an excellent high-density storage option for maximising your available space. The pallet racks are regulated by the main unit and run on automatic rails. To take advantage of higher turnovers, a twin pallet rack can be built. Also, mobile racking can be a fantastic solution for cold storage at manufacturing facilities’ point-of-sale sections. Workers can easily manoeuvre them, and they can be placed alongside each other to save storage space.
Pallet Flow & Cartons
A pallet flow or carton system is the optimal solution to maximise space for storage, optimise the selection, and safeguard your staff for high turnover and speedy order fulfilment. The elevated units are designed to pack stock from the backend and transport it toward the front of the network via gravity-operated rollers, where it may be retrieved at suitable workstations. There is only a single stock-keeping unit per lane in full-width carton flow racking, which means reduced trip time and higher worker performance. It also lets you store numerous carton slots for improved asset visibility.
Retrieval System & Automated Storage
The alcohol industry’s warehousing operations have been transformed by automated and computerised retrieval and storage systems (RS/AS). They speed up the process, make much better use of labour, reduce selection errors, and save power. An RS/AS lets you build high-density stores in chilled areas. You can decrease energy use by putting more goods in your cold storage room. The AS/RS may be readily incorporated into your existing storage solution for a cost-effective method to automate your business and maximise your floor space.
Execution System for Warehousing
Warehouse Execution Systems (WES) can be used to improve order fulfilment efficiency by boosting productivity, lowering costs, and better management of inventory. The WES uses the two elements of prior Wms and Warehouse Control Software to provide administrators with a system that tracks and controls stock while optimising storage and providing a clear picture of KPIs, materials handling systems, and labour status. A WES or Warehouse Execution System can help personnel handle the steady supply of SKUs in a beverage storage and distribution centre.
To meet the expanding number of SKUs, the storage and handling of your beverage warehouses should be versatile and adaptive to your area. If you are looking for warehousing and transport requirements to help with your food and beverage logistics, get in touch with Varuna Group today!