How Conveyors Help Companies Achieve Delivery Targets

Conveyors are automated systems that increase productivity and improve delivery times.  They have been around for hundreds of years and are increasingly more efficient. In the past conveyors were used in mining and farming to make it easier for workers to move large heavy items. The Ford car factories used conveyors to increase the rate of new car production.

Most recently conveyors are used in huge warehouses to prepare items for delivery. Amazon is renowned for its epic conveyor systems which are up to a mile long. Using conveyors to prepare goods for delivery results in more efficiency and the capacity to deliver thousands and even millions of items every day.

The delivery industry relies on speedy drivers who can deliver up to 200 items a day. It is therefore essential that the warehouses are able to stock up the vans with the correct consignments in order to meet delivery targets. 

We have become very reliant on next day delivery services and have abandoned high street stores so we can purchase a wide range of items which will arrive at our doors quickly.  This puts immense pressure on online companies to deliver on time or we will just order from other firms who do it much better.

Online Sales Facts

Selling products online is big business as people increasingly rely on technology in all areas of their lives.  People want to buy their good now and have them with them as soon as possible. Different shift patterns, long working days and extortionate parking costs make online shopping a very easy option.  High streets are becoming deserted because they are no longer able to stock the items we are looking for. This causes shops to close and increases our need to purchase online.  

We have created a vicious circle which is significantly changing the way we shop  Here are some online shopping facts that highlight our reliance on the internet to purchase goods.

  • Approximately 1.8 billion people (worldwide) bought online goods in 2018.
  • In 2021 e-commerce accounted for 17% of total global retail sales.
  • The most popular product purchased was clothing.
  • In 2016 32% of online sales were via a mobile device.
  • 46% of global retail sales were via an app in 2016. (Source: Statista.com)

E-commerce only holds 15% of the world sales market but is increasing in stature annually.  Many companies have a website for online retail as well as high street and out of town stores enabling them to cater to different types of shoppers. 

How Do Conveyors Help?

Conveyors are automated systems that transport goods around a warehouse preparing them for delivery quicker.  They are usually modular in nature with staff doing different jobs such as selecting the item, packing and addressing and loading on to the lorries.  If storage units did not use conveyors in this way each item would have to be manually moved around the warehouse. The result would be an extremely slow delivery process.  Companies would simply not be able to meet delivery targets resulting in angry customers and exhausted staff.

The prime example of a company who makes good use of vast conveyor systems is Amazon.  In some warehouses, the conveyors are a mile long and staff have to work against the clock to ensure you receive your product the next day.  Amazon is so successful at meeting targets that customers return again and again to the site to purchase a whole host of goods. Conveyor systems are certainly the way forward where increasing sales and delivery targets are concerned.

If you would like to find out more about conveyors contact us and we would be happy to discuss your options.

How Scissor Table Lifts Make Christmas Deliveries Quicker

Santa’s workshop isn’t the only huge establishment using scissor table lifts to load packages for delivery at this time of the year.  Online shopping is at an all time high with ecommerce sales hitting an all time high of £533 bn in 2015.  The reliability and variety of goods available from online stores is causing local high streets to flounder. This of course it making us more reliant on online shopping causing a year upon year increase in sales.

There is a great deal of pressure on delivery companies to ensure orders come on time and in pristine condition.  This means that the packaging and loading process needs to be as smooth as possible. Automated conveyor systems allow goods to be transported to loading bays efficiently and economically.  Scissor table lifts transfer heavy items to a higher level without causing injury to staff. This is particularly useful when loading packages onto lorries and vans for transportation.

Delivery companies are not the only businesses to benefit from scissor lifts at this time of the year.  Public houses and nightclubs are stocking up on beer and other alcoholic drinks to ensure their patrons get very merry.  Scissor table lifts are fitted under the cellar doors so barrels and bottles can be lowered into the cellar. Staff easily unload the delivery stocking up the cellars for the festive season.

Online Shopping Statistics

It seems that we are no longer a nation of shopkeepers because online shopping is becoming increasingly popular.  Online retail sales for non food items has increased from 11.6 % in 2015 to 24.1 % in 2017. Purchasing items online is convenient, has a large selection of goods and has a quick delivery time.  High street shops on the other hand require time consuming logistics such as; finding time, parking and the possibility shops won’t have the desired item in stock. It is generally cheaper to purchase items online because the companies buy products on mass reducing the initial buying price.  

There is more buyer protection for online purchasers as they are able to return items within 14 days.  While some high street shops only allow refunds if the item is faulty. This is because online items are selected based on photographs which may be misleading as opposed to seeing the original goods.  Even large high street chains are having to close stores due to the retreat from the high street. It seems the nation’s online shopping habits are rapidly changing the landscape of our high streets with no sign of stopping.

What Are Scissor Table Lifts?

Scissor table lifts are so called because they are raised using a scissor like action.  They are used to to load/ unload goods, lifting, work positioning, product placement and pallet stacking.  Each scissor table lift is built to the specifications of each individual application. Installations can either be in a pit or at floor level with the option of adding a cradle to the lift.  Electric powered Hydraulic systems are used to raise the lift smoothly. There are also options to install a concertina guard to increase safety.
If you would like to discuss your options regarding scissor table lifts contact us and we would be happy to offer advice.