Best practices: growing logistics operations with limited land use.


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Urgent: more storage space

The logistics real estate sector is booming in Western Europe but logistics players and developers are still faced with major headaches. The growth of e-commerce and the rise of last-mile delivery have led to a tremendous boost in the demand for warehouses, a demand that took a further upturn when the COVID crisis, the blockage of the Suez Canal and the armed conflict in Ukraine exposed the vulnerability of the logistics chain. More than ever, companies are going in search of local storage options. 
But where to go? With the scarcity of industrial land in Western Europe, businesses are forced to find solutions and alternatives of their own. 

Using the available surface area more intelligently

What are the emerging trends? How can the existing warehouses be used even more efficiently? How do logistics companies tackle this problem in these tough economic times? We put together a team of experts and went in search of answers. We compiled them in our trend report ‘Growing logistics operations with limited land use’

The report covers the following topics:

  • How to make optimum use of existing warehouses? We put the spotlight on Wehkamp and Brocacef.
  • Vertical warehousing, robotisation and advanced transport and shuttle systems are potential solutions. René de Koster, professor Logistics and Operations Management at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University, shares his views on the subject and elaborates extensively on sustainability.
  • Tips to organise warehouses more efficiently.
  • How do new-build warehouses optimise the available space? We take a closer look at the brand-new warehouses of Barry Callebaut and De Jong Verpakking.
  • Robotisation and warehouse automation pioneers Stow Group and Logflow share their findings.