Zupplychain was launched on February 1st 2016 and is currently recruiting warehouse providers.
When we have enough registered providers across the UK to deliver comprehensive search results, the Zupplychain search function will be fully launched. We'll post some tips then on how to get the most of it when making a search, but for now we'll explain the current example search .
We've set up a handful of Example warehouses in Lancashire (because that's where we're based!). The postcodes and roads are real, but we've made up the rest - though we have tried to make the warehouse details as realistic as possible. We admit we haven't written as much text as our initial actual storage providers are. And we whipped the photos from the internet, hence some of them are clearly not in the UK (the sun shining is a giveaway!). Any registered warehouse providers within the area will also be in the search results.
Then we've locked the search area to 25 miles around Bury. We've also locked the pallet footprint criteria to ensure all our examples show up; the storage type for the same reason and the product description because it doesn't play a role in the search algorithm.
To see how Zupplychain search works, choose:
- a quantity of pallets - say 100.
- A start date, maybe the start of next month.
- An expected period - perhaps 3 months.
- A max pallet height - we suggest 1metre (to ensure all the example results come up)
- A max pallet weight - use 200kg for the same reason as above.
Press Search !
You'll see the results both on the map and in list form, ordered by distance from the centre of the search. You can look at the details of each warehouse and - when we go live, choose up to 3 to send a request to.
If you are enjoying it, here's some suggestions to see more of how it works:
- Change the quantity of pallets to 500. There are now fewer results; those not there haven't got enough space at the beginning of the storage period.
- Change the estimated period to 6 months. Look at the details of the returned warehouses - you won't be able to select those who do not have enough space for the full period.
- Go into the details of Example 1 and use the 'Estimated Requirements column' to fine tune the storage requirements, reflecting the product coming out - reduce it by 100 every 6 weeks (go into the cell, type the number in, press the little refresh button that appears).
- You'll see the estimated cost revise itself and, if the storage requirement falls below the warehouse's available capacity, the 'start request' button will reappear.
- Go back to search results and into the details of the other warehouse - you'll see that these changes to quantities are there to.
There's more we'll explain about search later when we go live. But for now, we hope that's enough for you to see what Zupplychain does. If not, please get in touch - via email or via the number at the top of the screen!