Bringing a new idea to a market is always likely to bring about a period of reflection. The new idea is both an assessment of the past and a glimpse of the (possible) future and, as such, represents the type of review – hopefully objective – that all industries benefit from.
It’s therefore appropriate that Zupplychain began its latest stage of development at the start of 2016, given that the new year is equally a time when this consideration of the past and predictions regarding the future have tended to flood TV, radio and newspapers.
Logistics Management , at the end of January, took this exact opportunity with an article declaring that 2016 would see increasing stress on operational efficiency during what they expect to be turbulent times. And central to this would be the need for organisations to have a clear strategy to embrace greater digital integration across the whole supply chain as this offers “complexity and speed in operations”.
Interestingly, only a couple of weeks later, we noted an article in Curbed which showed that data in the US was identifying warehousing as amongst the strongest sectors for investment. The sophistication of warehouse facilities is accelerating rapidly and this is a major factor in the trend towards massive storage space solutions – particularly as a route to bypass more traditional retail channels. This is something we’ve all seen with the drop ship revolution and – observing the elephant in the room, Amazon - there is no sense that it is going to do anything other than grow, principally as warehouse development (and the additional services they can provide) is continuing apace.
The old saw goes that if you want to predict what’s going to happening the UK, just look at the USA. And there are plenty of signs of a similar acceleration occurring here. Going back to Amazon, the development of new warehouses (and rumours of “super warehouses”) across Britain is well-reported. Furthermore, there are ample examples of other brands investing similarly, such as Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich development .
Of course, the companies that can copy Amazon’s business model are few and far between. Nevertheless, they mark the way for how supply chains built on digital foundations and warehouse sophistication can find fresh efficiencies within the retail model. And this is good news for warehouses and the users of warehouses – providing they take advantage of the “technological adoption and cost realignment” that Logistic Management highlighted in their 2016 preview.
Embracing new and more efficient solutions to existing problems is central to ongoing success and, it’s fair to say that Zupplychain offers a fresh solution to existing problems within UK warehousing – the opportunity to find fresh customers, nationwide, for available space.
Whether you’re seeking to maximise the potential of your warehouse space or wanting to find a warehouse owner with the right space, location and services to house your goods, we provide a marketplace for quick and effective storage management. As the Curbed says, “It seems space, even in a cavernous warehouse, is at a premium”.