Boots, the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, has acquired the specialist pallet stacking software TOPS LoadStak® Pro from AutoLogic Systems.
AutoLogic Systems provides specialist software for all stages of the supply chain including case and package design; container & vehicle load planning; manufacturing and warehouse simulation; and vehicle scheduling and tracking.
The Boots supply chain is currently going through some major changes. As part of a centralisation of the supply of products to their shops, Boots are consolidating stock from eighteen stock points down to one central warehouse. This will give a much greater need for optimum cubic volume utilisation throughout the new facility.
Steve Jordan, Capacity Planning Manager at Boots comments: “Most stock we receive in our central warehouse will be supplied in pre-stacked pallet form, but there is some stock that is imported in containers and cartons. The central operation has always put these cartons onto pallets manually, which may not have resulted in the most effective stacking patterns and pallet stability.”
Boots selected TOPS LoadStak® Pro due to it being easier to use and more intuitive than other similar products available on the market. TOPS LoadStak® Pro is ideal for companies looking to obtain the best fill of a pack of fixed dimensions on a pallet or vehicle/container while improving stability of load and reducing packaging and transport costs.
Steve continues: “The software approach allows a greater control to predefine the best way to stack a pallet. Samples have shown that a 15% reduction in pallet bases can be achieved when using the software as opposed to the human eye.
“The use of the software will reduce our need to hold stock outside of our main warehouse facility. The cost of the software is paid back in just a few months.”