As frenzied shoppers rush to make their Black Friday purchases, many logistics companies have been posting more than three times as many shifts for drivers in comparison to last year’s figures. As warehouses across the country still find themselves in a state of recovery after a long year, one UK-based firm suggests that automation might be the solution.

Midland Pallet Trucks, a provider of high-quality manual handling equipment including pallet trucks, manual stacker trucks and lift tables, has reported that many of their customers are struggling to cope with the increase in demand from retailers and consumers alike, with many firms still reeling from the effects of Brexit, COVID-19 and severe labour shortages.

To manage the demand and changing behaviours of customers, like the expectation of next day delivery and always-available stock, Midland Pallet Trucks suggest that many warehouses need to automate to improve their current management systems.

Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks says “Having an efficient and robust warehouse management system is one of the most important things that the logistics industry can implement to help ease some of the pressure we’ve faced over the past year.

At Midland Pallet Trucks, we supply customers across the UK with high quality equipment that makes warehouse operations as simple and smooth as possible, but they work best when they’re combined with a strong management system that keeps everything organised—these systems should cover everything from inventory management, to packaging and shipping your goods out to retailers and customers.”

As the logistics industry finds itself in the middle of one of the busiest periods of the year between Black Friday and Christmas, Midland Pallet Trucks suggests that there is no better time to start preparing for 2022 and overhauling current inefficient systems to prioritise automation.

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