SSI SCHAEFER announces 2018 Distributor of the Year

Better Storage Systems has won SSI SCHAEFER’s 2018 Distributor of the Year Award. The award was announced and presented to Darren Bykersma, Better Storage Systems managing director by Brian Miles, regional managing director of SSI SCHAEFER, at the annual distributor meeting held in Sydney recently.
Darren Bykersma said: “We are so pleased to win this year, particularly in our 10th year of operation. The whole team at Better Storage has worked so hard and deserves to share the award and celebrate. I want to thank my team – together we conquer,” he said.
Winning in 2018 is the third time for Better Storage Systems. The annual award recognises the distributor’s excellent sales performance, its promotion of SSI SCHAEFER products and its willingness to work in partnership with SSI SCHAEFER. It follows a very successful year where Better Storage delivered a large number of substantial installations.
“We congratulate the whole Better Storage team on winning this award in 2018. Better Storage has excelled this year by delivering some great customer installations and growing their business,” said Brett Thirup, general manager, sales and engineering for SSI SCHAEFER.

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When you start getting tight in your warehouse, optimisation and scaling your operations can boost your space

  1. Optimising your warehouse storage space

Warehouse functions are an integral part of business operations, so getting the storage flow and functionality right should be at the top of the list of priorities. But all too often, we see warehouses operating with workarounds and outdated racking, resulting in an ineffective storage space and a potentially hazardous work environment.
No two businesses have exactly the same storage requirements, so the pallet racking layout should be designed accordingly to get the most out of the space. Ideally this is something that should be planned prior to selecting a warehouse, as warehouse size and location are also important factors.
A well-optimised storage space takes careful planning and a good understanding of the storage options available. Each storage system has different features that can accommodate different products and carton flow. Perhaps there is also a need for different storage systems for specific areas of your warehouse.
So, when planning to move into a new warehouse or reconfigure your existing facility, we encourage you to take the time assess your existing operational needs and carton sizes to plan your storage facility for the most efficient use of the space.

What are the benefits of optimising your storage facility?
Optimising a warehouse for pallet flow and business scalability offers a number of substantial benefits. Benefits that keep paying off for many years – such as reducing the time it takes to pick orders, improving work processes and the ability to adapt to changing business environment.
By optimising your warehouse with the right storage system, you can even increase the number of pallet spaces available. A much more economical solution compared with moving into a larger warehouse.
What does an optimised storage space consider?

  • The dimensions and weight of products to be stored.
  • Stock levels.
  • Stock movement (frequency in and out of warehouse).
  • Materials handling equipment.
  • Slotting
  • Staging areas required.
  • Building compliance.
  • Workplace health and safety.
  • Temperature requirements (i.e. freezer or cold storage).

Designing your storage space
To determine your specific storage and warehouse requirements it’s important to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the space using data, logic and observation. This will help to determine the number of pallet spaces needed, the specific locations of your products and how much area is required for staging.

“Warehouse operations is a vital part of your business and an ineffective space can cause congestion with goods receiving and order picking.”

Once your storage system has been developed around your business requirements, the optimisation process doesn’t stop there. Further refining your space with appropriate safety line markings, racking labels and compatible materials handling equipment is essential. Reviewing warehouse processes or implementing an improved warehouse management system can also have a big impact on stock management and order fulfilment.

  1. Warehouse scalability: Is your business ready for growth?

Businesses are growing and developing constantly, and remaining agile is key to maintaining a high level of success. Outgrowing your existing facility too quickly can cause costly setbacks, and underutilising your space could mean wasted opportunities.
Planning for scalability ensures your materials handling and storage solutions continue to be effective and efficient now, and well into the future.

What does it mean to have a scalable warehouse?
Businesses aren’t something that you can set and forget. And neither is your warehouse. Scalability allows for your storage space to adapt over time. This means your racking system can easily grow or change with your business to accommodate your storage and materials handling needs.
Whether it be the need to quickly add pallet spaces, re-arrange the storage flow, or streamline the racking configuration, building flexibility into your storage system will allow you to remain in your existing warehouse for many years to come.
Why is scalability important?
Warehouse operations is a vital part of your business and an ineffective space can cause congestion with goods receiving and order picking. The ability to adjust the size of your warehouse infrastructure allows you to keep up with the growth or streamlining of your product flow. As the market or your business strategy changes, you can re-optimise your storage system to suit.
How to increase the scalability of your business
Building scalability into your warehouse takes forethought. It pays to engage your storage systems supplier as early as possible to assist with planning and analysis. An experienced industrial storage provider can even help with your warehouse selection.
With the right team of industrial storage experts, your storage system will be designed around your business needs rather than having to adapt your business to fit your storage space.
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A DC for efficiency – from MHD magazine

Vivin Imports is one of Australia’s largest furniture wholesalers supplying major furniture retailers and independents. With recent growth in residential home construction and renovations, Vivin has experienced increased demand for its products across the country.
To accommodate this business growth, the company had to elevate its logistics capability to retain and build on its competitive advantage. The distribution centre was identified as a crucial contributor to supply chain efficiency and effectiveness. The Vivin management felt a critical change was required and committed to a new purpose-built 23,300m² distribution centre.
The next step was to decide how this distribution centre should be fitted out.
Vivin knew that it had capacity constraints in the existing warehouse, and adding to the complication was the regulatory compliance for fire safety coverage, particularly for foam products and mattresses. The new warehouse required a storage fitout to accommodate oversized products and ensure appropriate safety compliance.
The initial layout
Dexion Solutions was invited to put forward a proposal for the new distribution centre based on an existing pallet racking configuration supplied. This consisted of standard selective pallet racking with 2,600mm clear entry bays arranged to 3,420mm aisles throughout the warehouse. Half of this layout was to be fitted with in-rack fire sprinklers.
Experience has shown that this was an industry that adopted a ‘default’ layout, where there was no in-depth operational qualification of client operations undertaken. Based on the understanding that not all products have the same dimensional characteristics and demand profile, it is questionable why many businesses accept this ‘uniform’ arrangement.
It could be that there is a lack of understanding of warehouse operations among many suppliers. This results in them often taking a lowest ‘cost-only’ approach, which drives the design to what is often seen – a ‘default selective rack layout’. Likewise, many clients have a very good understanding of the price and product specifications, but not the value of the total fitout. That’s because this value can be difficult to explain in sufficient detail by those selling the equipment and as a result, both supplier and customer often agree on a ‘default’ layout.
To demonstrate the limitations of this default layout, the supplied 2D drawing was turned it into a 3D render. This gave Vivin a better perspective and understanding of the system with which they would end up, and also allowed the supplier team to highlight any potential shortfalls of the design.
Dexion Solutions go the extra mile to fully analyse the space and develop 3D renders where appropriate to ensure the customer has a thorough understanding of what can be achieved – adding so much more value and insight to the project. This additional stage in planning can also be recognised in ROI well into the future.
Developing a complete system
The team requested design-relevant data, which included a snapshot of inventory, transaction table and the item master. This was then backed up with operational site observation and development of a process logic to support the design. The purpose of this study was to retain what was being done well, as well as engineer out any existing limitations, risks and difficulties where possible.
This is what was found:

  • Standard 2,600mm clear entry bays did not provide optimised storage density for the range of products, so the design was altered to include a calculated combination of 2,600mm and 3,850mm clear entry bays.
  • To account for product overhang and a 100mm longitudinal flue in accordance with fire engineering and AS 4084:2012, this directed the design towards the specification of customised double entry frame depths of 2,106mm and 2,303mm respectively. The basic design only had a single double entry 2,106mm arrangement, which would have restricted the storage of oversized products like sofas.
  • Finally, no elevations were provided in the original design so these had to be calculated. Twelve (12) differing elevations were designed to accommodate the 100mm transverse flue space as per criteria specified in FM8-9.

Now that the storage profiles had been determined, it was time to develop a fully optimised warehouse layout. The storage system had to accommodate non-standard product sizes, all the while balancing productivity with storage.
To achieve this, the layout developed by Dexion Solutions comprised of 1,500 bays of selective Speedlock racking, with different frame depths and bay widths to accommodate variations in product dimensions.

Aisle widths
The original default design had 3,420mm aisles rack to rack, but was this adequate? Let’s consider how the space will be used.
2,100mm width pallets are put away and retrieved at ground level and at height. While the aisles are certainly wider than the pallet, the space doesn’t consider the materials handling equipment that will be used to manoeuvre the pallets. As shown in the diagram, the resulting sweep arc of a forklift turning towards the racking is not considered in the conforming design.
Adhering to a 3,420mm aisle would have resulted in a 343mm aisle width deficit! Aisle widths had to be increased to 3,850mm for operational viability, which was independently verified by the MHE provider. With larger aisle widths, the rack orientation was required to change from North to South to East to West due to the building column grid.
This flagged a significant change to the initial layout and it marked a fundamental change from being a storage-centric design to one that was operationally focused.
In-rack fire sprinklers
The initial layout directed that half the site be fitted with in-rack sprinklers. For this qualification, Dexion Solutions used inventory data and item master lookups to identify all the items that needed additional fire coverage. A line-by-line slotting calculation was applied. This was not as easy task!
From this exercise, it was determined that just over a quarter of the site required in-rack sprinkler coverage, quite a difference from half the site. This area allocation also accounted for likely and predicted storage variations. With a reduced area for in-rack sprinkler coverage, a significant cost saving was instantly realised. Combined with all the previous qualifications, this verification just added another layer to the optimised layout that could not be ignored.
Furniture repair zones
To complete the design, a concept of operations was developed, with staging areas and furniture repair zones laid out. The material flow was calculated along with the operational task sequences. This ensured that both the physical and logical designs were complementary to each other.
Warehouse management system integration
The system logic threads that were recommended could be applied to the warehouse management system (WMS) for configuration to achieve balanced task flows. The pertinent points about the operational sequences were the inclusion of batch and discrete order picking based on order profile waving, pick and drop locations for intermediary task staging, and task interleaving. With both the physical and logical designs undertaken in tandem rather than in isolation, a verifiable, auditable and clearly specified result was planned and achieved.
Labels and end-of-aisle signs
The design of the warehouse location map and the subsequent location labelling specification can be crucial to a project’s success. For Vivin, the Dexion Solutions team used 3,850mm beam lengths, which were mapped out and labelled for three locations per bay instead of the average of two locations across a shorter beam length. This will allow for the storage of one OR two non-standard product sizes whilst also allowing for flexibility to use each level for up to three standard pallets.
The labels are made of polyester with a long-term adhesive, making them ultra-durable and resistant to liquids. A unique feature of these labels is that they can be removed and relocated without tearing, offering even further flexibility for the customer.
End-of-aisle signs were also installed as an identification tool to clearly define the aisles amongst the racking bays.
Safety and compliance
Bay profiles were configured to conform with FM Global Fire Engineering transverse flue requirements. 100mm longitudinal flue space maintained between products for oversized products to conform with fire regulations (FM global requirement) and AS 4084: 2012.

“The material flow was calculated along with the operational task sequences.”

To further enhance the safety of the warehouse, Dexion Solutions also provided the following:

  1. Rack protection

The warehouse storage fitout was further enhanced with rack protection, including specially designed baseplates with heavy duty fixings, front and rear deflection guards, and upright protection. All upright protection used is in safety yellow, as this stands out most prominently against the racking creating a much safer warehouse environment.

  1. Safe working load signs

Safe working load signs were installed for each bay of racking. This ensures the storage systems does not get overloaded by warehouse operators, and meets Australian Safety Standards.

  1. Traffic management plan and line markings

A traffic management plan is crucial to creating optimal traffic flow throughout the warehouse and to minimising any risk of collisions. As part of a good traffic management plan, line markings can effectively segregate pedestrian and materials handling equipment, reducing the potential for accident or injury and ultimately improving overall workplace safety.
The design concentrated on the principle of balancing productivity with storage. All the work done was qualified by analysis, observation and logic, all of which are fundamental in any system design. The client’s interests were always in the equation and Dexion Solutions provided a value proposition, not just materials. This is added value that will be realised every day, year on year.
“The Dexion Solutions team really stood out from the start with their knowledge and comprehensive approach to storage systems, said Vivin Imports national logistics manager Mark Redman.
“Not willing to settle for the standard approach, James Hardy and the Dexion Solutions team analysed our operational data and business goals to completely optimise the warehouse space.
“The team was great to work with and through this experience we have gained insights that will be used to enhance our day-to-day warehouse functions. We’re confident this warehouse fitout will provide the business with a competitive advantage well into the future.”
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Loscam joins show as Supporting Sponsor for MEGATRANS2018

Pallet pooling solution specialist Loscam has joined multimodal trade event MEGATRANS2018 as both a Supporting Sponsor and exhibitor.
Loscam provides returnable packaging solutions and equipment used to store and move products through supply chains, with its innovative pooling system making it a unique service provider in the Australian industry.
Sponsoring the multimodal trade show’s Logistics and Materials Handling Networking Lounge, Loscam is helping to facilitate business-to-business connections and networking during the event.
Built on a reputation for excellence in customer service, innovation and tailored solutions in Asia Pacific, Loscam is well placed to join other leading businesses in the Australian and international supply chains at MEGATRANS2018 next May.

Safer Storage Systems partners with Dexion

Pallet racking and shelving provider Safer Storage Systems has partnered with storage solutions provider Dexion Australia and signed on to become a Dexion Supply Centre.
Safer Storage Systems is one of the first to sign the new look Dexion Supply Centre agreement, which is currently being rolled out across Australia.
The company has adopted the Dexion branding and will now be known as Dexion Solutions.
“This new partnership sees two powerhouses in the industry join forces to deliver the very best product and service for customers,” said Matt Bell, Managing Director, Safer Storage Systems. “Dexion has world-class engineering capabilities and we are excited to be able to add the quality product range to our robust business offering.”
With a growing Key Accounts team to manage on-going requirements for customers, such as Reece and Bunnings, as well as experienced installation crews and project managers, Safer Storage Systems is equipped to offer comprehensive storage solutions for the industrial and commercial industries, Dexion said in a statement.
Khurshed Mirza, CEO, Dexion Australiasia, added, “Our partnership with Dexion Solutions further enhances our commitment to provide our customers with superior service and support. We are stronger together.”

Safer Storage signs up with Dexion

Safer Storage Systems is one of the first to sign the new-look Dexion Supply Centre agreement, which is currently being rolled out across Australia.
Dexion was recently acquired by Singaporean storage engineering company, Tech-Link Group, and has since undergone a complete restructure. Now, with a more streamlined business model, Dexion is focused on further developing its manufacturing and engineering capabilities, as well as strengthening the overall quality of their products.
The partnership between Safer Storage Systems and Dexion is expected to enhance Safer Storage Systems’ capacity to deliver both small and large-scale projects.
As an authorised Dexion Supply Centre, Safer Storage Systems is now an accredited supplier of Dexion products and services in the Australian market. In addition, Safer Storage Systems has adopted the Dexion branding and will now be known in the market as Dexion Solutions.
Safer Storage Systems’ managing director Matt Bell said: “This new partnership sees two powerhouses in the industry join forces to deliver the very best product and service for customers. Dexion has world-class engineering capabilities and we are excited to be able to add the quality product range to our selection.”
With a growing key accounts team to manage ongoing requirements for customers such as Reece and Bunnings, as well as experienced installation crews and project managers, Safer Storage Systems will offer a comprehensive storage product range for the industrial and commercial sectors.
Dexion Australiasia’s CEO Khurshed Mirza said: “Dexion has been the pinnacle of quality engineering and innovation in this industry for over 80 years, and our partnership with Dexion Solutions further enhances our commitment to provide our customers with service and support. We are stronger together.”

Crown launches racking system safety course

Training organisation Crown Equipment’s driver division has launched a new course designed to reduce accidents associated with the use of double-deep and single-deep racking systems.
The double-deep training course focuses on safe and efficient methods for approaching, departing and monitoring loads when placing and picking pallets from steel storage racking systems. It also covers use of operator aids such as auto-levelling and cameras and also the functions of particular pieces of equipment.
The course was initially developed in conjunction with Customised Solutions, a business unit of Toll Group, to build competency within its workforce. It is now available for all Australian reach truck operators through Crown Commercial Training’s locations nationwide.
According to Mark Cowley, Executive General Manager at Customised Solutions, an analysis of safety incidents involving pallet placement into racking systems revealed that a high proportion were related to double-deep racking.
“Given the potential of these incidents to cause serious injury if products were displaced, it was imperative to look at all aspects of racking design and driver training, which were key contributors to the incidents,” Cowley said.
“We believe the adoption of consistent, correct techniques for material handling equipment into our culture will result in a much safer workplace, so establishing the right level of training was very important to us.”

Dexion announces Joint Business Development Partnership with Unilever

Leading storage and materials handling specialist, Dexion has signed a Joint Business Development Partnership (JBDP) with Unilever.

The latest development marks the culmination of a three-year association between the two companies during which Dexion supplied Unilever a storage solution for a new mega distribution centre in Jakarta, Indonesia. Competing with seven other racking providers, Dexion’s approach was to deliver a solution that stepped outside the box in order to support Unilever’s growth ambitions. 

The JBDP will see Dexion and Unilever working closely together to achieve a number of aspirational goals, including growing their mutual businesses, compressing project lead times and efficiently managing costs. 

According to Dexion’s CEO, Paul O’Keefe, Dexion has already commenced exploring joint cooperation opportunities with Unilever’s global senior teams in supply chain, logistics and procurement. 

QPH Industries signs Crown as new racking supplier

To cater for increased stock holdings, Victoria-based QPH Industries devised an expansion plan for a new warehouse facility in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine West to house 1,600 selective pallet racking positions.

The importer and distributor of plumbing products, bathroom fittings and kitchen appliances, an existing client of Crown Equipment, was approached by the material handling solution provider to discuss what extra lift trucks they may require at the news facility. Having recently added a racking division to its material handling product set, Crown also discussed the capabilities of its Warehouse Solutions division.

QPH general manager, Tim Wood said the discussions provided a potential opportunity for the company to consolidate the number of major suppliers it used.

Wood said a number of factors came into consideration, including the company’s existing relationship, existing Crown vechiles in the company’s fleet, and the competitive price offered compared to the company’s existing racking supplier.

However it was the financial advantages the lease option provided that drew their interest. “Crown ticked all the right boxes for us in terms of product and price, but their big advantage was their finance package.  It was a one-stop-shop solution, with everything coming from the one company,” Wood said.

Image: Crown Warehouse Solutions product specialist, Katy Leach (left), Crown Lift Trucks territory manager, Brad White, and QPH Industries general manager, Tim Wood.


METALSISTEM will be showcasing just a few of the endless variety and configurations of European storage systems that are available in Australia on stand 202 at MATEX 2008.

METALSISTEM’s stand will include:

• Wide range of pallet racking systems approved by a world leading safety and standards codes.

• Drive in display using UNIBUILD racking.

• Long span shelving using Super 456.

• Our successful modular & boltless shelving system Super 123 with a full range of accessories.

• Super 456 mezzanine structure for retail and industrial purposes.

• Multi tiered application using Super 123 with walkways.

• METALSISTEM SIDAC gondola system for shop fittings.

• Stainless steel outdoor furniture.

According to Ms Oshi Kirk from METALSISTEM, they have been exhibiting with MATEX since 2005.

“Being a wholesaler for the METALSISTEM brand in Australasia we find it easier to extend our network after an exhibition like MATEX since the unique display we design every year attracts a large number of potential distributors.” she said.

Come and see the METALSISTEM on stand 202 at MATEX 2008 – Australia’s premier materials handling and warehousing exhibition. MATEX 2008 will be held as a three-day exhibition at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park, from the 15th to the 17th of April. To find out more about MATEX 2008 log on to


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