Category "Warehouse"

With single-use now officially included in the Collins Dictionary as their word of 2018, it’s time for us all to reflect about our reliance on plastic, especially in the commercial setting. Looking to next year, is saving costs as well as saving the planet on your agenda for 2019? We show you how to reduce your costs and single-use plastic consumption by 40% in your despatch and logistics operation.

Single-Use – time to reduce

We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single-use. More than 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. Last month saw the first Green GB week, highlighting the risks we pose to our environment and how we can work towards cleaner growth. Very much a consumer focus right now, brands will be chosen on their attitude and responsible action towards the environment. Companies will be judged by the positive changes in process and chosen materials.

Get a Grip on Single-Use with Grip Film

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New Grip Film – making packaging faster

One product that has the power to not only reduce the amount of single-use plastic in your logistics operations but can also build in greater safety and efficiency. Grip Film is a high performance film that delivers tangible cost savings as well as huge environmental and safety benefits for the busy warehouse.  Use up to 40% less film in your despatch process.  This film has the stick of Blown film on the inside and nonstick on the outside so giving you the best of both worlds as it sticks to its self but not to the pallet next to it. Its incredible ‘stretch’ quality which means it tightens around the pallet, not only increasing stability but allowing the user to apply less film. It also wins on it’s price per pallet cost.

If you’re interested in Grip Film and other greener solutions – please get in touch. We can help you achieve a carbon footprint reduction as well as reducing your costs!

 

 

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We are all being asked to do more with less and taking time to review existing operations and processes is the perfect place to start. It maybe just the opportunity to apply new thinking or seek advice in simplifying and streamlining work flow and logistics in the warehouse, gaining greater control and enhanced efficiencies. So if maximising productivity, remaining competitive and creating an agile, responsive packaging operation is important to you for 2019, then being able to automate your packaging process may be the key to not only lowering costs but also a way to introduce safer and leaner working conditions.

Lean Green Clean

Increasing productivity as well as reducing costs are most certainly your key drivers but your end users and customers will also be interested in your process from an environmental aspect. Automating your process still supports you in making those necessary environmental changes in terms of the materials you use for your protective packaging. We supply a number of options for void filling which are all either recyclable by the end user or made from sustainable sources. We also supply machinery that allows you to create your own void filling from card. Whether you require automation for box erection at the start of the process or with strapping and securing prior to despatch, we have an automated solution for you.

Create Protect Secure – Automate

At Acopia – we supply machinery for every step of the process and all equipment is equally at home in a manual packaging setting or integrated as part of a fully automated process. We can identify where to make the optimal changes to your process to yield the greatest results. Experts in packaging and procedure for over 40 years, we work with many clients on process improvement and delivering greater returns on investment. Each setting is unique and the amount of automation needed is different. We don’t adopt a one size fits all approach – we analyse every aspect and suggest change where we know it will make a real difference.

If you would like to know more, please get in touch. Let us know about your current challenges, bottlenecks and headaches and we can help you to achieve effortless automation for your packing line.

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As the final quarter of a challenging year approaches, reducing business costs and delivering greater efficiencies in your warehouse will no doubt be high on your list of resolutions for 2019. Did you know that a simple product change to your existing despatch and logistics operation can yield staggering savings both in productivity and cost. The answer lies with e-tape! The humble reel of adhesive tape has been re-imagined and transformed to deliver real business benefits.

How e-tape can work for your business

The clever bit is in the revolutionary redesign of the size of the core. So simple, yet this change has the power to transform the bottom line.

In a recent study, a packing line was observed using standard tape, 66 mm rolls fitted on a core size of 75 mm. Each operator would replace the tape every 39 boxes, on average. What this meant was every 16 minutes, the roll needed to be changed. That’s a great deal of down time over every day, every week, all year – it all added up.

When e-tape was introduced to this company, the results were startling. The clever core design of 50 mm came into its own. With an increased length of tape on each role due to the smaller core, it meant each roll had two and a half times more tape on every reel!

The results!

What did this mean? For this particular company – it saved 45,000 roll changes in 12 months!

What did it mean everyday for the packing line? The rolls only needed to be changed 9 times instead of 20 times a day – which meant the operator could pack up to 10 more boxes a day.

So much more than a roll of tape!

So not only can cost savings be found, there are also the storage benefits as less boxes are required. You can also do your bit for the environment too with an eco friendly variation. It’s also possible to have tape custom printed as well as the recognisable Fragile etc.

Still need convincing?

Acopia are delighted to bring you this incredible product and we have an excellent offer to get you started. We are so convinced your team will love using this product that we have a special offer on your first order – just call us on 0845 075 6111 to find out more.

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It’s not often a product comes along that completely transforms a way of working that has been common place for years. A way of working that has been cumbersome, onerous and inefficient with associated risks involved. The strength of this new product is in its simplicity, new GripFilm has totally revolutionised the pallet despatch process in terms of time, efficiency and process. We take a closer look at the amazing business benefits this ingenuous little product has to offer!

Take control with GripFilm

Person holding GripFilm with one fingerGrip film applicator and roll of filmGrip film is action at the base of a pallet

There many reasons to consider the GripFilm system. This is a great product to hold and use and it quickly becomes apparent just how many benefits this delivers. Straight away, the film application process is faster and safer. The user can walk forwards around the pallet making it secure very quickly. It completely avoids the user putting themselves in danger walking backwards around the pallet as with traditional applicators. This is so important in a busy warehouse where Health and Safety is of paramount importance. It also eliminates the user from bending over in an effort to stablise the very bottom of the load, the applicator does this effortlessly.

Not only is the applicator lightweight resulting on much faster wrapping, the longer pre-stretched film means fewer roll changes.  Gaining a significant reduction in down time means more pallets prepared for despatch faster!

Reducing single use plastic

If you are a company that is concerned with reducing its single use plastics dependency, then this delivers a great alternative to traditional pallet wrap film. A high performance film at just 6-9 microns will out perform traditional film at much higher microns. The result? Less film usage!  Our own testing showed up to an 80% reduction in use which is great news for environmental concerns – and your pocket! With less film required, this also helps with a reduced carbon footprint and the associated distribution costs.

Fast, Safe and Efficient

We know that this product is perfect for your busy warehouse. If you would like one of our team to show you how this would work for your operation, we would be delighted to show you a quick no obligation demonstration. You can see for yourself the amazing cost savings and efficiencies that are to be made.

Just complete the form below, telling us a little bit about your current set-up, and we will be glad to come and see you.

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Saving time and money in the warehouse must be on everyone’s wish list. Looking for latest products to help deliver tangible savings is important in both streamlining processes and making logistics as efficient as possible. One such product that does just that is E-stretch, an innovation that throws away the rule book when it comes to securing your deliveries during transit and can make a big difference to your bottom line as well!

 

 

 

8 Reasons To Use E-stretch!

is thinner (just 7 microns as opposed to 20 microns for standard film) yet just as strong which results in a greater yield per roll

is twice the length of standard rolls (600 meters as opposed to 300 meters for standard film) – for the same price!

is highly puncture resistant, therefore protecting products better

reduces the weight of film used to wrap a pallet by up to 65%!

is stretched in both directions at the point of manufacture and rolled onto the core in its pre-stretched state. In use, the film contracts into its original state,resulting in a more stable load and 50% less film usage

has a thicker reinforced edge preventing snagging and adding strength e-stretch enables faster and easier wrapping as it requires less tension

has a one sided cling preventing pallets sticking together in transit

What we discovered in our own Product Performance Comparison!

When comparing pre-stretched and standard film head to head we were able to demonstrate that we used 86% MORE product when using standard film as opposed to e-stretch when wrapping one 4 foot high pallet of cardboard boxes.

This was a conservative test – how much could YOU save?!

Take the e-stretch challenge!

Put e-stretch to the test and ask for a FREE no obligation demo. Call the team now on 0845 075 6111 and book your demo today!

It’s something we hear a lot – oh we didn’t realise we could get that from you. With over 4,000 products in stock, we are more then well placed to cater for all your Industrial Packaging requirements.

We have over 40 years of expertise gained through working collaboratively with our clients across multiple business sectors such as Aviation, Manufacturing & Engineering, Healthcare and E-commerce, we pride ourselves in being able to provide tailor made industry specific solutions.

Free Warehouse Facilities
Large, secure warehousing facilities and a responsive and dedicated team ensure your goods are delivered when and where you need them. Storing your products with us is free, saving your precious space and money finding your own storage solution.

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With a huge inventory, we pride ourselves in being the Single Source provider for industry leading organisations. Businesses rely on us each day to supply their goods not for resale. Items such as warehouse essentials like lockers, recycling bins, safety signs and fire extinguishers. We can also supply branded workwear from a full range of items for your team.

 

We have a huge range of janitorial supplies as well as being able to support your staff catering requirements, as well as all the usual best sellers such as adhesive tape, cartons and an extensive range of protective packaging.

Supporting Your Logistics
We have an array of products and accessories to ensure your own product despatch goes smoothly and efficiently. High performance materials and the latest products help to streamline your processes, making them faster and cheaper.

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You can view our range on line or request our latest catalogue to discover more of our products.
Call the team now on 0845 075 6111 and Discover More At Acopia!

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) occurs when a simple movement is repeated again and again. Usually this is associated with work but can also affect those with hobbies or who play sports.

RSI is a very painful problem and is often difficult to treat adaquatley, expecially if the problem is caused by a work based activity. RSI usually involves the upper limbs – affecting the muscles, soft tissue and tendons. It differs from a sudden injury because it is caused by long-term strain on the muscles and that means it can cause problems for much longer.

Typical symptoms includes pain and numbness, tingling, coldness and loss of feeling – not ideal in a busy working environment such as a warehouse or packing line.

RSI costs employers almost £300 million per year in lost working time, sick pay and administration with each person taking on average 13 days off sick, resulting in over 4.7 million working days lost a year* – however RSI is usually preventable with simple measures.

Employers can make a big difference to the health of their workers while at the same time improving the productivity and profits of their business. At Acopia, we are delighted to announce an innovation for packing lines and packaging departments – a revolution in the form of ZEROTAPE, a new Packaging Tape System that was designed specifically with the user in mind.

Less Operator Strain with ZEROTAPE!

The position of the handle has been engineered to decrease the strain to the wrist. Strategically placed, the handle minimises the wrist movement and creates an all round comfortable procedure, which will help strain relief, bringing comfort for long term use and creating health benefits.

Another great feature on the handle is the ventilation holes, which decreases the amount of sweat produced – promoting less tension to the hand with less product slippage.

One of the breakthrough moments for ZEROTAPE was understanding the relationship between the core of the device and the handle. The weight distribution for the user was changed, therefore if you are using ZEROTAPE on a day to day basis the strain on the wrist is decreased vastly.

In addition to this is the added benefit that each roll is length is 160 meters – nearly 100 meters longer than standard tape lengths. This all adds up to fewer roll changes resulting in more boxes being packed each with with less operator strain!

Get you hands on ZEROTAPE with our fantastic introductory offer!

We are sure the many benefits of using ZEROTAPE are very clear and we would like to fast track your company to reduced costs, increased productivity and a happier workforce.

We are delighted to bring you a great deal on your first order of 3 cases of ZEROTAPE by including a FREE dispenser worth £22.75!

To find out more and to get your hands on a FREE dispenser – call the team now on 0845 075 6111

ZEROTAPE – changing the world of packaging.

 

For more on RSI and employer’s responsibilities:

*Chartered Society of Physiotherapy see sharp rise in RSI rates

*RSI Forced me to change occupation

Looking to make a great start to 2017? Reducing business costs will no doubt be high on your list of resolutions.

A simple product change to your existing supply chain can yield staggering savings both in productivity and cost.

The humble reel of adhesive tape has been re-imagined and transformed to deliver tangible business benefits.

How it can work for your business

The clever bit is in the revolutionery redesign of the size of the core. So simple, yet this change has the power to transform the bottom line.

In  a recent study, a packing line was using standard tape, 66mm rolls fitted on a core size of 75mm. Each operator would replace the tape every 39 boxes, on average. What this meant was every 16 minutes, the roll needed to be changed. That’s a great deal of down time over a day, a week, a year – it all adds up.

When e-tape was introduced to this company, the results were startling. The clever core design of 50mm came into its own. With an increased length of tape on each role due to the smaller core, it means each roll has two and a half times more tape on every reel!

What did this mean? For this particular company – it saved 45,000 roll changes in 12 months!

 

What did it mean everyday for the packing line? The rolls only needed to be changed 9 times instead of 20 times a day – which meant the operator could pack up to 10 more boxes a day.

So much more than a roll of tape!

So not only can cost savings be found, there are also the storage benefits as less boxes are required. You can also do your bit for the environment too with an eco friendly variation. It’s also possible to have tape custom printed as well as the recognisable Fragile and Security Seal.

Still need convincing?

Acopia are delighted to bring you this incredible product and we have an excellent offer to get you started. We are so convinced your team will love using this product and that it will deliver real benefits that we offer a FREE product trial – just call us on 0845 075 6111 to find out more. We also offer FREE dispensers on your first order.

Call the team now to start saving!

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With warehouse costs increasing and set to rise further in 2017, a functioning and spacious warehouse has become the new hot property. If your business is lucky enough to secure what little spare warehousing there is left, those still searching will have to contend with chronic shortages as the demand from e-commerce continues to grow.

Kevin Mofid Director of logistics at Savils warned that of 420 million square feet of warehousing space in the UK, there is “very little on the market, and what there is, is going to see its rent increasing”. In 2015 Amazon was utilising 10% of all warehouse demand – this is only set to continue into 2017.

Location, location, location

James Nicholls, architect at Stephen George & Partners commented that whilst warehouse demand still centered around the Midlands, the nature of goods being dispatch is changing which is now being reflected in warehouse design with the call for longer, thinner and taller buildings. Location is of great importance for e-commerce, with some now offering same day delivery, so proximity to good network and distribution links are crucial.

Make the most of what you have

There is lots you can do to release more space in your existing warehousing. These can range from rationalising the stock you hold, having more of your fast moving items and less of what moves slower, to making physical changes to the building’s structure.

A simple inventory check will reveal this and good inventory management is the answer here. An example of when this goes wrong saw a mid-sized consumer goods supplier upon reaching a full warehouse brought in a consultant who revealed that 600 of the 3,000 pallets had not been used for 12 months. It’s time to rationlise and reduce obsolete product.

Perhaps you have the space to add another level such as a mezzanine and have an area of smaller products with spate pick lists. You may be able to use the space over the aisles themselves, creating tunnel racking which can improve load capacity between 5% and 10%.

Store it for FREE – the cheapest option!

At Acopia, we are happy to provide our clients with FREE storage facilities in our secure warehousing, giving you peace of mind that your product is ready whenever you need it. We can get your product wherever it needs to be and you are also more than welcome to collect directly from us.

Talk to us about  our FREE warehousing facilities on 0845 075 6111 today.

 

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Tompkins International

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