It has been one of our biggest quarters yet at QTS and so much has happened! We have made the decision to start creating a quarterly newsletter as a round up of what has happened each quarter to keep you all updated.
A Message from our MD, Craig De-Lara…
As we reach our first quarterly milestone in this financial year, the headlines have been dominated by the acquisition of QTS by the Nene Group in March…
The quarter has seen consistent growth in both sales’ revenue and enquiries for QTS. In addition to a growth in appetite for our fabricated products such as our rackGUARDIAN™ anti-collapse mesh and the storGUARD™ mesh partitions and cages…
We are looking forward to another big quarter and we think this one could be even bigger and more exciting than the last. Make sure you have followed all of our social accounts to keep up to date on our news…
Nene Group PLC can proudly announce the recent acquisition of Qube Total Solutions Ltd (QTS) based in Pinxton, Nottinghamshire.
QTS Ltd has nearly 20 years’ experience as a manufacturer of wire-mesh material handling solutions and will continue to operate independently whilst remaining a true trade only business under the Nene Group umbrella, benefiting from investment to expedite future growth opportunities.
This acquisition allows Nene Group PLC to further expand on its position within the storage industry, as it adds QTS Ltd to its already successful and growing list of subsidiaries, which includes Nene Group (Commercial Property investments), Nene Housing Developments, Nene Storage Equipment Ltd and more.
In its certainty to remain independent, Nene Group PLC has retained the existing Senior Management Team of QTS Ltd but would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Chairman and Founder of QTS Ltd, Shaun Ingram and wish him all the best for his well earned retirement.
Nene Group PLC remains committed to delivering consistent high levels of service excellence to its customers and remains focussed on creating prosperous environments for its employees, accepting nothing less from its respective subsidiaries.
Not only does this acquisition demonstrate the dynamic, forward thinking strategy of Nene Group PLC, but It also enables QTS Ltd to succeed in its clear mission to become the market leader of wire-mesh material handling solutions and preferred partner of choice to its growing trade customer base.
QTS Ltd Managing Director, Craig De-Lara had this to say “QTS is already a recognised name due to its lengthy standing in the Storage and Warehousing Industry, having grown from a modest importer of roll-cages and wire-mesh decks nearly two decades ago, to being the UK’s largest wire-mesh deck manufacturer and growing mesh solutions supplier. Proudly supplying to over 90% of the markets racking manufactures, installers and trusted distributors nationally, QTS remains a trade only supplier to its long standing and valued customers. As such, QTS keeps its independence, but will benefit immensely from the necessary investment of Nene Group, to help accelerate its goals to expand into new markets and new territory with the introduction of technology, modern machinery and investments in its people.”
Warehouse efficiency isn’t just about keeping a clean warehouse, it’s about organization and how to use your space efficiently. This can be a big task to undertake, so let’s start with one of the basics – warehouse racking and shelving.
Warehouse shelving can be a minefield, if you’re not sure what you’re looking for or where to begin it can be hard to know what options are out there.
Shelving, racking & storage
Investing in high quality shelving will make you warehouse more efficient. Think of your shelving as the skeleton, that holds everything in place.
Running your warehouse with old shelves? It might be time to consider an upgrade. You should have enough warehouse racking and shelving to fit all your inventory. How organized you keep your inventory depends on what kind of racking system you have.
Select your shelving solutions
Make sure the shelving system you’re using suits your needs. Pallet racking systems are the preferred choice for most people, as they are very durable and safe. This type of warehouse racking also allows you to make the most use of your vertical space. However, there are several types of warehouse racking chose from such as:
Drive-in or drive-thru racking
Push back shelving
However, it’s best to consider the size and volume of products that come through your warehouse before making any decisions. Once you have the shelving that best meets your needs installed, label all shelves and areas.
Number and labelling system
By creating a numbering and labelling system for your warehouse shelving, you’ll make it easier to locate inventory. There are several labelling systems that you could use. A good suggestion is to code aisles with letters followed by a number. This would mean the 15th aisle in your warehouse would be A-15. However, you can create any system that make the most sense to you and your operation.
Manage your space
Organizing your warehouse is an on-going task, always improving your strategies. One of these important tasks is optimizing your space. Vertical space utilization is key in warehouses, as horizontal expansion is often expensive, requiring re-modeling.
You can make the most of vertical space by:
Increasing the height of your storage racks. This is the easiest and most common option. However, it’s important not to exceed manufacturers specifications on height or overload the weight of racking.
Making your aisles narrower. This can save enough space to create one or more aisles if you’re careful. Be mindful that your aisles will still need to be wide enough for forklifts or other machinery that you use in your warehouse.
Creating a mezzanine storage as a second floor above the current warehouse space. This can be expensive, but it’s still a cheaper option than expanding horizontally. This can make using a mezzanine a good medium-to-long term solution. In some warehouses where a full mezzanine isn’t a logical choice, installing racks over the dock area can be an option.
Having a good old-fashioned clear-out is never a bad choice. Keeping old inventory that’s obsolete or damaged can take up a lot of space. Getting rid of old stock can make space that can otherwise be used for new inventory.
Health and safety
It’s important that when considering warehouse shelving and organization you take health and safety into consideration. Most of this is just common sense, such as keeping high-volume items within easy reach. Mitigate lifting injuries by placing heavy or bulky items on pallets. Place these items where it’s easy for forklifts and other machinery to lift and pick these items when needed. The addition of anti-collapse mesh to the back of the pallet racking systems will add an extra level of safety against falling items.
Review your organization
After your reorganization, it’s important to continually review your warehouse regularly. Have conversations with your staff about what is working and what isn’t. Are you maximizing your total warehouse space? Are you happy with your labelling system and picking speed? Make sure you aren’t readjusting thing too often, as it takes time to adjust to new ways of working. For most warehouses a yearly review is plenty.
Need more information?
Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you with your warehouse shelving needs.
The Made in Group came about from an editorial campaign created to challenge the destruction of British Industry through of succession of poor decisions by UK government. The Made in Group is made up of Made in the Midlands and Made in Yorkshire. A group created to challenge the status quo abut how people think about British industry and ensure the sector is connected and informed. As of today, the Made in Group is of of the fastest growing membership groups in the UK with more than 500 members.
QTS Ltd are proud members of Made in the Midlands. We are eager to shout about the importance of British industry whenever possible. As members of the Made in Group, we believe it opens communication between us and other businesses in manufacturing. This puts us in the position of being able to learn from one another and build a network. This is something we believe will add value to our customers further down the line.
The importance of British Industry
Manufacturing in the UK accounts for £191 billion output, with a 7% growth over the last five years. This industry provides 2.7 million jobs to people all over the UK, with wages 13% higher on average than the rest of the economy. The East Midlands makes up £16.9 billion of that figure, providing 291,000 jobs. With the West Midlands outputting £221 billion and employing 304,000 people.
Looking at The Manufacturer’s 2020 Annual Manufacturing Report, we are welcoming in an era of business transformation. UK manufacturers are ready to embrace change, looking at their agility and responsiveness to many and varied challenges in the world of today. We know what it’s like to welcome this change at QTS, from business restructure to organizational culture, to technology.
Welcoming this change is a project of our Managing Director, Craig De-Lara. QTS is building on its long-standing success. We will benefit from continued experience, fresh enthusiasm and being challenged from an outside perspective. These changes are for the benefit of our customers, and we have a real passion to see this project to completion.
This on-going revitalization is bringing an opportunity for the team to grow, with several new faces having joined us already this year.
Craig De-Lara has been invited to be a panelist at Made Futures. This is “Meet Britain’s Makers” event on the 24th of March. This is a fantastic opportunity to represent not just QTS, but British industry. We are sure there will be plenty to talk about!
This event is also an opportunity for job seekers to get an idea of what skills the industry is looking for right now, with QTS actively seeking candidates.
The “Meet Britain’s Makers” event will be a virtual event. A panel of experts can share their own career stories, followed by the opportunity to ask questions. If you’d like to attend the event you can find more information and add the event to your calendar.
Overview of the state of e-commerce following 2020
If you are unaware of e-commerce, then you must have been living under a rock for the last 10 years. The shift in consumer behaviour towards online shopping has drastically altered the way in which businesses sell products and services to consumers. This has since been accelerated by the recent pandemic where all non-essential retail in the UK were forced to close physical stores. Thus, businesses responded by increasing their e-commerce presence.
E-commerce has truly exploded; according to GroupM, global e-commerce sales in 2020 were due to hit $3.9 trillion. However, by the end of 2020, consumers pushed this over the $4 trillion mark. The biggest change has been for CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) manufacturers where e-commerce based retail sales have increased by 277%.
It is impossible to ignore such a huge shift in consumerism. A natural increase in people using the internet, specifically social media, on a day-to-day basis made digital platforms a natural target for any forward think marketer. Naturally, making the products available online was the next logical steps in driving sales. A top example is one of the pioneers of e-commerce – Amazon. During the third quarter of 2020, Amazon saw their net income for Q3 hit $6.3bn, 3 times what it was in 2019. This can largely be attributed to consumers inability to be able to go to the shops.
So, what does this mean for people who are in the warehousing and logistics industry?
With a drastic increase in e-commerce, the demand for warehouse space has gone through the roof. Occupier take-up in H1 2020 had reached 17.7 million sq ft – 20% higher than in H1 2019. This is where QTS as a company fit in. As a UK supplier (part of the notorious Made in Group) and fabricator of mesh materials we have seen a big increase in the demand for our products already with this expected to continue through 2021. It would be an incredibly poor business decision for us if we did not choose to move with the times and create our own e-commerce platform to make the setting up and maintenance of said warehouses much more efficient.
With that being said, we would like to introduce you to our new online shop! We have created this platform which intends to make our standard products available to you at the click of a few buttons. It is the perfect place for ordering products for small to medium sized projects.
We have created this shop with our trade customers in mind. By contacting us and setting up a trade login we are able to offer a huge discount on the RRP. For large or bespoke projects, please continue to contact our expert sales team who will be able to find you the perfect solution.