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.
As the Head of Sales, I will be very much focused in improving links within our market place, whether that involves developing the customer experience, helping in the development of our range of products specific to customer demand. Improving efficiency in dealing with our enquires. All of which aiming to elevate QTS into a position of power within the industry.
I will be managing a team of Regional Account Managers who will be mostly customer facing and reactive to enquiries. In so doing honing their sales ability to achieve market dominance for QTS. In addition to improving links within our customer based to ensure mutual benefits are expedited.
Highlights in my previous role would be, boosting the UK and Irish profile of my previous company. Increasing National turnover, brand awareness and profitability, establishing myself with a new industry within a relatively short period of time.
I wanted to join QTS, as I had identified the company as a rapidly growing force with the industry, emerging for very humble beginnings. I was aware of the widespread appeal for QTS within the industry and the collective diversification of their product lines made them very difficult to compete with. It was this truth which was developing a very loyal customer base which I thought meant that they must be doing something right, and in so doing was propelling QTS towards a very successful future.
Rather than maintaining a structured linear approach like that offered by competitors, they really put the customers needs first and were on hand to adapt the product to suit the application. They seem to have a great formula, which I was eager to become part off.
I think I offer to QTS a wealth of relevant industry knowledge and contacts. I desire to make my mark in the industry by improving the company’s standing reputation and dominance. I processed the drive and determination to succeed in everything I do and am hopeful this desire will filter through to our team, whilst enhancing the customer experience.
“Adam joins the Senior Management Team with a wealth of industry experience, but also the enthusiasm and commitment to service excellence. As QTS enters the next phase of it’s growth plans, Adam will lead a re-structured Regional Account Management Team in achieving exemplary customer service standards and will contribute immensely towards QTS Sales strategy and its execution. Adam is well regarded in the industry and is renowned for providing a great service through a more automated service model, so we’re delighted to welcome Adam on board and utilise Adam’s skill set can be.”