|When I started my career, my company moved at least every 2 years. But over the past 11 years we have stayed at the same location. Not because we did not grow any further, but because we constantly bought (or expanded) land and buildings.|
The result was a logistically poor (albeit likable) solution: a pretty patchwork quilt. One with height differences in the warehouse, foreseeable traffic chaos upon delivery and at the end, very cramped conditions. This exclusively called for flexible, capable and highly effective employees, in order to keep providing top distribution performance. And we found them, time and time again. Believe me, when we were low on manpower and had to hire temporary workers, several just ran for lunch. Why? Because at Jarltech (Oh dear!) work is done <>. There are very few corners to hide in. Therefore, the temps either worked with us for half a day all together, or they were almost certainly taken on.
Finally our logistics department, which is made up of many subgroups, is moved into a space which is three times larger. I was really concerned, though, that <> works smoothly over a weekend, like it did 11 years ago. But lo and behold, the spirit was preserved. I am extremely proud that our logistics department has managed (without outside help) to change buildings over a weekend. I'm very proud! Internal help through the full deployment of our IT and ERP departments was, of course, required. Overall, it was truly a masterpiece. No customer noticed that Jarltech had moved.
However, I can hardly keep secret that our logistics gurus had truly put in a lot of preliminary work… so many things had “secretly” moved in advance. A few days before I had the impression that the company was already moved. I was repeatedly assured that this was not the case. :)
The results are already noticeable. After just one week of operation the picking times have significantly dropped. Our refitting area finally has room to live! The advantage in incoming goods is even greater. Plus, if we need 1,000 square meters of high-shelf space because a packaging manufacturer makes a good offer, no problem! And, there are no external storage areas anymore, in which complicated goods have to be brought in by truck.
AND, because it's sooo much fun, we did a move again the following weekend, just like it was 11 years ago. In fact, our warehouse in Dubai City has also tripled in size, but at a level similar to that of Jarltech Europe 11 years ago. And that also (thanks to the use of the team) easily worked over one weekend.