One positive aspect of this virus outbreak and the resulting lockdown is
that it’s made us all appreciate the importance of space. Whether it’s the
great outdoors (or lack of it) and the space inside our own homes (or lack it),
or even to the two metres distance between people shopping in the supermarket
or passing on the street, we are all much more spatially aware.
At Boughey we know all about how to best utilise space. Our warehouse
facilities are designed to maximise the floorspace we have, both for storage
and for accessibility. Boughey has 900,000 square feet of warehousing space at
Wardle in Cheshire. We have also recently opened a new 237,734 square feet at
our new warehouse facility at Crewe Commercial Park. This has increased
Boughey’s storage capacity from 100,000 to 137,000 pallet spaces. But having an
increased capacity also means we need to closely monitor stock levels,
especially as we have seen a large spike in demand for certain products.
In this ‘new normal’ we are living and working in, our warehouses have had to be redesigned somewhat. This is as a result of special social distancing measures in workplaces, because our warehouse staff have had to continue carrying out their roles as essential workers. All our employees have adapted to using additional equipment, such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This has been deployed across our sites, to safeguard our employees and ensure the health and safety of all on-site colleagues – or indeed anyone else they come into contact with while working.
Our drivers our also observing social distancing measures when they are
carrying out deliveries. They are our ‘frontline’ staff, who are the ones most
likely to come into contact with the infection. Their journeys mean they travel
widely and visit multiple sites, so have to be very diligent with their hygiene.
These safeguards are protecting our staff and enabling them to fulfil their
roles during a challenging period.
The existing design of our warehouses has enabled us to install effective social distancing safety features. This is due to the nature of the current layouts, which require access to the multilevel shelving units and pallets, using forklift trucks and other machinery – not to mention our teams of pickers. With stock levels running high, even a filled capacity of 80-85% requires a great deal of planning and efficiency. We use the latest technology, such as a real-time ordering and delivery portal BougheyNET, which can track and trace stock 24/7.
By having both our warehouse sites linked to the BougheyNET system, we
can cross-reference the stock level data, to know exactly where product
availability stands. The software also includes a traffic light system, for
live order tracking. By already having a highly proficient workforce, which has
adapted with great competence to the new health and safety measures, Boughey
remains the logistics partner of choice for its many customers in these