Deli Home makes transport and logistics sustainable
Deli Home produces and distributes structural and decorative home products made from wood. To make sure this diverse range is transported safely and sustainably, we have found an innovative solution in the form of specially designed transport equipment. This solution offers benefits in three areas: sustainability, efficiency and cost savings. Ad Huigen explains the efforts.
Construction wood is available in a huge variety of sizes and dimensions. This is a blessing for the D.I.Y. enthusiasts, but can sometimes be a curse for distributors. Standardized packaging material can never be used for a random order. Customer orders were normally stacked on a wooden base so they could be delivered to the customer in one go. Carefully stacking products, so they do not shift or become damaged, is a skilled and time-consuming task. In addition, the bases themselves are quickly damaged, which means they must be renewed on a regular basis. This is not only cost-intensive, but also unsustainable. So a solution had to be found!
And the solution in question was the so-called order-picking container. Huigen: “a good order-picking contained means less picking time is needed per order. Unlike separate bases, order-picking containers mean you have to pay less attention to correctly stacking products. The order-picking container has also been designed so loads can be easily removed from the container using a forklift truck. The containers do not have to be removed from the truck and are not left at the customer’s premises because loads are easy to lift out. This allows us to reduce costs and work in a more sustainable manner because the order-picking containers are re-used. We are currently examining how many of these order-picking containers Deli Home needs and what kind of investment would be required.”
A similar development can be witness when it comes to delivering another of Deli Home’s specialities, namely custom-made cabinets. These valuable products require extra protection. If the cabinets are damaged, they must be partly or completely re-manufactured, which results in extra time and costs. According to Huigen, a lot of experiments have recently been carried out with special transport crates for these cabinets. Huigen: “the crates are sturdy and designed specifically for our products. They are also collapsible, which helps to reduce storage space.” The crates therefore reduce costs and promote efficient use of space. However, the real innovation lies in the field of sustainability. “Each crate is equipped with a sensor. This sensor transmits a signal if it is located at Deli Home or our transporter. So if we don’t receive a signal, we know that the box is still at the customer’s premises and can trace it easily. It is important for customers to return these crates after delivery so that we can reuse them. Deli Home is constantly looking for a more sustainable way to transport its products,” says Huigen. “But we have to be honest: we can only succeed with the help of customers.”