In France more than 20 % of the available capacity of transport SMEs goes unused ; at the same time many industrial SMEs struggle to find transport partners for their small loads.
It was this assessment that triggered the creation of Click&Truck, the first BtoB marketplace to match manufacturers’ requirements with transporters’ available capacities in real time.
Being open to initiatives and trends in the sector, FM Logistic is supporting the young start-up whose purpose is to facilitate relations between SMEs to generate a win-win situation.
Hardis Group, a digital services company and software publisher, has announced the launch of real-life testing of its drone solution designed to automate inventory-taking and inventory control in warehouses. The software publisher teamed up with Squadrone System to develop a fully assisted indoor drone, and international warehousing, transport and packaging leader FM Logistic to test the solution in real-life conditions in its warehouses.
The drone is equipped with sensors, enabling it to move around the warehouse autonomously, controlled by an operator. Its on-board camera identifies and captures inventory data which can be transmitted to any WMS on the market. The aim is to save time and increase productivity and safety in inventory and stock control operations.
According to estimations, the under-occupation rate of the warehouses in France ranges from 20 to 40 %. Empty warehousing space leads to higher impact of fixed costs and lower profitability for the companies.
Meanwhile, many companies are looking for warehouse space to store their products for a limited length of time, especially during peak periods.
FM Logistic Iberica has extended three years its contract to storage and distribution with Brother, an expert on printing and scanning solutions.
"During these years, we have maintained a very close relationship with our operator. Every year, the service levels have gotten better bounds near excellence. From FM I highlight the closeness and willingness to improve providing solutions to our needs. The commitment to innovation and cost savings has been progressive over the years, "said Alberto Garcia, Director of Operations Brother Iberia, SLU.
The operator FM Logistic has acquired in Illescas, Toledo, an area of 160.000 m2 for the construction of the first FM own platform for Iberian. It will be built in two phases of 80.000m2 and will be built under the highest standards of sustainable construction. To date, FM Logistic Iberica operates in 6 platforms and this new construction coincides with the tenth anniversary of the company in our country
The new FM Logistic platform at Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue, near Avignon, was inaugurated on Friday 22 April. It has been operating since 1 September 2015, with the activities of Continental Foods France (Liebig and Royco brands) and Haribo Ricqlès Zan.
After being awarded "NF HQE™ Bâtiments Tertiaires" certification (French high environmental quality standard for tertiary buildings), at "Excellent" level during the design phase, the site was recently awarded the "Exceptional" level certificate by independent body CERTIVEA, French leader in the certification of non-residential buildings and "sustainable territories".
For FM Logistic, the logistics partner of choice for manufacturers and retailers, sustainable development is a strategic priority. As part of its policy of supporting humanitarian, social and environmental projects, its French subsidiary has recently signed a partnership agreement with Apprentis d’Auteuil, an organisation that runs social action, education, training and integration programmes for young people. The aim: to set up the first logistics training course leading to a qualification for 18-25-year olds.
FM Logistic, the logistics partner of choice for manufacturers and retailers, is constantly on the lookout for ground-breaking solutions to meet the new challenges of the supply chain.
In this context, the group has set up an Automation department whose aim is to develop, in collaboration with its customers and partners, high value-added innovations and optimisations, as part of the plan to develop the Warehouse of the future.
FM Logistic, one of the top international groups in the warehousing, transport and co-packing business is organising the Faster Mind Challenge, a competition for students whose aim is to imagine what tomorrow's supply chain will look like.
With this challenge, and in line with its long-standing Open Innovation initiative, the company wishes to bring out innovative ideas, overturning the established codes in transport, logistics and e-commerce.
Order-picking is an important area in which studies are carried out and numerous developments made. In 2013, Crown, one of the leaders in handling equipment worldwide, developed Quick Pick® Remote technology which has turned traditional picking processes around.
In partnership with Aprolis (exclusive Crown distributor), FM Logistic France decided to test the technology at its platform in Ressons-sur-Matz (60), as part of its "difficulty and well-being at work" project. Objectives: to limit MSD and occupational accidents, and optimise order-picking while being in a shared environment where other missions are carried out.