• The valuation of the space occupied, a key factor in decision-making.
  • Collaborative innovation, predictive capacity and knowledge of different technologies, among the keys to success.

With the aim of showing the different technologies and new groundbreaking solutions that the retailer and food manufacturer market offers us, knowing their strategic advantages and risks for retailers, manufacturers and logistics operators, as well as knowing what are their keys to success, from Logistop we have carried out the Webinar “Microfulfillment, the revolution underway in retail and food manufacturer”.

For this, we have counted with the participation of two of the leaders of the Working Group of Digitalization and Automation of Logistop, Javier Olmos, responsible for strategy and business development of the Cartif Foundation, and César Fernández-Pacheco, technical director of the Expertia Group, José Maldonado, responsible for the technical-commercial area of BAMA, and the moderation of Tomás de la Vega, managing director of Logistop.

César Fernández-Pacheco, in his presentation, has made a tour on the different needs that we can cover and solve through the microfulfillment, as well as identify what technologies we have at our disposal to cover different types of business and operations, taking into account the following 1) wholesaler or large food retailer, tense flow; intensive picking of boxes; 2) food retailer, with intensive picking of units and boxes for my shops or customers; 3) e-commerce; and 4) food producer.

All of this, highlighting the importance that the valuation of occupied space has acquired in recent times, becoming a key factor in decision making.

“The valorisation of the occupied space has become a key factor in decision-making”, César Fernández-Pacheco

In relation to the different existing solutions, José Maldonado shared one of the high-density sorter projects being developed by Bama, explaining the entire process they carry out, as well as the functionalities it allows and the advantages it provides.

“Analysing the needs of each customer and, based on them, proposing the right solution, is essential to turn it into a success story”, José Maldonado

Lastly, Javier Olmos, suggests a series of reflections that we should analyse when assessing the advantages and opportunities that Microfulfillment allows or will allow us. When considering this type of solution, especially in the food sector, it is necessary to take into account a factor of scale and space, considering whether or not the current solutions in Fulfillment are adaptable for what we are looking for; as well as the degree of synchronisation between digitalisation/automation and the manual part. All this, taking into account the specific regulations, both existing and future that apply, in this case, to the food sector.

“To achieve the flexibility that microfulfillment has not yet achieved, the interaction of people needs to be integrated”, Javier Olmos

The eight keys to success

  1. Collaborative innovation.
  2. Importance of predicting future scenarios: humility of predictions, flexibility and scalability for the future.
  3. Knowledge of all the technological and available alternatives and choosing the right path.
  4. Design from processes (Lean study).
  5. Business Case – economic evaluation of the project and strategic multi-criteria evaluation.
  6. Correct design of the Management Software.
  7. Correct calculation and simulation of system capacity.
  8. The opportunity to work with companies with innovative vocation, capacity, commitment, initiative and resilience to put innovative solutions into operation.

Logistop is the leading workspace for collective innovation through the realisation of projects hand in hand with our members. Transforming the entire supply chain into a more efficient and sustainable one. All of this with the objective of articulating and carrying out innovation projects between members, without excluding the possibility of collaborating with or receiving support from certain organisations external to Logistop.