How to Prepare a Project for Logistics Business

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                                National Library
                                 of Scotland
                                 The National Library of Scotland, in           experience of THE LOGISTICS
AT A GLANCE                                                                     BUSINESS, the document was
                                 conjunction with Cambridge University
                                 Library, Bodleian Library (University of       completed in September 2007. The
Customer:                        Oxford), The National Library of Wales,        document was issued in 2007 / early
National Library of Scotland     and Trinity College Library (Dublin) wished    2008 with the new system
                                 to relocate the existing central receipt and   implemented in 2009. In a second
                                 distribution facility, the Agency for the      stage of the project THE LOGISTICS
Industry:                        Legal Deposit Libraries (ALDL) from            BUSINESS was engaged to review
Public Sector                    central London to a National Library of        two alternative sites for the new
                                 Scotland (NLS) site in Edinburgh.              facility and prepare designs for the fit-
Project:                                                                        out of both sites, which incorporated
                                 As part of this relocation exercise it was
Relocation with improved                                                        the proposed new operating
                                 important for the agency to review its
operating software and                                                          processes.
                                 operating processes and identify
facility design                  opportunities to improve efficiency. This
                                 would be achieved through the                  Throughput volumes and buffer
                                 introduction of new IT systems and             storage requirements were calculated
Services provided:                                                              following observation and discussion
                                 through optimising the design of the
Warehousing & Distribution                                                      with the current operators and from
                                 operations within the new facility. THE
                                 LOGISTICS BUSINESS was engaged                 the available data. Due consideration
Outcome:                         initially to produce an Invitation to Tender   was given to the manual handling
Following our consultation       that included a specification of               requirements and the optimum
NLS completed the project        requirements for a new control system.         materials flow when considering the
                                 This work included defining new operating      most appropriate equipment and
within their original
                                 processes following a review of the            layout for the operation. Several
timescales                       existing operations, the collection of         different options were considered, and
                                 metrics related to the current operation       the reasons for the eventual
                                 and future growth, the definition of the IT    recommended solution were explained
                                 and systems requirements, and the              in a report submitted to the client.
                                 negotiation of the final document with         The proposed solution was illustrated
                                 Interested parties from all of the five        using AutoCAD drawings, which were
                                 Legal Deposit Libraries and the existing       prepared for both possible sites, and
                                 Agency.                                        budget costs and contact details of
                                                                                potential suppliers were provided to
                                 Following a series of meetings and site        the client.
                                 visits, and by utilising the
                                                                                       THE LOGISTICS BUSINESS Ltd
                                                                                       Old Court House
                                                                                       The Crescent
                                                                                       Bromsgrove
                                                                                       B60 2DF
                                                                                       UK
                                                                                       Tel: +44(0)1527 889060
                                                                                       Fax: +44(0) 1527 559192
                                                                                       Email: info@logistics.co.uk
                                                                                       Web: www.logistics.co.uk

				
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