In selecting the finalists the judges looked for evidence of bold and innovative responses to the changing market place – such as the introduction of new technology, products, processes or procedures that have had or will have a positive net effect on operations.

LUXONIC LIGHTING PLC

Luxonic is among the UK’s foremost designers of lighting and controls solutions for commercial premises.

The company’s HI-MAX luminaire range is manufactured from Luxonic’s manufacturing centre in Hampshire, where Luxonic’s team of designers and lighting engineers use the latest in optical technology to ensure the effectiveness of the range. As a result, HI-MAX is now one of the most efficient luminaires for warehousing in the UK.

With extensive experience of working within highprofile industrial settings for clients including Amazon and The Hut Group, Luxonic has switched many distribution centres onto the cost and energy efficiency of LED luminaires, replacing traditional ‘low bay’ luminaires with products from the high performance HI-MAX range.

VOITEQ

Voiteq has been voiceenabling warehousing operations since 2001 and continues to lead the market in integrating voice-directed workflows in the logistics sector. Some of the UK’s biggest brands including John Lewis, Kellogg’s and WHSmith have trusted Voiteq to deliver operational efficiency.

In 2016, the company launched VoiceMan Data Analysis (DA), its nextgeneration business intelligence platform. By developing a data warehouse, a secondary system running alongside the operational Voice system, customers can access years of data through interactive visualisations. With DA, Voiteq can offer a clear value proposition to customers:

LOGISTEX AND CLIPPER LOGISTICS

Logistex has designed and installed a sortation solution for Clipper Logistics’ latest facility located near Northampton. The site is shared use but has John Lewis as the anchor customer which means other retailers can benefit from the solution which was pioneered by Clipper inpartnership with John Lewis. The sorter was designed, manufactured, installed, commissioned and operational within 6 months of contract signature – about half the time normally associated with this type of system – and went live in September 2016.

SEC STORAGE WITH INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS GROUP LTD

Following a detailed warehouse and product appraisal by SEC Storage, an optimum storage system was devised for ILG’s new distribution centre.

A rack supported picking structure combining a total of 3 floors was key to the project. This structure maximises the cube of the building by utilising a racking structure with walkways supported between. This provides over 1,000 picking locations. The area was further optimised with the installation of roller conveyors and a spiral chute to efficiently move goods to the packing and despatch area.

Bulk pallet racking was installed to accommodate the initial delivery of client product, before being distributed across the warehouse. This provides over 1,000 pallet locations, whilst incorporating picking locations at ground level.