For decades now, the best way to load parcels and packages into a trailer has been to use a red Caljan Telescopic Conveyor. We’ve helped you optimize the working environment, with a boom configured to suit your specific challenge. You were getting to grips with e-commerce, adapting your processes to cope with this new trend.
Then came Corona — and the volume of parcels exploded.
Caljan has developed alongside your business
Amazon, E-bay and Etsy moved online around the turn of the century and other retailers slowly followed suit. Caljan customers were transitioning. Retailers were talking B2C logistics and parcel carriers were becoming third-party logistics partners, managing fulfilment processes for retailers. At Caljan, we realised that meeting delivery expectations would become a measure of success — not to mention an expensive, herculean task.
Caljan changed strategic direction. In 2008, we acquired a company specialising in automatic solutions for individual labelling. Since then we have gained experience, developed our capabilities and expanded further. In 2019, Caljan became part of the Latour investment group. AB Latour invests long-term in companies with great development potential.
Today, we design, develop, engineer, install and maintain automated solutions that enable you to deliver on the expectations of your customers.
The key to successful automation
As unemployment levels fall again in the UK, after a brief increase in 2019, the key to removing bottlenecks is to automate. Before making substantial capacity expenditure investments, it is essential that you consider what level of automation is required to ramp-up your capacity.
If all parts of an operation are automated, service costs, not to mention total cost of ownership, often lead to an unexpectedly long return on investment. The key to success is understanding which parts of the process it would be most cost-effective to automate.
You may want to increase efficiency in your inbound handling. You may have space limitations. Or your challenge may be incorporating B2C processes in a facility designed primarily for B2B cargo handling. During recent years Caljan has helped customers
• screen parcels in a secure areas when they arrive at the border,
• identify goods as they get to the facility,
• insert consumer paperwork before a package is wrapped for shipment,
• route packages to the appropriate door
• apply carrier-specific despatch labels and wrap items in space-saving, environmental packaging before applying the address label and routing the parcel automatically to the appropriate terminal / depot.
Caljan can support you throughout, including determining which part of your process would benefit from automation. Our objective is to help you adapt to the new norm, so you don’t have to cut corners or disappoint your customers.
As the UK economy bounces back from the effects of Covid and Brexit, parcel volumes will continue to grow. Developing more resilient, streamlined processes is essential, if your target is to prosper and not simply survive.