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Challenges in furniture logistics and modern optimisation methods


Logistics in the furniture industry is a challenge that requires precise planning and process optimisation. In this article, we will look at its key aspects, paying particular attention to problems related to loading, transport and the role of modern tools for optimising logistics processes. Even a 1% reduction in costs is a big saving.

During the pandemic, the furniture market has witnessed significant growth. Data published by Statista indicates that in 2021, furniture sales increased by 8% compared with the previous year. As a result, there is an increasing demand for furniture logistics services, as well as systems to improve transport processes in the home decor industry.

Challenges in furniture transport

Warehousing in the home decor industry is a key area that requires complex handling and careful planning. Products of different sizes and nature, such as sofas, wardrobes or porcelain, need to be properly secured and stored, which can be challenging. It is not only the safety of goods and the optimisation of space that is important, but also easier access in the picking process.

Another challenge is loading furniture of various shapes and sizes onto a semi-trailer or container. In the first place, it should be planned to avoid the need of reloading the goods in order to pack the entire order. The optimal use of space can be particularly problematic in cases where the transport includes products of different shapes, weights and sizes. Preparation for transport also requires thorough protection of the goods, which is to prevent not only damage, but also soiling of the furniture. In addition, it is not uncommon to have to deliver goods to multiple locations, which can complicate the loading process when several unloading locations are required.

Furniture is classed as sensitive goods, which means that its transport requires specialist handling. Even slightly damaged goods are not suitable for sale, or require a significant reduction in their price. The key is proper protection with the use of belts, foils, airbags or anti-slip mats. Proper packing, cargo placement and securing the load are key, and the decision to transport furniture whole, assembled or in part requires careful consideration.


Optimisation of logistics processes

We are observing a dynamic development of modern solutions in furniture logistics, such as warehouse management systems (WMS). These systems should, above all, control the availability of products, as well as having a module that allows you to manage product codes and their series. In the case of companies cooperating with stores, the system should be able to place an automatic order by a store employee to further streamline the entire process. Companies that actively use modern technologies have a chance of rising to the challenges of the modern market and gain a competitive advantage.

Forwarding and transport companies specializing in furniture logistics are also appearing on the market. Using the services of experienced partners allows you to optimise the entire process, delivering furniture on time and without damage. They are able not only to suggest the right type of semi-trailer, but also advise on the process of preparing the goods for shipment, i.e. packing, placing or securing the goods., Thanks to the installed GPS systems, they can track the location of the transport, which allows them to better manage on-time delivery.

Optimising logistics processes is crucial. Efficient load planning translates not only into time savings, but also into reduced transportation costs. Modern tools, such as Goodloading, enable quick and intuitive design of the optimal arrangement of furniture in the transport space.

In a globalised world, furniture logistics has to meet increasing challenges. Automation of processes, integrated warehouse management systems and modern load planning tools are the key to efficiency and competitiveness in the home decor industry.

The role of the Goodloading application in furniture loading planning

One of the main challenges in furniture logistics is the loading of furniture of different shapes and sizes. The ability to check whether a given load will fit in a given area avoids problems associated with overloading or improper furniture placement.

The Goodloading app becomes an indispensable tool, allowing you to plan your loads in accordance with standards, optimise your process and make efficient use of every centimetre of available transport space. By using Goodloading, logistics planners in the furniture industry save time, eliminate errors, and minimise the risk of damage during transport.

How does Goodloading work? In the case of Goodloading, the goods do not have to be stacked on pallets. All the planner has to do is add a list of loads manually or with the help of a file, and the application will show the most optimal arrangement of goods. According to users, working with the app saves up to 120 minutes on a single project. What’s more, with a layout plan in place, the loading process itself is much faster. In turn, efficient use of the available space can bring a lot of savings in the future on shipped transports.

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Furniture-related companies that trusted Goodloading with their load planning include: FPI Baltic, EUROTEL Sp. z o.o., Norcospectra sp. z o.o., Hermann Bock GmbH Schweigamer, Atepaa Sp. z o.o..

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