New research on the future of industrial property

New research affecting warehouses, logistics and supply chain from prominent e-commerce businesses and retailers such as The Iconic,, Nike and Priceline has been released.

Colliers International have launched “The Industrial Property of the Future”; examining the emerging technologies which are redefining how warehouses operate and all elements of industrial property.

Design, automation, social media, geography, data, digitisation and co-warehousing are just some of the factors shaping warehouses today, helping supply chains to become more flexible responsive to changes to consumption patterns.

Malcom Tyson, Managing Director, Industrial at Colliers International said e-commerce has risen exponentially in the last few weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and this has had an incredible impact on the industrial sector.


Loading goods into containers was a procedure that the company wanted to improve upon in terms of safety and efficiency, leading to a joint project with Combilift which resulted in the Combi-CSS. \"Safety and the reduction of risk across all operations is a major priority for us,\" said Ms Ioana Nedu, Export Sales Representative, \"and I believe our collaboration, experience and input has been crucial to the success of this new product. It has also enabled us to increase capacity and margin per load.\"

fast freight using combilift slip sheet to load a container

Using the mechanised Combi-CSS system to load products such as steel pipes or timber into containers avoids a combination of forklifts and manual labour. It significantly speeds up the process while increasing safety to operators and minimising product damage. A full load can be assembled on a steel sheet, which is hydraulically guided into the container. A barrier then swings across the container opening and is locked in place. This holds the material within the container while the metal sheet is slipped out from underneath it. With a 30,000 kg capacity, an entire load cycle can be performed by a single operator and a 20\' container can be fully loaded in just three minutes.

The other Combilift machines working on the 7,500m² site at Constanta resemble a showcase of the diverse solutions the manufacturer can offer. Two telescopic Straddle Carriers with automatic 20/40 spreader bars handle containers, a Combilift Tipper loads 20\" containers with bulk materials such as cereals, multidirectional 5t and 8t forklifts are used for handling long loads and an Aisle Master articulated forklift works indoors for space saving storage, as well as inside containers.


Some of the models are fitted with specialist attachments such as a C-Hook for the Straddle Carrier for steel pipes and a heavy duty fork attachment for loading and unloading blocks of marble

\"We first became aware of Combilift at a trade fair and realised that the ability to source such a wide range of customised handling equipment from one single supplier would be a great advantage,\" said Ms Nedu. \"The company uses common components on a lot of its models which simplifies maintenance for example, and the high level of cooperation between the two companies means that we can offer the best quality service for our customers\' individual needs.\"


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