Logistics giant Wincanton has launched a new collaborative warehousing system designed to make it easier for firms to find and sell warehouse space.
Virtual Access to Storage and Transport (VAST) – www.oneVASTwarehouse.com – allows companies that need on-demand access to storage to find it quickly, and gives warehouse owners the opportunity to advertise underutilised space to generate a new income stream.
By simply logging on to oneVASTwarehouse, companies can list space for free – no matter how large or small, short or long-term. Anyone looking for storage space can search by location, space size, storage duration and required facilities before being put in direct contact with the warehouse of their choice. Further to this, customers can purchase additional wraparound 3PL services, such as pick-and-pack.
oneVASTwarehouse also offers its users access to Wincanton’s 4,000-strong vehicle transport network (the 3rd largest LGV fleet in the UK) for a complete collection and delivery service.
Adrian Colman, Chief Executive Officer at Wincanton, said, “We have pioneered collaborative warehousing for a number of years, but with oneVASTwarehouse we are virtualising our services and getting a better utilisation rate for our customers’ warehouse space.
“This has evolved from a great idea, created through Wincanton’s W2 Labs programme, in which we explore digital innovation in logistics.
“We are all in a race for space – to find it, to secure it and to generate the best value from it – and oneVASTwarehouse is a brilliant way to virtualise Wincanton’s huge breadth of services, while achieving a far better utilisation rate for our own and our customers’ warehouse space.”