Meet…. Tara Gough, Premier Storage’s sales manager

Tara Gough is the sales manager at Premier Storage and has around 10 years’ experience of working in field sales, account management and sales administration.

Tara Gough, sales manager at Premier Storage

Tara Gough, sales manager at Premier Storage

She joined Premier Storage early in 2015, initially working in the sales administration office, but quickly progressed into her role as sales manager, which she has now held for over a year.

Tara’s role, however, involves a lot more than just sales. Of course she looks after her clients’ accounts – and they include some industry giants such as furniture retailer DFS and online plumbing specialists Victoria Plumb.com – but she is also extremely hands on! Dealing mainly with pallet racking, office partitioning and mezzanine floor contracts, Tara carries out her own site visits and creates the job specification, CAD drawings and quotes from the surveys she carries out herself.

Tara takes real pride in her work and the accuracy it demands and she gets a ‘buzz’ from making sure every job she does is perfect. “Even a millimetre error in measurement can put the whole job out” she says. “I really enjoy every aspect of the job, but, like any sales person, closing a great deal and then delivering on every aspect of it to the client’s satisfaction, has to be the most exciting bit!”

Tara’s client, DFS, says: “I find Tara to be most helpful and polite. Using her knowledge, she has continued to deliver DFS with 100% effort/time on each of the site projects we issue, giving us the confidence to place our orders in the knowledge that she can meet the tight delivery time slots. Keep up the good work!”

When not a work, Tara’s main passion is animals – rather like many of the Premier Storage team! Tara has been riding since she could walk and currently has a 23-year old warmblood horse called Baron – and at 17.3HH he’s quite a gentle giant. She is also raising her 1 year old Belgian shepherd dog called Rio. She’s clearly got her hands full with those 2!

Tara likes to keep fit too – and do what she can to help Dementia UK (a charity close to her heart as she lost her grandmother to the illness this year. She is currently getting into shape to do the Santa Dash in Doncaster in December this year and will take part in the Sheffield half marathon in April next year – both in aid of the charity.

You can contact Tara on 07850 328971 or [email protected]

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Scunthorpe Pallet Racking Project

In July Premier Storage were given the green light to proceed with a full Pallet Racking Installation by TSC Foods, a leading Food Production company based in Scunthorpe. As Dexions main distributor for Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the surrounding areas, Premier Storage utilized Dexions flagship P90 Galvanised Pallet Racking product as the natural choice for TSC’s refrigeration warehouse.

After an initial inspection of their previous Mobile system, Premier Storage designed a bespoke, more robust, APR Pallet racking system. The new layout gave much more fork truck manoeuvrability which satisfied TSC’s requirements for a faster throughput of goods. The galvanised finish on Dexion P90 and the High visibility Ballistic Grade Rack Armour column guards help ensure the systems resilience to corrosion and be fully operational for decades to come.

The project involved a full strip out of the existing mobile system including the mobile bases, frames and Beams. Premier storage project managed everything including the strip out and removal of the old system through to installing the new Racking system complete with barriers, guards and loading signs.

Matt Panton, TSC’s Warehouse manager expressed his delight with the system, saying the install couldn’t have gone any better and thanked Premiers Installation team for their flexibility during the installation to help keep the warehouse operational.

 

Dexion Joins the UKWA

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Constructor Group UK Ltd, Trading as Dexion, has become a member of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA), widely recognised as the country’s leading trade organisation for warehousing and 3PL services, across its 650 member companies the UKWA covers around 2000 depots, inturn accounting for nearly 10 million square metres of warehousing space.

“We became associate members of UKWA to demonstrate our dedication to warehousing in the UK. Being a member of the UKWA shows that we are dedicated to the highest standards of service based on the best industry practices for the warehouse industry and that we operate to the very highest standards.” said Matt Grierson, Managing Director, Dexion UK. (Constructor Group UK Ltd.)

As part of its UKWA Associate membership, Dexion will aim to uphold and promote the association’s mission statement, which reads; “To protect the interests and represent the views of its member companies at the local, national and international level; to promote best practice in the logistics industry, and to support member companies in the development of their businesses.”

Dexion Warehouse efficiency

Optimising the warehouse for maximum warehouse efficiency

For all warehouses, especially those serving businesses where there is a fast turnover of goods, operating efficiently is important. An ideal warehouse at any given time should hold only the stock necessary to provide optimum cash flow to service ratio.

Getting an accurate picture

The first step to achieving maximum efficiency is ‘thinking inside the box’ to work out how the warehouse is being operated at the moment. This might sound simple, but perception can be different from reality. Warehousing processes may appear to work well on the surface, but that doesn’t mean they cannot be improved.

The good news is that there are software and expert help available to help organisations with optimising their warehouses, such as from Dexion and its C-WIS software suite. The ability to visualise what is going on in the warehouse using current data can help businesses see where they can continue to make improvements which if done correctly can save both time and money.

Location, location, location

Identifying which products are moving quickly and which aren’t can help to shape a more optimised warehouse. Though the difference in the amount of time spent getting to one area of a warehouse over another may seem minimal when considered in isolation, it can really add up when multiplied by the number of transactions each day. Location is important, and is one area where companies can start to make savings.

The right type of storage

Racking and shelving can go far beyond just being a static object to store stock on or in. Choosing the right type of system for each product can help to optimise the warehouse and improve processes. Traditional pallet racking is still a versatile option and remains useful in a wide range of applications. It’s configurable in a variety of ways and systems depending upon the goods stored.

However, looking at the types of stock in the warehouse and choosing the correct type of storage that best suits the item and location in question could make a huge improvement to warehouse operations. An example of poor storage is where an operative has to fish small individual items of stock out of bulk storage on pallets. This is time-consuming and could lead to stock discrepancies if not done carefully. In this instance, a vertical storage machine could not only help optimise picking times by providing central retrieval points but also save floor space.

Read this post in full and many other great posts at: Dexion News

Premier Storage Puts Everything Under One Roof For St Leger Homes

Everything, including the kitchen sink – that is exactly what St Leger Homes wanted to house in its new depot at Shaw Lane Industrial Estate in Doncaster, and Doncaster’s Premier Storage has made that possible.

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Merging the facilities of several depots into one 1820 square metre unit, St Leger Homes – DMBC’s Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) which manages 21,000 council homes – has created a fantastic administration and storage facility that is both efficient and cost effective with the help of Premier Storage.

Premier Storage won the contract, valued at over £100,000, beating off stiff competition on the way. Working with St Leger Homes from the very beginning, Premier Storage’s Managing Director, Mark Jepson was heavily involved with the contract.

He says “I am delighted that we won this piece of work and that St Leger Homes chose the Dexion system, for which we are the sole distributor in this area. St Leger Homes’ other depots had the same systems installed so they are quite used to it and know that it is secure, practical, reliable and that parts are easy to obtain. I designed the system for St Leger Homes and worked quite closely with them, so they know exactly who they are dealing with and who they need to talk to regarding the system’s maintenance etc. The build and installation went very smoothly, despite its complexity, taking only 7 weeks from placing the order to completion. It houses everything from kitchens to beds, and all of these things need to be quickly and easily accessible, so we used quite an array of storage systems including racking, cantilever, long span, normal shelving and a mezzanine floor. As usual, I sourced all of my labour locally – this time everyone was from Rossington – and was absolutely delighted with the results.”

Mark is now discussing further work with St Leger Homes including car park solutions, small part storage and labelling, so the relationship looks likely to flourish further.

St Leger Homes has established the new centralised depot as part of a move to achieve business efficiencies. The company manages around 21,000 properties on behalf of Doncaster Council and carries out more than 130,000 repairs, maintenance and gas servicing visits each year.


A time-lapse video of the full installation can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4u-PfqUEJ8

Mark can be contacted at Premier Storage through any of the below options:

T:  01302 300200
E:  [email protected]
Twitter: @palletracking
Facebook: Premier Storage Solutions
W: www.premier-storage.co.uk