Heavy duty garment rails help cope with e-commerce orders

Clothing retailers are experiencing high growth in online sales and need more heavy duty garment rails than ever to deal with online orders.

According to the Office of National Statistics, the percentage of clothes sold online compared to in shops has risen from less than 5% in 2006, to over 20% in 2019.

High street clothing chains like Joules, Crew and Next, are finding that customers and making an more of their purchases online.

The increase in online orders is a challenge for the warehouses that store garments. Warehouses that supply high street chains used to only supply bulk orders direct to shops, but now they have to process single item orders or ones with a few items. These are either delivered direct to the customer’s home or sent to stores to be collected by customers. This has meant a reorganisation of how orders are picked and packed. Automated systems plot the best routes so that pickers can travel the least distance from garment rail to garment rail to complete orders.

In a busy warehouse, heavy duty garment rails get a lot of use. It is important that they are made with strong but lightweight tubular steel and fabricated by skilled metalworkers to make them reliable and not break when used frequently.

Another issue is the fluctuating nature of the online clothing business. There are seasonal cycles, with Christmas being the busiest time. Warehouse systems need to be flexible so that the right amount of stock is stored to cope with current demands. Any garment rails not in use need to be stored safely. Heavy duty garment rails that stack easily together when not in use are recommended.

Heavy duty garment rail manufacturers have various models of rails to help clothing retailers deal with the up-and-down volumes of online orders.

Posted by Katrina
1st May 2019
Retail & Warehousing

1 Comment »

  1. I am looking for a heavy duty portable garment rail that could be used for transporting shoe boxes, accessories and rails of clothing. Do you have a product that could meet these needs. alternatively could I get a quote of how much it would cost to get one made to order?

    Comment by Isabel Gray — 1st May 2019 @ 4:46 pm

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