Fashion retailer Primark on track with Traka’s DockSafe door locking solution  

Primark, the international retailer that offers ‘Amazing Fashion at Amazing Prices’, is using Traka’s dock door and intelligent management solutions to ensure maximum efficiency and safety across its warehouse and distribution centres.

Primark operates from eight distribution centres. Its most recent opening is in Islip, East Northamptonshire. This facility covers 1.1 million sq ft of space – the equivalent of 17 football pitches. It boasts no less than 13 miles of aisles and is a 24/7 operation underpinned by over 250 committed employees.

A key part of Primark’s success is its efficient distribution of goods to stores in order to meet growing customer demands. This is a complex operation involving the use of a wide range of technology.

To ensure effective turnaround times, Traka’s multi-functional DockSafe door dock solution was installed to stop vehicles prematurely leaving Goods Out bays, alongside intelligent key management systems.

David Flavell, Primark’s operations development manager for the supply chain, said: “Primark’s products fly off the shelves and rails, so we need to transport them from suppliers to stores as quickly and as safely as possible. Implementing the Traka DockSafe has been critical here. Not only is it simple to use, but also provides data on driver activity and bay usage, as well as increased peace of mind thanks to the prevention of driveaways. It ensures the system runs like clockwork, which is great news for our colleagues who are always working hard to deliver goods to our customers.”

Traka’s intelligent DockSafe solution has been exclusively designed to stop vehicles prematurely leaving the Goods Out bays of a busy distribution centre. DockSafe combines Traka’s iFob technology with a Susie lock to create a robust protocol whereby a vehicle must be immobilised prior to the loading dock door being opened. Once goods are loaded, the door must then be closed and the loading bay clear of forklifts or personnel before the vehicle can be unlocked and driven away.

Steve Bumphrey, UK sales director at Traka, said: “Traka supports Primark’s distribution centres with its DockSafe solution and key management systems. With advanced features and data reporting, the solution ensures that Primark’s employees can optimise loading bay planning for long-term efficiency and productivity in a safe and secure working environment.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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