cc.jpgWelcome to the May 1 issue of Warehouse Logistics News. Long ago, in British villages, May 1 was the day for young men and women in every village to dance around the May Pole. This has now been replaced by the new tradition of girls dancing round poles, but wearing fewer clothes. Under Communism May 1 became the day for the USSR to show off its military might with parades in Red Square, presumably why in Britain in 2008 we’re celebrating May Day four days late with a Bank Holiday on May 5th!

At Warehouse Logistics News we’re marking the start of May according to our own traditions, with two strong features and three interviews, with RTITB Limited, Secureseal Systems and Translift Bendi – all British-owned, rare in our era of globalisation.

Our scheduled features are Small Parts Storage, covering Storage and picking systems, plus specialist racking and shelving, and Floors & Floor Care, which includes floor preparation, floor maintenance and area markings.

One of the world’s leading suppliers of trailer monitoring controls, our first interviewee, Secureseal Systems, enjoys a first class reputation as a provider of wireless intelligence for logistics suppliers’ needs, encompassing RF trailer location systems, RF security seal systems and RF refrigerated trailer temperature monitoring solutions. The company serves a broad customer base spanning retail and supermarket fleets, 3PLs, airlines, trailer manufacturers, bus and coach operators and parcel carriers. The product portfolio includes the most advanced and reliable re-usable security seal available, as well as the most advanced RF-based trailer fleet management systems, and has won various awards for innovation.

Despite our troubled economy, it’s a buoyant time for Translift Bendi. With 70% growth in new truck sales during 2007 and turnover running at £25m, this award-winning, innovative, independent British company has over half the UK articulated truck market, and its Bendi ‘Versatile Narrow Aisle’ trucks lead the way in materials handling in smaller spaces.

Our final interviewee, RTITB Limited – formerly the Road Transport Industry Training Board – has been synonymous with excellence in road freight and logistics for 40 years, and has helped foster the skills of generations of forklift operators and their trainers. RTITB’s also involved in raising awareness of the need for these standards. Hence RTITB has joined forces with Sumo Glove, the lift truck impact reduction and safety system manufacturers, to stage the first ever National Lift Truck Operator of the Year Competition for operators of counterbalance lift trucks registered on the National Operator Registration Scheme (‘NORS.’)

Happy reading, and have a great month.

Charles Smith