front-jul08.jpgWelcome to the July 1 Warehouse & Logistics News. As industry continues to suffer with soaring fuel costs and the credit crunch, the Government has publicly acknowledged that voters are feeling sore because of the economy. As we closed this issue, Downing Street had just announced that government ministers won’t get their annual rise this year, which goes some way to acknowledging how difficult life is these days. Interestingly the latest release from gift website predicts that wigwams and pedal cars will be Britain’s top presents this December 25th. That says it all – parents giving their kids toys to pretend to live in and drive around in, because when they grow up, they won’t be able to afford the real thing. Hopefully our masters will sort things out before then…

Meanwhile, right now Britain’s warehouse and logistics operations have no choice but to go on working. And as always, in this issue we’ve got two features to help you do just that. The first feature, Fork Lift Trucks, covers warehouse trucks, outdoor trucks and specialist machines, with our own exclusive overview of this crucial marketplace: the other feature, Data Capture, includes RFID, barcodes, readers, scanners, tags and labels.

We also have two exclusive interviews, with ROS UK Repairs and Sovex Systems. When forklift trucks collide with racking uprights in warehouses and distribution centres, it often results in extensive and costly damage to the racking, which must be repaired promptly under Health & Safety regulations. In today’s high-density warehouses, where racking can be 15 storeys high or more, such repairs normally entail stopping work in that area, unloading the pallets from the affected racking, replacing the damaged uprights and returning all the pallets to their positions. Now all that is set to change, thanks to ROS, a new company to the UK market, which has developed a revolutionary, patented system for repairing pallet racking for its many customers in Belgium and Holland, and is now offering it here.

Our other interview is with Sovex Systems, whose materials handling solutions span boom conveyors, conveyor systems and storage systems, and its client list features blue chip names such as Home Delivery Network, Parcelforce Worldwide, D.H.L., Business Post, Otto Group and TNT. Sovex’s latest introductions include a new boom conveyor with free running rollers, which the company describes as a step change in the way parcels are loaded for transport.

Have a sunny and successful month.

Charles Smith