Welcome to the July 15th edition of Warehouse & Logistics News. Following the recent very successful UKWA Awards event at the Dorchester Hotel, London, to which Warehouse & Logistics News was the media partner, we’d like to pass on our hearty congratulations to all the winners and finalists in the different categories. You can read a full report on the Awards on page 10.
In the words of UKWA Chairman Peter Ward, the ‘tremendous’ response in terms of entries to this year’s Awards was very pleasing, at a time when the industry faces challenges from various quarters. In the present uncertainty after the Brexit vote the industry needs to hold its nerve and provide the sense of calm the politicians are struggling to achieve, giving consumers assurance and security by carrying on the vital job of helping feed and clothe the nation. The 2016 UKWA Award winners and finalists show the industry has what it takes to do just that.
Speaking of winning through, on our front cover we hear how Goplasticpallets.com has maintained steady growth for over 15 years, supplying pallets and containers to a variety of industries.
Since it was established in 2001 Goplasticpallets.com has doubled its warehouse and stock capabilities and expanded its product range to meet customer needs. In 2008, it introduced boxes to its range by launching sister company Goplasticboxes.com and has doubled its overall turnover since 2010.
In this issue we have features to inspire you to think like a winner in your business, covering the essential areas of Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Pallets and Storage. Our WMS feature reminds us about the need to be clear about what you want from a possible WMS system, given your current and likely business needs. Our Pallet Focus feature looks at the widening choice of pallet materials and the opportunities to trim freight and handling costs through fresh thinking. Our Storage feature considers how to use warehouse storage space to best effect, taking into account such factors as space, labour and energy costs.
It’s not all grit and hard work in this business, there’s still fun to be had. Before he presented the UKWA Awards, guest speaker Nick Hewer spoke about ‘The Apprentice’ and how its underlying message is very relevant to our industry. Starting and building businesses can be exciting, rewarding and enjoyable in any climate – and nowhere is that more true than in warehousing and logistics.
Finally, going outside work, the end of the Euro 2016 Championships doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last football of this quality, by any means. The new season promises to be very exciting, with many Euro 2016 star players signed to English clubs and the enigmatic Jose Mourinho and steely Pep Guardiola squaring up as managers on opposite sides of Manchester. Pull out our exclusive UPN/Warehouse & Logistics News 2016-17 Barclays Premier League fixture calendar in the centre pages of this issue and put it on your office or warehouse wall and you needn’t miss a single match.