Welcome to the October 15th Warehouse & Logistics News. As the weather gets colder we address the rigors of winter working in your warehouse, starting with our front cover story from sara LBS, the loading bay specialists. The team at Sara have been helping a leading Scottish ladies’ fashion retailer, who found that the temperature in their new warehouse fell sharply in cold weather, creating an uncomfortable working environment and increasing heating costs. Sara’s solution was to fit an internal dock loading pod, complete with retractable shelters, in each loading bay. So far the client has upgraded two loading bays and more are on the way.

Also in this issue, don’t miss our review of IMHX 2016, the latest incarnation of the three-yearly showcase for Europe’s warehousing and logistics industry, which packed a wealth of innovation into five halls at the NEC last month.

Keeping it seasonal, our features take a timely look at Warehouse IT, Warehouse Lighting and Packaging. Warehouse IT is in the spotlight between now and Christmas, with online shopping volumes peaking in early December, making high calibre IT crucial to successful working. We hear from KNAPP, who have automated Adidas’s new German distribution centre and Snapfulfil, who have landed sixfigure deals here and in the US.

Warehouse Lighting comes into its own in the dark months but it’s even more important in 2016 because the right system can help warehouses comply with the 2011 Energy Act, coming into force in two years’ time. Speaking of lighting, Andy Chell of Lumilow, one of our featured lighting suppliers, also appears in this issue’s Quote Unquote section.

As supply chains speed up before Christmas, our Packaging feature encourages packaging users to consult suppliers about ‘working smart’ and review their use of materials. We interview Chris Birch, Sales Director at KB, who are launching a new pallet wrapping solution system using Nano technology, which transforms the way people work with pallet wrap.

We also interview John Maguire, Commercial Director of Narrow Aisle Flexi, talking about his company’s innovations in other areas besides their core area, narrow aisle trucks, including the Flexi StorMAX AC, a high density storage system concept delivering an instant 50% increase in pallet storage capacity.

And finally, remember, remember, the third of November! That’s the date of this year’s SEMA Safety Conference at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, to which Warehouse & Logistics News is a media partner. You’ll find our 2016 SEMA Safety Conference Supplement in the centre pages. If you’re going along, we’ll see you there.