Happy New Year and welcome to the January 15th edition of Warehouse & Logistics News. As we start 2017, the omens for British business look promising with the FTSE 100 index hitting record levels, 22 percent up on 2016.

The ongoing worries about Brexit and sterling’s value on world markets continue to affect the environment we all operate in but ultimately they are outside our control, so there’s no point getting anxious. Instead, readers need to make sure their warehousing and logistics operations stay robust and competitive in the current climate. Which is where Warehouse & Logistics News comes in.

We are proud to reveal that Warehouse & Logistics News is searched for on Google more than any other logistics-related title in the UK! Don’t just take our word for it – Pallet Racking Systems, the Midlands-based supplier of pallet racking systems and warehouse storage solutions, compiled this data objectively using independent research. You can find the full story in the news pages.

To give your business a boost, we have all our regular sections plus special features on those crucial elements of the warehouse, Doors & Curtains and Warehouse Lighting. In Doors & Curtains we hear how specifiers can access details of Hormann’s rolling shutters and grilles in digital form. You can also read case studies from Union Industries, who have refreshed sweet makers Swizzels’ Derbyshire warehouse, and Sara LBS, whose loading bay systems are helping international food distribution operations keep their cool. Warehouse Lighting looks at smart lighting solutions for today’s warehouses, including updates from Danlers, Lumilow Lighting and Vestel, who returned to the recent LuxLive Show.

Also in these pages we have news about Pallex‘s recent 20th anniversary, senior appointments stories from CHEP and Electrocomponents, an investment bulletin from Kite Packaging, awards news from Mosca and dates for your diary from SEMA.

Our first front cover of 2017 features another potential ally for warehouse operators,, the website dedicated to sourcing warehouse space and logistics services in the UK and Ireland, has recently come into new ownership, bringing new energy and capital investment and creating a positive buzz in the industry. During 2016, whichwarehouse’s registered portfolio of warehouse properties exceeded 1,400 sites nationwide. At the same time it doubled its membership and more than quadrupled inbound enquiries, generating over 50,000 hits.

Here’s to a successful year ahead.