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Welcome to the April 1st Warehouse & Logistics News. Winter is over and Easter’s on its way. ‘Spring’ into the mood with a visit to Multimodal 2017, the leading supply chain show opening at the NEC on Tuesday April 4th, supported by Warehouse & Logistics News as an official media partner. Plan your visit with our preview supplement in the centre pages, highlighting the leading exhibitors including Impact, Pallite, Briggs Equipment, Apex, Aganto and Howard Tenens and detailing the events schedule at the show.

If you’re going to Multimodal, you can find us on stand 1026, where we’re handing out copies of this issue and the Warehouse & Logistics News 2017 Annual, the industry’s key information source. If you haven’t got your copy of the Annual yet, come and pick one up from our stand.

As our front cover story bears out, customer service and fast delivery are top priorities for warehousing and logistics professionals, who also value these qualities in their suppliers.

However, lead times for new lift trucks can be long. So when Impact, the Nottingham-based heavy truck specialists who are Konecranes’ sole distributors in the UK and Ireland, delivered a new, individually specified Konecranes Reach Stacker to Gruber Liquid Logistics’ UK site in just two weeks, the customer was suitably impressed.

In our scheduled features we cover Fork Trucks, The Loading Bay and Storage Solutions. In our Storage Solutions feature BITO’s MD Edward Hutchison and Paul Davies, Link 51’s sales and marketing director talk about the pressure online shopping is putting on retailers’ warehouse operations. We also have a case study from Spaciotempo for Dennison, the commercial trailer supplier.

In Fork Trucks News, we look at the important procedure of Thorough Examination, a necessary step when buying used trucks. We have a report from the FLTA’s recent awards gala and customer case studies from Yale and Doosan. In our Loading Bay feature the team from EFAFLEX look at the case for investing in high-speed doors of different types. We also hear from UK-based Rhino Doors and Swiss firm Bator Group, who have signed a partnership agreement to design and develop new doors and offer their ranges of cutting-edge products to customers worldwide.

If you’re looking to expand your warehousing and logistics operations but want to stay flexible as circumstances change, one option is temporary buildings. We have an exclusive interview in this issue with Tobias Raeber, MD of Herchenbach GmbH, one of the few UK temporary buildings providers that make their buildings themselves.

And finally, when you’re starting out in warehousing and logistics, it’s vital to have good guidance. In our Quote Unquote section Gary Kirk, Project Sales Director at SEC Storage says his boss taught him to concentrate on getting the right type and quantity of new opportunities and then the orders will follow. Speaking of fresh opportunities, if you’re going to Multimodal, look out for the Warehouse & Logistics News team on stand 1026!