Welcome to the March 15th edition of Warehouse & Logistics News. The last 50 years have seen huge advances in warehouse technology, in hand with corresponding leaps in safety. A prime example is storage equipment. On our front page Chris O’Connor, new President of SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, talks about their 50-year history safeguarding the UK warehouse industry and improving safety standards.

Training is a key part of SEMA’s work. In 2016 they launched their dedicated training scheme for the UK storage industry, the Storage Equipment Installers’ Registration Scheme (SEIRS.) SEMA holds its first full day technical seminar on Tuesday 6th June at the Park Inn, West Bromwich, for people designing, installing and maintaining storage systems. Meanwhile you can read more from SEMA in their “Is This Your Problem?” column in this issue.

Attitudes to temporary storage structures have changed drastically over the last few decades, as our Buildings & Facilities feature bears out. Air domes and steel frame-supported fabric are far more appreciated now for their cost savings and adaptability. In recent news, Aganto have provided a transformative scheme for Britvic with three high quality temporary buildings for packaging and finished products. Smart-Space has completed a permanent production and storage facility for lighting specialist Luxonic and Westgate Factory Dividers’ partitioning solutions have found favour with clients including NFT Distribution, Great Bear and Royal Mail.

In the Doors & Curtains feature we look at the possible energy consumption savings industrial doors and curtains can bring about. Sara LBS have been working with a major logistics company and a parcel delivery company, both handling temperature-sensitive cargoes and needing loading bay solutions that stabilise working temperature. We also hear from Klimate, BID Group’s high-speed door division, whose clients include tile adhesive supplier Building Adhesives, and JS Air Curtains, whose Windbox industrial air curtains offer an alternative to high-speed doors and curtains.

As we regularly report, Internet shopping’s rise and rise has increased large retailers’ dependence on conveyors and automation. In our Conveyors feature we hear about BS Handling Systems’ biggest contract yet for fashion retailer ASOS, doubling throughput capacity at its Barnsley global fulfillment centre. Finally, in our Quote Unquote section we hear from Ellie Green, Warehouse Manager at gift products company Boxer, who speaks for many readers when she says the most exciting thing about her job is the challenge of juggling work to keep up a good dispatching service to customers to keep them returning. You can also find this article and the other stories in this issue on our website, where you will also find our new industry calendar.