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In our news pages it’s congratulations to Beth O’Neill, Group Commercial Manager for Howard Tenens, voted the FTA Multimodal Awards Young Logistics Professional of the Year 2017 for her work shaping Howard Tenens’ commercial and marketing department.

In other awards news, the big story on our front cover is Jungheinrich, the materials handling and intralogistics company winning a “Special of The Year” Award in the recent International Fork Truck of The Year awards, for their Indoor Positioning system, a digital solution for tracking industrial trucks in large warehouses.

The IFOY award confirms Jungheinrich’s status as a simultaneous forklift manufacturer, logistics system provider and software producer. Jungheinrich will be marketing the IP system under the name Jungheinrich FleetRadar and offering four modules, TruckFinder, ZoneGuard, SpeedZoning and RouteOptimizer.

You can find more industrial truck stories in our Forklift feature, including an interview with CFTS’s Shaun Prendergast on the importance of carrying out Thorough Examinations to the QA Code of Practice and news of Combilift winning a major contract from building products maker Kawneer and UniCarriers helping Britvic handle soft drinks safely at their new Leeds warehouse.

In our Loading Bay feature we have a report from loading bay specialists sara LBS on their recent project upgrading the doors at paper packaging specialists Smurfit Kappa’s factory in Uddington, where Scottish winters mean high speed capability is crucial.

Finally, in our Warehouse Supplement, published with this issue, we have news from the leading suppliers to the industry and reports from the top industry associations. These include an update from SEMA about their popular Rack Safety Awareness course, updated for 2017. The FLTA’s Peter Harvey underlines the importance of training warehouse staff, majoring on how forklift automation is gaining popularity yet most SMEs are running small fork truck fleets in ‘real world situations,’ necessitating attention to truck safety in the workplace. Last but not least Peter Ward, UKWA’s CEO, reassures us that whoever ends up in power after June 8th, the warehouse and logistics industry will go on delivering the goods and UKWA will go on communicating its members’ views to government ministers. We’ll vote for that!