Welcome to the 15 May Warehouse & Logistics News. On our front page Easypack is launching a new range of environmentally friendly packaging as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations. Easypack’s passion for innovation and sustainability has led them to become Britain’s leading manufacturer of highspeed, on-demand, green packaging, with offices and distributors across Europe and three Queen’s Awards for Export. Easypack’s brand new range, packmaster pro and packmate pro is the second generation of their market-leading systems which convert 100% recycled, recyclable and biodegradable paper into robust, highly versatile packaging.

We last interviewed Martin Elgood, Zupplychain’s MD in February 2016 as went live matching warehouse operators with spare capacity with customers needing warehouse space. 15 months on, Zupplychain is now focused on giving customers a Stock Database, based on free to use WMS software and unique reference numbers and barcodes for pallets. Another new feature, ‘Home Stock’ gives users an integrated view of stock in their premises and third party warehouses.

In our other interview we speak to Cliff Cane, Westgate Factory Dividers’ warehouse and logistics sector manager. When warehouse space is a problem, you may not be able to move easily into a different building. An increasingly popular solution is Westgate’s Flexiwall, a lightweight, durable and easily adapted internal partition system with an active life of many years. Repeat users include 3PLs and distribution centres for major retailers.

In this issue we have features on Packaging, Pallet Networks and Conveying & Sortation. In Packaging, we hear from the Alternative Pallet Company, whose Pallite recycled paper pallets have gained over 100 new customers across food, automotive, packaging, pharma and logistics in the last year.

In the Pallet Networks feature, congratulations to Palletways Group’s Chief Operating Officer Luis Zubialde, who has received the Premio Admira Award for his contribution to Spanish logistics. Luis joined Palletways Iberia as MD when it was a start-up and grew it into a well-established, successful network. Luis moved here in April 2014 to be Palletways’ UK MD, becoming Group COO last summer.

It’s a busy time for conveying and sortation companies, as our feature confirms. BS Handling Systems has completed its biggest contract to date for fashion etailer ASOS, a 122 chute sorter at their Barnsley global fulfillment centre, designed and commissioned in eight months. BS has also installed a hanging garment solution for 500,000 items on the same site.

Astec Conveyors have carried out an installation in North London for an international parcel delivery company; Beumer Group have been working for UK Mail near Coventry; and CSL have carried out a major cold store upgrade for speciality food and bakery supplier Aryzta.

And finally in Quote Unquote we hear from Marc Calder, MD of BACA Workwear & Safety Ltd. Marc plays the guitar and likes the Eagles. Speaking of life in the fast lane, Marc says his favourite book is The Guinness Book of World Records “because it shows determination.“ If you’d like to be in Quote Unquote, get in touch.