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Welcome to the September 1st edition of Warehouse & Logistics News. As the holiday season ends, the schools go back and the weather cools, it’s heads down for a hard working autumn. If you’ve been having a well-earned break from the business, now’s your chance to catch up on the latest industry news.

First, as reported on our front cover Impact, Konecranes Lift Trucks’ sole UK distributor is bringing new levels of efficiency to high utilisation handling with the delivery of a customised Konecranes container handler to Bertschi UK, the bulk logistics specialists. The Konecranes reach stacker joins an existing fleet of four container handlers, all serviced and maintained by Impact’s North East dealer, Advanced Material Handling.

The 45 tonne reach stacker has a 33 tonne second row lifting capacity, two tonnes more than an industry standard truck the same size, and will play an integral part in handling the 200 containers going through Bertschi’s Middlesbrough base every day.

In our news pages, JCB has launched a new range of aerial access equipment range and is capitalising on its longstanding strategic partnership with Briggs Equipment to offer its machines for hire on flexible, short-term contracts.

In our Pallet Networks feature, 2017 is proving a big year for UPN, who are recruiting new members to cover key postcodes, expanding their pallet range and accepting full pallets up to 2.2 metres standard height.

London’s congestion and tough emission standards are a challenge for palletised freight services, but Palletline London is up to the task, passing the FORS Scheme’s Silver accreditation audit two years running.

Members have to meet network performance standards but remain free to develop their businesses, like Palletline and Partnerlink member AKW Global Logistics, which has invested further in its Trafford Park hub.

Following the recent London fire tragedy, in our Buildings & Facilities feature Brett Harrington of ISD Solutions, the warehouse composite firewall supplier, warns that firewalls must never become mere commodities for sacrifice on the altar of cost.

In our Loading Bay feature we have advice from FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey on the perennial problem of avoiding accidents involving forktrucks, lorries and pedestrians. Also in this section, we have a case study from sara LBS on their recent roller door project for pump manufacturer Stuart Turner.

Finally, there’s not long now till the TCS&D Show, the dedicated cold chain exhibition at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on 13- 14 September, with Aisle-Master, UniCarriers, Chalcroft, Transdek, SSI Schaefer and IVECO among the exhibitors. Don’t miss our preview in this issue. If you’re going, we’ll look out for you at the Show.