Welcome to the November 15th Warehouse & Logistics News. Hot on the heels of the SEMA Safety Conference earlier this month, we have more news from SEMA on our front page, this time about SEMA Distributor Companies’ latest QA audit, which reveals that outstanding progress has been made since SEMA initiated the audit process in 2014 to distinguish these businesses’ equipment from other suppliers.

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The evidence-based assessments for the 30-strong group reveal every member passed scrutiny in 2017, with average scores improving by a comfortable margin. SEMA Distributor Companies’ products and services are independently certified as meeting and beating the SEMA QA standard. The initiative is the first such scheme for the storage industry, with all SEMA Distributor Companies independently audited every three years for the process control of their projects and proof of controlled administration.

We’re now well into the Christmas countdown and the nation’s warehouses, distribution centres and logistics operations are busy delivering to the shops and home shopping customers. Our features take a timely look at some elements of effective warehousing and logistics support which are crucial to smooth operations at this time of year – the Loading Bay, Motive Power and Cold Storage and Distribution.

In our Loading Bay feature, with winter here, warehouse operators are investing in energy saving doors and inflatable dock shelters. BID Group provided a roller shutter installation to cover a newly created delivery hatch on a mezzanine floor at a large manufacturing site in the Midlands.

Another essential in cold weather is keeping forklifts running smoothly, with reliable batteries and charging and changing systems. In our Motive Power feature, Industrial Battery & Charger Services, one of the UK’s largest independent forklift battery suppliers, is offering a brand new Lithium Ion Battery and has appointed a new Scottish sales manager, Stuart Smith. Espex Batteries, Exide Industries’ UK arm, has collected a Golden Peacock ‘Special Commendation’ award for sustainability at the Institute of Directors’ 2017 London Global Convention.

In our Cold Storage & Distribution feature, we hear how temporary building specialists Aganto have helped Biddulphbased MCL Group work through the winter and Yale counterbalance trucks are the backbone of production in all weathers, 12 hours a day for German building materials supplier Baustoffewerke Havelland.

And finally, now the clocks have gone back and the dark months are here, upgrading warehouse lighting is one of the most effective ways to ensure workplace safety. LuxLive 2017 at ExCel London on 15-16 November is Europe’s biggest lighting event and Warehouse & Logistics is a media partner. You can find the LuxLive 2017 Preview in this issue, including news from Nedap, Goodlight and EGG Lighting. If you’re going, see you there.