Welcome to the December 15th Warehouse & Logistics News. As we end another hectic year, for most people in this industry the focus is on getting everything sorted so they can relax over the festive break. But let’s not forget the significant number of Warehouse & Logistics News readers who will be working between Christmas and New Year to keep the supply chains going.


While we’re here, don’t miss the 2018 Warehouse & Logistics News Annual, mailed with this issue. Now in its seventh edition, The Annual is the ultimate reference source for buyers and decision makers involved in purchasing materials handling equipment, warehouse IT, logistics services and other essentials for warehouse operations. A valuable tool to help you throughout next year, The Annual showcases leading suppliers in each category along with reports and commentaries from industry experts, including the major UK trade associations.

On our front cover, loading bay specialist sara LBS’ Paul Rudge explains how they are helping clients speed up loading bay installations, with precast concrete elements delivered to site and manoeuvred into position. Precast concrete helps minimise the disruption caused by building new loading bays by removing such elements as digging foundations and pouring concrete floor slabs.

Precast concrete also makes the cost and accuracy of a new loading bay far more controllable. The concrete components come prefinished, with no need for plastering or painting and less cleaning up. Lastly, because the concrete work is done in factory conditions, sara LBS guarantee the end result in full compliance with BS 8110:1997.

In our final features of 2017 we look at three areas of warehouse operations that are of vital importance all year round – storage, pallets and forklifts. In Storage Solutions, Palletower’s new folding plastic Pallet Collars address the problem of the constantly changing nature and volume of items handled in ecommerce and omnichannel operations. In our case studies, SEC Storage’s first ever semi-automated, high-density pallet shuttle system is helping Natures Way cope with increased demand. OneSteel Metalcentre in Australia has invested in a Kasto Unicompact honeycomb storage system for its stock of 8,000 tonnes of steel and Aganto’s temporary buildings are easing AOML Packaging’s space problems.

In Fork Truck News, Steve Richmond, Jungheinrich’s Director – Logistics Systems looks at how automation helps improve warehouse safety and reduce shop floor worker numbers without compromising productivity. EuroSpin, Italy’s biggest discount retailer has been trialling STILL’s new OPX Series order-pickers. We also have news from Briggs Equipment about their MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award; from Impact Handling about their purchase of Bendigo Mitchell; contract news from Aisle-Master, Contact Attachments and Unicarriers: and advice from Hyster on handling bulky loads at height.

And finally, in our Pallet Focus feature we revisit the case for pallet pools and bring you news from the Alternative Pallet Company, makers of the Pallite range and Brillopak, suppliers of robotic palletisers. Whatever you’re doing, enjoy the festive season and we’ll be back again on January 1st with our next issue. Happy Christmas!