Welcome to the Warehouse & Logistics News Annual 2018, our yearly overview of the companies and trade associations leading the way through their commitment to excellence. The Warehouse & Logistics News Annual 2018, now in its seventh edition, will help you with your purchasing decisions and provide an invaluable reference point for everyone involved in sourcing warehouse equipment and logistics solutions. We would like to acknowledge the valued support of this year’s main sponsor, Toyota Material Handling.
In these pages we cover the main industry categories, profile the leading companies in each and interview the people who run them. We also have exclusive reports from industry experts in the major trade bodies.
While our politicians ponder our place in Europe, Britain’s warehouse and logistics sector is powering ahead. The industry has had another very good year, successfully tackling the challenges of the domestic and international business environment and once again proving resilient. Britain is of course still the world’s fifth largest economy, growing faster than predicted from July to September, and we are respected and trusted as a leading trading nation.
Underpinning our commercial muscle, our strong warehousing and logistics infrastructure is a major part of the continued attraction for businesses from other countries to come here. Reinforcing the message of confidence, we’re pleased to reveal the latest figures from BITA, the UK forklift truck association, show forklift sales up 8.2% yearon- year in Q3 of 2017, the third quarter in a row. In the retail sector, one of the pillars of our economy whose developments we monitor, forklift purchases are up 40%, as ecommerce and multichannel operations continue to grow strongly and retailers invest in warehousing and logistics support.
As the 2018 Annual confirms, the UK warehouse and logistics market welcomes quality innovators in every field and there is always room for newcomers with a strong customer proposition. At the same time UK-owned companies in this sector are flourishing both here and around the world.
On the technical front UK supplier companies and trade associations consistently help set the benchmark globally, contributing to the development of international standards and underlining our dedication to quality, excellence and workplace safety. This focus on safety is crucially important, given the pressures on warehouse and logistics operations to increase productivity and reduce costs in today’s climate.
As 2018 unfolds, Warehouse & Logistics News will continue to lead as the only fortnightly title in this sector, bringing you news and updates on the key issues and keeping you informed about the latest achievements in what promises to be another memorable year.