Welcome to the 15 January edition of Warehouse & Logistics News. Two weeks into 2018 and it’s back to business as usual for this time of year, with high winds, low temperatures and motorway repair work under way across the UK.

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Speaking of staying grounded, on our front page Uretek, the ground injection contractor has rebranded as Geobear. Geobear specialises in fast slab stabilisation and re-levelling of concrete floors in commercial and industrial buildings, including warehouses, factories and retail outlets. Up to 10 times faster than other methods, Geobear’s unique technology means no excavations, with the geopolymer injected into the sub surface through holes drilled in the floor, allowing trucks and machinery to start moving again 15 minutes after work is completed.

In other news stories, congratulations to Somerset-based Jays Logistics who have gained the ISO9001 quality standard and to Laura Nelson, MD of RTITB, who has been recognised as an industry influencer in the Logistics 100.

Also in our news pages we have a case study from Warehouse Systems about a commission from Fat Face, the lifestyle retailer, for a new distribution centre near their Portsmouth HQ. Zetes have implemented a track & trace solution for Alkorta Forging Group, the automotive components manufacturer and Wessex Packaging, the West Country packaging solutions provider has supplied its ErgoPack mobile pallet strapping technology to Rittal, the Plymouth IT infrastructure provider.

In our Doors & Curtains and Warehouse Lighting features we focus on ways to make warehouses more energy efficient, ahead of the new minimum energy efficiency standard for rented commercial buildings coming into force in April. Also in Doors & Curtains, Union Industries have segregated Privatherm’s loading bay from their warehouse product storage with a Union Industries Bulldoor; UK Security Shutters has launched Command-X, a new remote access security control shutter system and BIDF Group have provided a Midlands bakery with a new roller shutter door to keep the workplace toasty. In our Warehouse Lighting feature Danlers has teamed up with CASAMBI to deliver wireless occupancy and daylight sensors and Ecolighting have helped a Welsh truck dealer enjoy instant energy savings.

Continuing our ‘staying grounded’ theme, we also have an exclusive interview with Jon Wilcox, Commercial Director at Level Best Concrete Flooring, the concrete flooring renovation contractors. Level Best’s technological developments include their innovative Floor Renovation System, which removes microscopic layers of substances to reveal polished floor surfaces. Level Best’s recent projects include a warehouse in Dundee, a distribution centre refurb in Northampton, a logistics and distribution centre in Daventry and a supermarket in Croydon.

And finally, a big hand for Merseyside Palletways member Sovereign Transport, who have won the Transport and Logistics Business of the Year in the Knowsley Business Awards for driving the region’s economic success, just weeks after winning the Palletways National Sales Award and National Marketing Award. We will be back with more news from the industry on February 1st.