Welcome to the September 15th edition of Warehouse & Logistics News. As autumn arrives it’s time for industry professionals to reflect on their business goals and the steps to take to achieve them. There’s plenty here to inspire you.


First, our Autumn Logistics Supplement focuses on the movement of goods outside the warehouse. Britain’s highly developed logistics infrastructure plays a key role in our success as a trading nation, but as our Supplement makes clear, there’s work to do to prepare for the future. Most urgently, UKWA has called on the government to allow food imports to be inspected at inland premises instead of ports, to ease the flow of goods into post-Brexit Britain. Under the current arrangements food inspections must be conducted within port boundaries but with 44% of our food from the EU entering the UK at Dover, equivalent to 1,000 trucks per day, after Brexit this will be impractical to carry out in a manner consistent with Rest Of World rules.

We also have a Preview of the PPMA Show, the UK’s processing and packaging machinery exhibition, which returns to the NEC from 25-27 September to provide manufacturers with insights into the latest machinery, products, technologies and materials.

Elsewhere in this issue, PPMA exhibitor EFAFLEX has been developing and designing high speed doors solutions since 1974 and plays a commanding role around the world in this competitive market. We have the story of WLN’s Rob Hollows’ visit to the company HQ at Bruckberg, near Munich. You can find out more about EFAFLEX’s high-speed door solutions at the PPMA Show on stand J62.

Talking of high speed, the news stories and customer case studies In our Storage and Order Picking features have a common theme of automation proving the right solution for today’s fast pace of business and confirm that E-commerce warehouses need more careful optimisation than traditional order delivery. In our Power Sources feature we hear from ECOBAT, Triathlon and Espex, each with a wealth of expertise as motive power supplier partners.

With today’s growing emphasis on forklift safety and efficiency, we also have an interview with Michael Connor, Sales Manager at Fork Truck Control Ltd, a leading independent supplier of truck monitoring and safety solutions to the materials handling industry, who work with forklift OEMs and dealers and deliver to clients in a range of sectors. FTC is having a very successful year, winning major contracts with a large automobile manufacturer and one of the UK’s biggest port authorities.

And last but not least, in our cover story we hear about Pregis’ range of 100% recycled, 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable Easypack paper packaging solutions. With sustainability front of mind these days, Pregis’ plants use hydrogen peroxide in their deinking, a more stable and environmentally friendly solution than chlorine or bleach. Cheaper than ‘virgin’ or Kraft papers, Easypack solutions protect the packages being sent, are kinder to packers and confirm the sender as caring for the planet.