Welcome to the February 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. America has been stricken by the Polar Vortex. We’ve been spared those extremes, thankfully, but blizzard conditions don’t usually stop the warehouse and logistics industry delivering the goods.

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One reason the business keeps going is that people are well prepared. On our front page, Louise Nurse, Sales & Marketing Manager of industrial door and loading bay supplier sara LBS is warning owners and operators of warehouses and factories to make sure their industrial doors can withstand anything nature throws at them this winter. Louise suggests doing a physical check: asking loading bay personnel how the doors are performing (expect some frank answers): and checking owners’ manuals or contacting the manufacturer to confirm doors are certified to DIN standards.

In other news, the 2019 exhibition season is getting under way. Warehouse & Logistics News is proud to announce we are a Media Partner for Industrial Packaging at the Packaging and Innovations Show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 27-28 February. Don’t miss our Show supplement in this issue, highlighting the exhibitors. If you’re going, come and see us on stand J7.

Staying with the shows, we also have news about LogiMAT 2019, in Stuttgart from 19-21 February. British explosion protection company Pyroban is celebrating 50 years of helping keep people and machines stay safe in potentially explosive atmospheres.

Jungheinrich will once again be LogiMAT’s largest exhibitor, premiering three new trucks and inviting visitors to experience the world of intelligent intralogistics solutions on their stand. Also present will be BYD, the Chinese electric vehicle and forklift manufacturer, whose progress we have been following since our visit to their Shenzhen factory.

There’s more show news in our Order Picking feature. Neopost Shipping, the automated packaging and postal solutions specialist featured on our February 1st front cover, are highlighting their latest advances at IntralogisteX. We also hear from New Zealand, where Cimcorp is installing a MultiPick materials handling solution at Synlait Milk’s new milk production facility in a major project with TetraPak.

This industry continues to achieve excellence. In our Loading Bay feature, fabric building specialist Rubb has created a new hub for Walkers Transport in just six weeks. Union Industries has helped high-performance gearbox maker Xtrac keep its new facility extension ultra clean and key areas segregated with an internal door and partitions and, extending excellence to service, Hörmann’s service team’s service team has doubled in size in the last year.

In our Power Sources feature, technological advances mean electric forklifts’ performance now equals that of diesels. There’s news from ECOBAT Industrial, the UK’s largest independent battery sales and service supplier, whose bespoke FULLlife battery and charger care packages are one of the reasons ECOBAT recently attained ISO18001 status.

And finally, let’s have a big hand for alternative pallet company PALLITE’s MD Patrick Mulhall and colleagues, who teamed up with their pals at Kingsley Consulting for a second time on 1st February to support Northampton Hope Centre’s Big Sleep Out Friday in frosty conditions. With more than double the participants compared to last year, Patrick says the Centre hopes to raise over £70,000 from the event. Congratulations all round.

JAMES SURRIDGE

Publishing Editor

james@warehousenews.co.uk