Welcome to the July 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Automation is one of the biggest trends in warehousing and logistics today, and is fast becoming more accessible. On our front page EffiMat, the Danish warehouse automation provider, is launching its Intelligent Box Mover technology in conjunction with UK distributor, RARUK Automation.

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EffiMat’s system opens the door for warehouses and other operations wanting to automate part or all of their order picking. The Intelligent Box Mover presents up to 200 boxes of different products per hour. It offers 100% picking accuracy and reduces order picking footprints by up to 75%, compared to manual shelving.

We have more about order picking in our dedicated feature. UK-based Wise Software have nearly 30 years’ experience providing their OrderWise business management solutions to a variety of industry sectors.

Their order picking offerings include the OrderWise Warehouse Robots, which can work at pick rates upwards of 650 picks per hour, so orders are ready before the dayshift starts. There’s always room at the top, the saying goes, but on your way there you need room to expand. In our Storage Solutions feature we look at the options for businesses to stretch their physical storage capacity, including storage containers, racking and shelving from BITO, mezzanines from United Storage Systems which deploy untapped overhead space and temporary structures from Aganto to create instant extra buildings.

With our strong industrial base, the UK is one of the world’s biggest markets for industrial lighting and is attracting overseas investors. As we report in our Warehouse Lighting feature, Luxonic, one of Britain’s leading industrial lighting suppliers, has been bought by the global group Glamox. The acquisition strengthens Glamox’s and Luxonic’s combined position in the UK, with complementary sales reach and product offerings. Nick Tavaré continues as MD of Luxonic Lighting and we wish him and the combined team well. We focus on another warehouse lighting company in our Supplier Spotlight interview.

LED Eco Lights, owners of the Goodlight brand, worked with FWB, the supply chain partner to various trade sectors, to replace all fluorescent lighting across their warehousing, trade counters and offices nationwide with Goodlight Linear LED High Bays, Battens and Ceiling Panels. As visitors to the TCS&D show will be aware, the Food Storage and Distribution Federation unveiled its rebrand as the Cold Chain Federation at the recent exhibition. The name change is at the heart of the CCF’s strategy to modernise and expand to be a strong voice for the cold chain.

We look forward to bringing more CCF news in future issues. And finally, we have the results from the UKWA Awards, which took place in the presence of HRH the Princess Royal at London’s Dorchester Hotel on June 27th. As UKWA celebrates its 75th year the Awards emphasise logistics’ vital role in today’s economy, while the high number and quality of entries underlines the professionalism in today’s logistics industry. Well done to all the finalists, congratulations to the winners and a special mention to Tony Mannix, Clipper Logistics’ Chief Executive on winning the Chairman’s Award.

JAMES SURRIDGE

Publishing Editor

james@warehousenews.co.uk