Welcome to the 15 June issue of Warehouse & Logistics News – here we are, coming up to Mid Summer’s Night already! It’s grim out there with the rising price of diesel and the credit crunch, but at least the sun has been coming out every now and then, so we hope it’s shining on you as you read this. If you’re not already playing, it’s not too late to take part in the Fork Lift Truck Association’s Golf Day at Kenilworth Golf Club on Wednesday 25 June. The day tees off with coffee and bacon baguettes at 8am, followed by the Texas Scramble, sponsored by Warehouse & Logistics News. After lunch there’s a Team and Individual Stableford Competition, and the day ends with dinner and prizes at 7.30pm. Call Tricia now on 01256 381441, to secure your place.
In this issue we have scheduled features on Pallets & Palletising, looking at the world of pallets, UK and Euro pallets, wood, plastic and ultra clean, and on The Supply Chain, covering Supply Chain Logistics, Management IT solutions and more.
We also have an exclusive interview for you with Paul Cunliffe, MD, and John Smith, Sales & Marketing Director of Solo 4 Systems. The Solo 4 name is relatively new in the UK logistics industry, but the team behind it has been developing and implementing solutions for over 28 years across a wide range of operational environments, from bonded warehouses to production management and transport.
Over the last year Solo 4 have updated and simplified their system modules to accommodate the all-important market of small to medium sized operators who might otherwise not be able to afford the cost of a full blown WMS system, and do not either require a great deal of sophistication or need expensive technological solutions such as radio frequency or RFID, but still stand to benefit from the technology.
Looking forward to the autumn, regular readers will recall that last year we published The Warehouse & Logistics News Health & Safety Guide in association with the Fork Lift Truck Association. David Ellison, FLTA Chief Executive, has now asked us to publish an updated Guide, which will be given to the delegates at the FLTA Safety Conference 2008 at Warwick University on 27th September.
The Guide will be inserted in our 1 September issue, and the stories and interviews will be published on a dedicated section of our website, and featured in a dedicated email newsletter sent out shortly before the Conference. The Health & Safety Guide is definitely something to look forward to. Meanwhile before that we’ll continue to keep you up to date with the latest industry news, in print and on-line.