Welcome to the 15 May Warehouse & Logistics News. If you think life is tough for warehousing and logistics professionals here, spare a thought for the people busy shipping out of Iraq all the vehicles and equipment belonging to our military personnel stationed there. Services logisticians are used to being first in, last out, but 1 (UK) Logistics Battalion arrived in Basra in December and will still be in Iraq after most of the other troops leave. Described as like picking up a medium sized village brick by brick and relocating it, the withdrawal involves moving equipment by road from Basra to Kuwait, and then by ship to the UK or Afghanistan.

Closer to home, last month’s Multimodal 09 Show at the NEC Birmingham lived up to the name, presenting best practice options across the spectrum of freight transportation and logistics, on one hand, and best of breed solutions in warehouse technologies and equipment on the other. The likes of PD Ports and Malcolm Group showed how air, road, rail and sea freight transport can work together, alongside Zetes’ goods ID and Aetna’s wrapping systems and other technologies enabling warehouse operations to be ‘multimodal’ in terms of flexible working. Warehouse & Logistics News had a stand at the show, too.

After February’s whiteout at Logistics Link South and repeated talk of major league exhibitors pulling out of trade shows on the grounds of the costs being prohibitive even for their budgets in current trading conditions, anyone would forgive your anxiety about Multimodal. As it turned out, Hall 9 was very busy, especially the stands that made an effort to ‘work’ the show, and all exhibitors we spoke to were pleased they made the commitment.

In this issue we have all our regular news sections, plus our scheduled feature, Power Sources, covering all aspects of power sources in the warehouse environment, including batteries.

We also have an interview with James Hannay, Zetes United Kingdom & Ireland’s MD. As seen at Multimodal 09, Zetes Industries is Europe’s foremost provider of voice solutions for warehouse and supply chain environments. In today’s tough climate voice technologies offer the ideal route to greater warehouse efficiency. Historically the UK has lagged behind Europe in adopting voice. Now, with two of our biggest third party logistics providers and two of the top five supermarket chains, plus a host of manufacturing companies, all using Zetes’ voice solutions to increase their warehouse efficiencies, voice is transforming warehouses in Britain too.

Happy reading.

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