01-front1Welcome to the 1 February Warehouse & Logistics News. The start of this month sees the first ‘W&L’ industry trade show of the year, Logistics Link South, running at Sandown Park in Surrey on Tuesday 2/Wednesday 3 February.  As showcased in this issue, Logistics Link South is a perfect place for professionals to assess new methods of cost-saving, compare the latest equipment and technologies for warehouse and logistics operations, and find smart ways to get the best from their current systems..

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Exhibitions are of course a two-way business, especially sophisticated trade shows like Logistics Link, featuring highly developed products and solutions addressing clearly identified needs. It’s not just a case of having the top companies on show: visitors of the right calibre need to go along to see them, and spend time seeing what’s on offer. As readers will remember, last year’s Logistics Link South was hit by heavy snow, but after the December/ January whiteout, hopefully we’ll have none of that in the way this time around! We wish everyone going to Sandown an enjoyable visit, and all success to the exhibitors. By the way, Warehouse & Logistics News will be there as well, on stand 77, so make sure you come and see us too.

Also in this issue we have scheduled features on Fork Lift Trucks and Conveyors, bringing you the latest news in these two essential areas in the materials handling mix.

So after the snow, what comes next? Well, let’s hope we’re in for a brightening in the economy, to go with the (hopefully) improving weather. How about this for a green shoot? The Office for National Statistics says the number of people unemployed in the UK has fallen for the first time in 18 months, which the ONS calls an unexpected development.

Total unemployment stood at 2.46 million for the three months to November, down 7,000 on the figure for the previous three months. Okay, it’s not exactly a large improvement in percentage terms. And again, many companies we talk to have slimmed down their workforces to a size zero, spurred on by the recession and aided by the latest technology, and as things pick up again job increases in those businesses are not likely to be huge. But it does at least end the continuous rise in unemployment that began in summer 2008. And that’s got to be good for everyone’s morale.

Have a successful month.
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