chaz3Welcome to the 15 July Warehouse & Logistics News. In a major development set to brighten the UK fork lift market, Briggs Equipment UK is to take over Yale UK’s assets and become the exclusive distributor of Yale Materials Handling’s trucks in mainland UK excluding Northern Ireland. Under the agreement Briggs UK will look after Yale’s new and used truck sales, plus rental, contract hire, service and parts.

The deal takes effect from 1 August. Briggs will continue to look after CAT trucks in the UK until the end of September. Richard Close, CEO of Briggs Equipment UK has been leading the negotiations over the last few months, and says the move is the start of Briggs taking the Yale brand to a new level in the UK.

Richard points out that Briggs don’t make any trucks themselves, but position themselves as experts in truck retailing, with proven strength in marketing and providing solutions to customer needs. It’ll be interesting to see how the market responds, particularly in terms of customer service.

In this issue we’ve got our latest Fork Lift Fork Trucks feature, including  counterbalance trucks, side loaders, VNA, reach trucks and other specialist machines.  In our other feature, Buildings/Facilities, we look at main structures and key equipment including temporary structures.

The Briggs/Yale link up was announced just before the UKWA Awards Luncheon earlier this month. News of the deal strengthened the consensus at the Dorchester that business is brightening in the UK ‘W&L’ industry. Setting the cheery tone at the Awards were stand up comedian Jim Tavaré, in action with his double bass, and UKWA Chief Executive Officer Roger Williams, livening up the business of the awards presentation in a double act with Jim, with plenty of jokes and asides. We’ll have full details of the UK Awards Winners in a forthcoming issue. Meanwhile, well done again to all the winners and finalists.

Finally, there’s always room in the warehouse & logistics market for innovation, as shown by the continuing success of pallet management experts EMS. As reported on our front page, EMS has just won a major contract to manage all UK pallet movements for the wine producing giant Constellation Europe Ltd. Having previously worked for a major pallet pool, EMS founders William Bell and Terry Costigan set up their company to outsource the complexities of pallet management on behalf of their customers, and their enterprising vision and initiative is clearly paying off.

Happy reading.

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