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chazWelcome to the 1 October Warehouse & Logistics News. As the UK’s only fortnightly title for the industry, Warehouse & Logistics News is very pleased to announce that it has been chosen to be the official media partner to the RTITB Sumo Glove Lift Truck Operator of the Year Competition 2011. The RTITB is officially launching the competition on its stand at IMHX in November, and we’ll be carrying full details of the programme in our November 1st issue.

The RTITB Sumo Glove Lift Truck Operator of the Year Competition is set to make fork lift history and raise the bar in operator skills. Over the next 12 months, WLN will be actively supporting this exciting initiative, which will help convey the crucial message that in today’s fast-moving, high-pressure warehouse environment forklift safety is paramount, and proper operator training is essential to achieve it.

This competition is a welcome development for the industry, and will play a key role in raising awareness and understanding of the value of forklift operating skills among operators, trainers and managers, and highlight the need to keep these skills polished with regular training.

In 2008 RTITB and Sumo Glove held the first National Lift Truck Operator of the Year Competition, giving lift truck operators, their employers and their trainers the chance to showcase excellent training and operating skills. NORS-registered counterbalance operators who scored highly on their initial basic operating skills test were invited to enter the competition, and were further assessed by an on-line hazard perception and theory test.

From this the top scoring eight competitors from five regions around the UK and Ireland were selected to attend regional finals, from which ten finalists emerged to compete for the title of Lift Truck Operator of the Year 2008 in the National Final at the RTITB headquarters in Telford. It was an exciting and rewarding event for everyone involved, and the 2011 Competition will build on this strong foundation.

As the days turn gloomy to match the UK economic climate, thankfully the ‘W&L’ industry shines on as ever, helping Britain’s businesses that are still doing well to keep moving. To help you, in this issue we have features on Doors & Curtains, Pallet Networks and Warehouse Lighting. ‘Doors & Curtains’ includes industrial doors, curtains and roller-shutters.  In Pallet Management, we look at the UK’s major national and regional pallet service providers and what they offer. Under Warehouse Lighting we cover smart lighting solutions for today’s warehouses, including energy-efficient, long-life and sensor-activated systems.

Finally, if you’ve been enjoying our exclusive series on the History of the forklift truck, in this issue we’ve now reached our fiftieth episode. And there’s still plenty of the story to come. Happy reading!

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