Welcome to the April 15th Warehouse & Logistics News. This April is a very special month indeed, with the Easter weekend followed a few days later by another long weekend, the Royal Wedding and May Bank Holiday.

As the country gets in the mood for a fortnight’s break from routine, the ‘W&L’ industry is in the spotlight as always, quietly getting on with making sure our supply chains keep going. Wherever consumers go over the period – sports events, visitor attractions, supermarkets, DIY sheds, pubs, petrol stations, hotels, even hospital – there’s a supply chain working hard to deliver the goods.

Warehouse & Logistics News, the number one publication for the industry, is here to help ‘W&L’ professionals stay on top of your game when the pressure’s on. Our special features in this issue are Power Sources, Order Picking and our CEMAT Preview. Power Sources covers all aspects of motive power in the warehouse and logistics environment, including batteries, LPG and engines. Order Picking looks at Pickers, pick to light and voice picking. And with the CEMAT show about to take place at Hannover Messe from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th May, our CEMAT Supplement is your complete Preview and Show Guide to the international exhibition for materials handling, automation technology, transport systems and logistics.

As regular readers will know, Warehouse & Logistics News is proud to be Media Partner to the RTITB Operator of The Year Competition 2011, which is set to raise awareness over the next few months of the need in industry for the highest possible lift truck operator skills. In our centre spread you can find full details of the National Finals – where and when they’re taking place, and who the finalists are. Several finalists from 2008 have made it back into their National finals this year and have the chance of success all over again. We catch up with the valiant ‘re-entrants’ in our exclusive article on page 5.

Also reported in this issue, Toyota Material Handling, the world’s number one forklift manufacturer, has signed up to be title sponsor of Warehousebuyer.co.uk, the new online company and products directory for the UK warehouse and logistics industry.

Recently launched by Grandflame Ltd, publishers of Warehouse & Logistics News, Warehousebuyer.co.uk offers you a complete one-stop shop for all purchasing decisions within the warehouse and logistics industry. Whether you are buying products, looking for a new supplier or upgrading your existing equipment, Warehousebuyer.co.uk can help make those important choices based on up to date and accurate information directly from the suppliers. Check it out today!

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