Welcome to the 1 July Warehouse & Logistics News. It’ll soon be time for the UKWA Lunch & Awards 2011, to which W&LN is proud to be media partner. Don’t miss our exclusive eight-page pullout preview supplement in this issue, brought to you in conjunction with the United Kingdom Warehousing Association. The UKWA Awards are firmly established as an annual fixture in the industry calendar, honouring outstanding achievement in UK warehousing over the past year. Once again the prizes are being awarded at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, London, in front of over 400 guests.
In this issue we have features on Warehouse Lighting, looking at smart lighting solutions for today’s warehouses, including energy-efficient, long-life and sensor-activated systems, and Warehouse Automation, the discipline of helping warehouses become more efficient through state-of-the-art automated technology.
The first of our exclusive interviews is with Citizen Systems Europe’s European Marketing Manager Mark Beauchamp. Backed by their outstanding quality heritage, in 2011 Citizen stand tall as a new generation printer manufacturer, spanning “From Post to Parcel, Point-Of-Sales to Portable.” Mark and colleagues have various high profile projects coming up including the London Olympics, calling for Citizen’s high performing printer technology. But in terms of continued demand and usage the warehouse, logistics and courier market has a much bigger and lasting need for printers, which Citizen remains committed to serving as top priority.
Our other interview is with James Sharples, Head of UK Sales at Swisslog, the global provider of integrated logistics solutions. Swisslog’s comprehensive offering runs from high performance material handling equipment to complement existing applications, through to designing and implementing large scale, turnkey projects incorporating these items in complex warehouses and DC’s. At product level Swisslog has recently strengthened its range of materials handling solutions with the launch of SmartCarrier and AutoStore, two major innovations in tote-based materials handling, and now offers the industry’s widest light goods technology portfolio.
Also in this issue, our exclusive History of the Fork Lift Truck has reached Episode 57 and 1971, the year Britain’s coinage went decimal, and Caterpillar opened a UK lift truck plant.
Finally, after the UKWA Awards we’ll be first with the winners on our website www.warehousenews.co.uk, which incidentally now has a new headline sponsor, Shell Gas. To find out who scooped the trophies, you know where to visit. Happy reading.
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