Welcome to the August 1st edition of Warehouse & Logistics News. As our new Prime Minister comes into office and Britain struggles in record-breaking temperatures, we have articles in this issue about the best of British warehousing and logistics, showing our businesses can definitely ‘take the heat’ when it comes to leading in their field.
On our front page, Narrow Aisle launched the Flexi LiTHiON range of lithium powered articulated reach trucks at CEMAT in spring 2018. The new trucks have since become a popular choice for various customer groups, including order fulfillment operations, temperaturecontrolled warehouses, chemical stores and automotive manufacturing. The Flexi lithiumion system requires zero maintenance and delivers extended multi-shift availability. It can perform at full power throughout a shift with no drop off in performance and no need for topping-up, eliminating the health and safety issues that can arise during traditional lead-acid battery charging.
In our news pages PALLITE, the UK designer and manufacturer of paper pallets and shipping crates, has secured over £1,150,000 of Crowdcube funding to ramp up production to meet growing demand. PALLITE’s products are exempt from ISPM-15 requirements requiring heat treating or fumigation of wooden packaging to prevent disease transfer, which is good news all round as they can move across borders with no restrictions.
In our Warehouse Automation feature Lincolnshire-based software specialist OrderWise is celebrating three award nominations for its goods-toperson robotics technology, which streamlines and lowers the cost of order fulfilment.
OrderWise founder and CEO David Hallam has been named a finalist in the Midlands Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year category at this year’s NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards. In addition David has been shortlisted for a Tech Leaders Award and hopes to win in the Digital Leader of the Year category. OrderWise has also been nominated for the Innovation Award at this year’s Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.
In our Lifting Gear feature Konecranes Demag‘s British operation is helping raise the bar for equal opportunities in logistics. KDUK has become a partner of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), and will be taking an active role in the Society, attending events and adopting best practice procedures.
The company will also advertise technical vacancies in the WES website, job boards and newsletters to make job opportunities more accessible to female engineers. Vicki Shields is Branch Manager at Konecranes Demag UK’s Rochester service depot and their UK HR Director, Karen Winfield is passionate about attracting more women to technical roles. We look forward to reporting on their progress.
And finally, ending our round up of the ‘Best of British,’ we have news that Chivas Brothers has introduced new explosion-proof lift trucks to its whisky distillery in Tormore, nestled on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. Chivas’ new Hyster lift trucks have been converted by the UK company Pyroban to make drivers aware of flammable whisky vapours and shut down the equipment automatically if necessary. Cheers!