Welcome to the July 15 Warehouse & Logistics News. Mailed with this issue you’ll find the latest edition of Logistics News, our quarterly supplement covering everything outside the warehouse, mainly the transportation of goods by road, rail, sea and air, both inside the UK and internationally. We also report on developments in the all-important area of logistics property. Logistics News launched in June at the Multimodal Show, where it was received enthusiastically by exhibitors and visitors. We hope you enjoy it.

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In this edition of Warehouse & Logistics News we meet Wolfgang Gorner, who became Hörmann UK’s MD last October. The company has since launched various new industrial doors and loading bay products, including the new DAP Electronic Docking Assistance system, featuring LED warning lights to protect drivers and warehouse operators from injury, while speeding docking. Hörmann has taken its dedication to service and support a step further with its new Training Academy at its Leicestershire HQ. And lastly, 2019 is Hörmann’s 40th anniversary, cause for major celebrations.

On our front cover TCM unveil their smart new low-level order pickers. During a normal shift, order pickers in food distribution handle loads of up to 15 tonnes, and the repetitive action of moving and lifting this weight can have a major impact on the vehicles involved and their operators’ physical health. TCM has developed multiple algorithms that make driving the new order pickers easier, steadier, more comfortable, and safer.

We expect a lot from packaging and packaging systems used to protect items during movement through supply chains or by mail or the parcel networks. Not only must packaging do its job, these days it needs to be as ‘green’ as possible, and the suppliers are playing an active role. In our Packaging feature Kite Packaging have seen a ‘hugely positive’ response to their initiative aimed at reducing plastics’ impact on the environment, which has so far delivered a 95-tonne plastic reduction.

In our Warehouse IT feature the message is clear, you don’t have to be Amazon-sized to benefit from the technology on offer. There was no warehouse IT as we know it when UKWA was founded 75 years ago, but in their latest Awards, the Training category winner was Lutterworthbased Core Management Logistics (CML), who provide IT solutions for retail warehousing and ecommerce. Crucially, CML also provide operator training, heartening confirmation that IT expertise is increasingly important but human workers won’t be disappearing from warehouse and logistics operations any time soon.

And finally, we have more UKWA Award winners in our Pallets feature. At the recent UKWA Awards lunch, the Innovation Award went to PIX, a new development in paper-based pallet technology from PALLITE, the Northamptonshire transit packaging experts. It proves there’s still more to be done with this versatile concept.

JAMES SURRIDGE

Publishing Editor

james@warehousenews.co.uk