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Welcome to the last issue of 2020, a year that will see the end of the transition period before the UK breaks all ties with the EU. Our cover story reports that at Mosca Direct Ltd, preparations are well and truly in hand. Mosca strapping machines offer the perfect solution for securing pallets, packages, totes, and cardboard packaging for transportation that are used in a variety of sectors including pharmaceuticals, retail, corrugated, FMCG, mail order and logistics. Mosca’s extensive product portfolio has a machine suitable for any requirement; from compact semi-automatic free-standing machines for strapping smaller packages, to large fully automated strapping machines which can strap whole pallets of heavy goods and easily be integrated into existing end-of-line processes or new production lines. Mosca also offer a large range of high-quality strapping materials in both PP (Polypropylene) and PET (Polyester) which work in perfect synergy with strapping machines.

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Our Supplier Spotlight page profiles Conveyor Networks which in the last 12 months has created exciting partnerships with robotics and AI solutions manufacturers, such as Geek+ and Cimcorp. Adoption of robotic solutions is growing at a rapid pace. Businesses like Geek+ are leading the way designing robotics that are highly flexible and easy-to-use. As a UK distributor for Geek+ solutions, the benefits of fast improvement on warehouse efficiency and order fulfilment accuracy are significant for Conveyor Networks’ customers.

Our fork lift trucks feature reports that where logistics operations have been closed due to the recent lockdown, there is a risk when restarting normal work. When forklifts are used again after a time of being idle, there is a danger of fire, explosion or machinery breakdown. To reduce the risk of fire and explosion, thorough pre-start up plans and checks are required.

According to our storage solutions feature, this year’s Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns have enormously influenced consumer behaviour. The surge in online shopping caused by the pandemic is expected to add £5.3bn to UK e-commerce sales this year to make a total of £78.9bn, according to analysts at Edge Retail Insight. This trend means warehousing and logistics have become even more important than ever.

Our pallet focus feature says the pallet sector has to pay far more attention to environmental concerns than it once did. As there is a great deal of pressure to re-use pallets, it is often worth using a pallet pooling firm. Environmentalists may look down on plastics, but in fact plastics are better than wood at reducing fuel emissions.

May we take this opportunity to wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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