Welcome to the January 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. As Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out across the country, the logistics industry is once again thrust into the limelight. The faster the vaccines are administered to the maximum number of people, the more lives can be saved. This serves as another reminder of how dependent the nation is on the logistics industry.


Our cover story reports how Oakland International has deployed further resources for its distress load management (DLM) solution across its UK sites at Redditch, Corby, and Bardon. BRC AA accredited and an EHO approved solution for same day or next day treatment of distress loads, the company typically recovers more than 85% of product and is trusted by major insurers who can attend and witness the distress load management process to verify exact waste and consignment recovery levels.

Congratulations to Internet Fusion Group, a leading lifestyle e-commerce retailer with brands such as Surfdome and Country Attire, for creating a sustainable packaging process that is over 99% plastic-free. Investments in two Quadient CVP-500 automated packaging machines and switching to Corrugated Fanfold material from Ribble Packaging, have aided with the pursuit of an environmentally sustainable right size packaging process. To highlight the full extent of its achievements, Internet Fusion has released a report investigating the environmental effects of paper-based packaging versus plastic packaging products.

Well done to Mitsubishi for supplying a fleet of PBPL hand pallet trucks to the Yeo Valley distribution site in Highbridge, Somerset. Yeo Valley was previously using manual hand pallet trucks in its three yogurt cold stores, but switched to electric after trialling a model from local Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks dealer Bristol Forklifts. Yeo Valley ordered 24 Mitsubishi PBPL12 1.2-tonne electric hand pallet trucks, which are powered by 48-volt li-ion batteries. An additional 12 batteries were ordered to support the fleet in the long term.

Our doors and curtains feature reports that with modern warehouses requiring precise temperature and humidity controls at all times, high speed doors are essential. If a worker collides with a soft breakaway door, the door can easily collapse out of its hinges before returning to the guide rail.

According to our warehouse automation and robotics feature, even before Covid-19, online shopping was booming. The restrictions placed on all our lives as a result of the Coronavirus have only increased the trend towards e-commerce. Warehouses are therefore more reliant than ever on automation and robotics to meet the growing demand.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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