Welcome to the April 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Our cover story reports how storage provider Whittan is environmentally friendly with a low carbon-footprint because it manufactures its storage products in the UK, meaning it is never far away from its customers’ sites. Whittan’s trusted products include Link51 and APEX, providing design, manufacture and installation of racking and shelving products. All its solutions are ubiquitous in many sectors and also include Hi-Store, for mezzanine floors; market-leading display and storage solutions for retail sectors from Polypal UK and an extensive range of lockers and workplace products from Probe and Link Lockers.

Congratulations to Interroll which has added a system for a wide range of potential users to its range of automated sortation solutions with the launch of a new drop tray sorter, the Split Tray Sorter MT015S. The new product makes it easier for companies to enter the e-commerce market or can be used as a flexible addition to existing sortation solutions, for example in the fashion industry or the pharmaceutical industry. The new Split Tray Sorter ensures maximum availability, very long service life, and fast payback times for the automatic sortation of conveyed goods weighing up to 12 kilograms.

Well done to robotics and automation specialist, RMGroup, which has become the first integrator in the UK to be accredited under the RIA/BARA Robot Integrators’ Certification Scheme. The company was awarded its certified status after passing an audit against a rigorous set of national and international standards. Created out of the need to standardise integrators’ quality and workmanship, plus recognising effective safety controls to help give companies a competitive edge, the UK certification scheme is the benchmark to assess robot integrators’ technical knowledge and safety practices.

Stepping into the future is work clothing specialist DASSY which is adding TGW’s FlashPick to its fulfilment centre in Bruges. The smart system for automatic split case picking enables DASSY to reduce its lead times and speed up deliveries.

With the pandemic still putting the NHS under huge pressure, it is more important than ever to avoid accidents which require medical assistance, says our fork lift trucks feature. Physical changes to a workplace such as better segregation between pedestrians and forklifts remain important. But it is also essential to get the entire workforce engaged with the company’s fork lift safety plans and wholly onboard with ongoing changes. The Covid pandemic has permanently changed shopping patterns. Rather than returning to shopping centres, consumers are likely to continue buying online. 2020 saw the e-commerce trend experience five years’ worth of advancement in one year. This massive shift in behaviour means warehouse storage space is more important than ever, according to our storage solutions feature.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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