Welcome to the March 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Our cover story reports how SEMA regularly deliver carefully designed courses which cover everything from the training of racking system installers to ensure they meet SEMA guidelines and Codes of Practice, to courses on safe maintenance of your storage equipment. The Storage Equipment Installers Registration Scheme, or SEIRS training, is unique in that it is the only national programme for installers which fully addresses the needs of the industry.


Congratulations to Yorkshire Packaging Systems (YPS), provider of flexible wrapping solutions, as it opens a state-of-the-art HQ in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Following a sustained period of growth for the business over the last five years, the acquisition of the 30,000 square feet premises in Brighouse will take Yorkshire Packaging’s total occupied territory to 50,000 square feet as the firm have decided against relinquishing its existing site at Dewsbury. YPS report that the newly renovated site in Brighouse incorporates a modern showroom and demo centre, bright contemporary offices and meeting rooms, an expansive warehouse and a spacious workshop with a fitted floor-to-ceiling storeroom.

Well done to goplasticpallets.com which has collected back and recycled more than 474 tonnes of plastic waste from customers’ used plastic pallets and boxes – that’s a total of 77 full truck loads. Each truck load sent to CABKA-IPS’ recycling facility is returned to the UK with a full truck load of newly recycled plastic pallets and boxes – ready to support a new application.

A schedule of regular servicing will resolve any potential faults and optimise the performance of doors by keeping them in top condition, says our doors and curtains feature. While the Safety at Work regulations do not specify a set number of times that industrial doors and loading technology should be serviced, it is recommended that servicing should take place at least twice a year, and more often in high usage areas.

As companies seek to cash in on the trend for e-commerce which has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the rental costs of facilities are skyrocketing. This means digital technology has become crucial to optimising premium fulfilment centre space. Technology helps companies meet more demand, stay competitive, manage labour efficiency and increase productivity, according to our Warehouse IT feature.

Sortation systems reduce the manual labour needed to prepare for palletising, packing and shipping, our conveying and sortation feature reports. Efficient sortation can increase order fill rates, minimise returns and reduce operating costs. These benefits mean lower prices and faster delivery to the customer. Most automated sortation systems use a fixed-position bar code scanner which identifies each carton or item on the conveyor and sends that information to the system controls.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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