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Welcome to the April 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Our cover story reports how total supply chain solutions provider Oakland International has obtained BRCGS AA Grade accreditation across all three sites of their Group. Retaining accreditation for well over a decade, Oakland International Redditch has held certification since the introduction of the storage and distribution standard in 2006, introduced to complement the suite of global standards covering production, packing and consumer products. Oakland International Ireland has held certification since 2013 and Oakland International Corby since 2018.

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Congratulations to warehouse labelling and integrated safety solutions supplier ASG Services, which is celebrating a major landmark in its history. The Warrington-based company, a trading division of Westbrook Industrial Limited, is 25 years old this year. Since formation in 1996, the company has built an enviable reputation for providing specialist labelling and integrated safety solutions, tailor-made for its customers individual requirements.

Well done to AR Racking, specialist in industrial storage systems, which has fitted out Eroski’s new logistics platform at an old slaughterhouse in Júndiz, Spain. The new distribution centre will be a 17,600 square metre fully refrigerated building. The warehouse will have a storage capacity for 4,296 europallets and 124 picking levels.

The loading bay is the most fast-paced area of the warehouse, a constant hive of activity. But the loading bay also presents more risks than any other part of the warehouse, it may be argued. An efficient loading bay should provide ample space for goods to move flawlessly to and from vehicles while providing the flexibility to manage an increased volume of despatch and delivery, says our loading bay feature.

Advances in lifting equipment in recent years have made warehouses much safer places to work. Materials handling has become more secure, while aerial platforms and scissor lifts have revolutionised working at height, according to our lifting gears and cranes feature. It is encouraging to see the lifting operators delivering innovative solutions while meeting safety standards.

There remains a place for internal combustion forklifts – they can be operated for long periods and can be refuelled when required, not needing a charge cycle between uses. However, batteries are the more common power source in the warehouse, our power sources feature reports. As lockdowns have helped the nation appreciate how much it relies on the logistics sector, we can all be grateful to LPG and batteries for supplying the motive power to keep the country going.

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