Welcome to the June 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Congratulations to Loadhog, the designer and manufacturer of returnable packaging solutions, which has recently collaborated with the international group Böllhoff, a leading manufacturer of fasteners and assembly systems, who have saved approximately €125,000 a year by using the Loadhog Pallet Lid solution to transport its goods. The Loadhog Pally & Lid system consists of a mobile plastic pallet/dolly hybrid and a lid with tensioning straps to secure the load in seconds, eliminating the use of single-use plastic, our cover story reports.


Well done to the Port of Tyne which has been awarded a long-term, strategic import and export logistics contract with Tetley, following a competitive tendering process, in recognition of its excellent port centric logistics capabilities and extensive, specialist knowledge of tea logistics. The contract covers the movement of thousands of tonnes of raw tea plus finished product each year. As one of the UK’s leading deep-water ports, the Port of Tyne originally began working with Tetley in 2003 and the scope of services provided has grown every year.

We salute TGW which is supplying the fulfilment solution for omni-channel operations at Levi Strauss & Co’s new 170,000 square foot facility, one of Europe’s largest logistics hubs for fashion items and accessories. At the core of the solution is TGW’s highly automated goods-to-person order fulfilment system FlashPick, which flexibly handles unpredictable and fluctuating order structures.

Great to hear AR Racking has installed a clad-rack warehouse system for stacker cranes for dairy company García Baquero in Spain. The new warehouse has 36m high racking which, apart from storing the load, is part of the structure of the building supporting the external enclosures. The main characteristic of clad-rack warehouses is that the racking is part of the building structure, thus fully exploiting the space.

Distribution and haulage companies have experienced significant growth over the last year due to Covid-19 boosting online shopping. With the online shopping trend set to continue, there is a strong demand for increased warehouse storage. This is a boon for providers of warehouse buildings, says our buildings and facilities feature.

Trade flows have become somewhat smoother since the January headlines about post-Brexit disruption to food trade, but cold chain operators and their customers continue to work determinedly through the ongoing challenges, according to our cold storage and distribution feature. It is inspiring to see the resilient, flexible cold storage industry keeping pace, responding day to day to the unexpected, and planning ahead for those changes it can foresee: new global supply chains, increased demand for last mile deliveries, net zero regulations, and increasing demand for cold storage.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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