Welcome to the August 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Well done to Oakland International who, at a time when GB domestic transport is in short supply, have faced the problem head-on and invested in their own fleet of HGV vehicles and extensive driver training and retention programmes. A new warehouse has been added to the estate (Bardon) and is already operating efficiently with positive signs of growth. The next project is a food park, which reduces the distance from production to supply chain, thereby freeing up the final mile driver fleet.


Congratulations to Combilift which saw its 60,000th truck roll off the production lines at the company HQ in Monaghan before being shipped to the other side of the world. The customer taking delivery of this special forklift is Metroll, a leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of steel building products including roofing, cladding, rainwater, structural and fencing. Combilift number 60,000 will be working at the site in Toowoomba and includes features such as 4.9m triplex mast with a 3050mm spreader.

Interesting to hear that Croda International have integrated Rack Collapse Prevention’s (RCP) unique racking safety support system into the design of their purpose-built Customer Excellence Centre (CEC), which includes an ambient storage facility. To ensure its new CEC was industry leading in all aspects, including safety, Croda chose to install RCP’s Rhino safety support system.

Encouraging that Logistics UK, one of the UK’s biggest business groups, has announced the launch of Route to Net Zero: a campaign to encourage its 18,000 member businesses to commit to decarbonising their operations as quickly, effectively and as urgently as possible to help the UK achieve carbon neutrality ahead of the legal deadline of 2050. Logistics UK is now calling on its members to work with the business group to achieve the Route to Net Zero ambition.

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) recently ran the Global Lifting Awareness Day (GLAD), which aims to raise the profile of the industry. The event’s first two instalments took place during a global pandemic, enabling the industry to promote a marketplace that has remained operational during one of the most challenging chapters of modern history. It is great to see the lifting industry unafraid to celebrate the role it plays in the life of the nation, says our lifting gears and cranes feature.

E-commerce has exploded in recent years, a trend which has accelerated still further since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. This growth in delivered goods puts more pressure on warehouses to meet the demand. To keep up with the market, warehouses are becoming more dependent on automation and robotics, according to our warehouse automation and robotics feature.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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