Welcome to the August 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Congratulations to Exporta Global which has not only launched a variety of new products as well as its Eco grading system over the last 12 months, but also achieved record sales as a business. Exporta have launched their new website which has been designed to provide much greater visibility of these and the thousands of other product lines it supplies.


Well done to Goplasticpallets.com which after seeing exceptional growth in plastic pallet and pallet box sales over the last year is now expanding its small box range with the addition of five new attached lid containers (ALCs). Different to traditional single colour totes, the five new ALCs Goplasticpallets.com has added to its range are a unique two-colour design. Manufactured in the UK, the ALCs are moulded from premium-grade Polypropylene material and come with a dark grey base and blue lid as standard.

Excellent work by Kite Packaging, which has achieved carbon neutrality in 2021, as verified by Carbon Neutral Britain. Firstly, the company offset their truck fuel at source, bringing their carbon footprint in this category to zero. As an ISO14001 accredited company, energy consumption was already being strategically reduced, though to achieve carbon neutrality they initiated a move toward renewable tariffs utilising wind, wave or solar energy.

The UK material handling industry can look forward to a brighter future but must remain resolute in the face of the ongoing pandemic and the bedding in of post-Brexit trade deals, the UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA) has said. In its latest UK Forklift Truck Market Outlook, prepared for BITA, the Oxford Economics consultancy projects 19% growth in bookings in 2021 and 6% growth in 2022. It is encouraging to hear that materials handling has a brighter future, says our fork lift trucks feature.

The volume of e-commerce orders has been increasing for several years, with demand escalating since last year due to the Covid-related lockdowns, according to our warehouse flooring feature. This means a huge number of items are returned, which has stimulated the need for mezzanine floor solutions. Another driver of demand for strong mezzanine floors in warehouses is the increased amount of heavy automated equipment being used in the industry.

A well ordered sortation system cuts down the man hours needed to palletise, pack and ship products, our conveying and sortation feature reports. The right system lowers operating costs, minimises returns and boosts order fill rates, which in turn gives customers a faster delivery at a cheaper price. To continue to be successful though, in today’s harsh warehousing environments, conveyor suppliers must continue to innovate – allowing the equipment operators to work smarter, not harder.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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