Welcome to the September 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Over the last few years returnable packaging manufacturer Loadhog has seen its customers increase investment, not only in its reusable packaging range, but especially in products made from recycled material. The company uses around 3780 tonnes of plastic packaging per annum and almost every product in its range can be manufactured from recycled material.


Huge congratulations to Jess Wells who, three years after walking into a construction careers event, has become the first woman to have achieved a highly specialised construction qualification. Jess, 29, was a care worker in 2018 when she attended an event aimed at encouraging young people into the industry as part of Lincolnshire Construction Week, supported by CITB and local businesses and trade associations. After witnessing a talk at the event given by Lincoln-based surface preparation specialists The Preparation Group, Jess approached the company afterwards and was later taken on.

Well done to Clark Europe which has been helping people in need and supporting the German Technische Hilfswerk (THW) in the disaster operation at the Nürburgring. Since the heavy rainfall in Germany over the past few weeks turned small streams into raging rivers, large parts of Nordrhein-Westfalen and Rheinland-Pfalz have been declared disaster areas. Three Clark WPio 15 electric low-lift trucks and a Clark C30D diesel forklift are on site loading the THW’s emergency vehicles, which are travelling from there to the disaster areas with materials and helping to supply the relief workers on site. Pallet deliveries to residential addresses have been rising significantly for a number of years, and UK network members saw B2C deliveries surge during the coronavirus pandemic, driving up the use of tail lift equipment to meet customer demand.

It is encouraging to see the pallet networks continuing to expand and introduce new innovation, says our pallet networks feature.

Data from property consultancy and estate agent Savills has stated that more than 50.5 million sq ft of new space was leased in 2020, which is 12 million more than the previous record year in 2016. Under the increased financial pressure of Covid-19, temporary buildings came into their own, according to our buildings and facilities feature. As the boom in e-commerce looks almost certain to carry on for the foreseeable future, there will remain a great demand for warehouse storage which is a bonus for providers of buildings and facilities.

The loading bay has to keep busy so the warehouse stays in business. But safety is vital and there has to be adequate space for the interaction of staff, trucks and forklifts, our loading bay feature reports. By planning the space carefully, the environment can stay both safe and productive.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor


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