Welcome to the September 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Well done to packaging supplier Allpack which has moved to its new headquarters in Cannock, Staffordshire. The new 14,000 sq m facility will enable the company to continue its expansion into the ecommerce packaging market. Located at the prestigious Kingswood Lakeside development, the brand new purpose-built high bay warehouse and offices were officially opened by Member of Parliament for Cannock, Amanda Milling.


Good to hear how DHL Supply Chain’s stateof-the-art contract packing facility at Manton Wood in Worksop is reaping the benefits of an impressive new turnkey packaging line. Hightech shrink wrapping machinery, box taping equipment, pallet wrappers, packing tables and an intuitive network of conveyors were installed as part of an impressive joint project delivered by automation specialists Yorkshire Packaging Systems (YPS) and Breathe Technologies. The integrated solution was specially tailored to a new production line DHL had commissioned for the packing of domestic cleaning products.

Congratulations to Anord Mardix which has improved wireless network performance at three of its UK production facilities with a highperformance WiFi solution from Redway Networks. The new Cambium cloud-networking platform is providing uninterrupted communications between Anord Mardix’s inhouse operations software and over 1,000 mobile devices used for scanning equipment on the shop floor. Anord Mardix is the world’s leading electrical engineering and manufacturing organisation with facilities across EMEA, APAC and North America ensuring critical power supply to a myriad of industries with customers including leading social media providers and data hosting giants around the world.

Retailers and suppliers need expanded warehouse space to cope with increased demand, says our storage solutions feature. A wide variety of storage options are on the market, from large sheds on industrial estates to empty shop units which need bespoke racking solutions. As the e-commerce market continues to expand, demand for storage space will rise, great news for storage providers.

Scientists are working at developing robots that can pick goods from the shelves of a warehouse, our order picking feature reports. Currently, robots can help with order fulfilment and inventory management while humans pick and pack. Eventually, automation will reach the point where the robot can do the picking itself, thus improving accuracy, productivity and efficiency.

Warehouses have to be run with maximum efficiency, which means reviewing the power source of forklifts, whether ICE or batteries. With the right clamps and attachments, an electric truck can do heavy work as efficiently as one with an IC engine, according to our power sources feature. It is great to see both LPG and batteries innovating to keep warehouses and logistics moving.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge
Publishing Editor

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