Welcome to the November 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Exporta knows how important making sustainable choices and being environmentally conscious is. The company is dedicated to improving supply chain sustainability through business practices and green product development. It suggests 5 ways to improve supply chain sustainability: partner with ethical suppliers; use sustainable materials; efficiently transport goods; achieve sustainable certifications; and adopt the circular supply chain.

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Russbrit, the UK investment arm of a larger, privately owned group of companies, announced plans to build a new 85,000 sq. ft. warehouse in the heart of Manor Royal, Crawley. One of the most significant employment hubs in the Southeast and the largest business park within the Gatwick Diamond, Manor Royal has Gatwick airport on its doorstep, with immediate access to the M23 and A23 and is only 15 minutes to the M25 or 25 minutes to Brighton and the south coast. It provides in excess of 9 million sq ft of commercial floorspace attracting many blue-chip companies, such as Boeing, Amazon, Tesco, Virgin and Hermes.

A simple-to-use track-and-trace system that collects measurements and images of incoming stock or packaged goods and turns them into valuable Master Data is being launched in the UK by sensor manufacturer SICK with a free trial offer. The SICK Master Data Analyzer is already deployed at hundreds of retail logistics hubs worldwide capturing 100,000s of products every hour. Now UK operators are being given their first opportunity to see for themselves how easily the system records and integrates data into warehouse management and ERP systems.

Freight customers must prepare themselves for significant rate rises in the freight transport sector, warns Paul Sanders, chairman of The Association of Pallet Networks (APN). The well-documented driver shortage is leading to spiralling wage costs. But despite serious challenges and increasing costs, the pallet networks are still innovating and expanding, says our pallet networks feature.

As the e-commerce market continues to grow, so too does the number of returned items. At the same time, the amount of heavy automated equipment being used in warehouses is increasing, our warehouse flooring feature reports. Both of these factors are creating a demand for strong floors.

Sortation systems reduce the manual labour needed to prepare for palletising, packing and shipping, according to our conveying and sortation feature. Efficient sortation can increase order fill rates, minimise returns and reduce operating costs. These benefits mean lower prices and faster delivery to the customer.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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