Welcome to the October 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Kite Packaging’s latest advancement is the construction of a purpose-built Mobile Packaging Laboratory (MPL) that will empower the team to reach businesses across the country by testing, developing, and demonstrating packaging solutions to revolutionise their operation. This new vehicle is home to top technological equipment combined with an abundance of space to grant customers ample room to meet and review their packaging processes.

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Materials handling specialist Combilift has launched its latest product, the Combi-XLE, as a further addition to its range of electric models. In line with the growing demand for electric powered equipment, this multidirectional forklift with up to 5-ton (10,000lb) lift capacity, combines emission-free operation with powerful performance for a wide range of industries and applications. The new Combiner’s-XLE incorporates the same key design features as its earlier counterpart such as high ground clearance, large cushioned front and rear tires and a spacious cab, allowing smooth operation on semi rough terrain whilst offering a high level of driver comfort.

AR Racking have designed and installed a narrow aisle racking solution adapted to the storage of boxes in a 1,360 m2 area of a new warehouse for Nelly, an online fashion and beauty products retailer in the Nordic countries. Installing these racks achieved a storage capacity of 36,960 positions.

The Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT), taking effect from 1 April 2022, applies to plastic packaging produced in or imported into the UK that contains less than 30% recycled plastic, our packaging feature reports. The current proposal suggests that a charge of £200 per tonne will be required to be paid by the first business in the chain to commercially exploit the plastic packaging. Four ways companies can minimise the impact of the tax on their business, which has the parallel, positive effect of reducing the impact of their business on the planet, are: reduce use of plastic packaging, reuse plastic packaging, use recycled plastic packaging and replace plastic packaging.

Warehouse operators are always looking for ways to reduce their overheads. Reducing electricity bills by making the warehouse environmentally friendly is one cost saving option. Converting to LED lighting is the quickest way for warehouses to reduce energy use and overheads, says our lighting feature.

Warehouses have been under pressure in recent years to meet the demand created by the rise in e-commerce, according to our warehouse automation and robotics feature. The warehouse sector has therefore become more reliant on automation and robotics in order to keep up with this demand. The technology innovators must be applauded for bringing automated machines to the market, thus helping warehouses meet the increased demand generated by e-commerce.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

 

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