Welcome to the November 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Elizabeth Porter, the first female Chair of the SEMA Distributor Group, believes the relationship between the customer and the racking supplier should ideally last the lifetime of your storage system. Best practice should follow through the lifetime of your racking system; from safe manufacture offering full traceability of product, safe design to meet SEMA’s strict codes of practice and safe installation by qualified labour. Once in-situ, the installation will need to be maintained properly to keep your storage racking in good working order.

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Tosca has introduced the NeRa Pallet, a nestable, rackable and stackable heavy-duty plastic pallet that can deliver game-changing efficiencies throughout the automated distribution supply chain. Designed to outperform wood, the NeRa is the first plastic pallet engineered with PowerDeck strength and fitted with SureFoot legs for seamless automation. It is rated for static loads of up to 3000kg and is fully nestable – a unique combination that increases storage capacity while reducing space requirements by up to 2.5 times compared to wooden equivalents.

Hyster has revealed the progress so far of its green manufacturing initiatives and innovative products and solutions designed to help customers achieve their sustainability goals. Environmental targets have been set to reduce carbon emissions, VOC emissions from painting operations, and hazardous waste all by 30%, and water consumption by 20%. The majority of waste created in the manufacturing of Hyster lift trucks is now being recycled.

The coming months will be challenging for the food supply chain as rapid escalating energy prices add to the continuing shortage of labour availability, new Brexit import checks and Covid related absences in key roles. For the cold chain, future resilience must be about people, about systems and about investments. But it is also absolutely dependent on progress towards net zero, says our cold storage feature.

The loading bay is probably the busiest area of the warehouse with commercial vehicles dropping off and picking up goods 24 hours a day, every day of the year, according to our loading bay feature. Warehouse owners need the loading bay to operate at maximum efficiency but they also need the area to stay safe. Possible risks include vehicle creep and the vehicle prematurely departing the loading bay.

Any business that uses forklifts has to decide between one which has an internal combustion engine (ICE) or one with an electric engine. ICE forklifts have a lower upfront cost, are versatile and are faster and easier to refuel, our power sources feature reports. Electric forklifts have lower costs of ownership, improve operator economics, are better for the environment and require less maintenance and repair.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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