Welcome to the December 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Business has gone from strength to strength for total supply chain solutions specialist, Oakland International, who celebrate a successful first year of trading at their Bardon facility in Coalville, Leicestershire with staff recruitment remaining top of their agenda. Recruiting for HGV and manual handling equipment (MHE) drivers, pickers and various warehouse operative roles and administration staff, the company currently has a range of warehouse vacancies and administration roles available. Operating a policy of giving something back to the local community wherever they operate, the company now supports two local food banks and together with their children’s charity the Oakland Foundation, they are beginning to create links with community youth organisations and local schools.


Fronius Perfect Charging is expanding its Selectiva 4.0 product family in the 96- and 120-Volt range. One new feature is the Fronius Charger Interlock option, which is used to interlock the battery charging systems during the charging process if two batteries are being used in parallel to power the forklift truck. This prevents any imbalance in the states of charge and ensures that both batteries are evenly charged.

Yorkshire Packaging Systems (YPS), the leading UK suppliers of flexible wrapping solutions, have announced the acquisition of an additional Northern distribution centre. The addition of this Heckmondwike-based site will see the scale of YPS occupied territory increase significantly to 70,000 sq foot and represents another great success for the family packaging business. The 20,000 sq foot distribution centre in Heckmondwike boasts a high double bay, state-of-the art warehouse space flanked by over one acre of dedicated yards and car parks.

The fork lift sector has faced the challenges of Covid and Brexit over the last couple of years and is set to return to growth. Lift truck operators are advised to be aware of forthcoming changes in the permitted use of rebated fuels, such as red diesel, intended to incentivise users to improve the energy efficiency of their operations. After the challenges of recent times, and the red diesel reform to come, one hopes the fork lift industry has turned a corner and is set for a prosperous future, says our fork lift trucks feature.

Demand for storage space has grown dramatically over the last year, according to our storage solutions feature. The peak of demand was around the summer of 2020 when enquiries for additional warehousing were an estimated 111% higher than the previous year. With the volume of online shopping continuing to increase, demand for storage space will grow accordingly, a bonus for storage systems firms.

May we take this opportunity to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor



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