Welcome to the January 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Consistent with nationwide influxes of online orders, Kite Packaging had a record year in 2021. The ecommerce distributor has expanded its product range by over 200 products to cater to the constantly adapting needs of businesses in addition to fulfilling more orders than ever before. Integral to these achievements has been the commitment of the staff, driven by a collective desire to succeed.

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Warehouse & Logistics News is delighted to be on board as a Media Partner for The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge 2022. Back for its second year, the Big Logistics Diversity Challenge is designed to promote the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion across the logistics industry and the business benefits attained when companies improve diversity by engaging teams in a series of fun physical, practical and mental team challenges. Held on 23 June 2022 at Newark Showground, the event will bring together logistics professionals to look at how we can tackle diversity collaboratively and collectively in an informal setting with many of the leading companies in attendance.

Clark has launched a new high-lift pallet truck onto the market. The efficient and versatile PSX16 pedestrian stacker with foldable ride-on platform and side protection bars is suitable for the economical transport of goods over longer distances as well as for the storage and retrieval of goods on higher racking levels. For particularly intensive applications, the PSX16 is also available with a Lithium-Ion battery (Li-Ion).

Union Industries has demonstrated the collaborative approach it delivers for the specification and installation of its high-speed roller doors with a project for Recticel Insulation. The construction insulation materials manufacturer engaged with Union Industries as part of a lengthy and detailed specification programme to replace three existing roller doors fitted within an extension to its factory in Stoke. These doors were proving costly to run, particularly because of forklift truck damage, which impacted productivity and caused heat loss in the warehouse.

The move towards direct-to-consumer has been hastened by the pandemic and many global companies are experiencing a 35% increase in their e-commerce business. These firms need scalable, easily configured, API friendly and robust software which provides cost-effective D2C fulfilment. The warehouse and logistics industry has been able to keep up with increased demand through the solutions provided by the I.T. companies, according to our I.T. feature.

We wish all our readers a safe, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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