Welcome to the February 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. In this issue you can read how Exporta is committed to achieving the ISO14001 accreditation every year, so customers can have confidence that as a supplier, it is practicing environmental care as part of its everyday working life. The UK’s product handling expert introduced an ‘Eco-Grading System’ to help customers easily identify how eco-friendly their chosen product is. Alongside this, the company offers a recycling scheme and has pledged to ‘Plant a Tree’ for every new Business Plus account opened.

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In fork truck news, Clark has relaunched the GEX and GTX series. The three and four- wheel electric forklifts in 48-volt technology with load capacities of 1.6 to 2 tonnes are now also available with a lithium-ion battery (Li-Ion). With the GEX and GTX series, Clark has for the first time brought counterbalance trucks with Li-Ion battery onto the market and further expanded the product portfolio in the area of Li-Ion technology.

The logistics centre of the sixth and latest European facilities of Gear4music, a leading online retailer in the sale of musical instruments and accessories from the United Kingdom, has been designed and equipped with an AR Racking storage solution with a capacity for 60,000 items. The latest centre opened recently in Barcelona, where AR Racking has played a defining role in designing, manufacturing and installing the ideal storage system for optimisation of the new warehouse. To achieve optimum use of the space and high availability, AR Racking designed and installed a solution with very narrow aisle (VNA) racking.

Our loading bay feature reveals how Hörmann UK have supplied full loading bays with safety and operational equipment including dock buffers, dock lights and traffic lights, plus sectional level access doors and fire exit doorsets at Panattoni’s 305,000 sq. ft Crewe warehouse. The 27 loading bays consist of Hörmann SPU F42 sectional doors with HTL-2 dock levellers, featuring a 1 metre telescopic lip which provides an optimal range loading platform.

Craggs Energy, a national fuel supplier has spent the past 10 years working with the warehousing and logistics sector and can supply white diesel (road diesel) as a replacement for machinery or an alternative heating fuel product called Flame35 for oil fired heating systems. However, as part of a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint businesses could also consider making the switch to HVO Fuel, according to our power sources feature.

LAC Conveyor Systems introduced a sortation solution specifically designed to accommodate small sized parcels for a leading consumer delivery company. The Automation Toolbox meant a combination of technologies could be combined to satisfy the required solution and could be delivered and implemented within a small footprint and with minimal disruption to current operations, our order picking feature reports.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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