Welcome to the May 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Our front cover story explains how Whittan understands that no two e-tailers are the same and caters to a variety of storage and shelving requirements. The company’s Stormor solution is a light to medium-duty, versatile, modular system that can easily be adapted. With a variety of interchangeable frame types and shelves, this configurable solution can be designed in an open or closed-framed design to suit your business.

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Briggs Equipment has successfully completed the delivery of two new Hyster ReachStackers to DB Cargo UK. The machines will be used primarily for the lifting and handling of containers and swap bodies in a new project at Grangemouth. The robust design and diverse functionality will save DB Cargo UK money on maintenance and repairs and increase reliability for their customers.

Warehouse & Logistics News is a Media Partner of the Packaging Innovations and Empack show, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 25 and 26 May. See our Preview for more information on the show, where visitors can access over 250 leading suppliers, getting hands on with the latest in technology, design, and innovation. They have the opportunity to learn from the brightest and best packaging minds as part of the expert-led seminar programme and discover all things ‘green’ through the brand-new Sustainability Trail and the return of the Ecopack Challenge.

Installing a mezzanine floor is a great way to create space but which type of mezzanine should you choose, asks Geoff Green, UK Sales Director for MiTek Mezzanine Systems. There are several options: a pre-cast concrete structure with a concrete topping; a steel frame and metal deck with a concrete topping; or a steel frame with a timber deck. The all-concrete option is more common in mainland Europe (due to more stringent fire regulations), while the other two are more popular in the UK, says our warehouse flooring feature.

TGW is building a high-performance fulfilment centre for UpFresh in the harbour city of Ostend, at which automation will allow maximum flexibility and help the Belgian grocery specialist meet its ambitious growth targets. Orders will be picked at three high-performance PickCenter One workstations. Robots will handle the fully automated process of putting pallets together as well as depalletising empty totes, according to our order picking feature.

Large ‘sheds’ on the South Harbour at the Port of Blyth on the Northumberland coast bore the brunt of Storm Arwen, badly damaging their large access roller shutter doors. BID Group’s North East Division were commissioned to supply and install replacement curtains, rails, and new heavy duty fabricated guides, which at 250mm wide, and manufactured from 6mm steel plate will significantly reduce the risk of the doors being damaged again during high winds in the future, our doors and curtains feature reports. The project was completed within schedule, minimising downtime to the client’s operations.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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