Welcome to the July 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. In our front cover story you can read how Kite Packaging has been certified as carbon neutral by Carbon Neutral Britain for 2022. The employee share-owned company was first confirmed to be carbon neutral in 2021 for Scopes 1 and 2 by the external organisation, making this the second year of Kite offsetting its carbon emissions while expanding on their accomplishment. This achievement aligns with Kite’s encompassing commitment to sustainability that is evident in the overall running of the business, in addition to their product offering.

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Sales of autonomous mobile robots and driverless lift trucks are taking off but the game-changing intralogistics technologies we will see at IMHX 2022 (taking place from 6 – 8 September at the NEC, Birmingham) go much further than the simple replacement of man by machine, says event director Rob Fisher. Across the intralogistics sector sales of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are booming.

Completing a contract worth over £1.5m, Axiom GB has automated World of Books’ e-commerce fulfilment centre in Coventry. Capable of processing up to 200,000 items a day, Axiom’s innovative installation includes belt and zero line pressure conveyors, a sorter with a series of 10 multi-directional swivel wheel sorters to divert items to one of the 21 outfield stations, and a high speed tote lift.

iForce are the UK’s fastest growing supply chain management business. The firm’s latest progression includes the investment in the UK’s first Exotec Skypod System, due to go live Q4 2022 at iForce House, an 800k sqft fulfilment centre in Corby. Supplied and installed by LAC Conveyor Systems Limited, the Skypod System provides scalable, future proof automation, which drives efficiency and sustainable operations, according to our storage solutions feature.

Door manufacturer Hörmann have been working on an environmental strategy to make a real difference since 2016 when 847 solar panels were installed on the roof of the warehouse at their Coalville headquarters, our doors and curtains feature reports. Generating up to 180,00 kWh of electricity per year (enough energy to power the average family home for 38 years) the panels supply 100% of the power needed to operate the site during the summer daytimes.

Following a successful go-live of the CI Factory in Schlüchtern, Germany, Körber is also integrating the new emerging logistics location at the Engelbert Strauss headquarters Biebergemünd into the overall logistics network through K. Motion DOM. Efficient inventory and order processes will enhance operational flexibility to handle rising order volumes across all sites, says our order picking feature. Order picking is partly robot-assisted, while autonomous mobile robots (AMR) are also used for returns handling.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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