Welcome to the November 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Our front cover story reveals Kite is committed to helping businesses shape their warehouse for functionality that makes sense with the assistance of its Mobile Packaging Laboratory (MPL). A team of experts can visit your site to assess, test, and explore packaging alternatives, providing solutions that align with your specific business objectives and supply chain.


Hyster’s manufacturing plant in the Netherlands, is celebrating its 70th year in 2023. In 1952, Hyster created its first European plant in Nijmegen, with manufacturing beginning at the factory in January 1953. To this day, the plant stands on the same site and is now a global centre of design, development, and testing.

The world’s fastest growing online workwear company, Portwest has appointed global materials handling specialist Daifuku to design and install an automated storage system (AS/RS) at its distribution centre in Barnsley UK. Due to go live by summer 2024, the warehouse automation system is expected to more than double handling capacity, thereby enabling Portwest to meet anticipated demand for its products, which include high viz jackets, PPE kit and safety gloves.

UPN is pleased to announce the commencement of four important new Team UPN member partnerships which will significantly boost the strength of its nationwide network – Burcombe Haulage, HT Gardner Distribution, GS Couriers and POD Haulage. Managing Director, David Brown said: “We’re now a network that hauliers are aspiring to join. We’re very pleased to have been able to have found areas to enable us to welcome these important new members to our very special network,” our pallet networks feature reports.

While the UK generally favours hybrid mezzanines (built using hot-rolled primary beams and cold-formed joists) for large warehouse and distribution projects, the purely cold-formed design tends to be more popular for mezzanine floors in Europe. Having traditionally supplied hybrid mezzanines, MiTek recently added a cold-formed product to its range. “Our new cold-formed mezzanine has a lower environmental impact,” explains Rob Card, Technical Director for MiTek’s mezzanine operation in the UK,” according to our warehouse flooring feature.

In the dynamic and competitive grocery market, L.A.C.’s customer needed to elevate productivity and throughput in their inbound-to-put-away and palletising operations. After detailed assessment and planning, the L.A.C. team designed and delivered a bespoke solution that saved workforce costs and doubled overall productivity. This particular system included telescopic conveyors, laser-based product profiling and scanning, diverters and two ABB IRB 660 4-axis robots with capabilities of generating real-time stacking patterns for new SKUs, says our conveying and sortation feature.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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