Welcome to the February 1st issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. Our front cover story reveals perception is changing but nationally women are still under-represented within the logistics and supply chain sectors, a situation that many businesses like total supply chain solutions provider Oakland International are working hard to change. With their goal to have a workforce which broadly reflects labour availability Oakland International have rolled out several initiatives with the sole aim of cutting through the many real barriers women face.


Joloda Hydraroll Ltd, material handling expert and global loading and unloading solutions specialist, has announced its acquisition of Actiw Oy. Based in Finland, Actiw is a leading provider of automated loading solutions for the unmodified trailer market. The acquisition is an important milestone in Joloda Hydraroll’s growth strategy to increase global market presence by expanding its suite of loading and unloading solutions.

Locus Robotics, the market leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for fulfilment warehouses, has released its annual Cyber Week recap announcing a record-breaking 331 million units picked globally on behalf of its retail and third-party logistics partners, a 66% increase over last year. LocusBots picked almost 7 million average daily units, an increase of 107% vs. 2022. According to Adobe Analytics data, shoppers spent more than $38 billion in total online global sales from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday.

Clark will be presenting a newly developed electric low-lift pallet truck with lithium-ion technology (Li-Ion), it is one of their numerous innovations in the field of electric counterbalance trucks on show at LogiMAT 19th – 21st March. The vehicle with the model designation PWio20 has a load capacity of 2000 kg and is designed for more demanding applications in pedestrian operation. The compactly designed pallet truck is extremely manoeuvrable and demonstrates its capabilities particularly when transporting heavy loads in goods distribution, production or in the warehouse, according to our fork lift trucks feature.

Introducing a ground breaking solution for efficient and secure pallet wrapping – the Armour Wrap Machine and Hand Film, combined with the AERO dispenser from Springpack. The Nano Armour Wrap represents a revolution in packaging technology, leveraging advanced nanotechnology to deliver unmatched strength, durability, and load stability. Armour Wrap is a multi-layer film, offering superior strength compared to other high-performance and conventional films, our packaging feature reveals.

A complimentary safety and maintenance survey for warehouse line marking has been launched by inotec UK. Designed to provide advice on essential health and safety requirements of line marking, it also covers upkeep of existing markings and replacement lines. Once the site survey is complete, drawing up plans and scheduling the project can be finalised, says our warehouse flooring feature.

Enjoy reading the issue.

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