Welcome to the April 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. In our front cover story you can read how Exporta are unravelling the cost dynamics associated with the switch from wooden to plastic pallets. Unlike wooden pallets that can easily break or splinter under heavy loads or rough handling, plastic pallets are designed to withstand harsh conditions without compromising their structural integrity. While a wooden pallet may last for 3-5 years under optimal conditions, a high-quality plastic pallet can last up to 10 years or even longer, depending on its usage.


Taking place on the 11th-13th June at Birmingham’s NEC, the 17th Multimodal will bring shippers and cargo owners to the free-to-attend show to improve their businesses by finding ways of moving their products more efficiently, more sustainably, and more cost effectively. A key focus for this year’s Multimodal show is sustainability within the industry, where global logistics emissions are set to increase 42 percent by 2050 making it the highest emitting sector by 2050 if nothing changes.

Stobart Europe, part of Culina Group, the market-leading provider of shared-user FMCG logistics services, announced an agreement to take over Suloja Autotransporte GmbH. The terms of the agreement, including consideration, have not been disclosed. Suloja Autotransporte GmbH is a mid-size player in Automotive Logistics in Germany and a profitable business with a 2023 turnover of 6,800,000 Million Euros, and excellent potential for further growth.

Congratulations go to total supply chain solutions provider Oakland International after receiving a BRCGS AA+ grade for two of its depots following unannounced inspections. Oakland have become one of the first businesses in their sector to achieve BRCGS accreditation, the internationally recognised ‘global standard’ for storage and distribution. The standard encompasses all actions undertaken that may affect safety, quality and legality of products handled and stored, with the standard viewed as a cross-function responsibility. All Oakland International’s depots across the UK and Ireland are BRCGS AA graded.

Yusen Logistics recognised the versatility and efficiency of TAWI’s jib cranes and integrated them into their operations. With over 30,000 units moved in their busy warehouse, the impact was undeniable. TAWI’s vacuum lifting technology, including multifunctional vacuum lifters and the Mobile Order Picker, revolutionised Yusen’s workflow, according to our Lifting Gears & Cranes feature.

Providing a tight, consistent seal all the way up trailer sides, across the top, and at the corners, the Eclipse Dock Shelter from Rite-Hite blocks both light and seals gaps for a dark, environmentally secure dock. More than this, the seal also prevents unwanted airflow from entering the warehouse environment, while keeping the conditioned air inside, thus saving significantly on the cost of wasted energy, our Loading Bay feature reports.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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