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BITO helps first in first principle work for leading fruit and vegeatable distributor

Consumer demand for fresh, quality products to be available anytime means that food producers, manufacturers...


Materials Handling Supplier in long term partnership

Advanced Coated Products (ACP) is Europe's leading specialist coater of paper and film, and their...

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BITO helps first in first principle work for leading fruit and vegeatable distributor

Consumer demand for fresh, quality products to be available anytime means that food producers, manufacturers and processors should keep lead times as short as possible, respond to seasonal peaks and provide deliveries on time. PROflow, BITO’s pallet live storage system, provides the ideal solution for meeting these requirements. It ensures that the FIFO principle (First In, First Out) - a key ingredient for success in the food industry - is maintained. The Greenery is a leading distributor of fruit and vegetables, which has opted for this racking solution and its success has proved it made the right decision.   The name PROflow


Materials Handling Supplier in long term partnership

Advanced Coated Products (ACP) is Europe's leading specialist coater of paper and film, and their products, technology, market focus and innovative approach place them at the forefront of their industry. In the early 1990’s, David Scammell from FourK became the company’s material handling supplier and has ever since maintained this long standing partnership with the business. Les Brinfield, Services Manager at Advanced Coated Products’ Cheltenham site, explains: “We have worked with FourK for many years and have a mutual relationship with them. In 1994 David sold us our first FMB25 and we are still using it today which is a testament


Hitting Pharma costs where it hurts

A new white paper for the Pharma sector examines how manufacturers in this industry require efficient systems support for planning the effective provision of capacity and scheduling efficient operations. The paper, authored by Access, points out that smart systems are available to offer an alternative to spread sheets and manual processes, which will contribute to efficiency and profitability.   The pharmaceutical industry is going through a period of almost unprecedented transformation. Drug patent lives are shortening, but the expense of developing new products continues to rise. What have traditionally been seen as predictably stable and profitable lines of business are rapidly becoming


EffizienzCluster publishes new brochure Meeting Point Europe

As the largest research and innovation cluster of logistics in Europe, EffizienzCluster supports and encourages logistics companies to start research at a European level - facing growth and innovations. The Cluster's new brochure "Meeting Point Europe" presents the organisations, initiatives, alliances and congresses where employees of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH are actively working on future trends of logistics with an international focus. Especially the needs of EffizienzCluster's partners are communicated and represented. Examples are the European Technology Platform ALICE, Alliance for Logistics Innovations through Collaboration in Europe, as well as well-known institutions and initiatives like DINALOG in the Netherlands or the European


Video for WLI from UK Pavilion at CILF Shenzhen

Please find below the links to the cloud folders from where you can download Photos taken at our UK Pavilion at the China International Logistics Fair (CILF) last week in Shenzhen: UK Pavilion General WLI Specifics Please also download this video – taken at the WLI booth, first talking to two of the helpers, then specifically promoting WLI !   Once again, Thank You for your support – CHEERS


Successful staging of CeMAT RUSSIA 2014

Now in its fifth year, CeMAT RUSSIA once again strongly confirmed its leadership as Russia’s most important intralogistics trade show. The exhibition spectrum ranged from partly automated solutions to a fully automated warehouse, with all elements of intralogistics on display, from pallet trucks and materials handling to the warehouse, order picking and software.   Many exhibitors have been taking part since the first CeMAT RUSSIA was held in Moscow in 2010, such as Andreas Finken, CEO, topsystem Systemhaus, Würselen, Germany: “We bring our speech-based order picking systems to the user market in Russia via projects with system integrators. This configuration gives us


Getrag Ford Transmissions gear up with Interroll Dynamic Storage

 Interroll recently installed a Dynamic Storage system at the Liverpool factory of Getrag Ford Transmissions. As part of major investments being made at the Halewood plant of Getrag Ford Transmissions, a decision was taken to centralise and store palletised parts closer to the production lines in racking fitted with Interroll Pallet Flow. The new Interroll Pallet Flow system provides space and energy saving FIFO (First-In-First-Out) storage for a total of 228 pallet positions in rack structure 4 pallets deep, three tiers high with 19 lanes.   Neil Hodgkinson, contract Manufacturing Engineer at Getrag Ford Transmissions headed up this project to improve parts


CEVA recognized for environmental excellence

CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading global supply chain management companies, is delighted to announce that it has won the Environmental Improvement Award at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s (CILT) Annual Awards for Excellence. The prestigious Awards were held at one of London’s premier venues - the Lancaster London Hotel, where over 500 of the UK’s leading professionals in transport, the supply chain and transport planning were in attendance. The Awards are designed to promote and encourage best practice within the logistics and transport sectors and are supported by organizations and individuals from throughout the industry. The organizers stated: “…CEVA included a holistic


The WACO System Joins WiseTech Global WiseIndustry Partner Program

WiseTech Global, provider of the industry’s leading logistics software solution, CargoWise One, has announced that The WACO System has joined its WiseIndustry Partner program, giving members access to an integrated management platform to organize and coordinate shipments for all modes of transport. CargoWise One is a cloud-based single–platform software solution that streamlines operations, accounts, and management. Under the WiseIndustry Partner Program, WACO members will benefit from exclusive software license discounts and free data exchange, as well as having access to a suite of support services from WiseTech Global. “WiseTech Global can unlock potential for our independent members to improve productivity with their


The first cross device solution for warehouses certified by Motorola

The solution is adapted for newly released Android terminal - Motorola MC3200     The solution addresses logistics companies and provides a clear picture of the entire flow of goods in a warehouse.    Benefits:  Automating operations by using mobile terminals  Reduced manipulation costs  Efficiency of storage place  Any transaction made is immediately visible in the whole system thanks with the wireless infrastructure  Web interface for clients  Removal of stock differences between the administration of WMS beneficiary and that of the partners/clients  Generating labels with unique barcodes, allowing the unique identification of each pallet   KIM WMS is now available also on ANDROID, together with industrial devices Motorola TC55 and Motorola MC3200.   If you would


Supply chain degree scheme collects two national prizes

The NOVUS Scheme, created to develop the next generation of supply chain professionals, wins two major awards and is now up for a third   AN innovative University of Huddersfield course, which is run in collaboration with some of the biggest names in the field of logistics, has won two important industry awards in rapid succession and is now bidding for a third.   The run of success means that after two years, the partnership named NOVUS – which guarantees a career-boosting job to its graduates – is established as a major factor in developing the next generation of supply chain professionals, who are


New compact reach trucks from Jungheinrich

Jungheinrich have announced the launch of two new highly compact reach trucks.   The Series 1 models ETV 110 and 112 have lift capacities of 1,200kg and are just 1,120mm wide. Their narrow chassis width means the trucks can operate in aisle widths as narrow as 2,455mm.   The trucks have also been designed to be particularly energy efficient. Field tests have shown that the ETV 110 and 112 trucks consume up to ten per cent less energy than their predecessors which makes them the most energy-efficient trucks in their class.   The new models also feature a newly developed electric steering system, based on the


P3 acquires 467,000 square metres of warehouses in Poland and Romania

P3, the specialist owner, developer and manager of European logistics properties, has agreed to buy two logistics parks in Poland and one in Romania with a combined total of 467,000 m2 of lettable space, from CA Immobilien Anlagen AG. The purchase, which is still subject to contractual terms and regulatory approvals, also includes almost 165 hectares (ha.) of land for development, principally in Poland and Romania. Ian Worboys, P3’s Chief Executive, said: “This portfolio of high-quality properties in great locations strengthens our position as one of the top logistics property owners in Europe. This transaction follows P3´s recent acquisitions in Italy


Bottling plant in Greenland will be disassembled, packaged and transported back to Germany

New project for akf siemers in Greenland. The location demands particular preparations. Material on its way beforehand and the team will be on location for approximately two weeks. Temperatures below zero mean the work has to be completed quickly and efficiently.The team is lead by Timo Ahrens, Factory Manager of the akf siemers south   Approximately 60 kilometres off of Greenland’s coast, there is Disko Island. This place has almost 1,100 inhabitants and could be considered as nearly deserted.    The so-called Disko Island, though, is the location for a new project of the packaging company akf siemers. A bottling plant for mineral water


DEMATIC INTRODUCES RAPIDSTORE MINILOAD ASRS Flexible Load Handling Device Accommodates Totes and Cartons

Dematic, a supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, has introduced RapidStore ML, a miniload automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) that handles totes and cartons. It is a high density, compact load staging and sequencing solution, for reserve storage, goods-to-person order fulfillment, automatic pick face replenishment, palletizing, and order consolidation applications. For the production environment, the RapidStore solution is ideal for kitting, work-in-process buffers, and materials storage applications.   RapidStore is fast. The all aluminum, lightweight mast construction combined with advanced horizontal/vertical belt drives, or optional wheel drive, allows high acceleration/deceleration, and high velocity transport speeds. In


11 ways Hyster toughens up the supply chain

Widely regarded as the toughest forklifts in the industry, the Hyster Fortens series of IC trucks has undergone a transformation with new engines and mast options in the 2-3.5 tonne range. Designed for demanding 24 hour operations, including operating on ramps, in extreme temperatures and making aggressive direction changes, Hyster Fortens trucks continue to excel where other brands fail to take the strain. Here are 11 reasons why the Hyster Fortens is perfectly suited to paper, wood, metal and a range of tough manufacturing and logistics operations. 1.    New tough mast The tough mast featured on the 2-3.5 tonne IC forklift trucks


PM sees Jungheinrich trucks support vital humanitarian aid work

British Prime Minister David Cameron recently visited the Department for International Development’s (DfID) UK aid Disaster Response Centre at Cotswold Airport as part of the Government’s response to help the Yazidi refugees stranded in the mountains in Iraq.   The DfID facility is the centre of operations for the distribution of millions of pounds of UK aid to crisis points around the world. It is the hub for the distribution of clean water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene kits as well as food, shelter and other support equipment and medical supplies.   The facility relies on storage racking and materials handling equipment supplied by



PD Portcentric Logistics, part of the PD Ports Group, has secured a three year contract with freight forwarding company, Allport Cargo Service, to undertake their LCL deconsolidation service. Allport will move their growing LCL offering from Tilbury to PD Portcentric Logistics’ 500,000 sq. ft. warehousing facility at the Port of Felixstowe. This move will allow Allport to reassign their Tilbury facility to other operations whilst further enhancing their growing LCL service.  In order to facilitate this PD Portcentric Logistics have invested and upgraded functionality in their Dispatcher Warehouse Management System to facilitate direct links with Allport, HMRC and Port Community Systems, and


Pallet Racking Safety Awareness online course

Rack Training Ltd, the UK’s leading training provider of general work safety and pallet racking inspection courses are pleased to announce the release of their brand new E-Learning training course. “We are delighted with our new course” says Tim Smith, Training Manager at Rack Training Ltd. “It has been the culmination of months of hard work and determination, but we now have an E-Learning course that will provide businesses with a cost effective way to train their entire workforce with a consistent message regarding warehouse safety. Not only that but we also have a whole host of additional courses that we


Cold store reach truck set to heat up the handling market

Yale’s new cold store MR looks set to get temperature controlled warehouse operators hot under the collar, with a range of features to keep drivers warm, cosy and productive while forcing lifetime costs down to a minimum for fleet managers.   Specified for use in cold stores down to minus 30 degrees centigrade, Yale’s cold store MR series is based on the ground-breaking new reach truck the materials handling equipment producer unveiled in 2013, but with a range of further design features and enhancements to allow for work in the harshest of chilled and frozen goods warehouses.   With a fully enclosed cab, highly


Kalmar to improve efficiency at the Port of Felixstowe with four reachstackers

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver four reachstackers for laden handling to the Port of Felixstowe in the UK. The reachstackers have a capacity of 45 tons and are supplied with a telescopic Bromma spreader which incorporates fully integrated overheight legs for out-of-gauge cargo handling duties. The order was signed in July 2014 with delivery in February 2015, and it includes a full maintenance agreement.   "The Kalmar reachstacker is well adapted to all kinds of diversified cargo handling. The lifting equipment, boom, attachment options and rotation possibilities allow the driver to improve the work efficiency of the unit. The equipment will


Largest research and innovation cluster for logistics in Europe meets at the 31st International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin

Largest research and innovation cluster for logistics turns the 31st International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin into a “Meeting Point for Europe”. International cooperation in logistics research projects to be intensified.   “At the moment, there are a lot of thrilling possibilities for logistics companies to get involved in shaping research in Europe and implementing  challenging project ideas. It is, however, more important than ever for partners from different European countries to cooperate in leveraging new technologies and solutions together“, says Dr. Christian Jacobi, Chairman of the Board of the EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, in the run-up to the 31st International Supply Chain Conference


SyMAS 2014 BEUMER to showcase innovative and sustainable handling solutions for bulk material and powders

SyMAS 2014 BEUMER to showcase innovative and sustainable handling solutions for bulk material and powders Continually flowing   At SyMAS 2014, the international trade fair for the processing, storage and transportation of bulk material and powders (October 29 - 30 in Krakow/Poland), BEUMER Group, a turnkey solutions provider, will be presenting its filling, palletising, and packaging technologies. They will also feature conveying and warehouse management system solutions, all backed by BEUMER's comprehensive customer support team.   BEUMER Group designs, constructs and installs conveying systems as well as filling, palletising and packaging systems that are tailored in detail to the specific requirements of the customer. Belt conveyors are a cost-effective and sustainable solution. They are


Warning not to be casual about Christmas warehouse staff

 With the Christmas rush approaching fast, the UK’s largest forklift truck training provider, Mentor Training, has reminded businesses that inadequate training for seasonal staff can put everyone in danger. Many warehouses take on casual and temporary workers each autumn, to cope with the surge in demand. Mentor has urged companies to check the validity of training certification and the operational capability of their temporary staff before they begin to use any type of forklift truck. Research suggests workers are up to four times as likely to be involved in an accident during the first month of their employment. Analysis carried out for


Transparency across supply chain networks

The new version of ASSIST4 Monitoring & Alerting facilitates efficient supply chain collaboration with added features.   More transparency over the flow of goods in global supply chains is being provided by the new software version of ASSIST4 Monitoring & Alerting by AEB, one of Europe’s leading providers of global trade and supply chain management solutions. The software also offers a new alerting framework to enable automated exchanges of information, messages and documents between all partners in the supply chain – customers, transport partners, supplier, etc.   With the new alerting framework, the solution automatically informs about previously defined events as they occur, via



With estimated sales in excess of 80 billion euros (2012) China has the largest intralogistics sector in the world and now dwarfs its nearest competitor, the USA, which has a turnover of 25.5 billion euros. Germany, the third biggest market for intralogistics products, accounts for 19.1 billion euros. Automation is also a major trend in China. This trend is being driven by China’s rising wage costs and an increasing shortage of labor, especially in the country’s coastal regions.   It is against this dynamic and fast-changing background that Deutsche Messe AG will stage this year’s CeMAT ASIA (from October 27-30, 2014). It


Pakistan China economic corridor conference at Intermodal Europe 2014

As part of a Spotlight on Asia, the Pakistan-China economic corridor programme will be the focus of a conference session at Intermodal Europe 2014, which takes place from 11-13 November at the Rotterdam Ahoy. Currently under development, the Pakistan-China (or Pak-China) Economic Corridor programme plans to connect Gwadar Port in southern Pakistan to China’s north-western autonomous region of Xinjiang using highways, railways and pipelines to transport oil and gas. The conference session, titled ‘Developing the Pak-China Intermodal Economic Corridor to facilitate Sino-Europe Trade’ will be presented by Mr. Aasim Siddiqui, Chairman of the All Pakistan Shipping Association (APSA), which is a stakeholder



New level of traceability addresses ethical sourcing and consumer safety BT and Traceall Global announced today that the companies will work together to provide better traceability, helping customers maintain good sustainability practices while increasing control of assets in the supply chain.   The potential impact of food safety outbreaks on a global brand can be devastating. Companies incur incredible economic losses, expensive legal costs, costly and embarrassing product recalls, and a lack of trust and loyalty to the company.  Recent quality, authenticity and mis-labelling scares also rocked the global food and beverage industry because of the increase in the globalized food trade and


Pole Stars

An innovative fleet of trailers featuring on-board forestry cranes provided by independent materials handling specialists, Rushlift, has revitalised a 20 year old process for telegraph pole manufacturer Calders & Grandidge (C&G). As the sole UK supplier of materials handling equipment to Saint-Gobain Building Distribution (SGBD), a global market leader in building and construction materials, Rushlift maintains and specifies a wide range of equipment for an extensive variety of businesses. Amongst the group is, C&G, one of the oldest established and respected names in the UK Pressure Treated Timber Sector with its own 46 acre site in Boston, Lincolnshire. “It’s a fascinating, iconic


More than 20000 drum motors from Interroll in use at G Mondini SpA

Interroll and the Italian company G. Mondini SpA, a global market leader in the area of packaging machines, have been working together successfully for many years now. Interroll has already supplied more than 20,000 drum motors to the company based in Cologne (Brescia) that exports over 90 percent of its machines.   “When it comes to manufacturing, G. Mondini stands for the highest possible quality and the drum motors of Interroll fully meet our quality requirements,” emphasizes Paolo Mondini, Sales Director for the Italian company. “To this day we have installed more than 20,000 drum motors in our machines and systems. I


Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems recently hosted George W Bush, 43rd President at their Conference

Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for factory, warehouse and distribution centers, recently hosted George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and Founder of the George W. Bush Foundation, and a variety of industry speakers at the 29th Annual Material Handling and Logistics Conference. The more than 550 attendees at the conference, held September 7-10 in Park City, Utah, heard the 43rd President of the United States address a number of topics, including the challenges facing the nation in the 21st century, the power of freedom, the role of faith and reflections on eight years in the Oval


Gottlieb Daimler to be inducted posthumously into the Logistics Hall of Fame

 • Truck inventor posthumously honoured and inducted into Logistics Hall of Fame • Induction ceremony on November 27 at the Federal Transport Ministry, Berlin.   The truck is the most successful means of transport in the field of freight transportation. Engineer and Daimler founder Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler invented and built the first truck. In recognition of this achievement, 38 jury members from industry, politics, academia and the media voted to induct the inventor and Daimler founder into the Logistics Hall of Fame, posthumously honouring his pioneering efforts on behalf of modern freight transport by road. A total of 22 candidates were put forward for induction


Get up to Speed Zoning

Speed Zoning will be a further focus of the MHE Fleet Management Seminar co-hosted by I.D. Systems (UK) Ltd and Mentor Training at the Belfry on 16th October.    With inappropriate speed and instability being major causes of forklift accidents in the workplace, reducing the likelihood of these is a major issue. The seminar will look at the options available for avoiding accidents by using, for example, RFID or GPS technology which automatically triggers speed control in specific areas.   “Judging by the level of interest in speed zoning products at recent events such as CeMAT, there is now more focus than ever on


Power Automation Systems launches newest generation of pallet retrieval and delivery systems

Power Automation Systems is pleased to announce the release of the newest generation of pallet retrieval and delivery systems for warehouse automation with the ROW BOT-S2 Power Automation Systems (PAS), the engineers behind the first fully automated warehouse solution of its kind, has released the newest generation of automated technology with the ROW BOT S-2 (RB-S2). Through the use of simultaneous payload distribution, the robotic pallet retrieval and delivery system enables deeper storage capacity and increased efficiency. “The RB-S2 is the workhorse of the PowerStor system with the most complex list of tasks,” said PAS president Rodney Tipton. “All the critical transferring


CeMAT ASIA on target for success

With estimated sales in excess of 80 billion euros (2012) China has the largest intralogistics sector in the world and now dwarfs its nearest competitor, the USA, which has a turnover of 25.5 billion euros. Germany, the third biggest market for intralogistics products, accounts for 19.1 billion euros. Automation is also a major trend in China. This trend is being driven by China’s rising wage costs and an increasing shortage of labour, especially in the country’s coastal regions.   It is against this dynamic and fast-changing background that Deutsche Messe AG will stage this year’s CeMAT ASIA (from 27 to 30 October).


Eisenmann has completed conversion to a European Company ,Societas Europaea, SE and will henceforth be called Eisenmann SE.

Converting to an SE underlines our global presence and highlights our evolution from a mid-sized company to an international technology player,” says Dr. Matthias von Krauland, CEO and Chairman of the Administrative Board of Eisenmann SE. The other members of the former Executive Board remain members of the new Administrative Board under the new legal form.   The SE is a leading European legal form and recognized in all European countries. Converting to this form is a logical step forward in Eisenmann’s international development – and simultaneously ensures that the company will remain family-owned for the foreseeable future.   “This new legal form won’t


The worlds first certified process for technical distribution

Leading logistics and supply chain management training provider, Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA), is launching an online technical distribution course, which is one of the components of the new ‘Deliver, Offload and Position’ system (DOPsys).   A crucial part of any supply chain is the ‘last-mile’ delivery – the final leg of the distribution process. A company can ship a product from China to the UK, clear it through Customs, transport it to a distribution centre, and fulfil an order in record time. But if it doesn’t ‘Deliver, Offload and Position’ the product for the end consumer to a high, quality assured standard,


The light all rounder for the high rack

Cabka-IPS grows its family of light industrial pallets with the Eco i5   Cabka-IPS, the specialist for sustainable plastic pallet packaging solutions, is now presenting its Eco i5, a 1,200 x 1,000 mm monoblock pallet. The pallet is available as both a classic three-runner pallet and as a cruciform perimeter-based pallet for secure block stacking. The Eco i5 is perfect for use in the high rack and can carry loads up of up to 600 kg, despite its own low net weight. Cabka-IPS offers its Eco i5 in various materials: either as classic pallet with a high circulation rate, made of pure-grade recycled


Kelloggs and Voiteq Get Shortlisted in IGD Awards for Supply Chain Innovation

Voiteq, global leaders in Voice-Directed Work solutions, has been shortlisted with its customer Kellogg’s in the annual IGD Awards. With its combined project of Voice-directed work, alongside intelligent Volumetric Cubing, the two companies entered under the Supply Chain Innovation Award. IGD provides leadership to the food and consumer goods industry to ensure it delivers what matters to the public. A research and training charity, IGD is the leading source of information and best practice on the consumer goods industry worldwide. Its mission is to deliver a secure and sustainable future where everyone has affordable, safe and reliable food and consumer goods. The


CEVA opens European Center of Logistics Excellence

CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, today announced the opening of its first Center of Logistics Excellence in Europe. Situated in Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom, the opening marks CEVA’s third Center following the launch of Centers in Jacksonville and Singapore. The Centers demonstrate ‘real world’ logistics innovation through supply chain optimization and enhanced visibility, integrated services and technology solutions to power supply chain efficiency. The European Center of Logistics Excellence will provide insights into CEVA’s unique offerings and solutions for customers with business in Europe. CEVA plans to use this latest Center to build a strong knowledge center in


Worlds largest industrial reachstacker record breaking lift

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has entered the record books thanks to the remarkable heavy lift capabilities of its latest reachstacker, named Super Gloria. The reachstacker lifted a steel component weighing over 100 tonnes in front of an invited audience on Friday, 12 September 2014 at Kalmar's multi-assembly unit in Lidhult, Sweden. The new DRG1000-92 ZXS reachstacker range is the world's largest industrial reachstacker in Kalmar's hugely successful Gloria range. It boasts a completely new design, developed to meet customer's critical specifications with lift capacities up to 120 tonnes depending on application. The Super Gloria model has been augmented with a specially


Frank Ryan announced as Keynote speaker at Barcoding event

Barcoding, Inc, a leader in enterprise-wide mobility solutions, announces Frank Ryan as the keynote speaker for its Executive Forum 4: Be Efficient- Accurate- Connected. A Marine Reserve Retired Colonel, CPA, author, commentator and expert in corporate restructurings and management, Ryan will share insights gained from his recent 2,806-mile walk across the United States on being efficient, accurate and connected. Barcoding’s 2014 Executive Forum will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.   In August 2014, Ryan completed his walk across the United States to raise awareness for the needs of children with



P3, the specialist owner, developer and manager of European logistics properties, handed over a new 11,252 m2 build-to-suit (BTS) production and warehouse facility at PointPark Poznań to Zaparoh, a manufacturer of high–quality furniture, such as sofas, chairs and beds, for online sale via parent company in Europe and the U.S. The facility leased by Zaparoh will employ around 160 local people in the rapidly developing manufacturing and logistics hub of Gadki around Poznań in Western Poland and consists of 4,386 m2 of production space, 6,201 m2 of warehousing and 665 m2 in offices. Zaparoh selected PointPark Poznań because of the


A bridge quite far

Van der Vlist were recently asked to co-ordinate the shipment of a large piece for an accommodation unit offshore, from the Netherlands across to China. The access bridge, weighing approximately 85 tons, had to be taken from the producers quay out to Shanghai. The 35,5m long, 7m wide and 9m high part could not go by road because of it’s enormous dimensions, and therefore had to be barged across to Antwerp port for transhipment to the far east. Two mobile cranes were hired on the quay to load a special barge which could take the cargo, the shipment to Antwerp wasn’t able



P3, the specialist owner, developer and manager of European logistics properties, handed over a new 11,252 m2 build-to-suit (BTS) production and warehouse facility at PointPark Poznań to Zaparoh, a manufacturer of high–quality furniture, such as sofas, chairs and beds, for online sale via parent company in Europe and the U.S. The facility leased by Zaparoh will employ around 160 local people in the rapidly developing manufacturing and logistics hub of Gadki around Poznań in Western Poland and consists of 4,386 m2 of production space, 6,201 m2 of warehousing and 665 m2 in offices. Zaparoh selected PointPark Poznań because of the


Head to Silverstone for great forklift deals

Jungheinrich UK Ltd are holding the latest in their series of ‘Big Events’ at the world famous Silverstone race circuit on October 8 and 9. In addition to the chance to see at first hand Jungheinrich’s extensive range of state-of-the-art, German-engineered counterbalanced trucks, reach trucks, automated systems, fleet management software and Jungheinrich’s value-added services, visitors to ‘The Big Event 2’ will be able to buy from a range of 50 specially selected fully refurbished trucks that will be offered at unbeatable ‘Big Event’ prices and with zero per cent finance packages that will only be available during the two days of


UASC signs cooperation agreements with CSCL and CMA CGM

UASC, a leading container shipping company, announced today the signing of major cooperation agreements with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and CMA CGM.  The agreements cover the key East-West trades: Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Transpacific, and Asia-United States East Coast.   The agreements (a combination of vessel sharing agreements, slot exchange agreements and slot charter agreements) will complete the UASC offering in some of the largest and most important global maritime markets, which in summary shall include:   • Asia-Europe trade: 4 weekly services   • Asia-Mediterranean trade: 4 weekly services (2 to the Mediterranean, 1 to the Adriatic and 1 to the Black Sea, which is the only direct


KNAPP supplies automated solution for French fashion brand Celio

Leading-edge storage, picking and sortation technology has been combined by KNAPP into a stylish automated solution for the French clothing retailer and e-tailer, Celio. Founded in 1985, Celio is the number one men's fashion brand in France, with over 1000 shops, half of which are abroad and spread across 60 nations. In addition, through its e-commerce sales, Celio markets its clothing directly to consumers in 15 European countries. Selling some 35 million garments each year, Celio recently decided to merge its three warehouses into a new and highly automated distribution centre (DC) at Amblainville, just north of Paris. With the objectives


Regency Hampers Expands Storage and Deliveries With 4K Systems

With a growing reputation for excellence in the corporate hamper and home gifts sector, Regency Hampers found their expanding online presence meant a new location was rapidly becoming a necessity. “For a couple of years we were looking for the right space,” says managing director,  Neil Perkin. “We had seen the business grow fast. After visiting another factory to look at the layout and racking they had, they recommended 4K Systems. That was a great recommendation for us and the start of great things.” Once involved, 4K was able to come up with multiple solutions to Regency’s questions, but the answers did


American Crane Announces Appointment of Karen Norheim as Executive Vice President

American Crane & Equipment Corporation, an Eastern Pennsylvania based manufacturer of overhead electric cranes and hoists, has promoted Karen Norheim to Executive Vice President. Norheim joined the company in 2002 and has served as Vice President of Marketing and Information Technology for the past six years. As VP of Marketing and IT, Norheim coordinated marketing activities and established network and computer systems for this large manufacturing corporation.   Norheim studied at Pennsylvania State University, earning two undergraduate degrees in Marketing/International Business and International Studies. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Information Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.   Prior to joining



Developed in response to manufacturer’s demand for lower cost, integrated alternative to Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SharePoint – “suitable for manufacturing, supply chain and other companies” say Red Ledge Application software expert Red Ledge is to bring a new, web-based CRM customer relationship-project management product to market. The ‘Red Ledge CRM-PM’ system (which incorporates full document management with links to Microsoft Outlook) is designed to provide a “significantly lower-cost, one-stop, integrated alternative to the combination of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SharePoint solutions: one that is suitable for manufacturing, supply chain and other companies who need a robust business solution but do


Put your fork lift truck safety to the test

FLTA and Mentor Training develop free hazard perception test for Safety Week The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is encouraging around 1,000,000 people who work on, around or in charge of fork lift trucks to check out their safety knowledge this Autumn in the UK’s biggest ever fork lift safety challenge. All are invited to participate in a free, on-line Fork Lift Hazard Perception test where participants must identify hazardous practice… and rate them in order of importance – from most to least dangerous. The aim: to reduce the persistently high number of workers injured in incidents involving fork lift trucks and raise


Dematic expands Research and Development and looks for more staff

Global Logistics Solutions Company Opens Office in Waterloo, Ontario Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for factory, warehouse and distribution centers, is expanding its research and development (R&D) capabilities to an additional location. Opened today, the new office, located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, will address customers’ needs to further innovate the supply chain, effectively improving order accuracy and timeliness to consumers. Dematic’s new Vice President of Global Software Development, Pete Devenyi, a former Senior Vice President of Enterprise Software at BlackBerry, will lead the expansion efforts and oversee the software development activities at the new facility. “High demand for cutting-edge technology to


Eaton Launches New Crompack LED A Pioneering Change to a Commonly Used Fluorescent Batten

Power management company Eaton today announced that its Cooper Lighting and Safety business has launched an LED version of its most successful range of fluorescent mains lighting, the Crompack. The Crompack LED is designed to meet demand for long-lasting, low-maintenance lighting in spaces such as factories, warehouses, plant rooms, corridors, hospitals and schools.    The new launch incorporates a comprehensive range of linear LED luminaires, featuring the widest range of lumen options on the market. The longer lifespan of LED solutions reduces the requirement for regular lamp changes and associated maintenance costs, particularly in 24/7 operations and inaccessible areas. The Crompack LED


Flexible approaches to storage is key to ecommerce logistics success

The exponential growth of online retailing has clear and wide-ranging implications for storage and logistics professionals.  With over 20 per cent of UK non-food items purchases via the internet , and the popularity of innovations like ‘click and collect’, retail has clearly shifted towards an ever-increasing integration of website and store.  Here -Rachel Fellows, Third Party Logistics Director at Macfarlane Packaging explains how efficient systems can make the difference between a loyal lifelong customer and a single, unsatisfactory transactional experience. One of the challenges faced by online retailers is the relative anonymity of their customers compared with the lone traders and


AEB Int 5th Annual Compliance & Risk Management Conference in partnership with CILT(UK)

AEB (International) Ltd, one of Europe’s leading providers of global trade and supply chain management solutions, is inviting supply chain professionals to its next conference in partnership with CILT(UK). Titled "7 Habits of Highly Effective Compliance Programmes”, the event takes place on Wednesday, 8th October 2014 from 10am to 4pm at the Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington Spa, UK   In today’s global market place, companies face a variety of export control regulations aimed at facilitating legitimate global trade and combat terrorism.  Businesses need to ensure they are trading legally, ethically and responsibly - and avoid the fines, imprisonment and trading penalties


Kalmar to supply four all-electric RTG Cranes to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver four E-One2 Zero Emission rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil. The 8 million USD order was signed in August 2014 with a delivery and start-up date in July 2015. Kalmar's E-One2 Zero Emission RTG is the market's technological frontrunner and includes an all-electric drive mechanism that produces no emissions or engine noise and completely replaces conventional hydraulic systems. The Kalmar E-One2 RTGs for Super Terminais also include a standard diesel generator set for dual-mode operation. "Super Terminais chose the E-One2 RTG due to Kalmar's advanced technology and design, lighter weight compared to


Swisslog secures major order for new distribution center from Scandinavian fashion retailer Varner

Swisslog has been awarded a major order for a new distribution center in Sweden by the Varner Group, a leading retailer of strong fashion brands in Scandinavia. The value of the order, which comprises innovative material handling solutions in addition to a system operation contract, amounts to approx. MCHF 55. With this order, Swisslog strengthens its position as a leading provider of automated intralogistics solutions for the retail and e-commerce industry.    Swisslog will act as general contractor for the material handling elements of a new distribution center (DC) in Vänersborg, Sweden. The order comprises cranes and conveyors for pallets and light


Three Major Health Systems Select TECSYS supply chain software

TECSYS Inc, the leading provider of supply chain management solutions for health systems, today announced the addition of three major health systems to its customer base, reinforcing the Company’s market-leading position in this industry. These three major health systems selected TECSYS to transform their supply chains to reach new levels of efficiency, remove risks associated with product accuracy and improve service delivery to their patients. “The rapid rate of change healthcare organizations are facing has driven the adoption rate of our health system solutions to a record high,” said Berty Ho-Wo-Cheong, CFO of TECSYS. “The three significant wins we announced today


Mast design gives panoramic vision for Hyster forklift drivers

Hyster has redeveloped the mast on its 2-3.5 tonne ICE and electric forklifts to give drivers maximum fork visibility, resulting in faster cycle times and greater productivity.  "We have maximised fork visibility to help drive operator productivity and minimise damage to goods and equipment," explains David Rowell, Product Marketing Manager, for Hyster. Hyster has optimised the 180 degree panoramic field of vision by enlarging the window through the mast, increasing the distance between the channels by 50% or more, and repositioning the chains and hose routings. The new 3-stage FFL and 2-stage LFL mast designs include changes to the structure that increase rigidity



PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist owner, developer and manager of European logistics properties, has agreed to buy 627,000 m2 of logistics warehouses and associated development land in the Czech Republic from two funds advised by Tristan Capital Partners and VGP for €523 million. The transaction follows P3’s acquisitions in Italy last month and others earlier this year. P3 is buying 11 logistics parks consisting of a total of 58 warehouses plus land offering the potential to develop a total of 125,000 m2 of additional space. The purchase, which is subject to contractual terms and regulatory approvals, means P3 will offer its


Eisenmann supplies electrified monorail system for one of the biggest breweries in China

The German plant engineering expert Eisenmann will supply an electrified monorail system (EMS) for the new facility of the Guangzhou Zhu Jiang brewery. The EMS will connect production and distribution with the high-bay warehouse, with a throughput of over 600 pallets per hour. Chinese intralogistics specialist Gangyu is the general contractor at the brewer’s new facility. The contract value will be in the millions, and production will commence in late March 2015. As Sebastiano Sardo, Head of Sales Conveyor Systems explains, “This order is a good example for an ideal cooperation between general contractor and sub-contractor. Key to this success was


Kalmar Gloria reachstackers enter Asia Pacific

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, have launched  its highly acclaimed G-generation reachstackers, named Gloria, into the Asia-Pacific region. The much anticipated entry into APAC follows the successful introduction to European markets, where Kalmar's fifth generation reachstackers have been setting new standards in cargo handling performance. The launch took place on 26 August in Shanghai, China. With thirty different Gloria models available, Kalmar offers the industry's widest range of reachstackers to meet all types of cargo handling applications. Developed to meet the critical demands of container, intermodal, barge and industrial handling market segments, Gloria provides the benchmark for productivity, operator comfort, safety and


Linde Material Handling- NA Offers Extra Incentives for Electric Counterbalanced Sit-Down Trucks and Internal Combustion Counterbalanced Cushion Tire Lift Truck Purchases

Linde Material Handling-North America Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde Material Handling GmbH (Aschaffenburg, Germany), is now offering a 24-Month/4,000 Hour Planned Maintenance Plan in addition to the Linde Extended Care Warranty with the purchase of any 346 Series (Models E18 or E20) or 1313 Series (Models H25, H27, H30, or H32) lift truck purchase through Dec. 31, 2014.    "Our goal is to show owners that Linde lift trucks have the lowest lifetime cost of ownership in the industry," said Vincent Halma, Chief Sales Officer. "By including the Linde Extended Care Warranty and the planned maintenance for the first two years,


A new research study titled Global Trade Management Agenda

The European Union has trade agreements with many countries. But what is the relevance of such agreements in every day business? What are the efforts associated with these? What effect on their business should managers expect from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and how do they prepare their logistics for it?   A new research study titled “Global Trade Management Agenda” by AEB and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW Stuttgart) is looking into these – and other – questions. Foreign trade and logistics expert are invited to participate. The survey can be accessed at until 19th September 2014.


New Business Partnership Gives Eastern European Logistics Providers the Keys to Productivity

WiseTech Global and e-Novator join forces to provide the Eastern European supply chain with a solution to stay globally and regionally competitive.            A new business partnership is set to give the Central and Eastern European logistics industry localized access to one of the world’s most advanced logistics management systems. WiseTech Global, the developer of CargoWise One, has announced that IT specialist e-Novator, has joined its global partner program to deliver a full suite of product services to new and existing customers of its enterprise-class, single-platform system.   e-Novator is an entrepreneurial, next-generation IT startup founded by Nikolai Bozhilov, executive



The Craemer Group, a leading manufacturer of high-quality plastic pallets is set to strengthen its U.S. activities by showcasing its innovative and extensive product port-folio in the RPA Pavilion at Pack Expo Chicago 2014 for the first time (booth 6857).    Whether it is heavy-duty capacity, lightweight, or a closed deck you are looking for in a plastic pallet, Craemer has a cost-effective, high-quality solution for you. Headquartered in Germany and with many years of experience serving key industries and satisfied customers worldwide, Craemer is well positioned to expand its services on the North American market. Offering premium solutions, yet not at


Interroll Received First Dynamic Storage System Order in Indonesia

Interroll, a worldwide provider of key products and solutions for internal logistics, won its first dynamic storage system order in Indonesia from Lotte Indonesia, the largest confectionary manufacturer in Japan. This order comprises a total of 3,896 pallet positions including a Roller Push Back System.   “The Interroll FIFO systems can meet all of our requirements regarding short shelf life, energy saving, less maintenance and less space.” commented by Mr. Lucky Jurista, PPIC Manager of Lotte Indonesia. “As a food processing company, efficiency and quality is always a concern. I am happy that we made the right choice.”   “More and more multinational companies



PD Ports has been taking its’ new recruits through a pre-employment programme which has been putting the group through their paces. A group of eight long-term unemployed were selected from over 60 applicants to take part in a five week pre-employment programme which on completion resulted in them joining PD Ports as dock operations apprentices.  As part of this programme the cohort spent a week with the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment at Middlesbrough gaining an insight into the Army Reserve learning about camouflage and concealment, first aid, observation and map reading. The group also undertook a gruelling obstacle course at the


Seegrid Selects DMLogic as Preferred Integration Partner for Seegrid Supervisor AGV Software

Seegrid Corporation, global leader of robotic vision-guided automated guided vehicles (AGVs), announced DMLogic as the preferred integration partner for Seegrid Supervisor, network appliance installed on-site, which communicates with AGVs over WiFi. For customers choosing to integrate Seegrid Supervisor with an existing software system, such as a Warehouse Management System (WMS) or Manufacturing Execution System (MES), DMLogic created a standard Application Programming Interface (API), providing a platform for capturing and exchanging tasks automatically with Seegrid AGVs.  Automating transactions further improves return on investment and creates a seamless channel between the Seegrid Supervisor, customer’s software system, and Seegrid AGVs. The DMLogic API automates the


Storing in Russia

 Van der Vlist’s Russian office has recently welcomed some new additions. Their 560 square metres warehouse is currently home to some flight simulators.  The 2 simulators currently in storage have been dismantled into 20 pieces, and weigh approximately 15 tons each. The largest part of the simulators measures 2,5m long x 2m wide x 3,5m high.  These have been brought in as part of a project in the St Petersburg office to develop the storage operations there. The outdoor facility has over the past month been home to several MAN TGM fire trucks, stored on the 20 000 metres square secured facility


Barcoding, Inc Signs Reseller Agreement with TomTom Telematics to Deliver Fleet Management Solutions

Mobility expert to sell, deploy and support WEBFLEET fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions  Barcoding, Inc., a leader in enterprise-wide mobility solutions, today announces a reselling agreement with TomTom Telematics, an innovative market leader in fleet management solutions. Barcoding will sell, deploy and support TomTom Telematics’ WEBFLEET line of fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions. The addition of TomTom Telematics’ products to its portfolio adds new fleet management capabilities for Barcoding’s delivery and logistics clients. “TomTom Telematics is focused on delivering actionable intelligence to fleet managers – so they know where their vehicles are and what they are doing,” said Matt Gunzenhaeuser,


BEUMER BG software suite provides customers with a modular control system

For optimal control of material flows   The BEUMER Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of conveying and loading equipment, filling, palletizing and packaging equipment, and systems for sorting and distribution. The product range of this full-line supplier includes the BG software suite, which allows customers to control their material flows from start to finish. The suite can be adapted to each company’s special needs. Third-party products can be integrated without difficulty.   BG, which stands for BEUMER Group, is the name for the company’s software suite for high-level computer systems. The suite’s modular structure allows users to adapt it to their


Finding the Right System for Your Business

Gene Gander, VP Business Development Americas for WiseTech Global, explains it’s not ‘what’ you implement, but ‘how’ that secures your competitive advantage.                                                   Even if you’re frustrated by the limitations of your existing logistics system, the idea of finding a replacement can be overwhelming. So just start by asking yourself some basic questions. If you had a magic wand, what would you want to change right off the bat? What’s your greatest pain point? And, most importantly, what


Falklands war hero Simon Weston joins FLTA Safety Conference

UK Fork lift truck industry’s biggest Conference just got bigger Just days after announcing its biggest and most ambitious Safety Conference programme to date, it has been revealed that Falklands veteran Simon Weston has accepted an invitation from the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) to address delegates.  The one-day Conference, which is sponsored by Briggs Equipment UK, will take place at Warwick University on Wednesday 24th September.  Attended by managers and supervisors from across the UK and a wide cross-section of industries, the National Fork Truck Safety Conference is the biggest event of its kind.  “We are very pleased to announce that Mr Weston


Kalmar supplies ten straddle carriers as Transnet gears up for increased productivity in Durban

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained a breakthrough order to supply ten straddle carriers to Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Durban Pier 2, a dedicated straddle carrier operation in South Africa currently handling a throughput of 2.4 million TEU. TPT is a division of the government-owned Transnet SOC Limited currently pursuing a R300 billion capital investment programme over seven years and now in its third year of execution. The order was booked into Cargotec's first quarter intake 2014 with deliveries scheduled to be completed by October 2014. Anton Burchell, Managing Director, Kalmar South Africa, said: "We are delighted to be selected as


Mobicon Awarded Grant by Commercialisation Australia, to help develop a new light weight container handler.

Mobicon Systems is proud to announce that they have been awarded a grant from Commercialisation Australia in June 2014., to help develop a new, light weight container handler. Commercialisation Australia was announced as part of the 2009-10 Federal Budget and was an important component of the Australian Government’s 10 year vision - Powering Ideas: an innovation agenda for the 21st century.    At the time Commercialisation Australia publicised the availability of this grants, Mobicon Systems had been creating an innovative new Light-Weight Container handler. The prospect of being awarded one of these grants meant that Mobicon would be able to commercialise their new


51 countries, 60 direct reports, 4,000 employees. Meet the MD leading it all

51 countries, 60 direct reports, 60,000 customers, 4,000 employees, 14 aircraft, 2 young children and 2 dogs! Charles Brewer is the MD who loves leading all of that   DHL Express, who has been in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 36 years, is the ‘Most International Company in the World’ and has a significant operation in Africa, moving thousands of shipments every day. At the helm of this business is Managing Director Charles Brewer, who has been with DHL for more than 30 years, has worked in all regions of the world and found himself in Africa for the first time three years


Drivers urgently needed

The road freight transport sector is finding it difficult to recruit the new drivers that it urgently needs, says Phill Brooks, General Manager of Farrall’s Transport. Having cut its cloth during recession, the industry must meet greater demand for more loads to be moved during the current economic growth or the consequence will be felt across all industries. The shortage of lorry drivers in the UK threatens to impede UK economic growth. There are too few drivers to move the growing levels of freight generated by the current growth in the UK’s economy. Given that 60 per cent of all freight


New products and valuable conference sessions at Intermodal Europe 2014

 Over 130 exhibitors will showcase their latest products and services for the container transport and logistics industry at Intermodal Europe 2014, alongside a full conference programme, from 11-13 November at the Rotterdam Ahoy. “Intermodal Europe is chosen by many companies as a platform to launch new products to the industry as well as to reconnect with customers, prospects and industry peers, all under one roof” says Sophie Ahmed, Event Director.  Carrier Transicold has exhibited at Intermodal Europe for many years. “Intermodal Europe continues to be a good venue to meet with our customers and a fitting opportunity to celebrate Carrier’s many accomplishments,


Toyota launch new BT Levio platform powered pallet trucks

Toyota equipment supports volunteers to increase fundraising Toyota Material Handling launches the new BT Levio P-series powered pallet truck range which provides exceptional efficiency and safety for customers. Compact yet powerful, the new BT Levio P-series models boasts features that enable high efficiency in the most demanding horizontal transport operations. With load capacities of 2.0, 2.2 and 2.5 tonnes, these trucks are typically used for the loading/unloading of lorries and meet the Toyota high standards on productivity, durability, driveability, safety and environment. Productivity is enhanced by the trucks’ small size and high speed


DHL transports construction machinery to Ghana on behalf of Papenburg

 •          125 machines with a total weight of 1,596 tons have already been delivered   •          An additional 80 pieces of construction equipment will soon be shipped out of Hamburg   DHL Global Forwarding, the air and sea freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL has successfully run a big part of a major ocean freight project from Germany to Ghana for the family-owned construction company, GP Günter Papenburg AG, Germany. 125 pieces of machinery and equipment including 15 bulldozers, 20 loaders, 10 excavators, 60 motor graders, and 20 tippers plus various spare parts were already delivered



Fast-growing Chinese industrial forklift manufacturer Detank has arrived in the UK. Launched as recently as 2010, Detank has quickly become established as one of the world’s fastest-growing industrial machinery brands.  The new range, revealed to international dignitaries and leading industry figures at a London launch event, includes 1 to 10 tonne diesel trucks, 1.5 to 3.5 tonne LPG trucks, and 1.3 to 2 tonne electric trucks.  Each model was designed specifically for the UK and North American market and built to European designs using familiar components to simplify maintenance and repairs. Finance will be supplied by Detank UK Finance, with lease purchase, finance lease,


SDI Group wins multi-million upgrade for George at Asda

SDI Group, the global integrator of automated materials handling systems, has won a multi-million contract with George at Asda to expand capacity at the clothing brand’s Brackmills regional distribution centre (RDC) in Northampton. As part of an on-going series of projects for George at Asda, SDI Group will maximise the cube of the RDC by installing a four-level mezzanine structure - increasing ‘Garment-on-Hangers’ capacity, providing an SDI LS900 carton sortation system and equipping a new packing operation with conveyors and benches. In addition to the mezzanine structure, SDI Group will boost the site’s carton


New mast design delivers visible productivity improvements

A series of product upgrades on Yale counterbalance lift trucks have been introduced offering exceptional operator visibility, promoting higher productivity and reduced maintenance contributing to lower cost of ownership. Two new mast designs, and a redesigned integral side-shifting fork positioner carriage, offer businesses a number of benefits which contribute to increased productivity, reduced operator fatigue and lower product and equipment damage. Enhanced Mast visibility and lengthened service life Yale has redesigned its 3-stage FFL and 2-stage LFL masts to optimise operator visibility and extend service life. The new designs include new chain placement and hose routings to maximise the forward window through


Seegrid Supervisor AGV Software Designed For Fleet Optimization

  Seegrid Corporation, global leader of robotic vision-guided automated guided vehicles (AGVs), announced the introduction of Seegrid Supervisor, an AGV software system for fleet optimization. Seegrid Supervisor communicates with a network appliance via wireless network and is configured through a local web browser to connect, monitor, and control vision-guided AGVs within a facility. Seegrid Supervisor is designed to provide visibility, improve efficiency, and optimize material flow using three components: Fleet Status, Intersection Manager, and Switchboard. The AGV software technology provides real-time visibility, control, and automation of the AGV fleet. The architecture of Seegrid Supervisor


Port Manatee awarded $1.8 million-plus security grant, facitlitating advancement of three major projects

PALMETTO, Fla. – Port Manatee has been awarded a $1,837,500 security grant, allowing the port to proceed with three significant projects. The award, the second-highest for any Florida port in the latest round of grants offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, facilitates full funding for each of the three projects named in the request of the port, which is putting forth a required 25 percent match. The submitted projects include: South Gate modernization, to enable safe and efficient handling of project cargo and processing of all cargo and vehicle data at the South Gate; Upgrades



The story of Bulmor Lancer is really the story of forklift invention and innovation combining environmental and health & safety considerations with a customer care ethos which is pretty well unique in the industry.    The company’s origins actually go way back to 1879 producing tractors and agricultural machinery and the family owned concern continued its progress of studying what the market needed with a typical notable hallmark in 1987 creating the first sideloader. The absolute core benefit of this invention is to save space and by virtue of the type of cargo it is the ideal model of choice for


Logistics Executive Supports Asia Supply Chain Insights Seminar

Logistics Executive is an International Specialist Executive Recruitment and Business Consulting Company. They have just been announced as a supporting partner for the Asia Supply Chain Insights Seminar which feature Mark Millar, to view more details visit:   Logistics Executive Group delivers Whole-of-Life Cycle Talent Management including Executive Search, Permanent Recruitment, Business Consultancy and Corporate Advisory, Employee Performance Coaching, Leadership Mentoring, Talent Mapping including Attraction, Acquisition, Training and Development, Retention and Career Transition expertise.   Our integrated business approach linking Business Performance to Talent Management and ability to leverage our rich knowledge of business dynamics across international markets ensures we have a strong reputation as


Yes vote in Scottish independence referendum could have significant ramifications for the logistics industry

A Scottish ‘Yes’ vote in the forthcoming independence referendum will force businesses and tax collectors to re-think their control methods for alcohol, tobacco and oil – products subject to high duties and fraud which currently bring in well over 40 billion pounds, UK Sterling ,a year to the public  purse.   So says Alan Powell, Excise Specialist at the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA).   “It’s imperative to consider the implications for control of the movement of excise goods - alcohol, tobacco products and energy products - between Scotland and the remainder of the UK should the Scots vote “yes” to independence,” says Alan


SCLP Networking Mixer - Sponsored by Cohesion Freight Worldwide

All supply chain and logistics professionals are welcome to join our next SCLP Networking Mixer on Thursday 7 August 2014 ,kindly Sponsored by Cohesion Freight Worldwide. A Mark Millar initiative, gateway to the knowledge, networks and events that inform, connect and empower You and Your supply chain ecosystems   Speaker: Dr Paul Tsui, Chairman, Hongkong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA)   Topic: “Air Freight - Headwinds and Tailwinds”   Complimentary admission for bona-fide industry practitioners -  includes two house-drinks and finger snacks.   Lucky Draw with prizes from Petersons Wines of Distinction. RSVP Online - space is limited and will be allocated on first-come first-served basis. Dress code is


Milestone for used trucks from Dresden factory

UK-based Paul Davis Freight Services Ltd has taken delivery of the 25,000th ‘second-life’ forklift truck to be refurbished at Jungheinrich’s dedicated lift truck  used equipment rebuild facility in Dresden, Germany.   The company has received three EFG 320 trucks and a further three trucks are on order.   The order was placed at a special ceremony in Germany attended by key personnel from both Paul Davis Freight Services and the Jungheinrich Group – including Jan Lorenz, managing director of Jungheinrich UK.   “Used trucks from Jungheinrich are an ideal match for our delivery depot requirements,” said Nigel Dutson, Operations Director of Paul Davis Freight Services Ltd.


WWL ALS successfully completes transport of the widest loads since records began through central London

In May, 2013 Dragados Sisk Joint Venture (DSJV), the contractor constructing Crossrail’s Eastern running tunnels, approached WWL ALS (Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Abnormal Load Services UK International Limited) to discuss the practicality of delivering Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) ‘Jessica’ from Stepney Green, east London through to Limmo Peninsular, east London as part of the Crossrail Eastern Tunnels contract C305. The challenge from DSJV was to transport the 1,300 tonne Herrenknecht S-721 TBM and back-up equipment in as large individual components as possible to enable DSJV to achieve the relocation quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.     For such a large-scale project nine months of intensive planning


Computerized Maintenance Management Software Included With Each Resident Maintenance Contract

Dematic, a supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, has enhanced its Resident Maintenance Program by including Dematic Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) with every on-site maintenance contract. The CMMS allows on-site maintenance teams to more effectively manage maintenance activities while increasing uptime and operating performance of automated material handling systems and other infrastructure systems at the user's site.   Dematic CMMS is a robust and flexible software tool capable of increasing the productivity and reliability of your mechanical and electrical equipment. The software provides the tools needed to assess and track equipment repairs, forecast future repairs, and


Protected, Uninterruptible, Power ,perfectly suited for the Transport and Logistics and Marine Sector

Harland Simon UPS has launched a new range of rugged uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems – Harland ProtectUPS   Specifically designed and manufactured to provide uninterrupted power to support critical applications in harsh conditions such as the road, rail, marine and air applications, the new Harland ProtectUPS  have been designed to provide a range of rugged power protection systems for a wide range of applications and needs. The company has been supplying AC and DC UPS systems and power solutions for 20 years and is widely recognised for supplying high end products to support Critical National Infrastructure assets such as transport links, public


Supervisor AGV Software Designed For Fleet Optimization

Seegrid Corporation, global leader of robotic vision-guided automated guided vehicles (AGVs), announced the introduction of Seegrid Supervisor, an AGV software system for fleet optimization. Seegrid Supervisor communicates with a network appliance via wireless network and is configured through a local web browser to connect, monitor, and control vision-guided AGVs within a facility. Seegrid Supervisor is designed to provide visibility, improve efficiency, and optimize material flow using three components: Fleet Status, Intersection Manager, and Switchboard. The AGV software technology provides real-time visibility, control, and automation of the AGV fleet. The architecture of Seegrid Supervisor allows for integration with external control devices like PLCs


UK manufacturer of light fittings and control systems continues to expand

Luxonic has just completed a ten-month programme and a three quarters of a million pound sterling investment in expanding its production facilities in Basingstoke to allow for increase in demand for LED luminaires.  Consolidating all the company’s manufacturing onto the Basingstoke site required an extensive re-organisation of the factory.  Engineering is at the heart of the factory and two mezzanine assembly areas have been installed increasing production area by 30%.  The introduction of a ‘Lean Manufacturing’ programme at Luxonic streamlines the manufacturing process, vastly improves efficiencies and motivates the assembly teams.  The Lean Manufacturing principle is to create production cells for


New forklift seat belts enforce driver belt use

Forklift supervisors and managers will have an easier job enforcing seat belt use with the introduction of high visibility seat belts from Hyster. An optional interlock system prevents the driver from operating the truck without the belt being worn.  Now available on both Hyster Electric and ICE counterbalance forklifts, the high visibility red seat belt is easily seen from a distance, which allows supervisors or managers to clearly see if their operators are wearing seat belts properly. "Forklift seat belt compliance can be difficult to manage, particularly when drivers are getting on and off their trucks regularly throughout the working day," says


Power Automation Systems (PAS) Enters Phase II of Yearsley Logistics Freezer Project in United Kingdom

Yearsley Logistics, the United Kingdom’s largest distributor of frozen foods, has begun the second phase of a three-part, £5 million expansion of its freezer “superhub” warehouse adjacent to the group’s headquarters in Heywood, England. The expansion, which uses PowerStor technology from Power Automation Systems (PAS), will provide an additional 50,000 sq. ft. of space which provides 12,000 extra pallet sites bringing the total to 60,000 pallets at Heywood.   The cold store uses a combination of PowerStor technology integrated with mobile racking for the most economical and energy-efficient storage process to meet the throughput and storage needs of Yearsley Logistics’ frozen food


I.D. Systems Appoints Former Qualcomm VP, Norman Ellis, as Chief Operating Officer

I.D. Systems, Inc..a leading provider of wireless M2M asset management solutions, has appointed industry veteran Norman Ellis to the position of chief operating officer. Mr. Ellis will be responsible for I.D. Systems’ customer-facing operations, including sales, marketing, customer service, implementation and support. Prior to joining I.D. Systems, Mr. Ellis spent 16 years at Omnitracs, a leading provider of fleet management solutions and a division of NASDAQ-listed Qualcomm. As vice president of sales, services and marketing for North America, he was responsible for nearly 400 million dollars in annual sales and a technology upgrade program that drove a 78 per cent CAGR


Teknosa of Turkey Meets Rapid Growth, Dynamic Market with HighJump Software Warehouse Management System

Omni-channel technology retailer has more than 300 stores,  and dominant e-commerce presence. HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that Teknosa has selected HighJump Warehouse Advantage to meet its supply chain needs that have resulted from double-digit growth, new partnerships and changing customer demands. Based in Istanbul, Teknosa is an omni-channel technology retailer with more than 300 stores and a burgeoning e-commerce business. To sustain its market leadership, Teknosa addressed each segment of its supply chain to ensure efficiency and optimization. With the HighJump warehouse management system (WMS), the retailer will have a competitive advantage with the


Dassault Systemes to Acquire Quintiq

Dassault Systemes ,the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the signing of a definitive share purchase agreement for Dassault Systèmes to acquire Quintiq, a leading provider of on-premise and on-cloud supply chain and Operations Planning & Optimization software, for approximately 250 million Euros. With 800 employees, Quintiq, whose offerings include production, logistics and workforce planning applications, is rated as a leader in the market by top industry analysts and its solutions are used today by 250 customers, at 1,000 sites, in more than 90 countries. The acquisition


Brute strength from Hyster in a compact electric forklift

The new Hyster E4-5.5XN electric forklift truck series offers the same tough qualities as an IC (Internal Combustion) forklift truck delivering brute strength for intensive work. “The acceleration, speed control and load lift capability provided by the new Hyster E4.0-5.5XN series matches the renowned high performance standards offered by Hyster IC trucks” explains Matthew Allen, Engineering Manager, Counterbalance Product - Europe, NMHG. “These electric trucks provide the same durability and ‘brute strength’ as Hyster IC trucks.”  Highly effective for indoor storage and warehousing operations where space may be limited, the compact E4.0-5.5XN trucks enable a higher storage density than equivalent competitor trucks.


UK Parliamentary Minister opens Logistics Operator Compressed Natural Gas Station

Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for UK Transport, has officially opened Howard Tenens ,new compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling facility at their Swindon UK facility on Thursday 10th July. It is the largest CNG station to be constructed by a private transport operator in the UK. The opening was followed by a refuelling demonstration on a range of different gas vehicle types. The station was constructed as part of a Technology Strategy Board funded project under the Low Carbon Truck Demonstration Trial Programme. The CNG station has been designed to ensure maximum reliability and performance and features twin compressors, 3


Survey findings into operators evaluation of their materials handling fleet

A survey into the industry’s approach to fleet monitoring has found that many operators, owners and managers are not carrying out any evaluation of their materials handling fleet or are using inaccurate or incomplete information although they recognise the potential benefits to their business.   In the industry-wide survey, conducted by materials handling equipment manufacturer Yale® Europe, more than 40 per cent of respondents said they did not monitor their fleet at all and less than half of respondents recorded which operators used each individual truck ,41 per cent ,and fewer than 18 per cent monitored fuel usage or energy costs.   Significant savings


New mast design delivers visible productivity improvements

A series of product upgrades on Yale counterbalance lift trucks have been introduced offering exceptional operator visibility, promoting higher productivity and reduced maintenance contributing to lower cost of ownership.    Two new mast designs, and a redesigned integral side-shifting fork positioner carriage, offer businesses a number of benefits which contribute to increased productivity, reduced operator fatigue and lower product and equipment damage.    Enhanced Mast visibility and lengthened service life Yale has redesigned its 3-stage FFL and 2-stage LFL masts to  optimise operator visibility and extend service life. The new designs include new chain placement and hose routings to maximise the forward window through which


Mark Millar FCILT will be presenting the following Seminar ,providing Asia Supply Chain Insights ,in partnership with CILT Australia

The spotlight is increasingly focused on the Asia region, with multinational companies seeking alternative and additional sources of growth, revenue and profits. In addition to outsourcing and offshoring procurement and production to lower cost environments, companies are also seeking to tap into the rising consumerism in Asia. However, Asia may be one region but it is certainly not one market - it is a massive geography comprising many different markets with a wide variety of supply chain challenges and opportunities. This Seminar will explore the need for agile supply chains amongst the complex dynamics and the changing landscape in the ‘Asia


BEUMER at CeMAT Russia

At CeMAT Russia (September 23-26 in Moscow), the BEUMER Group, a full-line supplier of conveyor and loading equipment, palletizing and packing technology, and sorting and distribution systems, will be presenting its innovations. BEUMER is dedicated to pursuing its mission of delivering sustainable solutions for users’ every need – and providing everything from a single source. In this way it is helping companies in the emerging Russian market to efficiently shape intralogistical processes.    In the field of conveying and loading equipment BEUMER provides information on belt conveyor systems with horizontal and vertical curves, belt bucket elevators, heavy-duty belt bucket elevators for particularly


HighJump Software Acquires Atlas Products International, Expands Global Trading Partner Network in Europe

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, today announced it has acquired Atlas Products International, a United Kingdom based provider of Software as a Service (SaaS)‐based business‐to‐business (B2B) EDI integration, secure data transfer, and e‐invoicing solutions. Atlas is a market leader in EDI and B2B integration with over 2,200 customers in the UK and Ireland. At the center of Atlas’ product line is Atlas Exchange, a secure document exchange providing a “connect‐once, access‐all” network, securely linking retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and logistics service providers. Atlas B2B integration tools provide transformation and translation of critical business documents on‐premise or in the cloud. Atlas also provides a SaaS‐based


P3 Acquires Warehouses in Italy

 PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist owner, developer and manager of European logistics properties, has acquired five prime logistics buildings around Milan comprising a total area of more than 200,000 square metres to build on its existing presence in the Italian market as it seeks to expand its footprint across Europe.   P3 has acquired 4 logistics warehouses containing a total of 170,291 square metres from Logistis, a fund managed by AEW Europe. Separately, P3 has also completed the acquisition of a 32,000 square metres modern facility at Calvenzano, east of Milan, from the family-owned CD Group. The financial terms of the two


American Crane Completes the First Lift for Orion

American Crane & Equipment Corporation's overhead clean room crane helped to lift and stack the Orion crew module. The stacking took place inside the Final Assembly and System Test (FAST) cell inside the Operations and Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center. Early last month, American Crane’s 25 ton double girder clean room crane (with single failure-proof hoist) strategically lifted and placed Lockheed Martin’s Orion crew module atop their service module. This custom overhead crane is specifically designed with micro speed movements to mate these critical components. The crane also features stainless steel selflocking fasteners, runway conductor bars enclosed in plastic housing, a debris shield



CHEP, the world’s leading provider of pallet and container pooling solutions today introduced a new generation plastic quarter pallet that will be available to more than 1,400 customers in Germany beginning in July 2014. This new product is CHEP’s answer to the marketplace demand for sustainable cost advantage and efficiency improvements, as well as waste reduction.    CHEP’s New Generation Quarter Pallet (P0604B) measures 600x400mm and replaces the existing CHEP quarter pallet (P0604A), which was introduced more than 20 years ago. It includes advanced features that have resulted in improved nestability; superior stability and easier handling. In addition, it attaches more securely


Honeywell Deploys Seegrid AGV Pallet Trucks for Productivity and Efficiency Gains

Honeywell, located in Pleasant Prairie, WI, recently installed Seegrid automated guided vehicles (AGVs)—GP8 pallet trucks. Honeywell is using the Seegrid AGVs to transport raw materials such as copper coils, cables, and wire spools to manufacturing and deliver the finished goods to the warehouse. Michael Crichlow, Cable and Custom Electronics Logistics Manager, at the Pleasant Prairie Honeywell location explained, “We are using the Seegrid GP8s to enhance the capabilities of my professional material handling staff by providing them another set of forks to complete the cross-plant moves. The AGVs will allow me to use my material handlers for the more precise placements


Plug Power delivers Ace Hardware first all hydrogen material handling fleet

Plug Power Inc, a leader in providing clean, reliable energy products, announced it had participated in the recent grand opening of Ace Hardware’s first all hydrogen material handling fleet at the company’s newly constructed Wilmer, Texas warehouse. In addition, Ace has ordered further GenDrive units for another distribution center being built in West Jefferson, Ohio.   The grand opening event celebrated the launch of the new Ace Hardware Retail Support Center in Wilmer, Texas, where Plug Power has deployed GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell units for the facility’s fleet of class-2 and class-3 lift and reach trucks.   Plug Power sales executives Fernando Corral and



Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, announced today that Cheap Trick will perform the band’s classic hits including I Want You to Want Me, Surrender and The Flame at the 2014 Material Handling & Logistics Conference, taking place in Park City, Utah, September 7 to 10. Cheap Trick has been blending rock hits since the 1970s and will be performing them live under the stars at the Dematic 2014 event on Monday, September 8. They have performed more than 5,000 times, have sold more than 20 million records, and have been recognized by


Kalmar delivers SmartLane automated gate system for Port of Liverpool

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver Kalmar SmartLane automated gate system to Port of Liverpool, operated by Peel Ports Group. The new system will reduce waiting times and administration for hauliers, resulting in faster turnaround. The implementation is scheduled to be completed by early 2015.   Investment in Kalmar SmartLane automated gate system is part of Peelport's £5.5m package of improvements to port infrastructure. With the £300m deep-water Liverpool2 expansion due to be open next year, this latest development is set to strengthen the port-side logistics required to support increased cargo volume.   Kalmar SmarLane uses identification technologies to manage gate operations for trucks,


Cross docking site opts for new Jungheinrich models

Established in 1985, Sureway Express Transport specialise in palletised distribution throughout the UK and Europe. A member of the Palletforce network since 2001, the company offers same day, next day, economy, full- and part-load services along with contract distribution to a diverse client base. Sureway’s 12,000 sq ft cross-docking warehouse in Bristol operates around the clock six days per week. Typically, some 500 pallets are handled every day and, because the palletised loads that pass through the site rarely stay in the facility for longer than 24 hours, racking is not required - everything is stored at floor level. The company relies on


CEVA launches TechCity in Italy

New green warehousing multi-user hub dedicated to electronics sector CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain companies, today announced the launch of TechCity in Italy. The hub, which covers an area of 90,000 sq m, is strategically located in Pognano, in the province of Bergamo, and is fully dedicated to the warehousing, handling and cross docking of products for the electronics sector. CEVA believes that the future of supply chain in Italy is focused on a collaborative approach; sharing infrastructures, networks, people and processes through sector-focused multi-user hubs, enabling customers to face market fluctuations, create savings and provide high service levels. TechCity is the third step


Damco UK and Ireland appoints Stephen Knight as the new Chief Commercial Officer

Stephen joined Damco in the beginning of July. He previously has been employed by the Maersk Group for over 20 years and joins Damco from Safmarine. For the past two years, he has been Safmarine Global Head of Sales based in Copenhagen. Prior to his current role, Stephen held a number of senior positions including Safmarine Regional Head of Middle East/North Africa based in Dubai and Director of Strategic Sales based in the Safmarine Antwerp HQ. “I am very happy to be joining the strong and well established Damco team in the UK and Ireland and excited by the opportunities we


Logistics Executive Group Announces Partnership in UK and Ireland with ECMR International Ltd

Australian-owned Executive Search and Corporate Advisory firm, Logistics Executive Group has announced a partnership with UK-based ECMR International Ltd, and has appointed its founder, Niamh Ní Bhéara, as Managing Director, Logistics Executive UK & Ireland to head up its newest operation. Logistics Executive  offers “whole of life cycle talent management services”  to meet  evolving market  / customer demands and this has led to the formal partnership with ECMR International Ltd. “We are delighted to announce the partnership with ECMR and the opening of our new office in London, serving the UK and Ireland.  Additionally, it’s a great pleasure to welcome Niamh Ní


NOVUS ,the movie, inspiring young people to become the supply chain professionals of tomorrow

NOVUS – the movie   The NOVUS Trust has released a new film to inspire young people to become tomorrow’s supply chain professionals. The film provides a tremendous insight into the exciting opportunities offered by the industry backed NOVUS degree scheme, which provides a graduate with a guaranteed job in logistics and supply chain management. You can watch the film at:   One of the movie’s stars, graduate Naomi Phillips, is now in a fantastic fashion logistics job with a third party logistics company (3PL). In the film, she explains how the logistics and supply chain degree combines subjects such as business, economics


Raising the flag for Logistics as a career

Mike Kearney It’s rare that any press conference or product launch could be described as inspirational or uplifting – but the national launch of the ‘Business on the Move’ board game was just that and more.  The concept of developing a board game to teach young people of all ages about the importance of the modern supply chain in global commerce is indeed exciting and innovative.  Just as important however is that it is a positive step in facing up to the challenge the industry faces in finding new recruits to replace an aging logistics workforce.   Devised by two former Business Studies


Innovative Port Solutions for Ocean Freight Supply Chains

Mark Millar Port operators continue to question the economic and business benefits from increasingly bigger vessels, especially at ports around the Asia region.  Although the intra-Asia trade is now the world's largest ocean freight segment, representing over 60 per cent of total global container volumes, only a few ports around the region can accommodate the latest super-size vessels. This presents operational and financial challenges for terminal operators who need larger berths, bigger cranes and deeper water in order to accommodate these increasingly large container ships, resulting in a multi-tier system in which “bigger ships will make fewer port calls”.  There is no question


Jungheinrich acquires leading software company

Materials handling specialist Jungheinrich has completed the acquisition of ISA-Innovative, a leading warehouse management systems software company.   Jungheinrich has held a significant stake in ISA since 2009 and, in recent years, has co-operated with the company on several large systems projects across Europe    By acquiring full control of ISA, Jungheinrich has expanded its software capabilities significantly.   Steve Richmond, director of Jungheinrich UK Ltd’s Systems & Projects Division, commented: “This is an excellent strategic move for our company. Software solutions such as warehouse management systems and materials flow systems are a crucial component of any materials handling solution and critical to any project’s success


CeMAT RUSSIA Driving logistics innovation in Russia

The next CeMAT RUSSIA intralogistics show gets underway on 23 September 2014 at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center in Moscow. And it’s going to be a big affair, with around 200 exhibitors exhibiting on more than 10,000 square meters (107,600 sq. ft.) of display area. The organizer, German-based Deutsche Messe, is upbeat about the show’s prospects. Its Senior Vice President in charge of foreign trade fairs, Wolfgang Pech, explains: “CeMAT RUSSIA is the leading trade fair for intralogistics in Russia. It is thriving in the highly dynamic Russian market and will continue to benefit from the fact that whole


Frost and Sullivan Confers Technology Innovation Leadership Award on TECSYS for its Pioneering Warehouse Management Software

Based on its recent analysis of the warehouse management software (WMS) market, Frost and Sullivan recognizes TECSYS with the 2014 North America Frost and Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation Leadership for enabling new levels of productivity, efficiency, cost-savings, and user-friendliness. TECSYS’s visual logistics technology allows users to perform sophisticated tasks in the supply chain market without any delays, a feat that is not possible with competing WMS technologies that are mainly text based and applicable only for a specific function. The TECSYS WMS is developed on a complete supply chain execution platform that allows the merging of information obtained from various application segments and databases


First managed virtual hub with real-time freight tracking goes live

Shipntrak has launched the company’s new subscription-free online `virtual hub’ at  By connecting shippers and hauliers on a subscription-free platform, Shipntrak enables members to match cargo with available space and allows live tracking of the cargo from pick up to delivery in a managed environment, `the virtual hub’.   Managed; freight exchange platforms will advertise your space and loads across a public auction site, allowing any person to bid, from a single van user to a major haulage company. You have little to no control over who is bidding and who wins the contract for delivery or space. In its own


Kalmar equipment drives modernisation effort at NCSP, the largest port operator in Russia

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded an important order to supply twelve terminal tractors and a further seven lift trucks and one reachstacker to Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port, part of the NCSP Group in Russia. The order, which further strengthens Kalmar's relationship with NCSP, represents a significant move to modernise the operators' mobile equipment at a number of its terminal throughout Russia. The order was signed into Kalmar's second quarter intake 2014 and delivery is scheduled to be completed in October 2014. The NCSP Group is Europe's third largest port operator in terms of cargo turnover and, the undisputable market


Port Manatee encouraged by dynamic boost in trade, with further gains on horizon

 Port Manatee is enjoying a dynamic increase in trade activity, and exports are poised to get a further boost when Air Products begins exporting liquefied natural gas heat exchangers from the port next year.             Figures recently released by WorldCity Trade Numbers show the value of Port Manatee’s trade with the world totaled 257.57 million dollars through the first four months of 2014 – up 17.15 percent over the comparable period in 2013. Exports increased by 25.68 percent, while imports rose 14.34 percent.             Port Manatee’s growth in commerce far outstripped that


Leading 3PL Chooses HighJump Warehouse Management System for operations across Latin America

Yobel SCM accelerates its growth with HighJump Warehouse Advantage HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that Yobel Supply Chain Management (Yobel SCM) has selected the HighJump Warehouse Advantage warehouse management system (WMS) as its key IT solution for managing and controlling warehousing operations for its clients throughout Latin America. Based in Lima, Peru, Yobel is one of the leading logistics services providers in Latin America, managing more than 225,000 customer SKUs and handling more than 15,000,000 units per month for 700,000 destinations. With the HighJump WMS, Yobel SCM’s operations will keep pace with the company’s growth


Muscle Food and Westin Gourmet invest in Access for great customer service

Muscle Food & Westin Gourmet LLP, is to introduce advanced warehouse management solution (WMS) Access Delta. The decision to improve their customer services through a new WMS comes as their prestigious fan base is on the rise. Fans of Muscle Food include Joe Calzaghe CBE, Aled Davies MBE, Phillip Hindes MBE and even David Gandy and Calum Best, it is therefore imperative for the businesses to complement their products with the utmost professionalism and service. Darren Beale, director for Muscle Food and Westin Gourmet LLP, explains, "We recognised that our customers rely on us to meet their nutritional needs, many are


Augmented Reality transforms logistics processes

 DHL , one of the world’s leading logistics provider, has issued a new study on Augmented Reality in logistics, focusing on possible applications of this emerging trend in the different stages of the supply chain. The trend report illustrates how operations in warehouses, during transportation and last-mile delivery as well as value-added services could be enhanced by computer-generated sensory input such as videos or graphics. The trend report has been developed by DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation’s Trend Research team as part of an on-going research project into Augmented Reality in logistics. DHL is planning to test some of the


How manufacturers can profit from a focus on returns

By Ian Roper Product recalls are an expensive business. In 2010 automotive manufacturer, Toyota, recalled over eight million vehicles worldwide over a faulty accelerator pedal, in 2006 computer manufacturer Dell had to recall four million notebook batteries due to overheating problems, and Bridgestone/Firestone recalled 6.5 million tyres in 2000 when treads separated on models used with Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers. The recall cost Ford $3bn. Components used in complex, manufactured products, such as those produced by the automotive, aerospace and electronics industries, are required to conform to the highest quality standards. Failure of a supplier to monitor the quality of its


CLARK Europe GmbH, appoints Rolf Eiten (COO & Vice President) to be new CEO and President as of July 1st, 2014.

 EVENTFUL MAY CLARK Europe GmbH has held various important events in May, which was the 10th Anniversary of CLARK Europe GmbH, the Opening Ceremony for the new premises, the CeMAT exhibition in Hannover as well as the International Dealer Conference. Most importantly we attended the CeMAT show in Hannover with the biggest booth ever and it was very successful. We would like to express our special thanks to our dealers, the reporters and all visitors.   NEW MANAGEMENT Now, for continuous growth in the future, we are very pleased to announce the nomination of Mr. Rolf Eiten, who is the current COO & Vice


BiS Henderson opens training centres in UK logistics heartland

The BiS Henderson Academy, part of the BiS Henderson recruitment and logistics consultancy group, has announced that it is to establish two training centres in the heart of the logistics industry’s ‘Golden Triangle’ to offer traineeship courses for young people in preparation for apprenticeships in the logistics sector. The two centres, to be located in Wellingborough and Northampton, will be the first phase of a network of BiS Henderson Academy training centres to be set up in the 50 top logistics ‘hot spots’ across the country. The training centres will be used to reach out to young people and to promote


Rise of the warehouse security robot

EOS Innovation, an award-winning European startup that specialises in the design and manufacture of mobile surveillance robots, unveiled its ‘e-vigilante’ robot at security industry trade show IFSEC International, which ran from 17 to 19 June at the ExCeL convention centre, London.   The ‘e-vigilante’ robot is an intelligent and autonomous mobile surveillance robot which provides frontline security to companies operating large warehouses and industrial sites, offering security cost reductions, human resources optimisation and increased reactivity.   ‘E-vigilante’ has been designed to supplement human surveillance, operating in tandem with an off-site security agent, who retains control of the important decision-making process when the robot detects


Proper and sales-promoting stack configuration

The reasons which brought Schwenk Putztechnik to opt for the BEUMER Group palletising technology were longer maintenance intervals, more efficient production and an optimised stack configuration with regard to storage and sales. The single-source provider from Beckum supplied three high-capacity layer palletisers type BEUMER paletpac. Two others were commissioned recently. All of them are equipped with the newly developed BEUMER twin-belt turning device, which enables bags filled with building material to be turned gently and stacks them in the correct position on pallets ensuring their dimensional stability. The twin-belt turning device can be rapidly adapted to various bag sizes.   Dry mortar



UTL, the part of Unipart Group that focuses on the telecoms, media and consumer sectors, has renewed its contract with Sky for a further five years. Building on the strength and success of their existing ten-year partnership, the new deal extends the relationship to July 2019. UTL provides a wide range of services to Sky, including forward and reverse logistics, recycling services, set top box repair and fleet management supporting over 2900 Sky engineers. The new contract is an extension across all service areas. Sky is the UK and Ireland’s leading home entertainment and communications company. Around 40% of all homes


REHAU appoints CEVA to manage its UK warehousing and distribution

CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, is delighted to announce that it has won a new five year contract with REHAU, one of the UK’s largest producers of PVC-U window and door profiles.   Under the new multi million dollar contract, CEVA will manage REHAU’s new 12,263 sq m warehouse at Manor Point in Runcorn, Cheshire in addition to providing a dedicated road transport solution across the UK.    CEVA helped to design the new warehouse by assessing the projected product flows which enables optimum storage capacity for REHAU’s products and components. New vehicles have also been procured for


PAS Named as Top Green Provider

Power Automation Systems (PAS) has been named by Food Logistics magazine, as a “Top Green Provider” due to the energy efficient benefits customers who install PAS solutions gain.    These benefits allow customers to reduce their carbon footprint due to: ·         Lower energy costs, compared to other warehouse systems (including manual) ·         Smaller building footprint ·         Minimizing staging areas where fork trucks must maneuver ·         Eliminating the need for lighting in a warehouse environment ·         Greater density of pallets, especially in a freezer or chilled warehouse environment ·


Damco becomes the first international company to start Container Freight Station operation in Myanmar

Third-party logistics provider Damco has started operating the first international standard warehouse and Container Freight Station (CFS) facility in Myanmar. This brand-new world-class 4,000 square metre facility is C-TPAT compliant and strategically located within 15 kilometres from Yangon ports and major industrial locations. It is suitable for import/export activities for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), consumer electronics, apparels, components, machinery and project cargo.   “Damco is the first global logistics company in Myanmar. After acquiring an operating license in 2013 and opening a new office in Yangon, we have strengthened our position in Myanmar by being the first international logistics company in


Integrate IT and hammer inefficiency

Improving manufacturing efficiency is a top challenge for nearly half of the companies that responded to a Supply Chain Management Survey carried out for Access. Yet the survey also finds that even more admit that their supporting IT isn’t up to the task. Access has launched a new white paper on the issue, titled: ‘Integrate IT & hammer inefficiency’.  While 44 per cent of companies ranked achieving manufacturing efficiency among their most critical challenges, 52 per cent believed themselves to be lagging in this area of IT infrastructure. The survey also revealed that 48 per cent of companies use nothing more sophisticated



CHEP, the global leader in pallet and container pooling services, has recently made two key appointments within its European Pallets operations.    Firstly, Jorge Montano has been appointed Vice President, European Key Accounts for CHEP Pallets in Europe. Jorge moves into this position from his previous role in CHEP based in Latin America where he was Country General Manager of Mexico & Central America, a position he has held since 2009. Mr. Montano replaces Jochen Behr, who has recently been appointed Country General Manager for CHEP Pallets in Central and Eastern Europe.    Jorge joined CHEP as the LATAM Chief Financial Officer in 2003.



Trelleborg Wheel Systems has today launched its Pit Stop Line innovation for its premium range industrial tires. The revolutionary solution answers one of the industry’s most elusive and critical questions – how to know, with 100 per cent certainty, when a forklift tire is worn out and needs replacing.    Incorporating an orange line which is embedded into the tire, the indictor is visible on the tire wall and is designed to reveal itself across the surface of the tire when the rubber has reached the end of its lifetime.    Trelleborg Wheel Systems Business Unit President, Jean-Paul Mindermann, commented: “Tires are often replaced


Global E-Tailing 2025, eCommerce and logistics set for growth in Sub Saharan Africa

The DHL Global E-Tailing 2025 study analyses the role which eCommerce will play in consumer’s live in the year 2025   Over the next 10 years, online retail will continue to gain popularity in both developed and emerging markets and as a result, logistics companies are set to play a key role in providing vital supply chain management solutions that are able to evolve with consumers’ changing shopping habits.   This is one of the key findings in the DHL Global E-Tailing 2025 study, which analyses the role which eCommerce will play in consumer’s live in the year 2025, and how it will influence



 Dematic has been awarded a contract by Associated Grocers of New England to provide a new order fulfillment system that will be used to replenish food and merchandise items to grocery retailers. The solution will allow Associated Grocers of New England to increase the scope of products offered as well as improve the efficiency of the retail store replenishment process. It will be implemented at the existing Associated Grocers of New England distribution center in Pembroke, New Hampshire. The order fulfillment system features Dematic Multishuttle inventory staging technology, as well as “goods-to-person” pick stations. General merchandise and food items, to be


Mitsubishi Brazil Chooses the HighJump Warehouse Management Solution for Distribution and Manufacturing Sites

Automaker will improve efficiencies and visibility in a complex, dynamic production environment HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that Mitsubishi Brazil has selected the HighJump  Warehouse Advantage warehouse management system (WMS). The solution, to be deployed by Otimis, HighJump Software’s partner in Brazil, will be installed at the advanced parts receiving distribution center in São Paulo and at its automobile production plant in Catalão. The open architecture of the HighJump WMS allows it to be configured to the exact needs of Mitsubishi Brazil now and into the future. It will manage the inbound parts, inventory control



A low overall cost of operation is one of the key benefits delivered to Hyster lift truck customers, thanks to a number of contributing factors, including innovative, tough products an understanding of specific applications requirements, global distribution partnerships and specialist cooperation with strategic supplier partners. At the recent Hyster HUB Event in Germany in May, key Hyster suppliers demonstrated how their products and expertise help to lower the cost of operation for Hyster customers. Cummins - Engines Cummins designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies which feature in a number of Hyster products.   Collaboration between Cummins and


Unitech sponsors The RARU, Race Across Russia the longest non-stop bicycle race

The RARU "Race Across Russia” is taking place in July and it is known as the longest non-stop bicycle race, 9200 km from Moscow to Vladivostok. As a part of the sponsorship of this World Record Project, Unitech Europe will be providing the technical support for each car in the form of Unitech’s rugged industrial tablets (TB100) for navigation and online GPS tracking technology via their GPS and 3.75G network. RA-RU Organizer, Paul Bruck, said: "We are delighted that Unitech Europe is participating with this sponsorship and provide us with its advanced rugged industrial devices. The perfect equipment for extended organization and management, as all RARU


BEUMER presented its Belt Tray Sorter with various modules in action at CeMAT

Smooth operation with the right function   The BEUMER Group recently presented a type BS 7 BT belt tray sorter, around 40 m in length, in action at CeMAT, the world's leading intralogistics fair. The system was equipped with various modules and functions – such as the manual loading station, semi-automatic induction with camera system and a demo module of the BEUMER Warehouse Control System. With this, the intralogistics specialist demonstrated how it can provide efficient sorting systems to meet the demanding requirements of its customers.   In Hanover, the Beckum-based company presented the BEUMER Sorter BS 7 BT with a smallest possible separation


Supply Chain & Logistics Professionals

Supply Chain & Logistics Professionals, SCLP- a Mark Millar Initiative, next networking event. Thursday, 26 June 2014 from 18:00 to 20:30 (HKT) Insiders Bar, 17 Fenwick Street,,1/F Kan Chung Building, Wan Chai, Hong Kong SCLP Networking Event - Sponsored by ILP Freight and KTZ...      Bona-fide industry practitioners are welcome to join our next SCLP Networking Mixer on Thursday 26 JUNE 2014.   Specifically for Supply Chain & Logistics Professionals (SCLP)     Topic: “Asia-Europe the New Silk Route”   Complimentary admission for bona-fide industry practitioners -  includes two house-drinks and finger snacks.   Lucky Draw with prizes from Petersons Wines of Distinction and Glow. RSVP Online - space is limited and will be allocated



Upgrade to RFID-led technology will support Inotec’s UK growth and diversification New environment to launch as “a showcase for RFID in action”   Leading European barcode and RFID solutions specialist Inotec, which has a manufacturing plant in Germany and clients worldwide is upgrading its UK operations to support the company’s growth and diversification with the installation of an RFID asset management system from software and engineering company Red Ledge (radio frequency identification)   The ‘Red Ledge RFID Asset Management System’ will track and manage the machinery, plant, people and other assets that Inotec uses to deliver a range of warehouse identification solutions, from health and


Port Manatee to boost global commerce with new international trade hub

Port Manatee is developing an international trade hub to assist companies from throughout the world in advancing production, distribution and other business activities, including innovative global supply chain solutions.             “As the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, Port Manatee is drawing increased interest,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director. “This new trade hub will provide locally and internationally headquartered companies alike with a landing platform for capitalizing upon Port Manatee’s unique position in the global marketplace.”             Companies from throughout Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia


British born supply chain practitioner in top US listing

Midlands raised and now Hong-Kong based supply chain practitioner Mark Millar has been included in this year’s list of ‘Pros-to-Know’ by the US Supply &Demand Executive’s user manual.  Their 2014 ‘Provider Pros to Know in Supply Chain’ list recognises individuals judged to be outstanding Supply Chain community participants and contributors in helping companies to meet the logistics challenges of a turbulent economy and to develop successful business models.   Mark has more than 25 years’ global experience and as managing partner of M Power Associates leads an exclusive network of best-in-class supply chain practitioners to provide clients with informed and independent perspectives


UK Business Secretary opens centre for smart transport technology

UK Government's Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday opened a new innovation centre for smart transport technology that will transform the movement of people and goods around the world, generating up to £90 billion per year for the UK by 2025.   Based in Milton Keynes, the Transport Systems Catapult’s ‘Imovation Centre’ will help make journeys more seamless, smart, and efficient. It will support business growth in this emerging market, positioning the UK as a global leader in Intelligent Mobility products and services -- from driverless vehicles and improved airport data systems to integrated logistics, sentiment mapping and smart traffic lights.   The centre is


Cargotec sells its engineering centre in India and enters into long-term partnership with Citec

Cargotec has entered into a long-term partnership with Citec in India and transferred its local engineering centre in Pune, Cargotec Engineering India (CEI), to Citec. Citec is an international multi-discipline engineering and information management services provider with headquarters in Vaasa, Finland, and sales of about EUR 70 million in 2013. The transaction includes the transfer of Cargotec's current engineering business and its 110 employees from Cargotec to Citec. The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction value.   Cargotec's engineering centre in Pune has been involved in engineering projects for the global cargo handling industry. The unit in Pune as well



Dematic has been awarded a contract by global online fashion and beauty retailer ASOS to provide a solution for processing e-commerce orders. The order fulfillment system features a new miniload-based carton storage system, as well as batch pick and sort technology. It will be implemented at the ASOS newly expanded distribution center in Barnsley, UK. To accommodate the standard apparel industry cartons, a high bay storage facility consisting of 28 Dematic RapidStore miniload storage and retrieval machines will be installed. The miniload storage and retrieval system represents the next generation of highly flexible, energy-efficient buffer staging technology. The Dematic RapidStore ML


Seegrid and Topco Associates LLC Form Strategic Partnership

Seegrid Corporation announced its strategic partnership with Topco Associates LLC, a 12.3 billion dollar cooperative and leader in the grocery/supermarket industry, to provide vision-guided automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to Topco members. Seegrid automated pallet trucks, tow tractors, and walkie stackers are revolutionizing the unmanned transportation of goods in manufacturing and distribution facilities. Topco’s Indirect Spend Solutions team will work collaboratively with Seegrid to roll out the AGV program. The revolutionary vision-based navigation system operates without laser targets, floor transponders, or magnetic tape. The vision navigation solution allows Topco members the flexibility to train and change routes immediately and provides an affordable



Luxonic has designed a new lighting scheme for a large warehouse in the North of England to be occupied by delivery company Hermes. The 15,000 sq.m cross-dock property is in Warrington’s Omega North Business Park and will serve as a new state-of-the-art parcel handling distribution depot for the international courier company.  Luxonic was charged with the task of providing lighting schemes for both the main warehouse and the 1,486 sq.m of office space that achieved the desired lux levels whilst minimising energy usage. Minimising the amount of maintenance required was also vital in designing a system that keeps running costs as


Chinese E-Commerce 3PL Giant CNSS Selects HighJump Warehouse Management System

WMS to support rapid global growth; CNSS to become HighJump strategic partner HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced that CNSS, a leading e-commerce 3PL warehouse and distribution service provider in China, has selected HighJump Warehouse Advantage for its newest, state-of-the-art warehouse in Danyang. The HighJump warehouse management system (WMS) will manage 800,000 SKUs running through the 170,000 square foot facility, including textile goods, food, shoes, beauty care products and accessories. In addition, CNSS has named a HighJump Software strategic partner, providing pre-sales and sales support for additional sites within the company and for its customers. With the



PLUS Logistics, the brand new logistics business created by the network behind Palletline, is off to a flying start following a successful launch event in April and at the recent three day Multimodal exhibition.   This new range of services offers customers a bespoke contract logistics service across the UK and Europe including warehousing and storage, through the night delivery, consolidation services, reverse logistics and emergency forward stock locations through Palletline’s established and successful member network.   Managing Director, Kevin Buchanan, said the team behind PLUS Logistics was extremely excited by the reaction of both visitors to Multimodal and subsequent meetings with potential new


Self contained

With over 50 sites in operation across Europe, RPC is one of the world's leading suppliers of rigid plastic packaging products and plastic containers. At its Blackburn UK plant the company produces a range of injection-moulded and injection blow-moulded containers that are used to store products as diverse as chocolate, paint, fresh soup and ready meal snacks. In addition to a state-of-the-art manufacturing unit, the Blackburn site also features two storage facilities: one houses products that are at the ‘work in progress’ stage, while the other is used to store finished goods. Due to previous growth, finished goods were held off site but



With IRIDE, ICAM redefines the concept of picking with a unique mix of simplicity and intuition. And the picking experience evolves in pleasure.   The current market trend shows a continuous increase in the complexity resulting in a  greater order frequency and small quantities. Correct order fulfillment impacts not only on corporate efficiency in terms of productivity and profit margin but also on the level of service perceived by customers. For this reason, picking systems have become a significant competitive lever, especially in modern contexts that focus on a series of performances, such as order accuracy and delivery speed.    Up to now companies,


Supply Chain Event, 26-27 November 2014, Cnit Paris

Supply Chain Event, international exhibition on equipment and software solutions for the optimisation of flows and the movement of goods, gathers over 100 suppliers of solutions and technologies covering all aspects of the Supply Chain and 3,300 professionals. The trade show will feature 40 conference sessions and workshops with a central theme: "Controlling The International Supply Chain”. The globalisation of the movement of goods forces executives into managing an increasingly complex process which results in the emergence of many  questions: how to achieve total visibility across the whole Supply Chain and follow the products end-to-end? What is the planning process both



  Brazil was the subject of a panel discussion during the International Week of Transport & Logistics (SITL) in Paris, and this participation strengthens the 29th edition of Movimat, which will be held in Sao Paulo between September 16 and 18, 2014. Held in April, the International Week of Transport & Logistics (SITL) brought together the leading representatives of transportation and global logistics in Paris, France, considered a benchmark country for the sector. Brazilian logistics was the subject of a panel during the event, which was coordinated by the president of the Brazilian Association of Logistics (Abralog), Pedro Francisco Moreira, with the


Hyster HUB Event simulates demanding handling applications

On a former airbase outside Dusseldorf, Germany, visitors to the Hyster HUB Event in May witnessed the latest technologies and developments helping to optimise complex supply chains. Live simulations demonstrated Hyster expertise in a variety of specific industry applications and highlighted the role of materials handling equipment in the transfer of goods from ship to store. The international presence and strength of the Hyster brand was illustrated at the event, with an audience of over 400 people, including distribution partners from all regions of the global Hyster network, customers and trade press from around the world in attendance. The event took place


To the Back of Store and beyond Mike Alibone, Business Development & Marketing Manager, SSI Schaefer

 The back of store has assumed greater importance in terms of being able to hold increasing volumes of stock for rapid access for shop floor replenishment.  Maximising holding capacity in this area has become a prerequisite for many store managers.   The versatility of adjustable shelving systems is widely acknowledged throughout the retail industry as these systems offer a very flexible solution to overcoming the restrictions of back of store storage space. These systems are available in a range of sizes, including long-span, to accommodate almost all products from food items to non-perishable goods and they provide benefits in terms of simple


New UltraRail Pallet-Shuttle System Improves Capacity and Productivity in Logistics Storage and Retrieval Applications

 The new UltraRail (patent pending) LIFO pallet rail-shuttle system from Integrated Systems Design (ISD) combines the benefits of push back, drive in and shuttle systems to give logistics organizations a cost effective way to expand capacity and improve productivity in pallet storage applications. The UltraRail system eliminates aisles and converts the end of each lane into an active storage and retrieval position. Each lane can hold up to 10 positions or more. It offers 100 per cent increased selectivity over drive in systems. It can double pallet storage capacity or eliminate up to 50 per cent of existing floor space requirements,


BEUMER has developed a new machine from the BEUMER stretch hood model range.

Smaller, faster, more practical   As a single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies, BEUMER Group supports its customers in all respects supplying sustainable solutions from a single source. The BEUMER stretch hood A sees the intralogistics specialist from Beckum redesign its tried-and-trusted packaging system from scratch. During the development, our specialists analysed various components and optimised them in terms of function, arrangement and ergonomics. This includes an intuitive menu system on the machine control via a soft-touch panel, an optimised, ergonomically designed workplace for the operator and material-friendly transporting of the film in the machine thanks to an innovative film


Mark Millar named as one of the top Supply Chain Professionals to Know in 2014

USA-headquartered Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive's user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, has included Hong Kong-based industry leader Mark Millar in its latest annual listing of Pros-to-Know in Supply Chain. The 2014 Provider Pros to Know is a listing of individuals who have helped their Supply Chain clients or the Supply Chain community at large prepare to meet the industry challenges they face in the year ahead.  As managing partner of M Power Associates, Mark leverages 25 years global business experience and an exclusive network of best-in-class supply chain practitioners to provide value for clients with informed


SDI Group puts new and existing Matalan DCs on track for growth

SDI Group, the global integrator of automated materials handling systems, is currently installing capacity-increasing garment handling systems in two significant projects for Matalan - one of the UK's leading clothing and homeware retailers.   At Matalan’s new 575,000 square feet Galaxy Distribution Centre, located in Knowsley Industrial Park in Merseyside, SDI is installing a T500 trolley system. Meanwhile, at an existing 320,000 square feet Matalan DC in Corby, Northants, a ‘4-inch trolley’ Goods on Hanger (GoH) system is being installed as part of a project to increase capacity from 1 million to 7 million units of storage.   The multichannel Galaxy DC will be


How an integrated accounting system can stop you from short-changing your business

Keeping the books in order is a number-one priority for any business; but for logistics, an integrated approach to accounting can really add up, says Gene Gander, Vice President of Business Development, WiseTech Global. The benefits of operating with an ERP system is well understood throughout the logistics industry. ERP software integrates and coordinates processes across a whole operation, facilitating strategic planning and simplifying day-to-day management—all while saving both time and costs. However, although these real-world improvements are well known, there’s still one vital business process that’s too often left out of the integrated approach: accounting.   So why do businesses still choose


Combilift smallest and largest on show

22 Exhibits on the open air site  The extent of Combilift’s product development since the last CeMAT was evident on its stand in the open air area, where 22 models were on show. Since the introduction of the new Combi-WR reach stacker range, at CeMAT for the first time, Combilift now offers handling solutions with load capacities from 1,450kg up to over 80t.  Combilift has gained a reputation for putting on a show at CeMAT and this year was no exception. The large stand featured a demo area where visitors could appreciate the capabilities of the trucks  at close quarters and regular


Two chances to hear about the latest trends in warehouse automation

Steve Richmond, director of Jungheinrich UK Ltd’s Systems and Projects Division, will deliver a keynote address at two important conferences in June. At the UKWA Annual Conference (Liverpool Hilton, June 10-12) and at TOC Europe 2014 (Excel, London, June 24-26) Steve will give a presentation that examines the changing needs of port centric intralogistics operations and how these influence the development of new materials handling technologies. His talk will focus in particular on the growing trend towards flexible, scalable automated handling systems and the advantages that such systems bring. “The port centric logistics model presents opportunities to significantly improve logistics and supply


ACS Logistics achieves 20 percent productivity increase following implementation of single-platform system

WiseTech Global gives Austrian logistics specialist the tools for steady growth, improved services and a platform to compete with the multi-nationals Austrian headquartered ACS Logistics GmbH & Co KG, an independent global air and sea freight forwarder and integrated logistics specialist, is reaping the rewards of its implementation of WiseTech Global’s award-winning, cloud-based logistics software solution.. Since the project went live in June 2013, ACS Logistics has reported a significant increase in its internal productivity and an improvement in the breadth and depth of the services and support it can offer its supply chain customers.   Thomas Sticht, co-founder of ACS Logistics, said:


FlexPlus to become a 100 million employment service provider

US backers plug into innovative UK employment service provider for the Logistics sector    Flex Recruitment Plus Ltd (FlexPlus), the innovative recruitment company operating in the UK logistics sector, has been acquired by NASDAQ quoted, US 1bn dollar turnover Corporate Resource Services (CRS) Inc. With the backing of the US recruiting and consulting company, FlexPlus is on course to grow from its current 20 million pa turnover to become a 100 million annual turnover operation in the next two years.   This period will see a series of exciting forthcoming developments for FlexPlus - and for the logistics recruitment sector. They include a July


Workers reluctance to embrace new skills is adding thousands to supply chain costs

Many companies are failing to realize significant supply chain cost savings for the simple reason that staff employed within the warehouse to wrap palletised loads of goods by hand are reluctant or unwilling to adopt more efficient working practices. That is view of Mike Wardell, Sales Director of Gloucestershire-based pallet wrap company, Golden Valley Pallet Wrap Specialists Ltd (GVPS). “Many warehouse staff have set ways of wrapping a pallet and often find it difficult to change a routine they may have had for several years,” says Mike. “But, as a result, cost saving opportunities are being missed and, in some cases, the operators



PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist investor, developer and asset manager of warehouse properties, has bought 22 hectares of land alongside the D11 motorway east of Prague for a new 120,000 m2 logistics park which, when complete, will boost its total lettable area around the Czech capital by nearly 40 per cent The company will develop the site for a total investment of around 85 Euros million to serve the rapidly growing demand for quality warehousing and distribution space in the vicinity of the city. Tomáš Míček, Country Head P3 Czech Republic said: “The Czech Republic is one of Europe’s logistics hot-spots


Single-platform software key to global integration cites Royal Cargo Combined Logistics, Inc.

Royal Cargo Combined Logistics, Inc., one of the Philippines’ largest independent logistics companies, has finalized a worldwide rollout of an enterprise-class system that’s set to assist the multinational in its mission to integrate global operations and drive future expansion. With a global presence spanning ten countries, Royal Cargo initially implemented WiseTech Global’s award-winning cloud-based logistics management system across its European sites during 2012. After identifying the organizational and productivity benefits a single-platform system brings to a multi-site business, it began implementing the system across its sites worldwide. Now, Royal Cargo is in the final stages of its global integration of the


Independent fork system now called LogiMover

Eisenmann’s new creation has a name – just in time for CeMAT. From now on, the independent fork system first unveiled in September 2013 will be known as LogiMover. This driverless guided pallet conveyor is equipped with innovative controllers in its twin tines and a high-performance lithium-ion battery system. The cost-effective solution is now ready for real-world applications, with the first pilot deployments scheduled for 2014. LogiMover is extremely maneuverable, saves space, and can transport loads of up to a metric ton at speeds reaching one meter per second. It streamlines processes in warehouse and transport logistics and is comparatively


Kalmar forklift trucks to provide added capacity and versatility for Berge in Spain

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained an order to supply nine forklift trucks to long standing customer, the Berge Group in Spain. The units are destined to provide additional capacity at Berges two key locations, Sociedad Auxiliar Del Puerto De Pasajes S.A. and Port Nou in Barcelona as the ports prepare for increased shipping volumes. The deliveries are scheduled to be completed by January 2015.Berge is one of Spain's leading business groups with an increasing international presence and has been developing its maritime and port operations at the two strategic locations. The development sees existing equipment fleets being renewed and


Toyota Material Handling takes leading position at CeMAT with extensive presentations of new products and services

Our goal is to lead our industry in terms of products, innovations and services, and by doing so set the standard for efficiency, safety and reliability. We are confident that our investment at CeMAT 2014 will demonstrate this within our market.” stated President and CEO of Toyota Material Handling Europe Matthias Fischer at the start of CeMAT 2014. The company is presenting more new products than ever before – counterbalanced, powered pallet and reach trucks; new standards in customer service and innovations in new power solutions, automation and I_Site technology.   “CeMAT 2014 is an important event for us,” stated Hans van


Westfalia Launches Online Benefits Calculator to Aid in Warehouse Automation Planning

Westfalia Technologies, Inc., has launched a new online, interactive benefits calculator to answer common questions related to the benefits of Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) earlier in the planning process. Storing and retrieving products efficiently and effectively are critical to the successful design and implementation of an AS/RS, but the majority of people are skeptical about the benefits of warehouse automation. Westfalia’s Benefits Calculator provides users a preliminary look at what a high-density automated warehouse design would look like based on their own calculations. This free online calculator offers a quick snapshot of what could fit into one’s current warehouse


New Generation of Flexi AC forklifts launched at CeMAT

Flexi Narrow Aisle – one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of very narrow aisle (VNA) materials handling equipment for over 30 years – has announced details of the next generation of models in its best-selling Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks. In all there are six distinct variations of the Flexi AC articulated truck within the Flexi range, each one developed to suit different industry sectors.  In the new Flexi generation, the technology and all major components within each model have been enhanced to ensure that the trucks offer the very highest levels of performance demanded by today’s retail and industrial


Axline brings CargoWise One to Chinese logistics providers

WiseTech Global, the technology development company behind industry-leading supply chain platform CargoWise One, has announced a new business partnership with major ERP integrator, Axline. With multiple offices in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and a wealth of regional market knowledge, Axline will put CargoWise One within easy reach for Chinese logistics providers.   Joining WiseTech Global’s successful WiseBusiness Partner program, Axline will provide sales, consulting, implementation and other services for CargoWise One across the Greater China region. Businesses operating in the region’s supply chain can now take full advantage of the cloud-based system’s broad industry capabilities, localized for the market and delivered


Intelligently linking storage and production Kardex Remstar and Servus Intralogistics present a new logistics concept

At CeMAT (May 19–23, 2014) in Hanover, Kardex Remstar is teaming up with technology partner Servus Intralogistics to showcase new logistics concepts for production and assembly. Innovative intralogistics approaches developed as part of “Smart Factory” are set to make processes and operations more integrated, flexible, and efficient.   Under the catchword “Smart Factory,” Kardex Remstar and Servus Intralogistics are showcasing new approaches in production logistics on stand E12 in hall 13. The aim is to intelligently link storage and retrieval as well as assembly and production in order to achieve an integrated and automated material flow between all production and assembly areas.    Smart


World premiere of the new modular Interroll conveyor platform at CeMAT 2014

Interroll will be presenting its newly developed modular conveyor platform to a large audience for the first time at CeMAT in Hanover. According to Dr. Ralf Garlichs, Executive Vice President Products & Technology, the new platform represents “the largest product introduction in the history of Interroll and a milestone for the company.” With its new platform, Interroll now offers its customers new ways to shorten the planning and installation phase and thus significantly reduce delivery times. Flexibility in retrofitting an existing system is yet another benefit. The new platform offers highly efficient technology for high-performance and yet extremely quiet operation with a


Seegrid Automation Solutions Showcased at CeMAT

Seegrid recognizes the challenges that are out there for manufacturing facilities, bringing automation solutions that deliver a competitive advantage, reduce costs and increase efficiency. Visitors to CeMAT at the Seegrid stand will see the innovative products that are made to address those challenges, two driverless transport automation solutions,vision-guided automated guided vehicles,the GT45 tow tractor and Guided by Seegrid P50 C Linde model tow tractor.  These unmanned automated tow tractors rapidly reduce labor and operating costs while creating a lean, safe, productive and efficient operation. GT45 facing right By visiting Seegrid at Hall 27, Stand H12, visitors will have the opportunity to speak


Deutsche Messe announces CeMAT AUSTRALIA in Sydney

Deutsche Messe AG is further expanding its international intralogistics portfolio with the launch of CeMAT AUSTRALIA, which will run parallel to CeBIT AUSTRALIA from 5 to 7 May 2015 at Sydney Olympic Park. “There are lots of synergies between these two fairs, because global intralogistics processes can only be controlled with the proper software. CeMAT AUSTRALIA and CeBIT AUSTRALIA complement each other perfectly and will benefit equally from the big interest in IT,” said Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe AG. CeBIT AUSTRALIA hosted 30,000 visitors in 2013.   Dr. Christoph Beumer, Chairman of the Beumer Group


P3 Starts Construction of TNT Express Distribution Hub at Saudi Arabia Airport Gateway

PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist investor, developer and asset manager of warehouse properties, has started construction of a 10,000 m2 air and road distribution hub at the King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The Build-to-Own facility, P3’s first project in a Gulf country, will serve as TNT Express’ flagship gateway to the region and comes just months after P3 completed a similar airport facility in Bratislava, Slovakia. Ian Worboys, P3 CEO said: “An express distribution centre presents designers with some complex challenges as they are tasked with maximising speed and efficient handling. Extra access and security requirements mean that


CEVA appoints Hakan Bicil as Chief Commercial Officer

CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, today announced the appointment of Hakan Bicil as Chief Commercial Officer, where he will be responsible for leading the company’s global sales organization. He reports to CEVA CEO Xavier Urbain, and is a member of the company’s Executive Board. Mr. Bicil joins CEVA from Panalpina where he was EVP, Head of Strategic Business Development; prior to this role he was Managing Director, EMEA for Toll Global Forwarding, and throughout his career has held increasingly senior positions within the logistics industry, including with Kuehne + Nagel , spanning both Contract Logistics and Freight Management. “I


Toyota I_Site

Toyota Material Handling has pioneered PIN-code activation on trucks for many years, to increase safety by restricting use of trucks to authorised drivers. This is now extended by allowing integration into existing card access systems. Later this year, the Toyota I_Site concept will also offer remote fleet monitoring via a mobile app. Toyota I_Site solution extended with mobile app for remote fleet control plus Smart Access for drivers   Toyota Material Handling has pioneered PIN-code activation on trucks for many years, to increase safety by restricting use of trucks to authorised drivers. This is now extended by allowing integration into existing card access


Yale provides Vision for fleet operators

A survey into the industry’s approach to fleet monitoring has found that many operators, owners and managers are not carrying out any evaluation of their materials handling fleet or are using inaccurate or incomplete information although they recognise the potential benefits to their business.   In the industry-wide survey, conducted by materials handling equipment manufacturer Yale® Europe, more than 40 per cent of respondents said they did not monitor their fleet at all and less than half of respondents recorded which operators used each individual truck ,41 per cent ,and fewer than 18 per cent monitored fuel usage or energy costs.   Significant savings


Sheng Siong use safe and reliable Olivo containers

In 1985, three brothers in the Lim family ,Hock Eng, Hock Chee and Hock Len .took over a small supermarket in Singapore where they had a stall selling surplus chilled pork from their family farm. This became Sheng Siong’s Supermarket’s first store and remains operational today. Their second store was set up three years later and by 1995 they had three stores. In the subsequent ten years, the expansion continued even more rapidly. Thus by 2005 they added a further 14 new stores to their supermarket chain. Sheng Siong stores are well-liked for their ability to feature both “wet and



The Damco Sustainability Progress Report 2013 describes the sustainability performance, achievements and challenges of Damco’s global logistics operations in 2013, and its targets for 2014.   As part of Damco’s commitment to being a responsible partner to customers, suppliers, employees and investors, Damco integrates sustainability into the way it does business, sets targets and reports on key material issues.   “Our commitment to sustainability demonstrates how we are planning for growth with the care and due diligence needed to secure long-term success,” says Natalia Olynec, Global Head of Sustainability, Damco. “We do this by striving to implement our standards and values consistently in changing


German intralogistics industry enjoyed another strong year in 2013

Germany’s intralogistics industry enjoyed another strong year in 2013, with sales rising three percent to 19.7 billion euros. Forecasts point to similar growth for the current year, which would see the industry once again outperforming Germany’s overall economy. Intralogistics systems providers are also doing well internationally, especially in China and the U.S, with eCommerce ranking as one of the biggest growth drivers in all major markets. The German Retail Federation (HDE) is expecting eCommerce sales in the Federal Republic to rise to nearly 39 billion euros in the 2014 calendar year, which represents a year-on-year increase of 17 percent. The


Flexi go Continental

Flexi Narrow Aisle ,the articulated forklift truck pioneer ,has signed a global supply agreement with Continental AG and all trucks across the Flexi range will now be fitted with premium Continental cushion rubber tyres. Continental are recognised as a global leader in the development and supply of premium tyres across all sectors of transportation and logistics.  “Their quality and long service life are legendary across the world and we are very pleased to be associated with such a well-respected company” says John Maguire, Sales and Marketing Director at Flexi Narrow Aisle. The Continental MH20 is considered the optimal tyre for stationary stability when


Jungheinrich forklift is star of The Gadget Show

A Jungheinrich TFG 430S gas-powered counterbalanced truck was the star of a recent episode of  the UK's Channel 5’s popular consumer technology programme, The Gadget Show. In an item broadcast early in March, one of the show’s presenters ,Ortis Deley ,took on strongman Dave Meer in a series of strength tests. However, while Dave relied on his considerable muscle power and brute force, Ortis was able to call upon some of the latest industrial technology to help make the contest a more even one. For one of the events ,the ‘tyre toss’ ,Dave had to lift and throw as many industrial tyres weighing



InstiCo Logistics, a third-party logistics provider that offers a variety of freight management, transportation, and logistics solutions to customers across the globe, has seen an exciting start to 2014 with an expanded office location and new, interactive website. InstiCo Logistics opened its doors in 2011 and so quickly outgrew their space, they relocated to the Grapevine, Texas area just this past January to accommodate their rapidly expanding domestic and international team.  They have since joined the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce and are excited to participate in many community events to come.   The new website offers quick and easy access to essential


Howard Tenens wins contract with Costa Proud to Serve strengthening the current logistics partnership with Costa Express

Following a detailed 6 month tender process, Howard Tenens have been successful in securing a 5 year logistics contract covering the entire ingredients supply chain for Costa Proud to Serve and Costa Express. The contract will drive further efficiencies and savings for the two brands, as well as cement Howard Tenens position as their supply chain partner. Howard Tenens started working with Costa Express following a tender process in 2012 lead by  Chris Clowes, Supply Chain Manager. Chris identified an opportunity to drive efficiencies through the supply chain and searched the logistics market for a potential new partner to undertake Costa Express’


Kalmar provide additional capacity at leading Turkish port

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply eight rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Turkish port operator Evyapport. The port is a gateway to global commerce for Istanbul, Kocaeli and Adapazari region and it continues to expand its container operations to industrial organisations around the world. Kalmar machines will be delivered between Q4/2014 and Q2/2015. The order was booked into Cargotec's 2013 fourth quarter order intake. Evyapport selected electric Kalmar E-One2 RTGs to facilitate the expansion of their operations as they considerably improve handling efficiency and lower operating costs. The cranes have the capability of handling 7+1 wide with 1 over 6 high


HTFN Joins WiseIndustry Partner Network

HTFN has joined WiseTech Global’s WiseIndustry Partner Network to provide a competitive advantage to its worldwide network of independent forwarding agents. The productivity of each HTFN network member will be radically improved, with up to 70 percent reduction in operating costs, by using a single integrated platform. They will also be better positioned to win more business as they benefit from the network’s combined geographical reach while continuing to offer personalized local service.   The WiseIndustry Partner Network is underpinned by WiseTech Global’s sophisticated logistics management system, CargoWise One, which will allow HTFN members to integrate operations and enable them to more


Compact Hyster S7 Forklift is tough on paper weight

With space at a premium in paper reel warehouses, the compact Hyster® ‘S7’ forklift is flexing its 7 tonne strength with just a 4 tonne equivalent footprint.  “In the paper supply chain, paper reels are usually stacked vertically, directly onto clean warehouse floors,” says Matthew Allen of Hyster Europe. “As stacking heights are limited according to widths and dimensions, businesses are typically looking to reduce warehouse aisle widths to pack more in.”  A major factor that defines the aisle width is the physical dimensions of the forklift trucks in relation to the required lift capacity. Hyster has become a market leader supplying the


Seegrid GT10 Tow Tractor Robot Wins a 2014 Edison Award

Last evening at the 2014 Edison Awards Annual Gala held in San Francisco, CA, the Seegrid automated GT10 tow tractor was awarded a 2014 Edison Award. Seegrid’s Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Horbal, was very pleased and commented, “Seegrid is honored to receive this award in the Applied Technology, Industrial Productivity category. It is our mission to provide superior game-changing products that deliver customers with a competitive advantage to rapidly increase profitability and improve the overall efficiency, safety, and productivity in their operation. Receiving this award is a testament to the entire team’s dedication to delivering innovative products.” Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive


Logistics technology providers from around the globe

 CeMAT is the world’s leading trade fair for intralogistics. The biennial event is staged in Hannover, Germany, and will next be held from 19 to 23 May 2014. Logistics technology providers from around the globe will be there in force to showcase the latest trends and innovations in warehousing, packaging and order-picking and to explain the big market trends that are currently defining the intralogistics industry.   One of the biggest factors that is undoubtedly shaping the intralogistics industry right now and will most likely continue to shape it over the coming years is eCommerce. The short story here is that end-customer


Supplier relationships key to unlocking upturn success

  Mark Parsons, Senior Vice President, Development and Strategy UK, Ireland & Nordics, DHL Supply Chain, speaks about the prospects for the global economic recovery, and how to prepare your business’s supply chain for the upturn What are the prospects for the global economic recovery in the short to medium term? Over the last three or four years, the global economy has been recovering slowly from recession. We’ve been fortunate, to a degree – even though it might not seem like it – because as emerging markets’ growth has slowed, more developed economies have started to recover.   The upturn will be slow and


Interroll continues successful cooperation with Alfamart in Indonesia

By delivering conveyors to Alfamart for the 9th time, Interroll, a worldwide provider of key products and solutions for internal logistics, continued the successful cooperation with one of Indonesia’s leading retailers, serving 2.5 million customers daily with approximately 7,000 stores across Indonesia.   Alfamart recently took its new distribution center in Karawang into operation. The layout of the installation was done by the system integrator Flexlink. Interroll delivered the conveyors.   “Interroll conveyor stand out for their energy efficiency and zero maintenance. That is very vital to any company located in Indonesia where power supply is very limited”, said Mr. Eko Kriswantoro of Flexlink.   The


The Consortium for Purchasing and Distribution Chooses the HighJump Warehouse Management System

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that The Consortium for Purchasing and Distribution has selected the HighJump  Warehouse Advantage to optimize the accuracy and performance of its supply chain. Based in Trowbridge in the United Kingdom, The Consortium provides a large range of supplies and services to assist organizations in the education, early childhood, and eldercare industries operate at their best, from learning resources to cleaning products. As part of its new integrated supply chain execution processes, The Consortium will leverage the HighJump warehouse management system (WMS) to strengthen the productivity of its distribution centers


Door manufacturer Hormann presents intelligent logistics solutions at CeMAT 2014

<img src="" width="400" height="400" align="top" alt="" /> To avoid losing heat in production and logistics halls and ensure efficient procedures, investments in door and loading technology will be made this year too. Hörmann KG will present intelligent complete logistics solutions at their 237 square metres exhibition stand E20 in Hall 13 at CeMAT from 19&ndash;23 May in Hanover. The requirements for logistics and commercial halls and warehouses are becoming ever more diverse. In addition to smooth processes with fast and flexible hall doors and reliable fire protection solutions, energy efficiency will also remain a big talking point in the commercial building sector. Industrial



PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist investor, developer and asset manager of warehouse properties, has started construction of a 14,660 sqm warehousing and distribution facility at its PointPark Bratislava logistics park. Donaldson Filtration Solutions will use 5,360 sqm of the unit to supply customers in Central Europe and Russia, 2,900 sqm is reserved for another logistics provider while the remaining 6,400 sqm is being speculatively constructed for future clients. Peter Jáno&scaron;i, P3 Country Head Slovakia said: &ldquo;PointPark Bratislava sits directly on a network of highways that links Slovakia to Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Southern Poland and eastwards to Russia. Almost the


Kalmar gains important orders from DP World for terminal tractors and empty container handlers for Jebel Ali Port

 Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded important orders to supply DP World's Jebel Ali Port in Dubai with 125 terminal tractors and 12 empty container handlers. The orders were booked into Cargotec's 2014 first quarter order intake with deliveries of the terminal tractors scheduled to be completed by the end of third quarter 2014 and the empty container handlers by the year end. These orders further demonstrate Kalmar's growing partnership with DP World at their flagship container port in Dubai, which has experienced another record year with container volumes increasing to 13.6 million TEU in 2013. The continued expansion of


Flexi articulated trucks at Multimodal 2014

Visitors to articulated forklift truck technology pioneer  Flexi Narrow Aisle&rsquo;s stand at  Multimodal 2014 will be able to see how the Flexi range of articulated fork lift trucks has been developed specifically to improve storage, handling and customer order assembly efficiency within manufacturing and logistics operations. Flexi trucks provide a more space efficient solution by eliminating dead aisle space required by counterbalance or reach trucks. Depending on the building, this can increase usable storage space by between 25  and 50 per cent, making handling operations significantly more efficient and significantly reducing the cost per pallet stored. Among the products on show will


Benefits of ACE Entry Summary and Cargo Release Pilot

After making thousands of ACE Entry Summary filings, CH Robinson now participating in the ACE Cargo Release Pilot. Businesses are starting to see the benefits. ACE,the Automated Commercial Environment,is a data repository that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is developing to replace the 30-year-old Automated Commercial System (ACS). Currently, ACE includes data from the Automated Broker Interface (ABI), the Automated Manifest System (AMS), and the International Trade Data System (ITDS). But once it&rsquo;s fully developed, ACE will be the place where CBP, Participating Government Agencies (PGA), importers, and brokers will meet to process import and export transactions. Through the ACE


CLARK launches product offensive 2014

Production will start in time for the CeMAT 2014:  With the new electric low-lift pallet truck PX 20 and the electric pedestrian operated high-lift truck SX 12/16, CLARK offers a cost-effective, robust solution for forklift applications in sales, warehousing and factories. The production of the new CLARK Burden Carriers has also successfully started. The passenger transport and electric commercial vehicles open up completely new application fields in industry, garden centres, internal transport and leisure etc.   CLARK Burden Carriers: Three new models Low life cycle costs, practical performance and unrestricted user-friendliness &ndash; the factors which the market has so far primarily associated with counterbalanced



Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, today announced that in line with its aggressive international growth strategy it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hyundai Hysco Co. Ltd. (Hysco), to create a joint venture partnership to develop and sell hydrogen fuel cells in countries throughout Asia using Hysco's advanced stack and plate technology. Specifically, the proposed five year joint venture will develop, manufacture and sell fuel cell solutions, products and stacks for applications in Asian markets. Under the terms of the MOU, the companies must finalize the details of the joint venture


Safer charging

    <img src="" width="400" height="291" align="top" alt="" /> Part of Groupe Guillin, Sharpak is the UK's leading manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging.The companyoperates three facilities in the UK, in Somerset, Kent and Gloucestershire.At its site in Yate, Gloucestershire, concerns over the safety of the lift truck battery changing process led Sharpak to switch forklift suppliers and introduce a fleet of Jungheinrich electric-powered counterbalanced, powered pallet and reach trucks. Several million plastic trays are produced each day at the Yate facility for a range of customers in the food-processing sector. The factory and finished goods warehouse sit side-by-side on the same site and the


New premium brand IC engine forklift range offers exceptional value proposition

Jungheinrich has launched a completely re-designed generation of IC-engine powered counterbalanced forklift trucks. The new &lsquo;Torque Converter&rsquo; hydrodynamic drive trucks have been engineered in such a way that allows maximum cost-efficiency to be achieved in the manufacturing process. But despite their attractive value proposition, the trucks ,which are manufactured in Germany at Jungheinrich&rsquo;s state-of-the-art Moosburg factory ,are built to the same high standards as all models across the Jungheinrich range and feature the same high quality components associated with the Jungheinrich brand. Available with a capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes and a lift height of 7.5 metres, the new models ,the DFG/TFG


Lutterworth Ecolighting delivers energy efficient solution for Bunzl Catering Supplies

<img src="" width="496" height="164" align="top" alt="" /> Energy efficient lighting specialist Lutterworth Ecolighting has installed a new energy efficient lighting solution for Bunzl Catering Supplies at the company&rsquo;s new warehouse at Birch Coppice Business Park Tamworth.      Bunzl Catering Supplies is the UK&rsquo;s leading distributor of catering disposables, food packaging and hygiene products. The company specialises in printed disposables and innovative solutions; including a comprehensive sustainable product range and provides a national distribution service through its regional network of branches.   In keeping with its expansion plans, Bunzl Catering Supplies commissioned a new warehouse to be built at Birch Coppice in Tamworth. The 165,000


HighJump Software Expands Transportation Management Solutions to Customers Outside of U.S.

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced that a partnership with MP Objects of the Netherlands will expand a transportation management system (TMS) offering to customers around the world, as well as extend the reach of the HighJump warehouse management system (WMS). MP Objects is the European leader in transport management services, with additional offices in the U.S. and India. The TMS solution features the signature flexibility and adaptability that HighJump Software customers have come to expect, allowing the software to be configured to a company&rsquo;s exact needs. With this transportation management system, customers have greater visibility


Hyster Works with Seegrid

Hyster Company announced that by working with Seegrid, the leading provider of vision-guided flexible automated guided vehicles (AGVs), Guided by Seegrid technology will soon be available to Hyster customers. The Guided by Seegrid technology allows Hyster to increase the intelligence of its lift trucks with Seegrid&rsquo;s premier vision-guided automation system. The system delivers smart navigation without the need for wires, lasers, or tapes like other AGVs. Brett Schemerhorn, Vice President of Marketing for Hyster explained, &ldquo;The toughness of our Hyster products are matched only by their complementary intelligence to deliver a high level of overall value to our customers. We are


New partnership puts global capabilities in reach for Italian logistics providers

Italian logistics providers will be able to significantly increase their global reach following a new business partnership between WiseTech Global, developer of the world&rsquo;s most sophisticated logistics management system, CargoWise One, and ACO Informatica, a Milan-based supply chain specialist. The move will allow logistics providers throughout Italy to take advantage of the productivity and integration capabilities of the enterprise-class system, with the backing and local market expertise of a dedicated regional partner.    Joining WiseTech Global&rsquo;s fast-growing WiseBusiness Partner Program, ACO Informatica will offer sales, consultation, implementation and support services for the cloud-based supply chain system, CargoWise One. As a market-leading provider


Damco supports Chinese company Kerui to go global

Global freight forwarder and logistics provider Damco will extend its partnership with the Shandong Kerui Holding Group Co., LTD.  Since 2013 Damco has successfully delivered oilfield products from Tianjin and Zhengzhou, China to South America and Europe. Recently, Kerui is gaining further strength on logistics lead time and cost, capitalised on Damco&rsquo;s legacy of ocean and air freight expertise.      The management of Kerui is satisfied with Damco&rsquo;s service, &ldquo;Kerui has collaborated with Damco since 2013. Damco has designed and implemented various sophisticated logistics solutions which enables us to meet the requirement of global customers in a more cost effective manner.&rdquo;   The


Integrating advanced IT systems to achieve the perfect return

Managing returns was identified as a critical priority and challenge for companies in the Access Warehouse Management Software (WMS) survey and is the issue examined in a new whitepaper, now issued by the leading WMS vendor, titled &lsquo;The Perfect Return&rsquo;.  Unprecedented volumes and expectations have been created around returns due to the latest developments in retail. If returns and their associated payments can be turned around in timely and effective fashion, they are often resaleable through a variety of channels. Returns, however, may also not be the whole of the original order, so it must be possible to treat the order/return


CeMAT 2014: J.D. Neuhaus points the way ahead

 Always doing everything a bit better than necessary. This action strategy is also the focus of this year's exhibition by Witten-based machine construction company J.D. Neuhaus (JDN) at CeMAT 2014, from 19 to 23 May in Hanover. Following the successful relaunch of its logo, look and website, the world market leader for pneumatic and hydraulic hoists is setting the benchmark for the industry in terms of presentation and customer information, with a completely new, interactive exhibition stand covering 150 m2 in Hall 27 (Move & Lift). "CeMAT is the international meeting point for the material flow and logistics sector. This event


RAVAS shows weight integration on lift trucks on CeMAT 2014

At CeMAT 2014, RAVAS will exhibit a variety of mobile weighing systems that integrate weight information into an IT network. The RAVAS stand will feature iForks Touch, ProLine Touch in combination with Cubetape and a double scale orderpick truck. Connectivity is the buzzword. iForks Touch is nextgen iForks: equipped with the RAVAS Touch screen indicator, it offers advanced functionality and different ways of connectivity with a WMS or ERP system. The combination ProLine Touch pallet truck scale & Cubetape is the ideal solution for determining weight and volume in one go: integrated mobile weighing and dimensioning. A double scale orderpicker, carrying two pallets


Fleetmatics introduces software-as-a-service platform with new features for service fleet and field service management

Fleetmatics Group PLC , a leading global provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), today announced the release of a new and bar setting platform. At the same time, Fleetmatics is also announcing three new products laden with new and, in some cases, industry-first and patented features. The new products are Fleetmatics REVEAL, a highly-differentiated business-intelligence based fleet management solution for small-and-mid-sized businesses; Fleetmatics REVEAL+, which extends Fleetmatics REVEAL to larger enterprises; and Fleetmatics WORK, a powerful field service management solution. &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s service-based businesses have an opportunity to achieve new levels of excellence and


Supply Chain Transportation USA Inaugural Year a Huge Success

Supply Chain Transportation USA (SCT USA), the premier trade event and educational program dedicated to the transportation needs of supply chain executives, was held March 17-20, 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Show attendees numbered at over 3,900, with upwards of 1,200 participating in the conference program. This unique opportunity for industry experts to connect with vendors, suppliers and service champions, while receiving the latest information on innovations and integrated solutions for transporting freight, made SCT USA an especially compelling event.   Anticipation was at an all-time high over new technologies and transportation advances with a vast array


WiseTech Global simplifies transition to Japan Customs AFR compliance

Leading supply chain software gives industry a head start as Japan implements new customs laws As one of the world&rsquo;s biggest logistics markets makes far-reaching changes to its customs laws, compliance has come easy for customers of WiseTech Global.   This March, Japan enacted mandatory advance filing rules (AFR), requiring all Japan-bound maritime cargo information to be electronically submitted before departure. Anticipating the wide-scale repercussions for vessel operators and NVOCCs serving the Japanese market, WiseTech Global worked to make the transition to the new regulations as seamless as possible for its customers. The logistics technology provider implemented new functionality in its single-platform supply


Qoros Chooses Unipart to Provide World Class Customer Service in China and Europe

  <img src="" width="448" height="336" align="bottom" alt="" /> First car manufacturer based in China to select a UK-based automotive aftersales supply chain partner Unipart has announced a ground-breaking five year, full-spectrum aftermarket logistics contract with Qoros Automotive Co. Ltd., which is based in Changshu, China. Qoros is a different kind of car manufacturer .an international brand based in China, which brings together experienced industry experts recruited from major western car companies and new young talent. Its design team is based in Europe and Shanghai and the cars are engineered in China to international standards. Qoros launched the first of its growing family of models,


Intralogistics system integrator focuses on the future

  <img src="" width="400" height="578" align="bottom" alt="" /> Detlef Ganz reinforces viastore systems management team   viastore systems, one of the internationally leading suppliers of intralogistics systems, Warehouse Management Software and SAP logistics solutions is continuing to focus on the future with the appointment of experienced intralogistics manager, Detlef Ganz. Among other things, the 49-year-old engineering graduate and industrial engineer will be responsible for the strategic development and management of sales, project implementation and service at an international level.   "We are pleased to have been able to obtain Mr. Ganz for viastore. He is an excellent connoisseur of the business and an accomplished intralogistics expert", explains Philipp Hahn-Woernle, whose responsibilities as Managing Partner include


Seegrid Exhibits at CeMAT to Meet Global Demand for Flexible AGVs

Seegrid, maker of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) is exhibiting at CeMat 2014 to meet global demand of robotic industrial trucks. Seegrid will be exhibiting at Hall 27, Booth H12. CeMAT 2014 runs from May 19 to May 23, 2014, in Hannover, Germany. Peter Bak, the European Representative for Seegrid noted, &ldquo;There is a trend in European Manufacturing towards &lsquo;forklift free&rsquo; manufacturing sites. The advantages are attracting European manufacturing companies for the same reasons in North America. Seegrid AGVs improve warehouse safety. Safety is regarded to be an issue with forklift travel. Using route trains will lower the amount of traffic in



PointPark Pozna&#324;&rsquo;s position as one of western Poland&rsquo;s most strategically located sites for new manufacturing facilities has been strengthened with the agreement to construct a 11,252 square metres build-to-suit (BTS) production and warehouse facility for online furniture retailer The company will lease the facility from PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist investor, developer and asset manager of warehouse properties. The agreement comes just weeks after P3 handed over a similar BTS project at PointPark Pozna&#324; to PF Logo Express. Piotr Bzowski, P3 Poland&rsquo;s Leasing and Development Director said: &ldquo;Many factors come together at PointPark Pozna&#324; to make it a very interesting


Pyroban focuses engineering and manufacturing operations

<img src="" width="403" height="270" align="bottom" alt="" /> Pyroban has announced that all its explosion proof forklift truck conversions in Europe will now take place in either its "Electric Centre of Excellence" in the Netherlands, or its "Diesel Centre of Excellence" in the UK.  The company says the changes will reduce factory lead times, reduce truck conversion times and put it in a strong position for growing the business and focusing on the needs of its customers.   "Due to strong, sustained demand across the EMEA region and ever increasing technical complexity of new materials handling equipment, Pyroban will be restructuring its European



According to AMR research, up to 80 percent of supply chain costs are incurred in the last 100 yards - the distance from the delivery truck to the storeroom or online customer&rsquo;s front door.  It also accounts for a large share of the manual bending, lifting and related workplace injuries incurred within the supply chain. Yet this phase has seen the least amount of applied innovation. Australian based Rotacaster Wheel Pty Ltd&rsquo;s  patented four wheeled, self-stabilising Rotatruck, addresses this issue with dramatic improvements in ergonomics, productivity and safety.   While two wheeled hand trucks and flatbed carts have traditionally been the enduring aid


Denipro takes a fresh look at intralogistics

 When intralogistics professionals from all over the world come to CeMAT in Hannover in May, they'll be looking with a critical eye: they'll want to see well-engineered solutions that save them time and money and boost efficiency. Which is why Denipro's Stand F32 in Hall 27 will be a place to meet.   Conveying with ease , it's a promise that Denipro has kept: in recent years, the Swiss company has systematically redefined established conveyor principles and thus won over well-known customers, mainly from Europe and Australia. With components and systems from Denipro, conveyor belts no longer slide; they roll. As a


Yale cuts costs for Antalis in Estonia

Antalis has grown to become one of the world&rsquo;s leading suppliers of paper and packaging solutions and, despite some tough times in recent years, it&rsquo;s recently invested in a new materials handling fleet at the heart of its operations in Estonia. Thanks to Yale and its Estonian distributor, Laadur, the company is now equipped to make the most of an economic upturn as well as making significant cost savings within its existing warehouse operation.   The relationship between the three companies dates back more than 15 years when the Estonian arm of Antalis was an independent company, known as Balti Paberi AS.


Energy efficient Skyfall system premieres at CeMAT

Switzerland's Ferag AG is showcasing its new Skyfall system at CeMAT in Hannover. A demonstration line will be installed on the stand to give visitors an example of how, with the specific aid of gravity, it can make big energy savings when mastering tasks like conveying, order-picking and packaging. The prestigious global market leader in systems for the postpress processing of print media is set to make its mark, mainly by aiming the innovation at the users of intralogistics and packaging technology.   For visitors to Ferag AG's stand B40 in Hall 13, a real surprise is in store: they'll have a


Changing Customs Rules Will Make Mexico a Trade Force to be Reckoned With

Rules will change soon for Mexican customs brokers and companies doing customs business in Mexico that should open doors for Mexican trade. The new rules, which were passed in October 2013 and will be implemented in October 2014, reduce the number of obstacles to becoming a Mexican customs broker. Presently: You have to be a Mexican national to be a Mexican customs broker. If you are not well connected in Mexico, it is unlikely or impossible that you can become a Mexican customs broker. It is also rare to have an individual test or qualify to become a broker in Mexico, making


New C1 Container Stripper and Palletizer at CeMAT 14

Copal Development introduces the Container Stripper & Palletizer C1 at the CeMAT 2014. With this system a container full of boxes can be automatically unloaded and palletized, at an average speed of 1,800 boxes an hour. Even a top speed of 3,600 boxes an hour is possible, depending on the dimensions of these boxes. The boxes can be placed on a pallet in any desired stacking pattern, with a choice of Euro- or block pallets. Repetitive actions have been highly automated. The operator easily controls the system using just two joysticks while seated in a comfortable seat. The C1 is an intelligent machine, is solidly built


MOL (India) Expands and Upgrades Warehousing Services in India

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that its subsidiary in India, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (India) Pvt. Ltd., expanded a warehouse in Gurgaon in the state of Haryana, the suburbs of New Delhi in February 2014. With this expansion, the total floor area of our three warehouses in India (one in Haryana, two in Uttar Pradesh) is about 3,600m2.  The expansion more than doubled the floor area of the warehouse in Gurgaon, allowing MOL (India) to offer a more timely and higher quality services in Gurgaon, where Japanese automobile plants and other industries are clustered. MOL (India) will


New Hyster trucks for bulky 16-18t loads

Hyster has launched four powerful 16-18 tonne forklift trucks designed to save fuel in heavy steel, concrete and pipe handling operations. "16-18 tonne loads tend to be bulky and often don't fit on standard pallets," explains Chris van de Werdt, Sales Manager Big Trucks, Northern Europe. "Attachments, live loads and extremely wide loads may be common at these capacities.&rdquo;   For 16,000kg operations, the new Hyster® H16XM-12 provides full rated capacity at a 1,200mm load centre, while the H16XM-9 offers a 900mm load centre. Similarly, for heavier 18,000kg applications, Hyster has launched the new H18XM-7.5 and H18XM-9.  All models offer the flexibility


Turkish fashion brand doubles up with SDI Group

SDI Group, the global integrator of automated material handling systems, has commenced installation of a sophisticated sortation system for leading Turkish fashion retailer, Colin&rsquo;s Group.   Centred around two, 300-drop station sorters, the installation at the retailer&rsquo;s new Distribution centre in Istanbul, will include a conveyor transport system and high-speed inbound and outbound FSU shoe sorters with double trays. The sorters will each run at capacity of 28,000 units per hour &ndash; giving a combined capacity of 56,000 units per hour.   The project will take place in two phases: the first 300 drop sorter is due to be completed by August this year.



Cummins Inc. will display its latest compact engines at CeMAT (May 19-23, 2014), providing an ideal power solution for forklifts, telehandlers and other small material-handling equipment. The QSF family is the smallest in Cummins extensive range. The QSF2.8 and QSF3.8 are set to make a big impression at CeMAT. Offering up to 98 kW (132 hp), they are making their premiere in the material-handling industry on Cummins Stand E09, Hall 25. &ldquo;The QSF range is ideal for compact material-handling equipment, with high levels of power, durability and efficiency for engines of this size,&rdquo; said Bryden Clewlow, Director of Sales &ndash; Cummins.



Turnover up by 5 per cent to £1056.3m Total operating profit including joint ventures, before exceptional items is £26.2m (2012 - £28.8m) Strong cash flow resulting in net cash on the balance sheet of £25.2 million Teaching joint venture launched with Coventry University Unipart Group, one of Europe&rsquo;s leading manufacturing, logistics and consulting businesses, has announced its financial results for the year ended 31st December 2013. Total Group turnover was £1,056.3m, up from £1010.8m. Total operating profit generated by the Group including joint ventures was £26.2m, which represents a reduction on 2012. The Group decided to make a step change in the level of investment


BYD takes electric lift trucks to the next level

  Advanced battery technology in a new line-up of forklift trucks being unveiled at CeMAT 2014 promises to provide end users with a massive reduction in their operating costs, in a green and highly efficient range of machines that will cost no more than conventional electric forklifts...   A new range of forklift trucks to be launched at CeMAT 2014 on the stand of BYD Europe (Hall 25, Stand C22) is set to shake up the market for conventional battery-powered forklifts by redefining the performance users can expect from electric materials handling equipment.   The four-strong line-up of new forklifts &ndash; three counterbalanced forklift trucks


Dematic awarded major order by online fashion retailer ASOS

 Dematic have been awarded a major order by global online fashion and beauty retailer ASOS.                          Due to the rapid growth of ASOS, both domestically and internationally, Dematic were asked to provide a new miniload-based carton storage solution along with a batch pick and automated sortation solution for processing customer orders at ASOS&rsquo;s newly expanded Distribution Centre in Barnsley.     In order to be able to store BDC1 cartons, used throughout the apparel industry, a large, high bay storage facility consisting of 28 x ML20 Rapidstore cranes will be installed. The RapidStore


APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive invests in high-capacity rakes, gears up new rail-based offering for finished vehicles in India

APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive today announced it has placed orders with Kolkata-based freight car maker Texmaco Rail & Engineering for three rail rakes.   Each rail rake - equipped with 27 wagons - is capable of carrying more than 300 vehicles. The delivery of the first rake is expected in three months, with the remaining two rakes to follow in subsequent months. This investment by the Delhi-based joint venture between APL Logistics and VASCOR comes after securing commitments from global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for use of its AutoLinxSM solution, which is expected to be operational by mid-2014.   &ldquo;The investment in the rakes


SDI Group exhibits latest technology across Europe

 SDI Group will be exhibiting its latest technology at CeMAT - the major European materials handing and &lsquo;intralogistics&rsquo; exhibition, which is being held at the Hanover Exhibition Centre on 19 &ndash; 23 May. The spotlight will fall on SDI&rsquo;s latest automated handling technologies: principally the MonaLisa, the TTU and the PTU sorters. This will give visitors the opportunity to see the well-received MonaLisa, SDI&rsquo;s recently launched and highly innovative hanging pouch sortation system. It allows sortation of both hanging items and flat goods simultaneously, making it ideal for multichannel fashion retailers wishing to combine several elements of an order. High speed,


PROXIPI solutions to prevent collisions between Pedestrians and Mobile Trucks

PROXIPI, the French developer of solutions for the avoidance of collisions between pedestrians and mobile trucks, is seeking exclusive international partners The aim of reducing mobile truck-pedestrian collisions affects many different activity sectors, including transportation and logistics, handling, construction, public works, and garbage collection and recovery. PROXIPI®was patented in 2011, after three years of research and tests conducted with industrials, in order to meet a need for which no efficient and comprehensive solution had yet been found. At CeMAT 2014, PROXIPI would like to recruit international distribution partners who share its values, spurred by its successful partnerships with ELOKON in Germany


Fargo Systems free trial at Multimodal

 If you want to unlock the secret of efficient vehicle planning, visit Fargo Systems at Multimodal 29th April &ndash; 1st May 2014 (hall 8, stand 264) for your free trial of TOPS,on the go mobile smartphone system.   Fargo Systems Ltd, the company behind the market leading TOPS, TOPS,on the go and CYMAN, is showcasing TOPS,on the go (OTG), a mobile smartphone extension to TOPS developed on Google&rsquo;s Android system for smartphones and tablets. OTG provides users with a range of amazing features and offers huge benefits. Stand out features include: in-cab job management and status updates, vehicle tracking, ETAs, ePoD&rsquo;s and


German Engineering Federation (VDMA): German intralogistics sector reports stable growth

The latest figures for the intralogistics sector point to stable growth in domestic and foreign markets, coupled with a three percent increase in the sales of German manufacturers. Sales in 2013 were estimated at &euro;19.7 billion, an increase of &euro;600 million compared with 2012. &ldquo;As the basic parameters remain unchanged, we predict similar growth for 2014 ,that is, three percent,&rdquo; explained Wilfried Neuhaus-Galladé, Chairman of the VDMA association&rsquo;s Materials Handling and Intralogistics Division at the CeMAT Preview in Hannover. The number of employees in the German intralogistics sector rose by five percent from 2012 to 2013, bringing the total to


2014 MHI Annual Industry Report

2014 MHI Annual Industry Report &ndash; Innovations That Drive Supply Chains In late 2013, MHI and Deloitte conducted their first MHI Annual Industry Report survey. The topic of this survey was &ldquo;Innovations that Drive Supply Chains&rdquo; and the goal was to provide an up-to-date perspective on emerging supply chain trends. The survey found that supply chain executives want to invest in powerful new technologies and business innovations to improve their supply chains, but are hampered by a shortage of qualified talent and never-ending pressure to cut costs.   Key Study Findings Include The top two strategic priorities of executives are supply chain analytics and multichannel fulfillment. The


CeMAT extends international reach

This year, the CeMAT intralogistics trade fair will feature a significant increase in the number of exhibitors from abroad. CeMAT 2014 ,which runs from 19 to 23 May in Hannover ,is expected to attract more than 1,000 exhibitors from 40 nations and occupy over 120,000 square meters (1,291,600 sq. ft.) of exhibition space, according to the organizers at Deutsche Messe. &ldquo;More than 60 percent of exhibitors will come from outside Germany. This represents a strong confirmation of the status of CeMAT as the world&rsquo;s leading intralogistics show,&rdquo; commented Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board,. &ldquo;Given a


Aisle-Masters are the Ace Solution

Space and speed were two key issues on the agenda for Ace Express Logistics when it was looking to update the forklifts at one of its warehouses. These requirements and more were answered by using Aisle-Master articulated trucks, and the fifth of these has just been delivered to its 110,000 squared foot facilities near Dublin.   Part of the Ace Group, the company is one of Ireland&rsquo;s leading service providers  and has achieved impressive year on year growth of 20 per cent  in spite of the recent difficult economic climate and this expansion triggered the need for more efficient handling and storage


NMHG Strengthens Americas Organization to Optimize Hyster and Yale Brands, Provide Greater Value to End-Users

NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), the parent company of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation, has announced a corporate reorganization effective today. The reorganization is being made to strengthen the Hyster and Yale lift truck brands, enabling them to provide greater materials handling solutions and value to customers and dealers.   &ldquo;At NMHG, we have two industry-leading lift truck brands in Hyster and Yale,brands that have stood the test of time and have consistently delivered high productivity and product quality, while reducing operating costs,&rdquo; said Chuck Pascarelli, president of sales and marketing for NMHG. &ldquo;These changes were implemented to create a


Intralox named Modex Innovation Award winner

Intralox&rsquo;s latest innovation, the OMNI-DIRECTIONAL Sorter, was chosen as the Modex Innovation Award winner in the Best New Innovation category.  The announcement was made during the MODEX keynote at the 2014 Modex conference in Atlanta, Ga. This patented technology is capable of both receiving products from any direction and then sorting them in any direction at high rates within a compact footprint. Intralox developed the sorter for zone picking (or &ldquo;pick and pass&rdquo;) applications where items must be sorted to manual picking areas and then merged back onto the same conveyor.  Another key application of the product is single-level infeed/outfeed to



Most systems bolt on RFID as an afterthought. By taking RFID as its starting point the Red Ledge system will realise the true potential of this game-changing technology. We believe it is the first of its kind&rdquo; says Red Ledge managing director Andy O&rsquo;Donnell   RFID market forecast to grow at over 22 per cent per annum to 2018   Software application and engineering company Red Ledge , has launched &lsquo;Red Ledge RFID Manufacturing & Logistics&rsquo;, an end-to-end production and warehousing system built on RFID (radio frequency identification) technology that the company believes is the first of its kind. For all manufacturing and logistics


ARPAC Announces Acquisition of Lambert Material Handling

ARPAC, a best-in-class OEM integrator of complete end-of-line packaging solutions, continues on the path of strong and highly focused growth through the acquisition of Lambert (formerly Lamson) Material Handling. Lambert has been an industry leader and manufacturer of conventional palletizers for over 66 years, introducing the first automatic palletizer to the North American market in 1948.   "ARPAC has strategically grown to be an industry leader in robotic and packaging systems integration by anticipating and understanding the needs of our customers and delivering complete end-of-line integrated solutions that best serve them," says Gary Ehmka, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Arpac.


Yale Works with Seegrid

Yale Materials Handling Corporation announces that by working with Seegrid, the leading provider of vision-guided flexible automated guided vehicles (AGVs), Guided by Seegrid technology will soon be available to Yale customers. The Guided by Seegrid technology will allow Yale customers the opportunity to deploy Seegrid&rsquo;s premier vision-guided, driverless automation solution in their materials handling applications. No additional infrastructure for navigation such as wires, laser targets or magnetic tape is required to operate these innovative breakthrough products. &ldquo;Our customers have materials handling challenges, and we&rsquo;re looking to provide solutions that deliver efficiency to their business,&rdquo; said Brett Schemerhorn, vice president of marketing


Collision Warning System upgrades to the next level of operation and efficiency

 Every day in thousands of industrial environments, pedestrians and forklifts maneuver through buildings covering the same territory and often navigating the same path. When those paths cross, the result can be damaging ,not only to the equipment and facility ,but more importantly ,to people.   The Collision Sentry collision warning system was designed to create a safer working environment in industrial settings by reducing or eliminating &ldquo;blind corner&rdquo; collisions that occur when forklift traffic and pedestrian traffic intersect. Like a traffic light, Collision Sentry provides a visual warning to drivers and pedestrians that traffic is around the corner.    Initially introduced a little more


Voiteq Expands International Presence with Teknix France

Voiteq Ltd, the UK&rsquo;s leading supplier of voice-directed warehousing solutions, has announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Teknix sarl, one of France&rsquo;s fastest growing voice providers. The acquisition is part of a continued market expansion strategy to grow in Europe and North America; the French organisation will be known as Voiteq-Teknix and will be part of the Centriq Group.   Both companies already provide solutions based on Vocollect Voice, the world&rsquo;s leading solution for voice-directed work; with Voiteq having the world&rsquo;s largest number of Vocollect certified voice professionals. The merged organisation will be one of the largest and most


Value of Logistics Outsourcing Panalpina, Inc. to Present Case Study at Supply Chain & Transportation USA Exhibition &Conference

Despite continuing volatility in many markets around the world, logistics service providers continue to expand their global operations. According to the 2013 Third Party Logistics Study, aggregate global revenues for the 3PL sector are on the rise, particularly in Asia Pacific and Latin America, which last year grew by 44 percent and 54 percent, respectively. Nearly two-thirds of overall survey respondents say they are increasing their use of 3PL services.   Two companies participating in that global growth are AGCO, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment based in Duluth, GA, and global logistics provider Panalpina. AGCO sells its five core brands



Since humble beginning in a backroom in Cambridge in 1911, Ridgeon&rsquo;s has grown steadily to become one of the UK&rsquo;s largest independent Timber and Builders Merchants with 25 locations across the East of England. A tangible sign of the company&rsquo;s progress was the opening, in the 80s, of a magnificent new warehouse on a 12 acre site in Suffolk, with capacity for 600 full packs of timber or 2500m² of finished stock which complements the two mills and treatment plants there. A notable feature of the new facility is some 640 linear metres of adjustable cantilever racking which serves as the


Shorthaul Intermodal Operations addressed at Intermodal Asia 2014

Michael Pal, of Fremantle Ports, will present a case study titled &lsquo;Shorthaul Landside Sea Freight Intermodal Operations&rsquo; at Intermodal Asia 2014, which takes place from 1-3 April at the Shanghai World Expo Center. The case study will look at whether it is possible to make intermodal rail profitable at distances of under 150km and how rail can grow against significant odds.  It will also address supply chain environmental changes and other governmental policy change. People expected to attend this particular conference session include those involved in port-centric intermodal operations that may be having concerns about operating shorthaul operations.  Attendees will learn about



PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist investor, developer and asset manager of warehouse properties, handed over the keys of a 21,329 m2 warehouse for PF Logo Express&rsquo; production and distribution facility at PointPark Pozna&#324;. The warehouse was purpose-designed by P3 to meet the company&rsquo;s specific requirements. The build-to-suit (BTS) project almost doubles the space PF Logo Express occupies at the logistics center, making it P3&rsquo;s largest tenant in Poland. PF Logo Express, which is part of PF Concept, designs and produces promotional gift products such as umbrellas, lighters, torches, tools, posters and t-shirts on behalf of more than 9,000 customers operating in


Pet products company invest in Olivo containers

 In January this year, Pedigree Wholesale announced an agreement to distribute Nature&rsquo;s Menu (Europe&rsquo;s largest range of natural and raw pet foods) to the independent pet trade. The raw food market is experiencing double digit growth for the third year running and is still growing. Pedigree have invested over £40,000 in a professional frozen distribution operation based at their headquarters distribution centre near Nottingham. To ensure accurate temperature control of the products, Pedigree&rsquo;s operations manager, Darren Willetts, decided after researching the market to use Olivo chest type containers mounted on feet to fit in with their palletised operations. Delivering these


CargoWise One set to revolutionize logistics services industry

CargoWise, the worldwide leader in global logistics operations technology and supplier of the popular ediEnterprise logistics platform, has announced the launch of CargoWise One, its next-generation software targeting global logistics operations. At the same time, the company is also rebranding itself to WiseTech Global to show its association with CargoWise One, its technology focus, and its global reach.   Since its international release in 2006, WiseTech Global&rsquo;s flagship product, ediEnterprise, has become synonymous with fast paced innovation within the logistics sector, growing to be the most frequently installed and used logistics execution product worldwide. Not content to rest on that success, WiseTech


Maximate exhibit innovative stacking system at SITL

The @vanceMaxiMate, pallet-stacking system, is designed to optimize transportation and storage of non-stackable, low or partly loaded pallets. The @vanceMaxiMate is easy to use, flexible and it is a sustainable solution to reduce transport costs and carbon dioxide emissions. The @vance MaxiMate allows its users to transport and store two or more inefficiently loaded Euro pallets on one pallet space. The system is strong, light weight and recyclable. MaxiMate can be used in all industries, retailers, logistics companies that goods are transported on pallets and that need to better their loading factor and reduce transport costs. The design of the MaxiMate allows


Dematic to Demonstrate Order Fulfillment Solutions at MODEX

Dematic, a supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, will feature a wide assortment of order fulfillment solutions for e-commerce, retail, apparel and business-to-business applications at Modex, March 17 - 20, 2014, in Atlanta, GA. The featured order fulfillment systems address low, medium and high volume operations and will be demonstrated concurrently so users can evaluate and select the right solution for their application and budget. Dematic will also introduce a new software platform and demonstrate its new powerful attributes. This modular, scalable and flexible solution directs receiving-to-shipping functionality in real time including expanded functionality in analytics,


BITO Smart Slide shelves put a lot of pick locations on a small footprint

 BITO Storage Systems has launched a new shelving system called Smart Slide. The shelving&rsquo;s simple but effective sliding design presents a large number of products at the pick face within a minimal footprint, provides the flexibility to change pick slot sizes to meet changing needs and adheres to insurers&rsquo; requirements for fire regulations.    Smart Slide shelving can provide a 30 per cent saving on floor space, offers a high number of flexible picking slots adjustable in size and location, a combines dense storage system for slow and fast moving products. It does all of this while producing a cost saving compared



Plug Power Inc today confirms the company has received a multi-site GenKey purchase order from Walmart Stores, Inc. to roll out its hydrogen fuel cell solution to power electric lift truck fleets at six North America distribution centers. The first of six sites will be deployed by the second quarter of 2014.   Further purchase order terms for the multi-site order initially announced on February 10, 2014 include: ·       Total of 1,738 GenDrive fuel cell units, to be deployed over two years ·       GenFuel infrastructure construction and hydrogen fuel supply ·       Six-year GenCare service contract for


Fargo Unveils New Development for TOPS platform

 For the seventh consecutive year, Fargo Systems Ltd is exhibiting at Multimodal, NEC Birmingham, 29th April 1st May 2014 (hall 8, stand 264) and this year will unveil new developments for the TOPS platform that will provide greater visibility and information flow through the supply chain.   With an estimated 70 per cent plus market share of the UK container haulage industry, the leading software provider is yet again expertly positioned to provide specialist software solutions for shippers who wish to find ways of optimising their supply chain and transportation movements.      The experienced team, at stand 264, will be showing interactive demonstrations


How Avatars Can Help Solve the Supply Chain Talent Gap

The supply chain talent gap is an increasingly critical issue for every industry. According to Supply Chain Insight's 2013 report, Talent: The Future Supply Chain's Missing Link, it takes companies an average of five months to fill supply chain positions, with the greatest shortage being at the middle management level. Moreover, turnover among supply chain employees averages 15 percent and appears to be on the rise. One way to protect against turnover and make workers feel more valued is through training programs. The study finds a great need for cross-functional training and skill development among mid-management supply chain professionals, but a


Ergonomic and Space Saving Shuttle Vertical Lift Module System Pays Dividends for Tool and Die Storage

At Rimer Enterprises, Inc., in Waterville, Ohio, the installation of a Vertical Lift Module (VLM) automated storage and retrieval system has reduced the potential for work related injuries and has recovered over 90 per cent of otherwise wasted floor space for additional operations. Rimer produces precision investment castings using the lost wax method for electrical, food processing, mechanical, marine, textile, machine tool, and other commercial market applications. In this process, a die is first machined and then used to produce a very close tolerance wax pattern. The wax pattern is dipped into a slurry of investment ceramic material to produce a


Official Supplier to Sahara Force India F1 Team

STILL UK is delighted to announce the continuation of its relationship as &lsquo;Official Supplier&rsquo; to Sahara Force India Formula One Team, with the supply of various forklift trucks throughout the factory and wind tunnel facility.   Recently STILL have delivered two new high lift pallet trucks (EXV-12 & EGV-16) which are based in the pattern shop at the Sahara Force India wind tunnel. The pattern shop is the starting point for all the carbon fibre components on the car with tooling block being used to produce patterns and moulds onto which the carbon fibres are applied. Additionally, STILL&rsquo;s RX50 and RX70 trucks are


Dematic Installs Cross Belt Sorter Solution at Centresoft Birmingham Warehouse

Dematic has provided Centresoft with a high speed sortation system centred around Dematic&rsquo;s latest generation 3 Crossbelt Sorter, unique in its design  to increase productivity at its Birmingham warehouse. The Crossbelt Sorter is a high rate, high accuracy sorting solution which provides positive sorting using discrete belt conveyors mounted on carriers in a re-circulating loop configuration. By installing this new system Centresoft can sort up to 15,000 items per hour with Dematic&rsquo;s fully automatic singulation and separation conveyor system and unique single high speed induction unit on to the cross belt sorter (1 single induction unit capable of 15,000 items


Free webinars cover supply chain management and global trade management topics,

The following webinars from AEB International are now open for registration:   Compliance & Risk Management, 11th March and 11th June 2014, 10am to 11am This webinar explains how ASSIST4 protects business transactions and relationships against risks. The presentation details various compliance and risk management process steps, including restricted-party screening and other mandatory export control checks.   Transport & Freight Management, 8th April and 15th July 2014, 10am to 11am This webinar provides an introduction to efficient preparation and processing of shipments and the smart management of freight costs - from carrier selection to carrier payment. The presentation guides through various sample steps of the logistics


Combi-WR4 wins FLTA Ergonomics Award

The Combi-WR4, Combilift&rsquo;s new pedestrian truck and the smallest model in its range to date has won the Ergonomics Award at this year&rsquo;s UK Fork Lift Truck Association awards for Excellence.     As well as developing innovative products for ever more productive materials handling, Combilift also focuses on delivering machines which offer precise and easy handling and the Ergonomics Award for the Walkie Reach underlines Combilift&rsquo;s commitment to providing the best possible environment for the operator.   The Combi-WR4 is the first purpose built 4-way pedestrian reach stacker which combines multi-directional travel with features such as a pantograph reach, side shift and tilting


Amethyst Systems smashes logistics records for Freezeserve with new warehouse software solution

    Bristol-based bespoke software developer, Amethyst Systems, has secured another major contract and has provided the UK&rsquo;s most advanced cold storage facility with a new warehouse solution, which is already enabling the movement of a record number of pallets.   Amethyst Systems, which is based in Portishead, completely overhauled Freezeserve&rsquo;s warehouse system in Liverpool, replacing their existing SAP-based system with state-of-the-art technology that would successfully integrate with their IT and automated cold storage structure.   The new system has already enabled Freezeserve to break their logistics records and in its first full month of operation it facilitated an incredible 23,401 pallet movements.   Amethyst Systems kitted out


Increasing Supply Chain Performance Without Big Capital Investments

The pressure to find efficiencies and squeeze savings from the supply chain is never ending, but success often seems dependent on convincing corporate to invest in technology&rsquo;s &lsquo;next big thing.&rsquo; So what if someone told you there may be large, potential savings &ldquo;hiding&rdquo; in your existing supply chain that could be tapped without big capital outlays? That&rsquo;s exactly the message that Toby Brzoznowski, co-founder and executive vice president of LLamasoft, will bring during his presentation at the upcoming Supply Chain & Transportation USA Exhibition & Conference, to be held March 17-20 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Brzoznowski asserts


CeMAT forums, First rate information and lively discussions

From Day One ,19 May ,the Hannover based CeMAT show will feature a broad array of exciting forum events. The five-day program is being jointly organized by Deutsche Messe and selected partners from the logistics industry, providing visitors with a host of interesting talks and lively discussion rounds on a wide range of intralogistics topics.   &ldquo;In selecting the various themes we concentrated this year on some major client industries and markets. Together with our partners we have succeeded in putting together a high-caliber, varied program,&rdquo; reports Wolfgang Pech, Senior Vice President at Deutsche Messe, adding that his company had &ldquo;primarily our


Credit Union for Logistics

 Skills for Logistics, together with industry partners, call upon the Logistics Sector to back The Logistics Guild Credit Union ,an exciting initiative that will provide an ethical and cost efficient source of finance for the industry.   Skills for Logistics ,with financial adviser Promethion and other industry partners ,are sponsoring the opportunity to establish a credit union that will provide a cost efficient source of borrowing for the Logistics Sector. With support already in place from the government, The Freight Transport Association and leading companies in the industry, the entire Logistics Sector is being called upon to back the initiative.    The Logistics Guild


Continuity with change

CEO SS Baik, Head of the global CLARK Organisation, speaks of the death of Egon Strehl: &ldquo;We are struggling to keep our composure and are mourning a good friend, a great expert of the forklift scene and Clarkian through and through." Since 2004, Egon Strehl played a significant part in the development of CLARK Europe GmbH (responsible for the regions of Europe, the Middle East and Africa), he built up a solid company structure and an extensive sales network with 170 dealers in 58 states. Rolf Eiten, who has already been in charge of the operative business of CLARK Europe



Unipart has won an additional contract with Toyota in India. Unipart will be responsible for distribution operations in Kolkata (Calcutta). This is Unipart&rsquo;s second logistics contract with Toyota in India. The first contract started at the Bangalore site in March 2012. According to Mike Varnom, Managing Director of Unipart Aftermarket Logistics, Toyota&rsquo;s operations were already at a very high standard before Unipart began working with them. "Toyota was looking for a step change improvement in their key performance indicators and a reduction in cost for their distribution operations," said Varnom. "They also wanted a partner who would share their philosophy. "The Toyota distribution centre


Software Firm Has Ideal Solution for the Saint Lucia Government

 Wigan based software developer Ideal Business Services Ltd have completed the development of a computerised Warehouse Management System for the Government of Saint Lucia Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs. The Ministry actively promotes and facilitates the dynamic investment and trading environment on the island of Saint Lucia. Ideal were delighted to partner with the Ministry on a custom built software solution for use at the Government&rsquo;s supply warehouse at Castries.  The warehouse holds and distributes a number of commodities, including brown and refined sugar; wheat and whole wheat flour and parboiled and white rice.  All commodities arrive


Service makes all the difference

Smooth logistics processes, coordinated like clockwork, are critical success factors for online businesses. The goods have to reach the customer as quickly as possible and a reliable fleet of trucks are essential for this. The online shop redcoon opted for Yale to provide their warehouse equipment for the new logistics center in Erfurt. Alongside the reliability and robustness of the trucks, redcoon found the Yale dealer's comprehensive on-site service concept offered real added value.   The online shop redcoon, founded in Aschaffenburg, Germany in 2003, is one of the largest specialized German language discounters offering LCD and plasma TVs, digital cameras, notebooks,


Sofia LogExpo to offer logistics innovations

The Sofia LogExpo specialized exhibition will be conducted from 19 to 22 March 2014 at Inter Expo Center  Sofia. This year it will provide again an opportunity for bringing together professionals in the field of logistics, distribution and warehousing solutions.   The organizers of Sofia LogExpo will offer a professional B2B platform for presentation of innovative projects , the most topical communication and information supply management systems , specialized vehicles , flexible storage solutions and integrated storage management .   The capital city exhibition centre will once again bring together the experts in the field. Participants in the 2014 exhibition will be companies well established


Oā€™Reilly heads new procurement recruitment practice at BiS Henderson

Recruitment and logistics consultancy BiS Henderson has expanded the scope of its supply chain recruitment business by bringing in procurement specialist, Paula OReilly, to head up its newly established Procurement Recruitment Practice.  Paula joins BiS Henderson from Purcon where she worked in supply chain recruitment for over ten years, leaving as head of practice for procurement. She has a wealth of experience in delivering successful procurement search campaigns for clients across a range of industries on a local and global basis. Her expertise will consolidate BiS Henderson&rsquo;s recruitment offering to the sector and will enable the consultancy to manage procurement roles


Logistics Real Estate at the heart of SITL

SITL 2014 continues its renewal. This year logistics real estate contributes to this new dynamic with a dedicated space, targeted partnerships and its own conference cycle. With three months to go to the 31st edition, SITL 2014 confirms again its dynamic progress with the announcement that all the greatest logistics services companies will be present: Norbert Dentressangle, Geodis and DB Schenker making a remarkable return to the European edition of the event. "The return of the three logistics leaders is a strong sign for the exhibition and for the entire market. This also confirms our choice of repositioning and the orientation towards a main theme for 2014: transportation


TAPA Certifies Ingram Micro Mobility at PointPark Bratislava

Ingram Micro Mobility&rsquo;s distribution center at PointPark Bratislava is the latest PointPark Properties (P3) building to be awarded a TAPA A certificate by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) in being recognized as meeting the world&rsquo;s highest security standards in warehousing. TAPA was set up as a response to rising cargo crime. Its members in the manufacturing, distribution and warehousing sectors cooperate on preventative measures and the setting of standards for the secure transport and storage of high value products. Certification of a distribution facility by TAPA provides assurance to companies and their insurers that valuable products are being stored under


Flexi trucks to Africa

Flexi Narrow Aisle, the UK-based manufacturer of articulated forklift trucks, has recently supplied more of its best-selling Flexi articulated forklift trucks to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for use in various temperature controlled WHO facilities that help provide efficient distribution of vaccines and medicines across sub-Saharan Africa. The electric-powered Flexi articulated forklifts in operation at the temperature controlled sites were specifically designed and built to suit cold and chilled store environments. All the main components of the trucks are stainless steel or zinc coated while all other electrical hydraulic parts are cold store specified. &ldquo;The WHO stores require trucks that offer high


Near shoring to be addressed at Supply Chain and Transportation USA

The near shoring movement that&rsquo;s been creating a buzz in the supply chain world is getting a significant boost from consumers. Many thousands have signed a Buy American pledge, thanks to initiatives that include the Million Jobs Project an ABC World News series on Made in America and Wal Mart&rsquo;s Buy American campaign and commitment to source an additional 50 billion dollars in products from U.S. manufacturers.  This grassroots advocacy is being driven by jobs. Today, nearly 60 percent of everything U.S. consumers buy is made overseas, but if everyone were to spend just 5 per cent more on made


WiseTech Global achieves carbon neutrality

WiseTech Global achieves carbon neutrality for second year running following sustained  efforts in energy efficiency across its global offices WiseTech Global, developer of the world-leading supply chain software, CargoWise, has announced it has remained carbon neutral for the second year running. Despite a year of significant growth for the Sydney-based technology company, WiseTech Global has seen its carbon footprint grow by only one percent across its global operations.   Although experiencing a fast-rising headcount, a doubling of the size of its data processing and storage center, and the acquisition of transport logistics software specialists TransLogix at the beginning of the 2013 financial year, WiseTech


Advanced Business Solutions provides top ten predictions on the future of third party logistics

Smarter technology, 24/7 mobile working, &lsquo;big data&rsquo; and a global outlook will be key   The third party logistics (3PL) landscape has altered significantly in the last decade and is tipped to experience further growth and change as mobile technologies and &lsquo;smart&rsquo; working practices develop. With growth in 3PL markets forecast to be as high as 15% in *South America and the Asia Pacific regions, the demand to service these markets in 2020 will generate fierce competition.   A greater consumer demand for 24/7 services and reduced costs means efficiency and accuracy will be crucial for the future of a successful 3PL firm. Businesses


IFWLA Brings International Warehouse and Logistics Business Leaders to Chicago for 2014 Annual Conference

The International Federation of Warehouse Logistics Association (IFWLA) 2014 Annual Conference is coming to one of the most prominent logistics hubs in the United States: Chicago, Ill.  From May 18 to 21, 2014, warehousing and logistics leaders will come together for networking and education on global economics, international trade and business development.  Long-time attendee and member of the IFWLA Annual Conference Planning Committee John Butterworth, CPA, Weatherley, Butterworth, Macias & Graves, credits the event for a broader global  perspective: &ldquo;Attendees get real understanding of how the rest of the world works and how it affects the world that we live in


NORGATEC takes over distribution of Hyster products in Northern Germany

NORGATEC GmbH has been appointed a Hyster dealer and, from 2014, will take over the distribution and after sales service support of Hyster materials handling equipment in North Germany. With 25 service centres, NORGATEC is one of the most powerful and experienced providers in the region. &ldquo;In NORGATEC, we have won a strong partner that will successfully support us in expanding our dealer network&rdquo;, says Ralf Mock, Managing Director NMHG EMEA and General Manager of Hyster in Neu-Isenburg, Germany. &ldquo;Thus, we lay the foundations for the strategic development of our independent network of dealers in Germany, which we continue to grow.&rdquo;


Toyota sets the Gold Standard for Sustainability

Toyota Material Handling Europe has launched their first Sustainability report which has been awarded Gold Level for its performance by EcoVadis. The Toyota Material Handling Europe sustainability report focuses on Toyota&rsquo;s factories and the performance of four European countries which includes Toyota Material Handling UK.   The sustainability report titled &ldquo;Dual Impact ,Together we make a difference&rdquo; outlines Toyota&rsquo;s approach to sustainability, assessment of key areas and explains the core areas where Toyota can support its customers and make improvements in the future.  These core areas are to; minimise environmental impacts, optimise business processes, and maximise safety, quality and performance. Following the submission of


4SIGHT Yard and Dock Management System to Showcase More Industry Firsts at Modex 2014

4SIGHT invites you to visit booth 4207 at MODEX 2014, held in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning March 17th at 10:00 a.m. We will be demonstrating the latest features, benefits and tailored applications for our Yard and Dock Management System and more.   Designed to eliminate the common and most often, costly logistics problems around the yard and loading dock, 4SIGHT uniquely uses real time and physical data to assist facilities in efficiently managing operations such as loading dock visibility, live and staged trailer coordination and turn time management.  The system quickly integrates loading dock equipment with intelligent


CILT International Convention Dates Announced ,1-6 June 2014 Malacca International Trade Centre, Malacca

Each year the members of the CILT International family meet to share ideas, learn from each other and conduct the business of the Institute. Each year the CILT Council meeting has got bigger and bigger with more and more delegates from the growing number of Councils around the world. In May 2009 over 80 delegates from more than 20 countries met in Mauritius. In May 2010 the delegates attendance were much larger meeting in Malta. In 2011 we were meeting in Sydney, 2012 in Birmingham, the UK and in 2013 we had this convention in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The meeting is now called the Convention because


Seegrid Announced New European Representative to Accommodate Rapid International Growth

To accommodate recent growth in Europe, Seegrid, maker of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), hired Peter Bak as the new European Representative. With more than 20 years of experience in customer oriented roles in technology intensive companies within market and business development, sales and account management, customer projects, and sensor and measurement technology, Bak is an expert in the European market. Bak will report to Michael Hasco, Seegrid&rsquo;s Chief Growth Officer. According to Hasco, &ldquo;Bak will help further the penetration of Seegrid&rsquo;s simple, affordable, flexible AGV message into key European customer segments, forging key partnerships throughout Europe. With our first Guided by


New tracking system

Hunter Global Tracking has launched a state of the art tracking system for the transport industry. This will form a complete range of solar or long-life battery-powered tracking units with comprehensive management platforms, remotely customisable by the user, to monitor mobile assets. The system provides current status & past history, in maps & tables ( plus dashboard with status of different parameters/options such as multi sensor capacities, reefer control interfaces). The novelty  tracking units are solar or battery powered (rechargeable or primary); batteries have an extremely long life and do not rely on any external power source. If a container, swap


2014 Supply Chain Predictions

FOUR PREDICTIONS FOR UK SUPPLY CHAINS IN 2014   By Adrian Chamberlain   2013 was the year supply chain disruptions hit the headlines - from the Bangladesh factory disaster, to the horse meat scandal and ethics issues at several mobile phone companies. All the incidents showed how suppliers in lower level tiers of the supply chain can have a devastating impact on the financial performance and reputation of global businesses. Adrian Chamberlain, Chief Executive of Achilles, predicts four supply chain trends likely to affect industry in the New Year, and shares tips on how to get ahead.   Mapping the supply chain We believe that in 2014 consumers, governments


RAVAS shows cost saving weighing systems on Modex, Atlanta

  RAVAS mobile weighing systems realize immediate cost savings, because weighing and transport take place at the same time. As a result cycle times are reduced, space is used more effectively and the efficiency of internal logistic processes is raised.   Wireless forks and pallet trucks with high accuracy On the Modex show in Atlanta, RAVAS demonstrates the revolutionary iForks Touch, completely wireless scale forks that can be installed on any forklift truck in three minutes: plug and weigh! Besides the iForks Touch, RAVAS will show the ProLine Touch, a hand pallet truck scale which weighs loads in 0.2 lb increments. The ProLine Touch


The easy option

As more and more warehouse operators realise the space saving benefits of the articulated forklift truck concept, sales of articulated trucks are rising significantly.   But, despite the large (and growing) number of articulated trucks in operation worldwide and their proven ability to maximise storage and handling efficiency, some potential users hesitate to invest in the technology because of a misplaced perception that compared to, say, a traditional counterbalanced  or moving mast reach truck, articulated forklifts are hard to drive.   John Maguire, sales and marketing director of Flexi Narrow Aisle ,manufacturer of the Flexi articulated truck range ,says that these &lsquo;operator difficulty&rsquo; concerns


Conveyor Handling celebrate 40 years at MODEX

Conveyor Handling Company will be exhibiting at MODEX 2014, the supply chain and manufacturing industry&rsquo;s largest North American expo, March 17 to 20 at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.   As one of the industry&rsquo;s leading systems integrators, Conveyor Handling Company will be showcasing innovative automation, material handling, and storage solutions for distribution and manufacturing applications in their booth, 4205.   &ldquo;Exhibiting at MODEX 2014 is an especially exciting way to celebrate the company&rsquo;s 40th anniversary.  We are thrilled to have opportunity to share the most advanced material handling solutions and our many years of knowledge with the industry&rsquo;s top practitioners,&rdquo;, said


Forklifts trials test

The Indoor Trial World Championship attracts the best motorcycle trial riders in the world. Leading competitors test their skills in six rounds held around the globe throughout the year for the right to take part in the event&rsquo;s climax ,the final in Madrid at the end of the season. The UK heat took place at the Sheffield Arena in early January. Competitors had to negotiate a number of rounds ,each of which featured a series of obstacles made up of anything from building skips to natural rocks and logs weighing up to 3 tonnes. For each round, the course layout had to be changed


New partnership with DPS Logistics aids CargoWise expansion into Latin America

Latin American supply chain set to benefit from business partnership between regional logistics specialist and world class logistics software provider.           Logistics providers throughout Latin America can now take full advantage of CargoWise&rsquo;s leading enterprise class supply chain software as a result of a new partnership with Panama based logistics consultants, DPS Logistics. In joining CargoWise as a WiseBusiness Partner, DPS Logistics will be able to offer the globally recognized single platform system to businesses across the region.   As an authorized reseller, DPS Logistics will assist CargoWise&rsquo;s expansion into Latin America by providing full sales, consultation, implementation and support


Seegrid Adds GT4 Tow Tractor and GWSL3 Walkie Stacker to Flexible AGV Product Suite

Seegrid, the leading manufacturer of flexible AGVs, also known as robotic industrial trucks, announced the addition of the GT4 tow tractor and GWSL3 walkie stacker to the Seegrid product suite.  The expansion of the product line is part of the company commitment to providing affordable and comprehensive automation solutions.   John Hayes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America, shared, &ldquo;Seegrid is proud the flexible AGV product suite is growing rapidly to address the pain points and challenges manufacturers and distribution center operations managers experience daily, including growing labor costs and employee and facility safety.  The GT4 and GWSL3 reduce labor



Dematic, a supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, has introduced FlexSort SC3 Crossbelt Sorter, a high rate, high accuracy sorting solution for distribution and warehousing operations. FlexSort SC3 provides precise positive sorting of poly bags, pieces, stuffed envelopes, cartons and totes using discrete belt conveyors mounted on carriers in a re circulating loop configuration. Typical items sorted include apparel, general merchandise, books, CDs, DVDs, electronics, toys, and industrial supplies. Items to be sorted are tracked and controlled through the induction, transport and off load process with precision. The items are sent to different destinations according to


Forklift chain rollers cut truck downtime

Industrial leaf chain specialist, FB Chain Ltd, has developed and launched a new &lsquo;Sealed For Life&rsquo; chain roller that reduces forklift downtime and increases the time between forklift service intervals. Unlike conventional designs, the new FB Chain &lsquo;Sealed For Life&rsquo; roller does not require greasing: thanks to its self-lubricating bearings and state of the art sealing technology , the roller&rsquo;s lubrication remains where it is needed ,inside and on the working surface of the chain roller itself. Peter Church, managing director of FB Chain Ltd, commented: &ldquo;Forklift engineers often need to access the top of the truck&rsquo;s mast to lubricate chain rollers.


Helping new aviation centre get ready for take off

Scheduled to open its doors to the public in 2016, the Bristol Aerospace Centre will tell the story of the aerospace industry since 1910 when Bristol entrepreneur Sir George White established the British and Colonial (later, Bristol) Aeroplane Company.   Located on a site on Filton Airfield, the Centre will feature two World War One listed hangars which, when fully refurbished, will house a museum, learning suites, archives and workshops.    On the same site a major new building will create a permanent home for Concorde, which was designed and built at Filton and landed there after completing its final supersonic flight in 2003.   It


Parvalux uses Schaefer Modular and Live Storage Solutions

SSI Schaefer has been working with Parvalux Electric Motors to design and install efficient storage solutions in their production facility based in Bournemouth. Parvalux has been manufacturing geared motor solutions for a wide range of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) all over the world for the past 65 years. It is a professionally managed company with exceptionally high standards of business practice and has evolved over the years from manufacturing geared motors sold as a standard catalogue offer, to working closely as an extension of its customers&rsquo; design teams.   Some 15 months ago, the company made a conscious decision to make improvements to


Paul Brooks joins BiS Henderson Group to head new Academy

BiS Henderson, the recruitment and logistics consultancy, has announced the appointment of Paul Brooks as Managing Director of the newly formed BiS Henderson Academy. The Academy has been created to support organisations in developing their talent pools, specifically through inspiring young people into the logistics industry. It is intended to provide tailored pre employment  and career development programmes and create gateways to higher education qualifications through apprenticeships.  Paul joins from Unipart Logistics where he was a board director with responsibility for global sales. He is also Chairman of Skills for Logistics and President Elect of The Chartered Institute of Logistics &


Introducing: Asian Container Shipping Week 2014

The inaugural  Intermodal Asia event takes place during Asian Container Shipping Week 2014, which will be held in Shanghai from Sunday 30th March to Thursday 3rd April.  Asian Container Shipping Week includes an extensive programme of events, commencing on Sunday 30 March with the Container Owners Association (COA) Golf Day, followed by the COA&rsquo;s 14th General Meeting on Monday 31 March.   Intermodal Asia 2014 conference and exhibition opens its doors on Tuesday 1 April at the Shanghai World Expo Centre, with an opening ceremony hosted by Mr Mai Bo Liang of China&rsquo;s leading container association, the China Container Industry Association (CCIA). Intermodal


P3 strengthens CEE management team for logistics expansion

PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist investor, developer and asset manager of warehouse properties, has strengthened its senior Central and Eastern European management team ahead of a planned expansion of its activities made possible by its recent acquisition by private equity investors TPG and Ivanhoé Cambridge. Peter BeĨár has been appointed Managing Director CEE, with responsibility for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. Tomá&scaron; MíĨek and Peter Jáno&scaron;i will take on the newly created roles of Country Head Czech Republic and Country Head Slovakia respectively, joining Andrzej WroÅ„ski who was promoted to Country Head Poland earlier this year. Ian Worboys, CEO


APL makes organizational realignment to further drive strategy

APL will move from the current geographically organized structure to a functional one. The functions will be in the areas of Trade, Commercial, Operations, Procurement and Planning & Strategy.    &ldquo;The container shipping industry is undergoing profound changes, characterized by low growth and intense competition. We recognize there is a need for APL to respond more quickly to the market and to our customers. We are pushing ahead with our strategy to sharpen our competitive edge through cost efficiency and organizational agility while building on our strong reputation for service quality,&rdquo; said Kenneth Glenn, President of APL. &ldquo;APL has significantly improved its


Intralogistics 2014 A business and innovations exhibition

A business and innovations exhibition Intralogistics 2014 will take place between the 1st and 4th of April 2014 at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte  Hall 6. With a total surface of 10 000 m, the meeting will be unmissable and provides the opportunity to see the latest innovations in materials handling equipment and automated systems. More than 150 French and international exhibitors have already said &ldquo;yes&rdquo; to this second edition. Since SITL Europe and Eco Transport & Logistics will be held in parallel with Intralogistics, the 40,000 professionals attending will benefit from an exceptional global offering across all the linkc



As employment numbers continue to increase, Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for factory, warehouse and distribution centers, is contributing to this trend. The company is growing its North American operation and recently announced the addition of nearly 400 jobs in fiscal year 2013.  Over the past fiscal year, the company hired 398 employees across three of its North American offices located in Grand Rapids, MI; Milwaukee, WI; and Salt Lake City, UT. The majority of this job growth took place at the corporate office, manufacturing plant and technology center in Grand Rapids where there were 251 hires.  "The tremendous job


Latest Hyster 8 to 16T forklifts provide versatility for demanding applications

The latest generation of 8 to16T capacity lift trucks from Hyster provide exceptional versatility and power for demanding applications where attachment usage is common. The new low emission Hyster® H8 16XM 6 range of 8,000kg  to 16,000kg capacity forklift trucks is designed to be customised with a variety of attachments to suit specific applications. Built for intense use in arduous operations in the metal, paper, port, manufacturing and timber industries, when matched with the right handling attachment, the models can achieve impressive lift speed averages of between 0.28m/s and 0.51m/s. Chris van de Werdt, Sales Manager for Hyster Big Trucks says &ldquo;The robust


DAP Technologies Launches LTE Enabled Ultra Rugged Tablet with QWERTY Keyboard and RFID

DAP Technologies continues its product excellence with today&rsquo;s roll out of the M9000 series LTE enabled ultra rugged tablet with a QWERTY keyboard as well as being RFID enabled. The go-anywhere solution provides companies mobile communications throughout their supply chain and can future proof their technology purchase with advanced communications options, modularity and ruggedness.  The DAP M9000 series of rugged mobile tablets incorporate RFID reader capability for passive, active or both. The easy to use tablet provides users with the freedom of carrying only one mobile device to track assets, collect information, synchronize systems, report data and receive and respond to


SITL Europe 2014 Update

&ldquo;70% of the Top 20 European logistics service providers have already registered, including Geodis, Norbert Dentressangle and Kuehne+Nagel, to which can be added  more than 200 transporters and logistics suppliers who are present either directly or as part of groups such as Astre, Evolutrans, France Lots, France Benne, Pall-ex, Tred Union. This means that SITL Europe 2014 will present an exceptional offering of transport and logistics, standing up to the great international challenges of today&rdquo;, says Alain Bagnaud, director of the Reed Exhibitions global transport and logistics group. For the project developers 5 months before opening, SITL Europe shows an occupancy rate



From the 1st to the 4th of April 2014, at the Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte, Reed Expositions France, a subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions organises the leading European Transport and Logistics event: SITL Europe 2014. Reed Expositions France and the HLA (Humanitarian Logistics Association), the worldwide association of humanitarian logisticians, have decided at the conclusion of the global day of international volunteering on the 5th of December, to join together and discuss the subject of Humanitarian Logistics on the occasion of the 2014 edition of SITL.   Two events will take place during SITL Europe 2014:   The General Assembly of the HLA. For


Seegrid Announced New Director of Product Development Jeff Christensen to Accommodate Rapid Growth

Having just been awarded Manufacturer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Business Times, it is not a surprise that Seegrid is growing.  To accommodate this growth in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, the company recently hired Jeff Christensen as Director of Product Development and reports to Mike Straub, Vice President of Engineering. The Director of Product Development role at Seegrid synthesizes the needs of customers and organizes and prioritizes these needs into the global product development plan.   Christensen is excited about joining the Seegrid team and said, &ldquo;Innovation is hard work, but it&rsquo;s also incredibly exciting and satisfying. Seegrid



Dematic, a supplier of systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution centers, today announces its acquisition of Upturn Solutions, a leading provider of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) designed for distribution, manufacturing and warehouse environments. The acquisition of the Bigfork, Montana based Upturn enhances Dematic solutions and expands its capability into distribution center workflow, asset and inventory management, and preventative maintenance.  "The acquisition of Upturn Solutions supports our strategic mission to provide our customers with the critical business intelligence required today to streamline and automate their processes to improve work flow," stated Ulf Henriksson, President and CEO, Dematic Group. "The integration


Industry senior executive Beat Simon appointed President of APL Logistics

NOL Group today announced the appointment of Beat Simon as President of its wholly owned subsidiary APL Logistics, a global third party logistics provider. He will assume the role on 1 March 2014, undertaking responsibility for the management and growth of APL Logistics.   Mr. Simon is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of diverse international experience. He joins APL Logistics from Agility, a global logistics provider, where he held senior management positions since 2006. These include being Member of the Agility Global Integrated Logistics Management Board, and Member of the Board of Directors of Agility organisations within Europe and


MCA Surpasses the 100 Company Membership Mark!

The Motion Control Association (MCA), the global trade group representing the motion control industry, announced that it has reached a milestone of surpassing 100 member companies. This reflects a strong momentum of recent growth for the association that was founded in late 2006 with just a handful of leading motion control industry suppliers. Members now include manufacturers of motion control components and systems, distributors, system integrators, consulting firms, and research groups directly involved with mechanical and electronic (mechatronics) motion control all around the world.   According to MCA, this new foundation of member companies will enable them to round out the services


Tiger Cool Express LLC Acquires 200 Refrigerated Containers

Tiger Cool Express LLC, an innovative and cost effective temperature controlled intermodal transporter of produce and food products, has acquired an initial order of 200 refrigerated containers for its start up operations this spring.    Tom Finkbiner, CEO of Tiger Cool Express, said in making the announcement: &ldquo;With the increasing interest in trans continental intermodal transport of door-to-door cargo delivery, Tiger Cool Express is well positioned to deliver fast, efficient and cost effective temperature controlled and monitored cargo delivery nationwide. The acquisition of our first 200 refrigerated containers for the efficient and safe delivery of fresh produce and food products across the


Klingel Speeds Up Fulfillment Process with Unique Pocket Sorter

K-Mail Order GmbH & Co.KG, better known under the name Klingel Versand, one of Germany's largest mail order businesses with around 2,500 employees at its headquarters alone. Klingel has a product range which focuses on textiles but also includes clocks, jewelry, shoes and household and garden goods, with the entire product range sold both online and from a catalog. In 2012, the company had revenue over $1.35 billion and the main markets beside Germany are Switzerland, Austria, France, Holland, Belgium, Russia, Czech Republic and Slovakia.    Until recently, goods returned by customers were collected, prepared and returned to a static flat goods


Vileda renews UK contract with CEVA

CEVA Logistics, one of the world&rsquo;s leading supply chain management companies, is delighted to announce that it has secured a five year, multi million euro contract renewal with Vileda, Europe&rsquo;s pioneering cleaning brand and house cleaning solutions provider. Under the renewed contract which runs to 2018, CEVA will continue to provide Vileda with warehousing and transportation services, in addition to the receipt and management of raw materials and products, re-packing services, and the storage of spare parts in the UK. CEVA stores approximately 5,300 pallets across over 700 SKUs for Vileda in its multi user warehouse facility in Corby, Northamptonshire. The company also assembles 100 different product lines


Compound interest

Formed in 1978 Petlon Polymers Ltd specialise in reprocessing and compounding polymer products into a range of materials  that can be reused by the industrial plastics sector.   The company receives bulk quantities of plastics including, for example, post consumer plastic bottles that have been washed and crushed into &lsquo;flakes&rsquo; and ground mouldings and uses state of the art extrusion technology to convert these materials into granules that go on to produce a range of industrial components and packaging materials.   Petlon supplies a range of markets &ndash; from the automotive sector to the food packaging industry ,and operates from a 12,000 square metre


How Goods and Service Tax (GST) will revolutionize warehousing in India

Supply deficit in warehousing in India is 120 mn sq ft ,and growing Till about a decade ago, warehousing in India was synonymous with a shed ,four walls, no ventilation, no temperature controls and a lack of hygiene. A warehouse management system was essentially a man with a notebook keeping track of the inventory that came in and left the premises. Heavy losses resulted from a lack of modern warehousing facilities. Even today, a large part of warehousing continues to be unorganized with mostly sheds for storage. Due to the lack of modernization, the industry is now facing a huge gap


Riyadh Dry Port to expand annual capacity to hit 1 million containers

The Riyadh Dry Port is expanding its handling capacity from the current 400,000 containers to one million units per year in a step to cope with the volume of business and economic activities in the Kingdom, Mohamed Al-Suwaiket, president of Saudi Railways Organization (SRO), told a logistics gathering in Dammam. Al-Suwaiket&rsquo;s remarks came as he opened the fourth Saudi Arabia International Transportation, Materials Handling, Warehousing and Logistics Exhibition and Conference (Saudi Transtec 2013) at the Dhahran International Exhibitions Center in Dammam. The SRO plans to invite specialized global firms to bid for a detailed railway design within the GCC interlink rail project,


P3 awarded for new developments in 2013

PointPark Properties (P3) is proud to announce that the tailor made distribution centre that it developed for DHL Express at Bratislava Airport was judged the best warehouse and logistics development at the 7th annual CIJ Slovakia Awards which took place on December 3rd. Peter Be&#269;ár, Managing Director Czech Republic and Slovakia for P3 said: "This is recognition of a magnificent team effort in delivering the new DHL facility on time in just four months and ready for fit out. Aside from the complexity of the construction, the team had to contend with a number of other challenges that included a tight


New MD for Jungheinrich UK Ltd

Jungheinrich UK Ltd has announced the appointment of Jan Lorenz as its new Managing Director ,effective from January 1st, 2014. He replaces Hans Herbert Schultz who, after seven years in the role, has taken over responsibility for Sales in North West Europe and will be based in Germany. Jan Lorenz has over 10 years of experience within the Jungheinrich Group. For the last six and a half years he has headed up the Group&rsquo;s marketing and sales steering operation. Before this he worked for Jungheinrich in the United States, where he successfully developed a dealer network on the US East coast and


NMHG Europe headquarters moves to larger premises

The NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) headquarters, serving Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), has moved to larger premises in Frimley, Surrey, in the UK, incorporating the Engineering Concept Centre. &ldquo;For the first time, our colleagues from the UK based Engineering Concept Centre and our colleagues from EMEA headquarters are together under one roof&rdquo; says Ralf Mock, Managing Director, EMEA. &ldquo;Having strong and close working relationships between colleagues is very important to ensure that customers and dealers receive a superior level of support.&rdquo;  NMHG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). A selection of Hyster and Yale


APL Logistics wins Barilla Pasta carrier award for service excellence

APL Logistics was today lauded for its service excellence. It received the Barilla Pasta Carrier of the Quarter Award for delivering the best service performance among the carrier partners of Barilla Pasta USA in the third quarter. Barilla is one of the top Italian food groups and a leader for pasta worldwide.    The global 3PL company scored high in key service metrics, such as On time Pick-up and On Time Delivery. APL Logistics&rsquo; quarterly score of 98 out of 100 put it at the top of the peer carrier rank.    &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very proud of our transportation team for winning the Barilla Pasta


Asia Logistics and Maritime Conference Review

Warehousing and Logistics International (WLI) was a Media Partner for the recent Asia Logistics and Maritime Conference (ALMC) held in Hong Kong, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).      WLI&rsquo;s Asia correspondent Mark Millar participated in the conference, engaged by HKTDC as the Panel Chair for the plenary session entitled Retail Revolution, which explored the impact of e Commerce on logistics networks and supply chain ecosystems.   The conference opened with the keynote address from HKSAR Chief Executive CY Leung outlining Hong Kong&rsquo;s enduring strengths, including its free port status, sophisticated financial system, robust rule of law and the common


Flagship lift truck reaches new heights for operators

Yale&rsquo;s new MR reach truck pushes levels of productivity and dependability to new heights for warehouse operators while squeezing cost of ownership to an absolute minimum.    Redesigned from the ground up by one of the industry&rsquo;s most respected materials handling equipment manufacturers, Yale&rsquo;s new MR redefines the standards warehouse managers and forklift operatives can expect of a modern reach truck in a striking range that is both highly productive and pleasing to the eye.   The new MR has been designed to be robust in construction, with outstanding levels of comfort, intuitive operation and class-leading performance characteristics that will please fleet managers and


CeMAT INDIA 2013 ,17th to 20th December, in New Delhi

CeMAT INDIA begins on 17 December at the Pragati Maidan exhibition center in New Delhi with more than 100 exhibiting companies from all over the world. The exhibition program covers the complete range of material handling and logistics products and services: mechanical handling; storage, warehousing technology and workshop equipment; packing and order picking equipment; logistics systems and software; loading technology; complete systems for material handling, warehousing and logistics; traffic engineering; and logistics services and outsourcing.   There is strong demand for these products in India, where logistics has for many years been one of the most dynamic industry sectors. While the sector


Tiger Cool Express LLC Appoints CFO

 Tiger Cool Express LLC, an innovative and cost effective temperature controlled intermodal transporter of produce and food products, has appointed James Hornsby as Chief Financial Officer for the company. Mr. Hornsby previously spent more than 12 years with Pacer Stacktrain and Pacer International, rising to the position of Vice President and Controller. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and has a Master of Science in Transportation Management from the University of Denver. Mr. Hornsby will be located in Overland Park, Kansas; headquarters for Tiger Cool Express LLC, which is owned by Tiger Infrastructure Partners LLC. Finkbiner said


Repealing Warehouse Tax

With a projected $1.086 billion state budget surplus to work with, the Minnesota Legislature should make repealing the onerous sales tax on warehousing services its first action when it reconvenes on February 25, says the Minnesota Warehouse Association (MWA).   "Though the effective date was delayed until April 1, 2014, this terrible tax has already had a chilling effect on Minnesota's warehousing and third-party logistics industry," said MWA President Jonathan Lamb. "Our members report certain customers have begun to reposition inventory in other states to avoid this added cost."   The MWA applauds Governor Dayton's statement that should the forecasted surplus hold through the


APL Logistics strengthens U.S. network with new Laredo customs brokerage office

APL Logistics today opened its first APL Logistics/Carmichael International Service customs brokerage office in Laredo, Texas.    The new facility builds on APL Logistics and Carmichael&rsquo;s network in North America to provide greater trade connectivity between the U.S. and Mexico, thus enabling the company to better support customers with business activities on both sides of the border.     The new Laredo office offers a complete range of customs brokerage and trade services. It is well-positioned to handle all commodities, with a strong focus on automotive, apparel, textiles and electronics. It also supports import and export management services through the ports of Hidalgo/Pharr, Progreso,


Introducing the M9000 Series Tablets from DAP

DAP Technologies continues its product excellence with the roll out of the M9000 series LTE enabled ultra rugged tablet with a QWERTY keyboard as well as being RFID enabled. The go anywhere solution provides companies mobile communications throughout their supply chain and can future proof their technology purchase with advanced communications options, modularity and ruggedness.   The DAP M9000 series of rugged mobile tablets incorporate RFID reader capability for passive, active or both. The easy to use tablet provides users with the freedom of carrying only one mobile device to track assets, collect information, synchronize systems, report data and receive and respond



For the first time in the United States, companies spanning the world of supply chain will be showcased all together under one roof at the Supply Chain & Transportation USA expo,  co located with MODEX 2014 and knowledge partner, the Georgia Logistics Summit. Officials at Supply Chain & Transportation USA (SCT) have revealed the initial list of companies exhibiting at the inaugural event, taking place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center, March 17 - 20.  The growing list of exhibitors and partners include: A2B Tracking Solutions Acuitive Solutions AGILE Network AIM APL Logistics Barrett Distribution Centers CARDINAL HEALTH ClearTrack Dart Entities DigitalShipper Logistics Software Evanhoe & Associates Freight Watch International French American


CEVA supports BAE Systems with Middle East airshows

CEVA Logistics, one of the world&rsquo;s leading supply chain management companies, is supporting BAE Systems with its exhibition and event logistics in the Middle East. CEVA&rsquo;s specialist exhibition logistics team, Showfreight, arranged Airfreight transportation for a full scale replica Typhoon, an assortment of imitation weapons, viewing platforms for BAE Systems&rsquo; Hawk and Typhoon models, in addition to a standalone cockpit which were all dispatched to the Dubai Airshow in Jebel Ali, UAE. As part of the same project, CEVA also managed the movement of support equipment for the aircraft including various stand fittings, and the Eurofighter cockpit demonstrator. While in the Middle East, the Showfreight team also loaded a


High profile conference summit at Intermodal Asia 2014

Important container shipping and supply chain topics will be addressed during free to attend conference sessions at the Intermodal Asia 2014 exhibition and conference, which takes place from 1 to 3 April 2014 at the Shanghai World Expo Centre. Key speakers will tackle important issues during the high level conference sessions, held in both Mandarin and English. The conference sessions will take place in the Strategy Theatre and the Innovation Theatre.  Intermodal Asia 2014 is organised by Informa Exhibitions (the Intermodal Europe organiser) in joint partnership with China&rsquo;s leading container association, the CCIA (China Container Industry Association) and will also benefit from


Vanderlande Launches New Video based Helpdesk Solution

 Vanderlande Industries has taken technical support to a new level by offering its customers EYE4U, real time video based technical support. EYE4U&rsquo;s live images save time in diagnosing and correcting situations, thereby improving uptime and increasing material handling system availability. These images help to overcome possible language problems and communication misunderstandings, which can be the case with traditional voice based support. EYE4U is wearable video technology that is compact and easy to use. It utilizes a hands free video camera and two way communication, so customers can easily work through support questions or troubleshooting with live instruction from a helpdesk specialist.


Scope for Growth Highlighted by London Conference

Hong Kong is the best place for British companies to establish and expand their business in Asia, more than 250 delegates were told at a London conference  (19 November) organised  by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).   In the keynote address Hong Kong&rsquo;s Financial Secretary John Tsang suggested reasons for the large UK corporate presence in Hong Kong, and outlined his Government&rsquo;s  continuing investment in both &ldquo;hard&rdquo; and &ldquo;soft&rdquo; infrastructure to maintain competiveness.   Earlier in her welcome remarks HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Margaret Fong said there was scope to build on the momentum created by Think Asia, Think Hong Kong in


KNAPP receives new order from online store

KNAPP AG recently announced a large order for an automated material handling solution at a new distribution center for e-commerce specialist in the Netherlands. is the leading online portal in the Netherlands, selling fashion, IT accessories, telecommunication items, furniture, household appliances and sport and leisure equipment.   The Dutch e commerce giant is currently experiencing a 15-20 per cent annual growth rate, allowing it to invest in a new high-performance distribution center in Zwolle. One point seven (1.7) million registered customers, 200,000 SKUs in the future, 20 million shipments per year: These tremendous demands await the new distribution center.


APL has successfully brought in the first cargo of Peruvian grapes

APL has successfully brought in the first cargo of Peruvian grapes here, clearing local pest control import requirements through cold treatment technology applied on the fruit during their transit from Paita to Miami.   Consigned by Complejo Agroindustrial Beta, a leading producer of table grapes in Peru, some 1,600 boxes of Thomson seedless grapes arrived at the Port of Miami as part of a six-month long cold treatment pilot program aimed at assessing the feasibility of importing &lsquo;cold treated&rsquo; Peruvian fresh produce into Florida.    Import protocols for fruit and vegetables vary across the US states. Since 2006, APL has been shipping cold-treated Peruvian



Changing the culture of an organisation is more complex than rocket science. That was the view of Unipart Chairman and Group Chief Executive when he addressed guests at the University of Birmingham on the 28th November.  Neill told attendees at The Birmingham Business School Advisory Board Guest Lecture: "I have learned just how hard it is to bring about culture change, but I have also witnessed time and again the power of The Unipart Way to engage people and deliver transformational performance in quality, cost and delivery while, at the same time, bringing about culture change and inspiring innovation."  In his presentation


Unipart sweeps the board with three leading supply chain awards

Unipart Logistics has been showered with accolades, winning three top supply chain Awards in one week. The Automotive Division took both the Overall Winner trophy and the Automotive, Aerospace and Defence Award at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards on 6th November, followed less than a week later by the Aftermarket Parts Logistics trophy at the Automotive Supply Chain Global Awards on 12th November. Commenting on the award wins, Mike Varnom, Managing Director of Unipart Logistics Aftermarket Division, said: To receive three of supply chain&rsquo;s most prestigious awards in one week is a remarkable achievement, one which makes me proud of the dedication, experience and sheer excellence


Swisslog UK enhances customer service business with order from Asda Logistics Services

 Wal Mart subsidiary, Asda, has awarded Swisslog&rsquo;s UK business with a major maintenance and support contract for one of its flagship depots, the Integrated Distribution Centre (IDC) in Lutterworth.    The contract, for an initial three year term, will see the transfer of several teams of Colleagues added to Swisslog&rsquo;s Customer Service team. Asda&rsquo;s IDC is home to the UK&rsquo;s largest automated AutoStore installation and Swisslog will now provide planned preventive, corrective and operational maintenance and support for the entire facility. Software, controls and remote support are also included in the contract, together with the supply and management of replacement parts.   Swisslog UK&rsquo;s


CeMAT 2014 extends its range of exhibits

 With over 1,100 exhibitors, next year&rsquo;s CeMAT is the world&rsquo;s leading event for the intralogistics industry. From 19 to 23 May 2014 manufacturers and sole agencies will be presenting a complete range of Industrial trucks, cranes and hoisting gear, access platforms, shelving systems, factory equipment, pallets, containers, loading equipment, as well as complete plant installations at the Hannover Exhibition Center. Now CeMAT has extended its range of exhibits, and for the first time is offering selected dealers in industrial trucks the opportunity to present used vehicles at the show. &ldquo;In consultation with the manufacturers we have decided to give dealers a


New Guaranteed Performance for Order Picking Systems Introduced at Modex

  A full range of guaranteed manual, semi-automated and automated orderpicking systems designed to meet a company&rsquo;s exact requirements is beingintroduced at Modex by Integrated Systems Design ISD in booth number 9534. ISD systems match an organization&rsquo;s SKU profile, floor space, labor,throughput and velocity requirements. Being a consultant and integrator allows ISD to be technology and brand neutral. This allows ISD&rsquo;s order picking and fulfillment systems to be designed with performance first and foremost to mitigate customers risk and help to assure success. The guarantee program is part of ISD&rsquo;s customer commitment. The program allows systems, processes and procedures to be designed, validated, implemented, trained and serviced for years of high performance usage. &ldquo;Being an integrator and


Flexi targets global sales growth

 Flexi Narrow Aisle , the UK based manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift truck systems expects global sales of Flexi trucks to more than double over the next five years. The company believes the United States market offers particular strong growth prospects, while recently signed distributor agreements in Australia, Korea, China and Pakistan are anticipated to leverage increased demand for the Flexi range in those territories. John Maguire, sales and marketing director of Flexi Narrow Aisle, commented: &ldquo;We are an internationally focused company that provides innovative truck based storage systems. We are a manufacturing company with great products and a


European logistics and industrial property investment set for bumper full year

    &bull; Direct investment volumes reached 10.2 billion Euros in 9M 2013, a 73 per cent increase on the equivalent period last year &bull; All regions recorded increased investment activity YoY for the year to date &bull; Further prime yield compression in a number of major markets &bull; Full year 2013 investment in logistics and industrial assets expected to reach between 14 and 15 billion Euros   Momentum in European logistics and industrial real estate investment continued in Q3 2013 when more than 4 billion Euros was invested ,second only in volume to the exceptional Q2 2006 (5.6 billion Euros). As a result, 9M 2013 investment volumes, at over 10


New Autostore Crane Control warehouse automation solutions enhance safety and cut energy consumption

Central Systems & Automation Ltd today announced two new software enhancements for its class leading Autostore Crane Control System, a key element of the Autostore Warehouse Control System (WCS) for managing ASRS operations. Autostore Integrated IP (Internet Protocol) Camera System with an off board control station enables operators to control cranes manually and remotely, reducing the need for working at height climbs of up to 30 metres. Autostore Crane Control Eco Mode prioritises energy efficiency over cycle times, cutting energy consumption and costs during quiet times or peak tariff periods. Both enhancements are available now as part of Autostore Crane


BYD prepares for European forklift launch

  BYD, which showed a prototype range of forklifts at the LogiMAT show in February 2013, will be introducing a completely redesigned and European friendly forklift range at the CeMAT show in Hannover, Germany in May, 2014.    The forklifts will go on sale in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium starting in June 2014 and will be launched in France and UK in 2015.    BYD has built a one million square metre forklift factory in China with a capacity of 50,000 units per year of various industrial forklift models. Five of these models will be launched during 2014 providing a fully competitive product offering


Four Specialist Logistics Networks Strengthen Global Operations Through Partnership with CargoWise

 Four specialist logistics networks catering to the unique requirements of the supply chain have partnered with CargoWise, a move that will strengthen operations and increase network-wide integration. The diverse networks have chosen CargoWise&rsquo;s leading supply chain software as the single platform system to help achieve their shared goal of promoting global growth throughout their members&rsquo; operations. The networks set to benefit from the partnership are: AerOceaNetwork (international logistics companies and independent freight forwarders), XLProjects (independent project forwarders and break bulk charterers), Perishable Logistics Specialists Network (PLSN) (cool and cold chain logistics specialists) and AONrelocations (independently owned moving companies specializing in international


Aisle Masters Special Delivery for Eddie Stobart

One of the best known and most iconic names in the transport and distribution sector, Eddie Stobart, has placed a substantial order with Irish articulated forklift  manufacturer Aisle Master to provide a large fleet for its Contract Logistics and Warehousing Division.    This arm of Stobart&rsquo;s operations offers over 6 million square feet of storage facilities for major names in the UK retail and manufacturing sectors. Twenty five Aisle Masters have so far been delivered to various sites, with another ten due to be operational over the next twelve months. As new opportunities for sites and contracts are identified the number of


Sofia Log Expo in March

From 19 to 22 of March 2014 an established show with a new and modern look will be held in Bulgaria. Sofia Log Expo is the new name of the familiar to all specialists &ldquo;Transport and Logistics ". Driven by the desire to be of service to people in the field of logistic support, distribution and storage of goods, the organizers of the Inter Expo Center Sofia will again bring together professionals in the industry. Sofia Log Expo will offer professional B2B platform for innovative projects presentation, the most modern communication and information systems for managing material flows, transporting specialized tools, flexible


Vanderlande Industries Awarded Material Handling Project at Urban Outfitters, Inc.

Urban Outfitters, Inc. has awarded Vanderlande Industries Inc. a design and build contract for the automated material handling system at their new fulfillment center located in Gap, PA. The new 1,000,000 sq ft facility will service their direct to consumer and wholesale channels. The material handling system from Vanderlande Industries will utilize a hybrid concept featuring batch pick and mini-batches. The hybrid design allows for efficient processing of multichannel order fulfillment. Its flexible and scalable design will support future increases in demand and capacity, regardless of the order channel. Vanderlande&rsquo;s CROSSORTER 700, CROSSORTER 1200, .M Conveyor and VISION Warehouse Control Software are highlights of the


Kewill announces additional country connectivity for multi-country customs solution

 Kewill, a leading provider of innovative software for supply chain execution, has announced enhancements to its multi-country customs compliance software, Kewill CustomsXchange, bringing on board even more countries for customs and ICS compliance.   Kewill CustomsXchange, part of the Kewill MOV platform for multimodal transportation, logistics management and trade compliance, provides a simple, cost effective way to process security and customs declarations for enterprises that import to or export from multiple countries.    It does this by enabling companies to enter their security or customs information in one format and through the same interface regardless of its final destination. The software then handles all


Binzagr Company of Saudi Arabia Chooses HighJump Software Supply Chain Advantage Suite

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that Binzagr Company has selected the HighJump Supply Chain Advantage suite to strengthen the efficiency and accuracy of its supply chain. Binzagr is HighJump Software&rsquo;s first customer in Saudi Arabia and one of the largest consumer goods distributors in the country. Binzagr worked with Norq Solutions, HighJump Software&rsquo;s partner in the Middle East, to evaluate and select the HighJump Supply Chain Advantage suite&rsquo;s solutions for yard, labor and warehouse management.   With these systems, Binzagr will have a comprehensive supply chain management solution to improve the speed, accuracy and


SITL Europe 2014

By adopting its new name "The international meeting for transport, logistics and freight forwarding&rdquo;, SITL Europe 2014 clearly indicates a return to its core elements: transport, logistics and international business. The event takes place from the 1st to the 4th April 2014 in Hall 6, Paris Nord Villepinte It promises to be rich in content and includes the World Transport & Logistics Forum, the Maritime Day and the &ldquo; Future for Logistics&rdquo; and will be held jointly with INTRALOGISTICS, the exhibition for handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution The exhibition will feature new pavilions and themed spaces dedicated to urban distribution, river transport and logistics real estate. Freight transport


Zinnovate Joins Growing CargoWise Partner Network

 As the number of logistics providers adopting CargoWise&rsquo;s single-platform supply chain software continues to rise, businesses worldwide are seeing increasing opportunity in joining its customer-focused service programs. More than 60 regional logistics specialists have now joined the program, each gaining certification to provide localized on the ground consultation, implementation and technical expertise to CargoWise&rsquo;s global customer base. The WiseService Partner program, for personalized consultation and training services, and the WiseTechnical Partner program, for highly skilled IT support, give business opportunity to logistics specialists and value added services to customers wanting to maximize the benefits of the software solution and the productivity


Latest Seegrid Blog, Why I love automated handling

The trend toward automated material handling Things have changed a lot in the last four decades since I&rsquo;ve been involved in the automation industry. These changes are only going to accelerate moving forward. If you talked to folks in manufacturing back in the early 80&rsquo;s, the trend was to reduce costs by process improvement, reduction of part or item types, or &ldquo;offshoring&rdquo;. Since then, manufacturing has made a comeback in America, the internet has changed buying habits, and &ldquo;Big Box&rdquo; stores have driven efficiencies in distribution. If you asked anyone back then about material handling, they would yawn, or tell you


Wholesale firms need to address growing pains as optimism in the sector rises says report

With businesses returning their attention to growth as the economic climate becomes brighter, they will need the right tools in place to cope with the strains caused by expansion, according to a new report out today. Access Group&rsquo;s whitepaper &lsquo;Easing the Growing Pains: Resolving the Challenges of Expansion with Technology&rsquo; examines the problems commonly encountered and the solutions available to organisations. Ian Roper, divisional director for supply chain solutions for Access Group comments, &ldquo;The dark clouds of the credit crunch may still be fresh in the memory for some but with the economic outlook becoming brighter companies are once again turning


HighJump Software Announces Middle East Partnership

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that it has named Norq Solutions its newest international partner for supply chain markets outside of the United States. Based in Dubai with a strong presence in Saudi Arabia, Norq provides mobility solutions for warehouse management, field service, retail and other industries. The company will offer the HighJump® Supply Chain Advantage suite, which includes some of the most configurable and adaptable supply chain management software available.  The partnership will bring the HighJump Supply Chain Advantage suite to a region that traditionally has had limited software options for large organizations


Bendi Strengthens Sales Team

Bendi Strengthens Sales Team Bendi are proud to announce that as part of their continued expansion plans, both here in the UK and in Europe, they have strengthened their sales organisation with two key appointments &ndash; European Sales Manager Joe O&rsquo;Brien and Regional Sales Manager Paul Sercombe. Joe O&rsquo;Brien, a former founding director at Aisle Master has been brought in to the Bendi team to help with the growing demand on export. Prior to his time at Aisle Master, Joe spent 13 years with Moffett Truck Mounted forklifts and was instrumental in developing global distribution and introducing the concept to several new


Pyroban France extends explosion protection support nationwide

Explosion protection specialist Pyroban invests in its French operation to enhance the support provided across the region. With a new management team in place, a fresh approach to customer service and an improved technical centre, Pyroban France is growing its customer base across the region. The centre, based in Lyon, provides technically advanced explosion-proof conversions for any forklift brand and associated dealers across France. Philippe Cren, Sales Manager at Pyroban France, explained: &ldquo;Pyroban equipment is used throughout the chemical supply chain and related industries where flammable material is handled, such as paint, food, drink, waste, bottled gas and logistics. Additionally, the new added


Columbus McKinnon Entertainment Classic Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist is Back

Columbus McKinnon Corporation a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, is bringing the CM&#8208;ET Classic Lodestar electric chain hoist back by customer demand. Entertainment staging and rigging professionals have relied on this iconic hoist for more than three decades to lift and position everything from lighting to sound equipment in the most prestigious venues around the world. The Classic Lodestar is made in the USA and available through the Columbus McKinnon network of distributors.  &ldquo;The Classic Lodestar has been the rigging standard in the entertainment industry for decades and many of our customers have requested that we make this universally trusted


CEVA rolls out advanced aerospace area at new logistics center in Singapore

Advanced aerospace storage capabilities demonstrate expertise in specialized sector  CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, introduced a new aerospace storage area at its recently opened Logistics Center in Singapore. The 1,200 sq m advanced aerospace storage area is housed within the multi-user warehouse located at Tampines LogisPark.  CEVA&rsquo;s expertise in aerospace logistics is reflected in the specially designed space for engine storage built to meet the strict security and highly specialized requirements of the aerospace sector. The storage area is designed to store both leased and newly assembled engines and is equipped with a 20 ton overhead crane to


Manufacturing Journalist Explains Why Flexible AGVs in Food and Beverage Industries

Food Engineering magazine recently reported that despite years of economic uncertainty, delayed investments and hindered growth, food and beverage executives expect significant growth in 2014. Citing Grant Thornton&rsquo;s Food and Beverage Study 2013, revenues, profits and employment are expected to increase over the next year as food and beverage manufacturers seek new distribution channels, develop new products, and enter new markets. These solutions are driving lean efficiencies starting with flexible automated guided vehicles (AGVs) that are quickly populating the food manufacturing plant floors, distribution centers, 3PLs, and warehouses. Food manufacturers, operating under incredibly tight margins, and increasingly aggressive regulatory requirements (Food


The compact Hyster Fortens forklift for operation in tight spaces

 A series of compact Hyster Fortens Cushion Tyre forklift trucks has been specially developed for high lift applications in confined areas. &ldquo;With space at a premium, operation managers don&rsquo;t just have to consider lift capacity in terms of meeting the application needs, they must also consider the amount of space available for the forklift trucks to operate in&rdquo; says Kate Pointeau, Brand Manager, Hyster.  Compact Hyster Fortens Cushion Tyre forklifts are available from two tonnes to seven tonnes lift capacity. Intelligent chassis and counterweight design and disposition of internal components has resulted in a compact Hyster Fortens seven tonne lift capacity forklift


ASOS makes Novus Degree even more fashionable

ASOS has joined many other leading retail and logistics companies in signing up as a sponsor for the new 4-year Novus Logistics and Supply Chain BSc degree course, which offers successful graduates a guaranteed job.   Founder of Novus, Andy Kaye said: &ldquo;We are tremendously proud to have ASOS as a NOVUS degree sponsor. The UK&rsquo;s largest independent online fashion and beauty retailer is an exciting and innovative player in the world of internet shopping. Visited by millions every day it ships the latest trends to customers in 237 countries. This places the company at the centre of the global supply chain


Helping the people of the Philippines

 A Flexi articulated truck is at the heart of the British Red Cross&rsquo;s efforts to bring humanitarian aid to the people of the Philippines as they strive to come to terms with the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The truck is in operation around the clock at the British Red Cross&rsquo;s warehouse in Bristol loading supplies such as computers, printers, vehicles, as well as water purification and sanitation kits, tents and other heavy duty kit in to containers that will fly out to the Philippines from East MIdlands airport. The Red Cross&rsquo;s Bristol warehouse was featured on a recent edition of the


Toyota Material Handling set gold standard

Toyota Material Handling Europe has been awarded Gold Level for its Sustainability performance by EcoVadis EcoVadis monitors the sustainability profile of suppliers across 150 sectors and 95 countries. Toyota ranks highly in the four assessment categories in the material handling sector; Environment, Labour Practices, Fair Business Practices, and Suppliers. Toyota offer world class products including forklifts, warehouse equipment and support services to its customers. This award will help to support Toyota&rsquo;s customers, who many of are world leaders in sustainability with ambitious targets and need proof of accountability towards society, the economy and the environment. Toyota&rsquo;s care for sustainable manufacturing, transparency and continuous



Global freight forwarder and logistics services provider Damco recorded total revenues of USD 836 million in Q3 2013, which is on a par with the previous year&rsquo;s turnover of USD 838 million in the same quarter. The EBIT before Special Items was USD 23 million in this quarter, which compares to USD 34 million in the same period last year. Cash flow from operating activities was USD 30 million, which was largely driven by improvements in working capital.   Volumes developed in line with expectations, with supply chain management up by 10% in the third quarter compared to Q3 2012, while ocean


Red Ball Oxygen Improves Efficiency with Yellow Jacket

Red Ball Oxygen, the largest independent welding and industrial gas supplier in the Ark La Tex regions, announces its success with  ITW Muller&rsquo;s Yellow Jacket orbital stretch wrapper for securing palletized loads. Most customer orders that leave Red Ball Oxygen&rsquo;s facility contain products varying in size and shape. The company identified stretch wrapping as the best solution to keep pallets secure. Strapping or other solutions would allow for smaller products to slip through and fall during transport, usually resulting in damage.    Red Ball Oxygen traditionally hand wrapped pallets and while the process provided proper load containment, it took two employees to


Leading food manufacturer and distributor in Latin America and the U.S. will improve production, distribution and logistics processes

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that D&rsquo;Gari Gelatin of Queretaro, Mexico has chosen the HighJump  Supply Chain Advantage suite to streamline production processes, increase visibility in its distribution centers and track real time metrics. D&rsquo;Gari is a leading producer of powder gelatins and nutritious meals in Latin America and the U.S. The company worked with SCANet Solutions, HighJump Software&rsquo;s partner in Mexico, to select the HighJump Supply Chain Advantage suite.  D&rsquo;Gari will leverage the warehouse management system (WMS), manufacturing execution system (MES) and event management solution within the HighJump Supply Chain Advantage suite. With


The Wim Bosman Group selects Kewil

The Wim Bosman Group, a European logistics services provider offering integrated warehousing, transport and distribution solutions, has selected a multimodal transport management system (TMS) from Kewill. The software, which is part of the Kewill MOVE&trade; platform - a comprehensive end-to-end solution for managing the complexities of transportation, logistics and trade compliance, will enable Wim Bosman to increase automation, improve visibility and optimise efficiency across its high volume operations.   A member of New Zealand&rsquo;s Mainfreight Group, Wim Bosman operates from offices in locations across the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Romania, Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Finland. By implementing the Kewill platform, it will


DSV Solutions to operate US warehousing and distribution contract for BoConcept

 DSV Solutions has been awarded a long-term contract to operate the warehousing and distribution activities in the United States for Danish furniture manufacturer BoConcept. The contract will initially run from the DSV Solutions 10,000 sq metre facility in Fontana, California, and there are advanced plans to expand the operation with two additional warehouses. DSV Solutions will be responsible for the entire inbound handling, storage, order management and subsequent distribution management of BoConcept products throughout the US.  Bo Concept is a long-standing customer of DSV Solutions, the contract logistics division of DSV Group, and already a client for warehousing and distribution services


Survey highlights space and stock as financial frontier

Almost 40 per cent of UK companies with stockholding operations rank stock level optimisation high on their priorities, being keenly felt mostly by larger companies and, surprisingly, by those firms not running a dedicated Warehouse Management System (WMS). The survey of warehouse operators*, carried out for leading WMS provider Access Group by Redshift Research, and the accompanying whitepaper: 'Space and stock: the financial frontier' suggests many businesses without WMS are missing out on a relatively easy route to reduced cost and improved service because they are unable to optimise stock levels and space usage. The key finding highlights that business maturity may


Mid Load UltraStore ASRS Perfect Uptime

 The mid-load UltraStore automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) is available with an optional Perfect Uptime feature.This option allows inventory to be accessed,and the system operated, during downtimes including preventive maintenance periods. The Perfect Uptime feature is ideal for mission critical inventory and material.This is rarely if ever available on any piece of automation technology. Since the mid load UltraStore ASRS system is surface mounted and does not use any center railing, it allows the UltraStore unit to be moved out of the aisle and the inventory and material immediately accessed with the Perfect Uptime system.Because of its unique features and specifications, the mid load ASRS provides cost effective and reliable buffering,


Seegrid Promotes Dori Kozak

Seegrid is growing. To accommodate this growth the company announced the new hire of Dori Kozak as marketing manager and will report to Director of Marketing, Amanda Merrell.    Kozak will manage the marketing and public relations efforts in Europe and the Middle East. She will also manage the expansion of Seegrid flexible AGVs into other worldwide markets as well as oversee marketing campaigns, PR, media relations, trade events, advertising, promotions, and lead generation.    Kozak commented, &ldquo;I am thrilled to be part of Seegrid&rsquo;s marketing team and to have an instrumental role in expanding our flexible AGVs beyond the U.S. market to Europe



For the second year running, Unipart Logistics has achieved a double accolade, by winning top ratings for its Health and Safety performance and for its Environmental Management excellence in 2013.  Six sites have all received the prestigious Sword of Honour award from the British Safety Council, the pinnacle of achievement in world class health and safety management. They are:  The Repair, Logistics and Recycling Centre at Nuneaton in the Midlands,  The Repair, Returns and Field Services Centre at Baginton in Coventry  The E-Fulfilment, Distribution and Returns Centre at Magna Park in Leicestershire  The Distribution Centre at Honeybourne in Worcestershire  The Global Distribution Centre at Baginton in


Walker SCM Set To Go Above and Beyond With CargoWise

Supply chain specialists to deliver competitive advantage to customers through  leading logistics software                                                    Productivity, operational visibility and service integration are set to increase for full-service logistics and supply chain solutions provider, Walker Supply Chain Management, as it implements CargoWise software across its international transportation management and customs brokerage operations. The rapid transition to CargoWise&rsquo;s highly modular supply chain software solution will deliver immediate and long term value for the New York based company and its customers.   Walker SCM (,


Deutsche Messe industrial fairs in Shanghai achieve further growth

PTC ASIA, CeMAT ASIA and ComVac ASIA concluded their four-day run at the Shanghai International Exhibition Centre with growth in display area and participation. Collectively the three events ,which cover power transmission and control and fluid power, intralogistics, and compressed air and vacuum technology, respectively ,showcased more than 2,100 exhibiting companies on 150,000 square meters of gross display area and attracted 77,067 visitors from 80 countries and regions.   &ldquo;In addition to launching ComVac ASIA this year, we introduced special programs such as Industrial Supply ASIA, Battery Shanghai, Cold Chain ASIA, and LIFT SHANGHAI,&rdquo; said Wolfgang Pech, Senior Vice President, Deutsche Messe


P3 to double existing warehouse space

PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist investor, developer and asset manager of warehouse properties, in cooperation with Optima Consulting, has started construction of a 6,000 m sq warehouse and distribution facility at its PointPark ˇilina logistics park. The expansion will double the existing warehousing area at the park. Some 2,400 m sq of the new space has been pre let to international logistics company, Geis Group, while the remaining 3,600 m sq is being speculatively constructed for future clients. Peter Jáno&scaron;i, P3&rsquo;s Head of Development, Slovakia, said: "P3&rsquo;s long term strategy in Slovakia is to expand away from Bratislava to other prime


New Autostore WMS modules

Central Systems & Automation Ltd extends Autostore WMS functionality with advanced planning and oversight tools    Central Systems & Automation Ltd today announced two new software modules for its class leading Autostore WMS (warehouse management system). The Workload Forecasting & Resource Management module enables Autostore WMS users to assign people, stock and MHE simply and predictably across all warehouse areas based on forecast throughput. The Distributed System Management module connects two or more warehouses running independent Autostore WMS applications in a single, secure browser, delivering an enhanced view of operational data, site by site. Both modules are available now.   The Autostore Workload Forecasting



At the end of August, Damco Indonesia welcomed the first cargo of clothing to its new warehouse in Semarang, Central Java. The warehouse is Damco&rsquo;s fourth container freight station (CFS) facility in Indonesia and the second in Semarang to support the strong growth of the footwear and apparel industry in Central Java. A new partnership Following a thorough review of potential business partners, Damco Indonesia chose Monang Sianipar Abadi (MSA), a well-known warehouse operator with several facilities in the country. Located less than 2km from Semarang international seaport, the MSA warehouse boasts three chambers, two of which are exclusively for Damco&rsquo;s use.


CeMAT 2014 (19 to 23 May):

 Broader international scope, more innovations Spotlight on vital issues for user industries New &ldquo;Transport Logistics&rdquo; sector, supported by Messe München   Hannover/Berlin. Featuring even greater international participation and an abundance of innovations, CeMAT 2014 is set to reaffirm its status as the world&rsquo;s flagship intralogistics fair. &ldquo;There is no other comparable event anywhere else in the world,&rdquo; says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, a member of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board, adding that CeMAT offered the industry &ldquo;a platform where it can showcase its products in an internationally representative environment and attending professionals can network on all the latest trends.&rdquo; Gruchow reports that the CeMAT organizers


Lifting the Future of Spaceflight

NASA is currently using one of American Crane & Equipment&rsquo;s Single Failure Proof Cranes to assist Lockheed Martin personnel to move the Orion space capsule inside the Operations & Checkout (O&C) Building at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The capsule is moved through several work stations during assembly, testing and preparation prior to flight.    This 25 ton crane will also accompany the Orion capsule on the project&rsquo;s second stage, inside the O&C Building, and help with placement for transport to the launch pad. In the future, this crane will also lift the Crew Module to the Service Module and onto the


Össur UK uses the Schaefer Storage & Picking System

 SSI Schaefer has been working with Össur UK to design and install efficient storage and material handling solutions in their new warehousing facility based in Stockport. Össur UK is a global leader in orthopaedics, producing award-winning prosthetics, compression therapies, bracing and supports that make a real difference to people's mobility. The company adopts a policy of sustained investment in research and new technology, enabling it to produce some of the most effective, non-invasive mobility solutions on the market today. SSI Schaefer has previously designed warehouse systems with Össur in Europe and the wide range of SSI manufactured products enables Össur to store


Ossur UK uses the Schaefer Storage & Picking System

SSI Schaefer has been working with Ossur UK to design and install efficient storage and material handling solutions in their new warehousing facility based in Stockport. Ossur UK is a global leader in orthopaedics, producing award winning prosthetics, compression therapies, bracing and supports that make a real difference to people's mobility. The company adopts a policy of sustained investment in research and new technology, enabling it to produce some of the most effective, non-invasive mobility solutions on the market today. SSI Schaefer has previously designed warehouse systems with Ossur in Europe and the wide range of SSI manufactured products enables Ossur to


New CINS Organisation Chairman Appointed

Uffe Ernst Frederiksen, of Maersk Line, has been appointed Chairman of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) Organisation.  The CINS Organisation is an initiative that was established in 2011 by five of the world&rsquo;s largest shipping lines; CMA CGM, Evergreen Line, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line and MSC ,Mediterranean Shipping Company and is managed by the Container Owners Association (COA). CINS operates a database system designed to capture key data from the container supply chain. It was established in response to the increasing volume of incidents that regularly disrupt operations and endanger lives, environment and property. Uffe is Global Head of Cargo Management in the


Switch to Vision-Based ID Readers

 In the warehouse of a major direct sales jewellery company, pickers place jewellery boxes on two conveyors that transport them to packing stations. A 1-D barcode on each box is read by ID readers located above the conveyor and based on this identification each box is diverted to the correct packing station. The laser scanners in place were designed to read A & B quality barcodes, which the jewellery company had planned to begin putting on its boxes. However, the company was unable to get the A & B quality barcodes from their manufacturer and the system was trying to


British Red Cross and AIDC Solutions develop emergency response asset management system

Radio frequency RFID tagging technology to enable tracking and management of over 5,000 assets in multiple humanitarian aid programmes, worldwide ,To be piloted in Red Cross international emergency response unit warehouse operation   For immediate release 28 October 2013-,British Red Cross and its technology partners AIDC Solutions and TransitionWorks have developed a new system designed to streamline and improve the management of over 5,000 Red Cross assets in the field, including laptop computers, satellite phones, GPS locators, surveying equipment and vehicles used in multiple humanitarian aid projects worldwide, it was announced today.   Each asset will be fitted with an updatable RFID (radio frequency


IBS Business Suite 2014

Integrated Best-of-Breed Solution Creates Efficiencies Between Supply Chain Operations to Drive Revenue Growth and Improve Productivity International Business Systems (IBS), a global leading integrated ERP and supply chain provider, today announced IBS Business Suite 2014, an integrated and synchronized set of software solutions designed specifically to help mid-tier, distribution-intensive companies improve their end to end supply chain operations. Each component of IBS Business Suite 2014 was originally developed as a stand-alone solution for a specific aspect of the supply chain, such as Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Warehouse Management (WM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Those individual components have now been integrated


7th China Logistics Expo

The 7th China International Logistics Expo 2014 Time: May 21-23, 2014    Location: China International Exhibition Center Beijing Approved by:  Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China Host Unit: China Association of Warehouses and Storage(CAWS) Supported by: China Communications and Transportation Association&#65288;CCTA&#65289; China International Freight Forwarders Association(CIFA) China Air Transport Association(CATA) China Shippers&rsquo;Association(CSA) China Association of Pharmaceutical Commerce (CAPC) China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA) Industrial Truck Institution of China Construction Machinery Association (CITA) Special sponsor&#65306; The Pallet Professional Committee of China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing The Cold Storage Sub-Association of China Association of Warehouses and Storage&#65288;CSARW&#65289; Shanghai Association of Refrigerated Warehouses&#65288;SARW&#65289; Organizer&#65306; Jinzhenfa (Beijing) Consultation Planning Inc.&#65288;JCPI&#65289; Website: [Introduction to the Expo]  &ldquo;China International Logistics Expo (abbreviated


Yale trucks help keep the trains running on time

A new fleet of Yale lift trucks backed by top-notch service from Bucks-based dealer Forkway is helping to keep engineering firm Alstom&rsquo;s time-critical train servicing and repair operations running smoothly.  If there&rsquo;s one kind of customer that demands the very best in terms of the quality of equipment they employ and the service level that comes with it, it&rsquo;s a world class engineering firm whose own business involves the provision of service on time, every time.    So when prolific infrastructure provider Alstom needed to begin replacing an ageing fleet of lift trucks across a number of its UK train servicing and repair


Cognex Expands Logistics Barcode Scanning Capabilities

Cognex Corporation has announced the new DataMan 300 barcode reader for high speed logistics applications such as tote scanning, label print and apply verification, and carton code reading. The new DataMan 300 is a complement to the powerful DataMan 500 reader which has proven itself throughout its introductory year as the new choice for the logistics, retail fulfilment and distribution markets.   &ldquo;We saw an industry that has been relying on laser technology and knew that we could offer a better, yet affordable, image-based solution for high speed logistics applications,&rdquo; says Carl Gerst, Vice President and Business Unit Manager, ID Products. He


How tough trucks boost warehouse performance

Reliability is the most important truck feature for many warehouse managers according to research conducted by Hyster. But how do tough and reliable trucks have an impact on warehouse performance? &ldquo;We know how drivers operate, what they are expected to do and the challenges they encounter,&rdquo; says Robert O&rsquo;Donoghue, Senior Product Strategy Leader, NACCO Materials Handling Group, explaining that the company has a deep understanding of all kinds of warehouse applications.  &ldquo;That is why Hyster has made such a significant investment in developing some of the toughest and most reliable warehouse trucks on the market,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Our aim is to keep


Pyroban explosion protection at Transport and Logistics Antwerp Expo

Pyroban demonstrated explosion proof solutions at the Transport and Logistics Antwerp 2013 Expo in Belgium in October. The event is aimed specifically at companies working in and around the port of Antwerp.  &ldquo;Superior safety is critical where the explosion risks are high for industries such as chemical, coatings, food, drink, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, bottled gas and logistics, many of which are located in Antwerp,&rdquo; says Matthew Shirkie, Head of Industrial Division, Pyroban.  Pyroban converts forklift trucks and mobile equipment so that they can be used safely and legally within hazardous areas found throughout the supply chain. The company exhibited a range of explosion


Bringing in the Halloween harvest

Lincolnshire based David Bowman Ltd is Europe's largest pumpkin grower.   Each year the company grows two million pumpkins, which it sells to UK supermarkets as well as other suppliers across Europe.   Of course, Autumn is the company&rsquo;s busiest period: the year&rsquo;s pumpkin crop has to be harvested, prepared, packed and delivered to the shelves of David Bowman&rsquo;s retail clients in time for the Halloween rush.   To help cope with this annual spike in activity, the company  regularly hires a fleet of counterbalanced forklifts from Jungheinrich UK Ltd&rsquo;s short term rental fleet.   The electric powered forklifts, which are on site at David Bowman Ltd for


Container floor audit programme now available to more container owners

<img src="" width="400" height="131" align="left" alt="" />From 1 November 2013, all container owners who are Full Members of the Container Owners Association can benefit from the Container Floor Quality Assurance Audit Programme, managed by the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL). The IICL floor audit programme began in 2006 and provides guidance on the quality of the manufacturing process of plywood mills that supply container flooring. The procedure focuses on steps in the plywood manufacturing process that are most critical to the production of high quality container flooring. The control of these processes is the key to producing a quality product. Currently,


Seegrid Expands Sales and Marketing Department to Support Flexible AGV Rapid Growth

 Seegrid is growing. To accommodate this growth the company has been quickly adding exceptional new staff members. Dori Kozak has been named marketing manager and will report to Director of Marketing, Amanda Merrell. Derek Roberts was named Director of Sales and reports to John Hayes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America.  Hayes explained why the dramatic staff increases are necessary noting, &ldquo;We have seen a 350% increase in Seegrid robotic industrial truck orders year to date when compared to 2012. Also known as flexible AGVs, this extraordinary growth is proof the manufacturing sector has recovered; material handling and


Tiger Cool Express Delivers Intermodal Expertise to Cool Cargo Industry

New Venture Offers Seamless Intermodal Delivery of Refrigerated Cargos  Three well-known transportation/intermodal experts have announced the launch of Tiger Cool Express, a business that will transport fresh produce across the nation efficiently, cost effectively and safely using rail intermodal service. Tiger Infrastructure Partners, a middle-market private equity fund, has provided funding for the business and equipment orders. The company plans to be in revenue service by early spring 2014. Each of the founding executives has more than 30 years of experience in the rail and intermodal business. Thomas L. Finkbiner, CEO, is widely known as an executive of several rail operations, as


JET launches Outsourced Air

UK based building temperature control systems specialist, Jet Environmental, has recently launched an air rental service known as &lsquo;Outsourced Air&rsquo; ,a new initiative in temperature and energy management. Providing energy efficient temperature control solutions for large volume industrial and commercial buildings, keeping occupants and temperature sensitive products at their optimum temperature, Jet Environmental&rsquo;s new service aims to appeal to those companies who have a requirement for a temperature control system and would prefer to rent a system as an alternative to an outright purchase. JET&rsquo;s managing director, Jason Hibbs, said: &ldquo;Introducing this new commercial option makes it easier for customers to enjoy the benefits of what we believe to


APL tops in customer service at 2013 Quest for Quality Awards

 APL today received a Quest for Quality Award for its outstanding performance in the transportation and logistics industry. Organized by logistics publication Logistics Management, the annual Quest for Quality Awards is seen as an important measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence for transportation and logistics companies.   Among the 12 winners in the Ocean Carriers category this year, APL ranked joint-highest with two other carriers in the attribute category of Customer Service. The awards assessment also covered Service Value, On-time performance, Information Technology as well as Equipment and Operations.   APL was lauded for its ability to manage through the challenging business environment


CargoWise Offers Integrated eManifest Canadian Customs Capability

Software&rsquo;s seamless integration with new customs regulations set to increase productivity and efficiency for CargoWise&rsquo;s Canadian customers. CargoWise has developed a new customs compliant software module to meet the needs of its Canadian customers as they brace for upcoming changes to the country&rsquo;s customs procedures. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is set to overhaul its system in the coming year as it implements the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) eManifest program. Designed to improve border security, the program will require freight forwarders to electronically transmit advance commercial information to the CBSA within a specified time ahead of forwarding. As all freight forwarders


Chemical Manufacturer undertakes Internal Supply Chain

Scott Bader, established in the UK in 1921, is a multi-national chemical company with revenues of &euro;220m and employing 600 people with manufacturing facilities in the UK, France, Croatia, The Middle East and South Africa. It manufactures a wide range of synthetic resins and polymers to many different markets and has built a reputation for innovation, quality and excellent customer service. The product portfolio has three main categories; Core Composites (resins and gel coats), Adhesives and Advanced Composites (structural adhesives and bonding pastes) and Speciality Polymers (including Alkyd resins, solvent based acrylics and emulsion polymers). During 2012 the Scott Bader management


The difference is clear with mast on new Hyster Reach Truck

 The unique mast design featured on the new Hyster Reach Truck lifts to an impressive 12.65m with exceptional stability and speed, offering high residual capacities.  The robust three-stage mast is based on embedded channels produced to an accuracy of 0.1mm.  This accuracy, 500% better than some competitors, helps ensure some of the best residual capacity figures at height, with a speed of 0.8 metres per second and enhanced accuracy from 0.5mm to 0.1mm.  Companies usually select a 2 tonne reach truck, not to lift 2 tonnes, but in order to achieve the right weight at the highest lift height, says Robert O&rsquo;Donoghue,


Repair Clinic Awards ISD New Contract for Order Picking and Packaging Areas

Repair Clinic of Canton, MI has just awarded Integrated Systems Design ,<img src="" width="400" height="106" align="left" alt="" />ISD of Wixom, MI the contract to improve the order picking and packaging areas in their warehouse. This was done to meet projected sales growth and eliminate the need to expand or move within the next five years. Repair Clinic is North America&rsquo;s trusted online store for replacement parts and free DIY repair help for major household appliances, outdoor power equipment, heating & cooling equipment, water heaters and vacuum cleaners. Repair Clinic has one million parts for 160 brands in stock. The driving factors for this phase of warehouse modernization are



 Unipart, one of Europe's leading manufacturing, logistics and consulting groups, has created a 30m long 'storyscape' at its corporate headquarters in Oxford to mark the 20th anniversary of the Unipart U. The Unipart U is one of the longest established corporate universities in the UK. It was opened in 1993 by the Minister for Education with the mission "to train and inspire Unipart&rsquo;s people to achieve world class performance within the company and amongst its stakeholders". The storyscape, which is an approach to telling stories across a landscape, describes the experience awaiting a new employee starting his or her career at Unipart.


TPG and Ivanhoe Cambridge Acquire P3

TPG and Ivanhoe Cambridge Acquire P3 TPG, a leading global private investment firm, with its partner Ivanhoe Cambridge, one of the world&rsquo;s largest real estate companies, has acquired PointPark Properties (P3) from Arcapita, an international investment company. As part of the transaction, the investors will also commit additional capital to strengthen P3&rsquo;s balance sheet and to provide support for future growth. P3 is a specialist investor, developer and asset manager of warehouse properties, providing a first class service to logistics, retail, automotive and electronics manufacturing companies. The real estate assets consist of 48 warehouses (1.46 million m2) and a land bank allowing


CEVA partners with TOWER to launch new cold chain solution for pharmaceutical market

CEVA Logistics, one of the world&rsquo;s leading global supply chain management companies, and TOWER Cold Chain Solutions are pleased to announce the launch of the KryoTrans KTM (KryoTrans Modular) modular pallet shipper, a new solution for shipping temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products in a secure environment at a consistent temperature. The innovative KTM solution represents the combination of CEVA&rsquo;s supply chain excellence, and experience in delivering pharmaceutical quality and compliance to the market, and TOWER&rsquo;s cold chain packaging experience and capabilities. The two companies have worked together to develop the KTM solution specifically for the pharmaceutical market. Selecting the correct packaging system requires an understanding of transportation logistics, the


SITL Europe 2014

By adopting its new name The international meeting for transport, logistics and freight forwarding, SITL Europe 2014 clearly indicates a return to its core elements: transport, logistics and international business. The event takes place from the 1st to the 4th April 2014 in Hall 6, Paris Nord Villepinte It promises to be rich in content and includes the World Transport & Logistics Forum, the Maritime Day and the  Future for Logistics and will be held jointly with INTRALOGISTICS, the exhibition for handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution The exhibition will feature new pavilions and themed spaces dedicated to urban distribution, river transport and logistics real estate. Freight transport is


Kelley HULK Series Zero Lift Provides a Level Interface for Ground Level Loading

The HULK Series Zero Lift is designed to lift palleted materials from ground level to an ergonomic working height without the need of a fork lift or other heavy equipment.  The lift lowers to ground level for easy loading of wheeled carts or pallets with just a pallet jack and provides users with a cost-effective and ergonomic solution to increase safety and overall operational efficiency.    The HULK Zero Lift offers a versatile solution for safely lifting items inside your facility and by bringing the work to the worker, lift tables not only increase a factory's productivity, they reduce worker fatigue and


P3 starts construction of second DHL Express hub

PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist investor, developer and asset manager of warehouse properties, has started construction of a 3,492 m2 logistics facility for international shipping company DHL Express, a division of Deutsche Post DHL, at its PointPark Prague D8. This comes just few weeks after P3 completed a similar-sized distribution hub for DHL Express at Bratislava Airport in Slovakia. Thomas Berliner, Deutsche Post Corporate Real Estate CEE, said: &ldquo;The project at PointPark Prague D8 is very important for our future business growth. In P3 we have found an innovative business partner that was focused on high performance at Bratislava airport project


Flagship lift truck reaches new heights for operators

Yale&rsquo;s new MR reach truck pushes levels of productivity and dependability to new heights for warehouse operators while squeezing cost of ownership to an absolute minimum.    Redesigned from the ground up by one of the industry&rsquo;s most respected materials handling equipment manufacturers, Yale&rsquo;s new MR redefines the standards warehouse managers and forklift operatives can expect of a modern reach truck in a striking range that is both highly productive and pleasing to the eye.   The new MR has been designed to be robust in construction, with outstanding levels of comfort, intuitive operation and class-leading performance characteristics that will please fleet managers and



Damco announces the appointment of Tommy Molgaard as Global Chief Financial Officer. Molgaard takes up his position in Damco&rsquo;s Headquarters after occupying the role of Head of Corporate Finance at APM Terminals.  Tommy Molgaard brings with him over twenty years of experience in finance at a senior level in the Logistics sector. He gained extensive experience as CFO at corporate, country, regional and business unit levels during various assignments with the A.P. Moller Maersk Group in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  Our ambition is to become a top 5 logistics player in the years to come. I am confident that Tommy,


Kewill completes acquisiton of Four Soft

Kewill, a leading provider of multimodal transportation and logistics management software for seamless supply chain execution, today announced completion of the acquisition of the assets and subsidiaries of Hyderabad, India headquartered Four Soft Ltd. The assets of Four Soft including over 500 employees have transferred to Kewill, creating a business with in excess of US$110m in revenues and 7,500 customers, across more than 100 countries. Kewill now names all of the Top 10 Global Logistics Providers amongst its customers. Four Soft brings leading edge software to extend and enhance the Kewill MOVE platform ,a comprehensive end to end solution for managing the


Projects to Morocco

 These days, Europe does not just deal amongst itself, far from it. Recently Van der Vlist has shown this by providing their services in transporting metal presses from central Europe to Casablanca, Morocco. As they were in parts, the cargo on each of the 12 trucks required was a different size and weight, ranging from smaller parts taken in a tautliner to a semi low loader carrying goods with a 3m width and weighing 32 tonnes. Such long transports to countries like Morocco includes secured parking both at night and over the weekends. At the same time another project ran concurrently, taking


FFN Joins CargoWise in Productive Global Partnership

Frontline Freight Network (FFN), a fast-growing family of independent NVOCCs, freight forwarders and logistic service providers, has joined in a global partnership with CargoWise to increase productivity and communication among its members. By joining CargoWise&rsquo;s WiseIndustry Partner program and implementing its cloud-based enterprise class logistics software, ediEnterprise, FFN and its network members will benefit from real-time data exchange from a single-platform system.   The decision to join the WiseIndustry program was a straightforward one says Najam ul Hoda, Managing Director and Team Leader of Frontline Freight Network: Just as FFN is a leader in its field, we wanted the same from our


SDI Group shortlisted for Retail Systems Awards 2013

SDI Group, the global integrator of automated material handling systems, has been shortlisted for the Supply Chain Solution of the Year trophy at the prestigious Retail Systems Awards, to be held at the Lancaster London Hotel on the 23rd October. SDI Group&rsquo;s entry centres on innovative sortation technology. The company has developed a &lsquo;world first&rsquo; for an apparel retail customer by deploying ground-breaking camera technology to identify hangers from over 80 different profiles in under 300 milliseconds whilst going through a high speed sortation process. The automated system revolutionises the labour-intensive operation of sorting empty hangers returned from retail stores. Now


Patrick Newberry Appointed Non Executive Director Of Unipart Expert Practices

Unipart, one of Europe&rsquo;s leading manufacturing, logistics and consultancy groups, has appointed Patrick Newberry as a non executive director of its consultancy, Unipart Expert Practices (UEP).    Pat has deep experience of the consulting sector having held a series of senior roles in PwC&rsquo;s consulting practice, including commercial partner for the consulting business. He has been chairman of PwC&rsquo;s Financial Services Regulatory Practice, playing a significant part in the development of PwC&rsquo;s consulting business in the last ten years.  During his consulting career, he has focused on the financial sector in the UK and globally, working with clients to develop and implement new


The compulsory break is dispensed with

 The new DEUTZ engine TD 3.6L in the C40- 55sD diesel forklift series from CLARK meets the European exhaust emission standard IIIB. From October 2013, the Kubota engine used until now will be replaced by the DEUTZ engine. The offer is particularly aimed at CLARK customers from the 28 EU member states, from Israel, Turkey and countries that follow the exhaust emission legislation. CLARK will also equip both the C20-35D (DEUTZ 2.9L) series as of 2014, and the C60-80D (DEUTZ 3.6 TCD) series as of 2015 with DEUTZ engines. During the operating time: No stationary regeneration necessary The DEUTZ engine with DVERT


A.R.T. Logistics Prepares for Rapid Growth with CargoWise

 Specialist multimodal project logistics company enhances global capabilities in time for major expansion A.R.T. Logistics Ltd. is set to deploy CargoWise software through its global network in a joint effort with CargoWise and its WiseBusiness Partner, RBC Group. The move will enable A.R.T. Logistics to strengthen productivity and transparency during a period of rapid expansion.  The Hong Kong-based company, which specializes in logistics solutions for customers in the oil, gas and mining sectors, will go live in four locations including Hong Kong, Germany, Lithuania and Switzerland later this month. Evgeniy Reznikov, Business Development Director of A.R.T. Logistics, says the roll out will


P3 Hands over New Bratislava Airport Hub to DHL Express

PointPark Properties (P3), the specialist investor, developer and asset manager of warehouse properties, has completed and handed over a tailor-made distribution facility developed at Bratislava Airport for DHL Express, the package delivery arm of the world&rsquo;s largest postal and logistics company. P3 started construction work on the 3,400 m² Build-to-Suit (BTS) distribution facility in late April. Working closely with the general contractor INGSTEEL to respect the tight schedule for the project the teams delivered the new building in four months so that it was ready for fit-out. The combined air/landside greenfield facility incorporates fully automated parcel sorting and handling system. The Transported


DAP Technologies Partners with Omni-ID to Produce First Rugged Tablet with Both Active and Passive RFID Reader Capability

 Auto-identification technology leaders DAP Technologies, a unit of Roper Industries, and Omni-ID, today the launch of a new series of mobile tablets that incorporate both active and passive radio frequency identification (RFID) reader capabilities ,an industry first.  Because most companies use a combination of auto-identification technologies incorporating both passive and active RFID tagging to track and locate assets, they have been forced to use multiple types of readers to facilitate this process. Now, with the integration of both active and passive RFID technology on a rugged device suitable for harsh environments, markets such as oil and gas, off-shore drilling, warehouse and


Jungheinrich named CEVA top supplier for the second year

For the second year in succession Jungheinrich has been named CEVA Logistics European Supplier of the Year at an awards event designed to recognise best practice and excellence among CEVA&rsquo;s worldwide supplier base. CEVA&rsquo;s Global Supplier Awards 2013 were presented at a gala dinner in Florida, USA, and the award was accepted on behalf of the Jungheinrich Group by Frank Loeber, Jungheinrich&rsquo;s Head of Corporate Key Account Management and Mick Wright, Corporate Key Account Manager.   CEVA&rsquo;s CEO, Marv Schlanger, commented, Excellence really was the theme of the day; starting with the opportunity for us to bring supply chain excellence to life at


Secure secondary packaging

 &ldquo;Tamper evident security tape plays a vital role in secure secondary packaging, whilst it is hoped to deter unauthorised tampering it provides a clear  indication as to whether the goods, individually boxed or palletised, have been interfered with.&rdquo; explains Sander Greving, Sales Director at Staffordshire based adhesive material specialists SKD Tapes.    The company have launched a versatile and robust tamper evident security tape with some seriously smart features.  The new SK77 security tapes are available in three colours red, blue and a &lsquo;covert&rsquo; brown that, to all intents and purposes looks like a regular buff tape used to seal cardboard boxes,



New case picking enhancement for more efficient flow rack and high level pallet picking   ITW Warehouse Automation (ITWWA), the global supplier of innovative, fully-integrated warehousing solutions, introduces its new &lsquo;Swift Pick&rsquo; solution. An enhancement to case picking for both flow rack and higher level pallet picking, &lsquo;Swift Pick&rsquo; increases the individual picking rates and efficiencies of the product flow through automation. The solution incorporates proprietary software that enables operators to use a mobile device or tablet as their case picking monitor. It further allows users to pick at a pace that keeps the conveyor line full of product- increasing the overall


VS Logistics Increase Productivity with CargoWise Software

Dutch freight forwarder benefits from eLearning to facilitate rapid deployment of the cloud-based logistics software solution             VS Logistics has reported improvements in its operational flexibility and a widening of services to potential and existing customers since its recent implementation of CargoWise&rsquo;s single-platform supply chain logistics management system, ediEnterprise.     Friso van Seters, founder and managing director of the Dutch logistics start-up, states that CargoWise, a global leader in technology solutions for logistics service providers, was the most logical option because it combines the flexibility of a cloud-based offering with the sophistication of a service used by


KoamTac Expands Durable, IP rated KDCV350 with the addition of a 3 key Model

Simple key layout, bright screen and rugged dependability touted for facilitating BYOD and saving man hours in outdoor applications KoamTac, Inc.has introduced its newest rugged smart scanning device, the KDC350 3 Key, which has all the features and options that have made the keypad-equipped KDC350 an early success. These features include IP65 ingress protection,1.5m drop survivability, available GPS, available NFC (Near Field Communication) reader and optional long-range bar code reading. &ldquo;We have many clients who value the ease of use offered by the original KDC but also wanted the durability and additional feature set offered by our recently released KDC350,&rdquo; explained Dr. Hanjin Lee, president and CEO of KoamTac. &ldquo;The KDC350 3-Key still


Parcel Forum 2013 Features Pick to Light and Brand on Demand

Two members of the Matthews Marking and Fulfillment Systems division of Matthews Brand Solutions,Lightning Pick and Matthews Marking Systems ,will share Booth 603 at the Parcel Forum 13 , October 7 to 9th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. The exhibit is a part of the event&rsquo;s Warehousing Operations Pavilion.   On display will be two complementary technologies that help e-commerce order fulfillment operations boost split-case, parcel picking accuracy and packing productivity: Lightning Pick&rsquo;s put-to-light light-directed picking station, and Matthews Marking System&rsquo;s Viacode print control module (PCM), L-Series high resolution thermal inkjet printer and T-Series high resolution industrial inkjet printer.   For facilities


Euro-cops putting pallet wrap in the spotlight

Anecdotal evidence suggest that Police forces across mainland Europe are robustly enforcing laws on cargo security which require anyone transporting palletised loads to be able to demonstrate that the pallet wrap used to secure each pallet has been applied to measurable parameters.   If pallet wrap is found to be insufficiently sturdy to ensure safe transport of a load, the haulier is forced to wrap the pallet again so that the freight is deemed to be securely fastened before continuing his journey.   &ldquo;We understand that Belgian and German police forces are taking a particularly aggressive stance on the issue,&rdquo; says Martyn Sumner, managing


Port of Hamburg tour for Intermodal Europe 2013 visitors

    When registering to attend Intermodal Europe 2013, visitors also have the opportunity to register for a place on an exclusive tour of the Port of Hamburg during the event.  &ldquo;We are inviting Intermodal Europe visitors to a port tour by boat through the Port of Hamburg on Wednesday 9 October, which is day two of the three day event&rdquo; says Axel Mattern, CEO, Port of Hamburg Marketing. &ldquo;The port tour will give the attendees a wide overview about the development plans and operational procedures in the port. It will bring the participants close to the container terminals and the several multi-purpose


No paper wait

    Based in Laindon, Essex, Anton Group ( is a fast moving, highly responsive business specialising in the production of variable image/variable data print and direct mail.   One of the largest personalised print and mailing companies in Europe, Anton's clients include major high street banks, media companies, utilities and large retailers.    In recent years, the group has invested in excess of £50 million in equipment to create an ultra-advanced print and mailing operation.   Part of this sizable spend was directed at an overhaul of the storage facilities and materials handling equipment in operation at the group&rsquo;s 165,000 sq ft site. Daily pick and pack


Bought in the USA

Attachment company&rsquo;s new deal will send their products stateside   Leading forklift truck supplier B&B Attachments is prominent in both the sale and hire of attachments to the UK markets.  This month marks a key point in the company&rsquo;s growth, as they have appointed US-based Lift Technologies, Inc. as distributors of B&B manufactured and associated products.  The South Carolina-based company will now distribute these goods across the USA and Canada. This step will greatly assist B&B in raising their profile internationally.    Lift Technologies design and produce a full range of masts, carriages and integrated attachments for all types of mobile material handling equipment.


CMA will adopt ediEnterprise

CargoWise, a global leader in technology solutions for logistics service providers (LSPs), announced CMA CGM Logistics will adopt ediEnterprise through WiseCloud across its offices in 50 countries over the next 18 months, following two successful pilots.   CMA CGM Logistics is a subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group, the world&rsquo;s third largest maritime container shipping company and number one in France. CMA CGM Logistics offers logistics services for international transport and creates custom solutions which guarantee overall control and efficiency of logistics flows.    The CargoWise project will enable CMA CGM Logistics to operate its entire business off a single global database which combines


Military service for Flexi

 Flexi Narrow Aisle has supplied Flexi articulated forklift truck technology to NATO,the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. The Flexi very narrow aisle lift trucks will be used to support NATO&rsquo;s ongoing efforts in Kosovo. Nato&rsquo;s peace keeping role in Kosovo is now largely confined to search and rescue operations, explosive ordnance disposal, control and clearance of hazardous materials, fire-fighting and other humanitarian assistance tasks. The Flexi articulated forklift trucks will be put to work at NATO&rsquo;s facility in Pristina where they will be used to improve space utilisation and efficiency in the stores that handle the broad range of equipment and kit required to


Announcing the 2014 Logistics Performance Index (LPI) Survey

 The World Bank is reaching out to the worldwide freight forwarding community as part of the LPI 2013/2014.   The World Bank&rsquo;s Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is a comprehensive index of logistics performance in 155 countries. The 2014 edition of the index will be published in February 2014.    Covering the entire supply chain, the LPI is based on a survey where logistics operators express their views on several logistics dimensions in developing and developed countries. The index is used by professionals, policymakers and academics to compare logistics performance across countries and to identify bottlenecks and reform priorities within countries.  Based on numerical ratings from



Dematic, a supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse, and distribution center, has further extended the power of its mobile monitoring service designed to deliver real-time warehouse information via smart phones or tablet devices. Now, in addition to pick and sort activities, users can remotely access and supervise Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) equipment and performance, further extending visibility into warehouse operations for quicker and more informed decision-making. Additionally, the mobile monitoring solution now supports remote application updates, which are accessible through a secure site where users can download future updates and releases. By providing real-time business information that can be


European 3PL warehousing map

eyefortransport have just released the first edition of the European 3PL warehousing map featuring 14 million square metres of warehousing space owned by 3PLs. 47 companies, in 33 countries, have made their details available, listing a total of 713 warehouses.  You can view this resource  by visiting: Please note that the information is just a partial representation of all the 3PL warehousing that is available in Europe, based on those companies who were willing to make this information publically available.  If you would like your company to be included in a future edition to be released in December 2013 please  


Crown appoints Simon Emery as Director Retail Operations EMEA

  Simon Emery (46) has been appointed to the position of Director Retail Operations EMEA at Crown.    In his new role, Simon Emery will be in charge of all the activities of Crown subsidiaries and independent Crown dealerships in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). He will also be responsible for the sales organisation. After relocating to Crown&rsquo;s European head office in Munich, he will report directly to Ken Dufford, Vice President Europe at Crown Equipment Corporation.   Emery brings years of professional experience to his new job. He has worked for Crown in a variety of different roles, including warehouse management,


New Collapsible Packaging is an Industry Game Changer

FCA new and innovative collapsible utility box This collapsible packaging (patent pending) requires NO Tools, NO Fasteners, and NO Clips to assemble. It can be set up or taken down in seconds, safely, and with no training.    To save money across your supply chain, on freight, on labor, on packaging and on storage, please visit us at to see the C.U.B. in action   



    CeMAT ASIA (28 to 31 October 2013 in Shanghai): CeMAT ASIA ,the leading intralogistics trade fair in Asia China the world&rsquo;s biggest market for intralogistics products eCommerce driving logistics   Shanghai/Hannover. With revenues of around 63 billion euros in 2011, the Chinese intralogistics industry ranks No. 1 in the world, with US manufacturers coming in second and German manufacturers third. Figures like this serve to highlight the growing importance of CeMAT ASIA as Asia&rsquo;s leading intralogistics tradeshow. This October, the show&rsquo;s organizer, Deutsche Messe, is expecting more than 450 exhibitors and a leased display area of some 35,000 square meters (376,700 sq. ft).   CeMAT ASIA 2013


Exclusive Lloyds List white paper for Intermodal Europe visitors

An exclusive white paper produced by Lloyd&rsquo;s List Intelligence is available for registered Intermodal Europe 2013 visitors to download. &ldquo;Intermodal Europe has partnered with Lloyd&rsquo;s List Intelligence to give Intermodal Europe visitors access to this exclusive white paper, which is valued at &euro;399, completely free of charge&rdquo; explains Sophie Ahmed, Event Director. &ldquo;To access this valuable resource, people simply need to register as a visitor for the free-to-attend conference and exhibition.&rdquo; According to the white paper, titled &lsquo;Recent Trends in Container Shipping&rsquo;, the container fleet has grown by almost 70% in terms of the number of vessels in the last ten years


The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Announces New Global Identity

 CILT Hong Kong has a new identity, emphasising its place in the CILT global family. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), maintains and advances professional standards in supply chain, logistics, and transport across the world. Founded in 1919 the CILT&rsquo;s influence and commitment to furthering a common vision of professional standards and the sharing of knowledge worldwide means CILT membership has become a universal benchmark for quality and confidence in every continent. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, which has offices in 31 countries and a presence in over 100 worldwide provides an extensive education, training and professional networking


Warehouse operation analysis report

  Proteus Software and TouchStar Technologies ,respectively suppliers of warehouse management systems and mobile computing solutions to the supply chain sector ,have joined forces to offer warehouse and distribution centre operators a new reporting service that, it is claimed, will allow energy efficiency savings of between and 15 and 25 per cent to be made.   The efficiencies are achieved, Proteus and TouchStar say, as a result of a new approach to warehouse operations analysis that highlights those aspects of a storage facility that could be undertaken more proficiently.   For example, the way in which a warehouse is laid out and the routes that


HighJump Software Announces New Latin American Partnership

  Barrdega Sistemas will provide supply chain software leadership in Panama, expanding HighJump Software&rsquo;s Latin American footprint HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that it has named Barrdega Sistemas its newest international associate for supply chain markets outside of the United States. Barrdega Sistemas is a full-service consulting and systems integration firm that designs, deploys and integrates end-to-end supply chain solutions. The company will expand the reach of HighJump supply chain solutions in Latin America by providing Panama&rsquo;s fast-growing market with the HighJump&trade; Supply Chain Advantage suite, one of the most configurable and adaptable solutions in



Achilles &ndash; one of the world&rsquo;s biggest provider of supply chain management services to the oil and gas sector &ndash; has opened a new office in Dubai, and appointed a new Regional Director to manage business growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.    Achilles works on behalf of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world &ndash; scrutinising their supply chains to identify and mitigate the full spectrum of risks &ndash; including compliance with regional laws, health and safety, and ethics. As part of this model, buyers from across the oil and gas sector have formed 10


Zim Rotterdam to call at DP World London Gateway

 DP World London Gateway Supports ZIM    The Zim Rotterdam will call at DP World London Gateway port today and undergo required maintenance.  The 10,000 TEU ship will be the largest ever cargo vessel to enter the Thames and is expected alongside London Gateway at 19.00 hours.    As a result of an unplanned delay, London Gateway port agreed to accommodate the vessel at very short notice.    A spokesman for London Gateway said: &ldquo;We welcome the vessel to London Gateway to allow it to undertake essential work so it can continue quickly on its way.&rdquo;    Updates via twitter: @LondonGatewayUK   


AEB launches Global Trade Compliance Campaign

AEB hosts 4th Annual Compliance Conference on 22nd October 2013 in partnership with CILT(UK)  AEB is sponsor and exhibitor at 26th Annual Global Trade Controls Conference, 5th & 6th November 2013    AEB (International) Ltd, a leading provider of supply chain management and global trade solutions, is launching a comprehensive global trade compliance campaign featuring events, new white papers and awareness literature ahead of the Obama Administration&rsquo;s upcoming export control reform (ECR) changes. AEB&rsquo;s campaign is aimed at guiding UK businesses through these changes and helping them understand how it is affecting their global trade compliance processes.    The U.S. Department of State's Directorate of


Profitable low emissions extended to new Hyster H8-16XM range

    The new Hyster H8-16XM forklift trucks use significantly less fuel to do more work than the previous generation models.  Following the Hyster approach to low emissions container handling trucks, this ninth generation series of 8-16 tonne lift capacity Hyster Big Trucks has been designed for use in demanding applications, such as within the ports and terminals, mining, construction, paper, logistics and heavy industry sectors.  Considerable fuel savings of up to 17 per cent can be achieved using the smaller H8-12XM-6 series, thanks to engine rightsizing and advanced ECO-eLo control systems, which are now available on all Stage IIIB configurations. Fuel savings of


NOL names Bruno Sidler to Board of Directors

NOL Group today announced the appointment of Bruno Sidler to its Board of Directors. Mr Sidler is the Chief Operating Officer of market expansion services group DKSH Holding Ltd., which is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.   Mr Sidler will join the NOL Board on 16 September 2013 and he will serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board. On the same day, Olivier Lim will step down from the NOL Board. Mr Lim is currently a member of the Nominating Committee.   &ldquo;We are delighted to welcome Bruno Sidler to the NOL Board. His vast experience garnered from


Mature and measured approach puts Flexi on course for a record year

  2013 is on course to be a record year for global sales of Flexi articulated forklift trucks.   Flexi Narrow Aisle, the privately-owned, UK-based company which introduced the first Flexi articulated forklift truck in the early 1990s, expects to produce 40% more Flexi units this year at its recently expanded factory in the West Midlands.   Sustained export success &ndash; with demand from the automotive manufacturing sector particularly strong &ndash; and sales to the rapidly developing e-fulfillment logistics market are cited as two reasons for the growth.   &ldquo;Because of its design and operator visibility, the Flexi is perfectly suited to working alongside order picking staff


New Weighing, Labeling and Sortation System from Integrated Systems Design

 The new Weighing, Labeling and Sortation System from Integrated Systems Design (ISD) automatically weighs, labels and sorts a wide range of package, box and envelope sizes to reduce costs and improve accuracy in logistics warehouse shipping operations.   Using the ISD weighing, lableing, and sortation system can reduce labor requirements up to 90%, reclaim wasted floor space for more value added operations and save shipping costs due to manual weighing and route sequencing capabilities. This system is ideal for upgrades, retrofits, and new facility roll outs.   The 100% scalable system includes a high accuracy scale, label printer and an integrated conveyor system, plus


Applying Systems Thinking in the Warehouse Environment

Applying Systems Thinking in the Warehouse Environment   By Don Benson   The warehouse environment is a microcosm of the world. There&rsquo;s good and bad; cooperation and chaos; predictable patterns and surprises every day &ndash; whether you&rsquo;re running a distribution business, an e-commerce business, or you&rsquo;re a manufacturer.   If you want to improve the productivity and performance of the warehouse and distribution center, operations must constantly improve and adopt innovations in the marketplace like adding direct to consumer order processing to warehouses that currently support retail orders and merging and expanding distribution channels through a single warehouse.   The best warehouse environment operations are agile. Managers are



  SMART ACTUATOR manufacturer SACO is powering into markets across the globe with the unveiling of a world-beating energy efficient actuator. The UK company has developed a revolutionary actuator which shows energy savings of over 75 per cent over traditional motor-driven systems. The actuator has been conceived, tested and developed by Rift Technologies and is being introduced to the UK market in September. SACO chairman Tony O&rsquo;Donnell commented: I am delighted to be able to unveil our very first product to help companies across the UK to benefit from our revolutionary technology. In tests our actuators deliver stunning energy savings and there is a huge


Changing Landscape of China Supply Chain

<img src="" width="240" height="300" align="left" alt="" />Exploring the key dynamics impacting low cost manufacturing in China . . . As China continues its impressive development path of the last twenty years, it has now become two economic markets that are interconnected and converging - its Global market which is driven by mass production for export to developed countries, and its Local market which revolves around rapidly expanding domestic consumption. Multi-national companies first came to China to take advantage of low-cost labour and Special Economic Zones. Nowadays they remain in China to sell products to Chinese consumers in the local market. One development


The 8th China (Shenzhen) International Logistics and Transportation Fair October 14-16 2013

 WLI will be attending --The 8th China (Shenzhen) International Logistics and Transportation Fair October 14-16 2013 Shenzen Convention & Exhibition Center One of the Leading Logistics and Transport Expo&rsquo;s in Asia With an expected 1,200 Exhibitors from over 30 countries and 80,000 Visitors from more than 60 states and regions, CILF is one of the leading logistics and transport expo&rsquo;s in Asia for logistics, supply chain management, ports and shipping, transport, IT solutions, mobility, air cargo, material handling and beyond. Running alongside the exhibition, CILF hosts numerous high-end forums and match making meetings which provide exhibitors with unlimited opportunities to share the latest industry trends


First Joint Stabilisers in China

 First Joint Stabilisers in China   The floor to Phase 1 of a Logistics Development in Qingpu - a district of Shanghai Municipality, owned by a global industrial property developer, had obvious damages between the warehouse and the loading dock due to differential settlement between the two. The loading dock was constructed after the warehouse and perhaps the ground condition was an oversight by the design of the loading dock.   There were 6 occupied units in the warehouse and each entrance to the warehouse was used on a daily basis. The differences in height caused by the differential settlement ranged from 3mm to


HighJump Software Announces Strategic Partners in China

 HighJump Software Announces Strategic Partners in China Supply chain expertise and strong implementation record of three companies will help drive HighJump market leadership  HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today its three strategic associates in China: Anchor Information Technology Ltd., Hentor and Hyrus. Each partner brings a set of strengths and networks to help HighJump Software&rsquo;s solutions gain even greater momentum in China, and have deep experience designing, deploying and integrating end-to-end supply chain solutions. Together, they will expand the reach of HighJump supply chain solutions by providing China&rsquo;s fast-developing markets with the HighJump&trade; Supply Chain Advantage


Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference 7 November 2013 Hong Kong

 Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference 7 November 2013 Hong Kong The Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference (ALMC) brings together logistics services providers and users, including manufacturers, traders and distributors, to exchange market intelligence and explore new business opportunities in the region. This year, the conference is expected to attract more than 1,400 participants from around the world. In addition, an Exhibition will be staged alongside the main conference for exhibitors to showcase the best of their products and services, while customised business matching meetings between exhibitors and participants will be arranged to facilitate direct partnership building. Registration for ALMC has begun. Act now


Product offensive: CLARK extends warehousing technology range

Product offensive: CLARK extends warehousing technology range   Twelve for the warehouse   CLARK has launched twelve new models in summer 2013 further expanding its existing warehousing range in the warehousing technology boom segment. The  reach truck range and low and high-lift pedestrian operated trucks has been considerably expanded and medium and high-lift picker trucks have been added to the program. A prominent feature of the new warehousing technology machines is the robust mono-block design for mechanical strength and increased stability, precisely what you would expect from CLARK "Built to Last".   Reach truck, 2.5t load capacity, C RT 25 4-D ac The C RT 25 4-D


Focus on ports and terminals at Intermodal Europe in Hamburg

   Focus on ports and terminals at Intermodal Europe in Hamburg Intermodal Europe 2013 will be held in the active port area of Hamburg, Germany, from 8-10 October and a number of port-focussed conference sessions will take place during the three day event. Key speakers from the ports and terminals sector will be discussing port related challenges and sharing solutions during some of the conference sessions at the Hamburg Messe. Port issues for intermodal transport will be a focus on day one, during a session led by Peter Ward, Supply Chain Commercial Manager at DP World London Gateway. Intermodal Europe 2013 will


sbh helps Johnston Sweepers clean up its operating efficiency with Dorking factory extension

sbh helps Johnston Sweepers clean up its operating efficiency with Dorking factory extension Industrial property and construction consultant sbh was appointed in 2011 to provide project management, planning and procurement services to support Johnston Sweepers&rsquo; plans to extend its Dorking factory in Surrey helping the company to improve its operation and production.  The 66,500 sq ft £11 million extension, which includes 61,000 sq ft of industrial factory and 5,500 sq ft of office, links onto the existing building with 5 additional level-access loading doors. Acting as Employer&rsquo;s Agent and Project Manager, sbh advised Johnston Sweepers on putting together the project team, managed the


BoxTop Technologies takes on new staff to handle growing business

 BoxTop Technologies takes on new staff to handle growing business    BoxTop Technologies, a leading specialist in freight forwarding and logistics software, has added new members of staff to help it deal with its rapidly expanding business.   Shane Paddington, a business development specialist with 15 years&rsquo; experience, joins from another freight software supplier, while Jasmine Bailey and Hanna Kavanagh were formerly working at freight forwarding companies.   &ldquo;As usual, we have prioritised finding people who have real experience working in the freight and logistics industry,&rdquo; says Paul Richardson, Business Development Manager. &ldquo;We believe that our growth is largely driven by our team&rsquo;s ability to truly


Supply Chain and Logistics Industry Leads Growth across Key Markets

Supply Chain and Logistics Industry Leads Growth across Key Markets &ndash; by Mr Kim Winter, CEO of the Logistics Executive Group   In December 2012, the Logistics Executive Group released our 6th Annual Supply Chain and Logistics Employment Market Survey Report, which included market trends and predictions for 2013.  The Survey is emailed globally to over 40,000 of our client and senior candidate contacts and provides high value market trend information which we share to our respondent customers and candidates as well as selected international supply chain and logistics media partners.       As we have reached the half way mark of 2013,


APL named Best Cold Chain Logistics Provider

   APL has won the Best Cold Chain Logistics Provider accolade at the 2013 Asian Manufacturing Awards.   The container shipping company was picked for its exemplary performance in solution innovation, customer impact, client engagement and regional market penetration.   &ldquo;APL is honoured to be recognised as the Best Cold Chain Logistics Provider, as this acknowledges our market-leading refrigerated shipping services,&rdquo; said APL Vice President for Global Refrigerated Trade Eric Eng, after receiving the award on APL&rsquo;s behalf at a ceremony here this evening.   APL&rsquo;s refrigerated trade draws on an extensive network of terminals and shipping services to transport fresh produce and other reefer cargoes around



 NEW TELEMETRY OFFERING FROM HYSTER  Hyster has launched a new Wireless Access Monitoring System, Hyster Tracker, which enables effective fleet management to support demanding materials handling operations. The latest telemetry offering from Hyster is designed to enhance productivity by monitoring and reporting on the performance and use of forklift trucks and container handling trucks in operation.  The system can be used to track key performance data and, through wireless tracking technology, materials handling operations can keep tough Hyster forklift trucks running for even longer and even more productively. The Hyster Tracker monitors the materials handling fleet, controls operator access and helps to verify that


Kewill enhances logistics software with new mobile apps for greater efficiency

    KEWILL ENHANCES LOGISTICS SOFTWARE WITH NEW MOBILE APPS FOR GREATER EFFICIENCY New mobile applications enable LSPs to provide field operatives with access to latest trip information, and capture immediate updates Kewill, Inc., a leading provider of multimodal transportation and logistics management solutions for seamless supply chain execution, today announced the release of mobile applications for its Kewill Logistics software that enable its customers&rsquo; staff to access and update trip information and instructions while on the move.  The iOS and Android applications allow drivers to instantly log in to their company&rsquo;s Kewill Logistics operating system, retrieve a list of trips to be made, and


German automotive sector deal for Flexi

  Component supplier takes the HiLOAD   Narrow Aisle Flexi &ndash; manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks &ndash; has won a contract to supply Flexi HiLOAD articulated trucks to the Germany-based production facility of leading automotive components supplier Magna Decoma.     Also known as Decoma Exterior Systems GmbH, the company manufactures bumpers for Mercedes A and B Class vehicles as well as the Daimler range of heavy goods vehicles.   Magna Decoma, are using two Flexi HiLOADs to deliver components from two different on-site storage warehouses directly to its production line.   The Flexi trucks are being used to offload stillages of incoming component


Free movement & superflat floors Singapore

Free Movement & Superflat floors Singapore   CoGri Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (CGAP) completed a free movement warehouse floor construction for an international construction and machinery manufacturing firm. This facility is a single story single user light industrial warehouse with a 4-story ancillary office building, located in Tuas Ave, Singapore.   Working for a local contractor, the project comprised of the construction of 75mm thick bonded topping slab over a total floor area of 456m2 (including 6m2 of ramp area) to comply with the UK Concrete Society&rsquo;s TR-34 Free Movement Specifications (FM2). A laser guided Copperhead was deployed to strike off the



 AIDC LAUNCHES &lsquo;COTS WMS&rsquo; CUSTOM-OFF-THE-SHELF WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM   Fully customised, but at an off-the-shelf price ,AIDC claims a market first ,COTS WMS technology uses &lsquo;smart&rsquo; AIDC system building blocks .New WMS is fully RFID-enabled &ldquo;We have used technology to deliver the best of both worlds: a fully customised, &lsquo;no-limits&rsquo; WMS that is built in line with the user&rsquo;s business, but at an off-the-shelf price&rdquo; says AIDC operations director David Myers   Supply chain technology innovator AIDC Solutions is launching a new version of its &lsquo;AIDC-WHM&rsquo; warehouse management system, which is now fully RFID-enabled. The company claims a market first for its custom-off-the-shelf (COTS)


Illuminating the Dark Art of Sales

 Illuminating the Dark Art of Sales Richard White, founder and Chief Executive Officer of WiseTech Global, explains why sales and marketing has long been viewed as a mysterious art, and why this fear is unfounded .                                                    If there&rsquo;s one thing all companies struggle to measure, it&rsquo;s the relationship between marketing and sales, and how these business units affect new revenue creation.    We all know that there&rsquo;s a connection, but actually tracking a prospect from the time they know nothing



 DAMCO ENGAGES WITH MULIPLE STAKEHOLDERS TO ASSIST ITS CUSTOMERS IN ADDING MYANMAR TO ITS SUPPLY CHAIN Following extensive work with NGOs, local companies and diplomats, Damco is assisting its clients this year to open their supply chains up to the frontier market of Myanmar.   Damco has commenced offering its customers access to the frontier market of Myanmar, after being granted a permanent license in July to operate under its own legal entity in the country, making the company one of the first supply chain solution providers to offer genuine end-to-end logistics services there.   Myanmar, with about 60 million people, is implementing reforms and


Production Pilots

  Production Pilots Rapidly changing global business requires technological and process innovation    According to CargoWise Global Implementation Manager Stuart Mann, pilot projects make it safer to fail, and easier to succeed. He explains why.   The global supply chain has evolved significantly in the last 10 years, creating a challenging environment in which to select and implement software products that will meet historic, current and future business requirements.   Many logistics companies are using yesterday&rsquo;s business practices to address current and future technological needs, and remain dominated by the desire to try to fix scope, time, quality and cost at the start of a project. This


HighJump Software Announces Strategic Partners in China

 HighJump Software Announces Strategic Partners in China Supply chain expertise and strong implementation record of three companies will help drive HighJump market leadership  HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today its three strategic associates in China: Anchor Information Technology Ltd., Hentor and Hyrus. Each partner brings a set of strengths and networks to help HighJump Software&rsquo;s solutions gain even greater momentum in China, and have deep experience designing, deploying and integrating end-to-end supply chain solutions. Together, they will expand the reach of HighJump supply chain solutions by providing China&rsquo;s fast-developing markets with the HighJump Supply Chain Advantage



DAMCO ENGAGES WITH MULIPLE STAKEHOLDERS TO ASSIST ITS CUSTOMERS IN ADDING MYANMAR TO ITS SUPPLY CHAIN Following extensive work with NGOs, local companies and diplomats, Damco is assisting its clients this year to open their supply chains up to the frontier market of Myanmar.   Damco has commenced offering its customers access to the frontier market of Myanmar, after being granted a permanent license in July to operate under its own legal entity in the country, making the company one of the first supply chain solution providers to offer genuine end-to-end logistics services there.    Myanmar, with about 60 million people, is implementing reforms and


RediGroup reports strong sales growth

RediGroup reports strong sales growth   Storage systems specialist, RediGroup, has experienced strong growth over the first two quarters of the current financial year with order intake up 26 per cent on the same period 12 months earlier.   Direct sales of the group&rsquo;s RediRack pallet racking and RediFloor mezzanine floor structures leapt by a massive 214 per cent, while sales through the company&rsquo;s UK-wide distributor network are also up on last year with growth of 75 per cent recorded.   Ray Phelan, Sales Director of RediGroup, commented: &ldquo;What is particularly pleasing is the strong growth that we are experiencing has been consistent since January and


BoxTop Technologies

 BoxTop Technologies takes on new staff to handle growing business   BoxTop Technologies, a leading specialist in freight forwarding and logistics software, has added new members of staff to help it deal with its rapidly expanding business.   Shane Paddington, a business development specialist with 15 years&rsquo; experience, joins from another freight software supplier, while Jasmine Bailey and Hanna Kavanagh were formerly working at freight forwarding companies.   &ldquo;As usual, we have prioritised finding people who have real experience working in the freight and logistics industry,&rdquo; says Paul Richardson, Business Development Manager. &ldquo;We believe that our growth is largely driven by our team&rsquo;s ability to truly


SBS Worldwide - 30 Years Old and Still Innovative

    <img width="100" height="120" align="left" alt="" src="" style="margin-right: 10px" /> SBS Worldwide - 30 Years Old and Still Innovative Today, award-winning logistics specialist SBS Worldwide celebrates its 30th anniversary. It is one of the largest freight forwarders still operating as a privately-owned and managed company in the UK. The secret of its success? Innovation. Company founder and Chairman Steve Walker explains: &ldquo;Innovation drives business. Don&rsquo;t expect your service offering to remain the same and still be acceptable. The competition always catches up.&rdquo; Steve Walker launched the business in 1983 as S Black Shipping, operating eastbound ocean


Kewill announces intention to acquire Four Soft

  Guildford, UK and Chelmsford, MA, USA - Kewill, a leading provider of multimodal transportation software, announces that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Four Soft, a software company headquartered in Hyderabad, India. The acquisition is expected to close within 90 days and will expand Kewill&rsquo;s existing leadership position in the Supply Chain Execution software market.    Four Soft develops and markets a portfolio of logistics solutions for logistics service providers, retailers and manufacturers. Four Soft has more than 400 customers, with in excess of 60,000 users across 120 countries.  


Kerry Logistics

 Kerry Logistics successfully completes first stage of Kewill Forwarding implementation.   November 29th, 2012, Hong Kong and Singapore: Kerry Logistics, a global logistics service provider (LSP), has today announced that only 6 months after signing the contract with Kewill to roll out the Kewill Forwarding solution, they already have 7 countries with more than 10 sites live on the solution including Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. In the next phase there are 14 more countries planned to be live within the next 6 months. In a parallel implementation phase Kerry Logistics&rsquo; China operations will be rolling out to


Logistics and Industrial

 Logistics and industrial property investment maintains momentum in Q3 2012 Core Continental Western European markets keep transaction volumes at &euro;2 billion in Q3 2012 according to Jones Lang LaSalle research ·         Overall Q3 2012 volumes reached &euro;2.0 billion, slightly down from &euro;2.2 billion in Q2. Limited prime product on the market and varying levels of liquidity across markets impacted year-to-date volumes, down 18% on the equivalent period last year ·         Year-to-date volumes in France and Germany are significantly ahead on the same period in 2011. Transactions in the UK were resilient, down by only 6%. Poland and Russia were the only other


CEVA awarded the best 3PL

 CEVA awarded the Best 3PL Supply Chain Provider in China Shanghai, China, 14 November, 2012 &ndash; CEVA Logistics, one of the world&rsquo;s leading supply chain management companies, announced today that the company has been awarded the Best 3PL Supply Chain Provider in the 2012 CHaINA awards. The CHaINA Awards is one of the most prestigious and largest industry awards in Asia. The award was initiated by the Global Supply Chain Council, Asia's largest professional organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge, understanding, and career development of executives, managers, and professionals in the field of supply chain, logistics and procurement management. Each award embodies the innovation, excellence and success carried


Schaefer provides Linde

 Schaefer provides Linde with new parts store   22 years after its first parts store was installed, Linde Materials Handling (UK) Ltd once again called upon the expertise of SSI Schaefer to fit out its brand new stores facility in Basingstoke, Hampshire.   With a close working relationship spanning decades, Linde were more than confident of using SSI Schaefer&rsquo;s expertise to design and install a new parts store once the decision was made to relocate to new premises from its existing satellite site in Basingstoke.   Linde wasted no time in taking full advantage of SSI Schaefer&rsquo;s vast product portfolio and industry capabilities in order to


Technology is Changing

 Technology Is Changing Face of Domestic Transport   Sydney, Australia, November 27, 2012 &ndash; According to Ralf Moller, General Manager Marketing, Australia & New Zealand Sales at logistics software company WiseTechGlobal, the growing trend of online retailing is just another example of how expanding technology has empowered businesses. That means that those involved in domestic transport, in any location, must increasingly understand and adapt to the fact that online retailing is changing the manner in which goods are ordered, transported and delivered throughout the global supply chain.   &ldquo;Today, there are at least 197 billion reasons for domestic transport companies to seriously contemplate


APL Logistics acquires

  APL Logistics acquires Carmichael International Service   In-house U.S. Customs brokerage capability to augment global 3PL&rsquo;s offerings     LOS ANGELES, 20 NOVEMBER 2012: APL Logistics, the supply chain management unit of Singapore&rsquo;s NOL Group, has acquired U.S. Customs brokerage and trade compliance firm Carmichael International Service, the two companies announced today.   &ldquo;This acquisition is vitally important to APL Logistics&rsquo; strategy to strengthen the integration of our international supply chain services,&rdquo; said Jim McAdam, President of APL Logistics.  We&rsquo;re pleased to bring together two outstanding names in logistics services for the benefit of our customers.&rdquo;   Los Angeles-based Carmichael is one of the largest independent customs brokerage,


Destination IMHX

 Destination IMHX, Destination Schaefer   Visitors after the X factor at IMHX should look no further than SSI Schaefer for inspiration.   Offering an eye-catching stand that will draw the crowds in, SSI Schaefer will be looking after its guests within the impressive hospitality lounge and bar area dedicated to all stand visitors &ndash; providing both the ideal networking spot and opportunity to get to know the faces &lsquo;behind the scenes&rsquo; that contribute to Schaefer&rsquo;s  leading reputation within the UK materials handling industry.   Not only will the stand be packed full of innovative solutions designed to meet and exceed the storage, order picking and


Damco unveils

  Damco unveils missing link to supply chains   With a new network optimization tool, Damco now further enhances its end-to-end supply chain management platform to provide the utmost in cost savings to customers, while decreasing carbon emissions and enhancing overall supply chain design.   22 November 2012 &ndash; In recognition of the need with supply chain managers for cutting costs and securing a constant high degree of delivery performance, Damco now offers improved capabilities to optimize the entire end-to-end supply chain from a cost, delivery time, capacity and carbon perspective. Damco&rsquo;s global team of 50 supply chain developers have done more than 200


Load-matching opportunities

 Load-matching opportunities De Montfort University and a number of partners in the logistics and IT fields have produced a software programme to match empty capacity on vehicles with available loads. This was possible with the support of grants from the UK&rsquo;s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This software can be used by companies with large numbers of loads to allocate between numerous sub-contractors or it can be an open platform for many customers and suppliers. The software not only looks for back-loading opportunities but also space on existing outward trips. Once identified


British PM visits NMHG

 British Prime Minister visits NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) factory   The NMHG factory in Northern Ireland received the visit of the Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday, 20th November. Speaking to the workforce on the shopfloor during an open Q&A session, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of great manufacturing operations like this one to the UK&rsquo;s ability to compete and succeed in what he referred to as &ldquo;the global race&rdquo;. The Prime Minister also chose the opportunity of his visit to announce that the G8 summit he will be hosting in 2013 will be held in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland. Situated


Kewill adds merge in

 KEWILL ADDS MERGE IN TRANSIT FUNCTIONALITY, GERMAN AND NORDICS LOCALISATIONS & EINVOICING TO LOGISTICS SOLUTION   November 23rd, 2012 &ndash; Guildford, UK Kewill, the leading provider of software for global trade and logistics, has released the latest version of its best-of-breed transportation, warehouse and freight management suite, Kewill Logistics 6.2.2. The new version of the software delivers a broad range of enhancements, including &lsquo;merge in transit&rsquo; functionality for improved cross-docking, localisations to meet the specific requirements of Germany and the Nordic countries, and eInvoicing.   &lsquo;Merge in Transit&rsquo; functionality supports RF-scanning and offers the option of using master shipping units, enables goods which are


ITI Holds Major

 ITI Holds Major Intermodal Transportation Policy Forum - Key transportation leaders discuss major issues facing U.S. -   DENVER, CO, November 19, 2012 &ndash; The Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI) at the University of Denver recently hosted a major transportation policy forum that involved key industry leaders who discussed MAP-21 and its funding and policy issues. &ldquo;The overall theme of the forum dealt with the stark contrasts between the relief that analysts felt with the passage of a surface transportation reauthorization bill &ndash; MAP-21 (that provided at least two years of stability) with the frustration that none of the long-term funding and policy problems


Shippers share their views

 Shippers share their views at Intermodal Europe The Intermodal Europe 2012 conference will kick off with a Panel of Shippers chaired by Neil Madden, Editor of Bulk Distributor magazine and featuring Marco Wiesehahn, Policy Advisor of EVO (the Dutch Shippers&rsquo; Council) and the European Shippers&rsquo; council. Other experts on the panel include Pieter de Maeseneer, European Freight and Warehousing Purchasing, of Procter and Gamble and Marcel Merkkx, Director Transportation and Logistics AMM Europe, of Alcoa. &ldquo;The key points discussed during the Intermodal Europe shippers&rsquo; panel will depend entirely on the questions raised and how the conversation unfolds on stage&rdquo; says Marco Wiesehahn of


Fleetmatics launches

 Fleetmatics launches series of business advice e-books First releases in series cover fuel saving and improved business management   READING, UK (20 November 2012) &ndash; Fleetmatics PLC (NYSE: FLTX), a leading global provider of fleet management solutions for commercial fleet vehicles, has launched its first two e-books in a series of publications to help the SME (Small and Medium sized Enterprises) business owner. The first e-book gives an insight into how businesses can highlight and remove fuel wastage while the second identifies ten ways in which fleet management can improve operational efficiency.   Commenting on the launch of the e-books Richard Brooks, Marketing Director


Cargowise Expands

  CargoWise Expands In Mexican Market - Hosted ediEnterprise platform boosts performance for Monterrey-based Evolucion Logistics -                                                   Chicago, USA, November 20, 2012 &mdash; CargoWise®, a global leader in technology solutions for logistics service providers (LSPs), announced Mexican freight forwarder Evolucion Logistics has adopted a hosted version of ediEnterprise in its head office following a comprehensive and well-managed implementation process.   Based in the city of Monterrey, Evolucion Logistics has five offices in Mexico and a branch in Houston, Texas. The initial implementation covers its corporate headquarters, and the company will subsequently rollout the software to its other offices.   &ldquo;When we began to assess


Cloud Control

 Cloud Control from Barloworld Supply Chain Software   Barloworld Supply Chain Software is helping businesses run more efficiently by offering all its software solutions on the cloud, with maintenance and support, to help free up time for its clients and their IT departments. &ldquo;Running supply chain planning software on the cloud has become a more efficient and lower cost method of operating&rdquo; explains Kevin Boake, Managing Director of Barloworld SCS. &ldquo;Providing our support service and software solutions hosted on the cloud, as opposed to on the client&rsquo;s own server and platform, means we can take on some of the strain from the business


Saudi Arabian logistics

 Saudi Arabian logistics company enhances efficiency with Hyster   Logistics Service Provider S.A. TALKE has enhanced efficiency and productivity at its site in Jubail, Saudi Arabia and achieved a lower cost of operation, thanks to Hyster materials handling equipment. S.A. TALKE group provides supply chain solutions including transport, packaging and storage, complemented by a wide range of added value services focused on the logistics of chemical products. The company requires dependable materials handling equipment to support the operation. A fleet of over 32 Hyster machines, which includes counterbalance forklift trucks and ReachStackers, is used across the S.A. TALKE site for loading, picking, palletising, storing


Supply chain challenges

 Supply chain challenges to cause switch to multi-location distribution networks   Birmingham, 14 November 2012 - Companies will increasingly need to be more agile and flexible in designing their distribution networks. Speaking at commercial property adviser Jones Lang LaSalle&rsquo;s agents briefing in Birmingham, held on 9 November, Peter Ward, Cargo Supply Chain Commercial Manager, DP World London Gateway, said that shifts in global sourcing combined with new and multiple channels to market are likely to drive multiple stocking locations. Peter Ward said: &ldquo;In the UK it may prove optimal for a major DC in the South to complement another operating in the Midlands.&rdquo; Explaining



 ASIA EUROPE TRADE LANE INDUSTRY LEADERS DEBATE PORTS, LOGISTICS AND SHIPPING   Hong Kong: NOVEMBER 2012   At the heart of world trade, senior executives from the world's leading shipping lines, cargo owners and logistics companies recently gathered for a Maritime Leadership Forum in Hong Kong to explore challenges and opportunities on one of the world's largest trade routes, Asia-Europe.   Convened by Mark Millar, managing partner of M Power Associates and sponsored by DP World London Gateway, the forum gathered industry thought-leaders for an exclusive dinner event in the historic Gun Room at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.   The select group of over 30 senior


Clark takes over

  US electric vehicle manufacturer extends the Clark product line in commercial vehicles   Clark takes over EverGreen   Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany) / Lexington (USA), October 2012. The globally active Clark Material Handling company has announced its acquisition of the US electric vehicle manufacturer EverGreen Electric Vehicles, LLC (EverGreen). With this acquisition, the industrial truck manufacturer Clark has extended its product range of industry-proven series for industrial vehicles, utility vehicles and golf carts (caddies). It has been agreed not to disclose any details on the takeover of the company based in the US state of Colorado (Grand Junction).   "The on-road and off-road utility vehicles


Lynden Adopts

 Lynden Adopts CargoWise to Future Proof its New Belgium Operations - Hosted ediEnterprise Operating Platform Makes Headway in Europe -   Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, November 13, 2012 &mdash; CargoWise®, a global leader in technology solutions for logistics service providers (LSPs), announced international logistics company Lynden, Inc. has implemented a hosted version of ediEnterprise in its new Belgium office.   Headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, Lynden has more than 300 employees spread across offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Russia, as well as the newly-opened Belgium presence. Lynden is internationally recognised for its capacity to deliver high levels of customer service and value.    Having


Damco reports

 Damco reports continued growth for the first nine months of 2012   12 November &ndash; Damco, one of the world&rsquo;s leading freight forwarding and logistics service providers, presents revenue growth of 11% in the first nine months of 2012, compared to the same period last year. YTD gross profit was up 4% to USD 591 million. YTD EBIT grew 6% to USD 76 million.   Damco significantly improved results from 2009 onwards and this continues into 2012, even if we are in difficult times for the world&rsquo;s freight markets. So far this year, ocean freight volumes grew by 7%, airfreight volumes are up


Behind the scenes

 Behind the Scenes at Teva with SSI Schaefer   Smart Storage and Applied Automation &ndash; this was the overriding theme at SSI Schaefer&rsquo;s recent regional event hosted at Teva UK in Castleford, West Yorkshire.   Delegates not only heard the numerous advantages of upgrading their existing logistics operations when combining low level automation with more efficient smart storage systems but they got the unique opportunity to take a &lsquo;behind the scenes&rsquo; look at Teva&rsquo;s own automated distribution centre.   Teva, part of one of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and the UK&rsquo;s leading generic manufacturer of pharmaceutical goods despatching over four million


Intermodal Transport

 Intermodal Transport and the Human Factor &lsquo;People&rsquo; will be a key focus at Intermodal Europe 2012, when Alan Robertson of Webster Robertson Ltd presents a conference session titled &lsquo;Human Factors in Intermodal Transport&rsquo;. &ldquo;When discussing intermodal transport there is often a focus on the harder issues such as cost, technology and the changing nature of the intermodal environment,&rdquo; explains Alan Robertson, Director of containerisation consultancy company, Webster Robertson.  &ldquo;The application side of the industry, the human factor, is rarely mentioned at events like these despite the fact that paying attention to the people within a company can make a positive difference to


Barloworld SCS

 Barloworld Supply Chain Software at Telstra Telstra is a leading telecommunications and information services company with a presence in 17 countries including China. Headquartered and with one of the best known brands in Australia, they offer a broad range of products and services competing in all telecommunications markets. In 2012 Telstra provided 8.1 million fixed line and 13.8 million mobile services; handled 3 billion local calls, 4.7 billion national long distance minutes, 12 billion text messages and more than 16 billion mobile voice minutes.  The company&rsquo;s turnover in the financial year 2012 was US $26.2 billion. In 2010 Telstra issued a tender



 Cargotec&rsquo;s electric forklift highly commended in Noise Abatement Society awards A new range of super-quiet, all-electric forklift trucks from Cargotec &ndash; the E Series &ndash; has been highly commended in the Noise Abatement Society&rsquo;s 2012 John Connell Technology Awards sponsored by the Acoustics Society. This prestigious national awards scheme recognises significant developments in the control and reduction of noise in the environment. Cargotec received their commendation at a Noise Abatement Society presentation event in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, 6th November. Designed primarily for the loading and unloading of vehicles at night in built up areas, the E Series


New Index

 New Index shows European road freight rates sliding After rising by 20% in two years, road freight rates on key international routes in Western Europe have fallen steadily for the past five months. According to the new international road freight index compiled by Transport Intelligence using data provided by European freight service provider, Freightex, road freight rates have fallen 7% in the past five months from their peak. By the end of May 2012, the Index (based on actual transactions settled in euros) was 21.2% higher than in May 2010, the starting point for the index. After this date, however, rates have fallen



 Webinar to Reveal Winning Strategies for the Deployment of the Right WMS   MONTREAL, November 6, 2012 - For many the deployment of a WMS (Warehouse Management System) is costly and consumes far too much time and resources. When it is finally deployed, very often it doesn't deliver on its promised benefits, and close to 50% of its features sit unused. Attend this special Webcast to find out how Intermountain Healthcare has made their WMS their most competitive weapon.   Hear from Brent Johnson, CPO-VP, Supply Chain at Intermountain Healthcare, as he reveals how he built his distribution infrastructure from the ground up and


In the Wake of Disaster

 In the Wake of Disaster - Hurricane Sandy highlights need for global industries to prepare for natural catastrophes -   Chicago, IL, USA, November 6, 2012 &ndash; According to Gene Gander, Vice President Business Development &ndash; Americas for CargoWise®, Hurricane Sandy, which recently hit the northeast coast of the U.S., has served to highlight the fact that disaster mitigation is not a question of if, but when.   &ldquo;At least this time around we knew it was coming,&rdquo; says Gander. &ldquo;As soon as tropical storm Sandy began its destructive journey through the Caribbean, meteorologists could see that the wild winds would become trapped against


Logistics Tender

 LOGISTICS TENDER NOTIFCATION Gategroup (the leading independent global provider of products, services and solutions related to passenger&rsquo;s on-board experience, to top airlines around the world) is seeking to outsource a logistics requirement for their European supply network. The requirement will be to receive 13,000 pallets per annum, with the pick, pack and despatch of 1.4m cartons across 250 SKUs and onward delivery to 22 satellite depots. This operation is projected to have significant growth in the future. The product will predominantly be ambient food and cosmetics and it is envisaged that the warehousing activity will be best suited to a shared-user facility. Gategroup


Dachser selects

 Dachser selects Linescape&rsquo;s Sailing Schedules Global logistics provider integrates data feeds from the world&rsquo;s leading schedule information provider   Burlingame, CA &ndash; November 5, 2012 &ndash; Linescape, the leading provider of global sailing schedule, vessel and carrier data for containerships, and Dachser GmbH & Co. KG, of Kempten, Germany, one of the world&rsquo;s largest global logistics providers, have announced the extent of their cooperation which began over one year ago. Linescape has been supplying Dachser with a broad base of containership data including: sailing schedules, vessel register data, carrier profiles, local carrier contacts and carbon footprint data. Linescape and Dachser have worked closely over


Freightex gains ISO

 Freightex gains ISO certification as it continues to enhance service levels   European transport service provider Freightex is pleased to announce it has achieved ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) 9001 certification as it continues to develop service levels in response to customers demand.   To achieve ISO 9001, the transport company was required to implement a quality management system that could act as a framework to monitor and improve performance.   Freightex CEO Tim Phillips says: &ldquo;Our customers are increasingly asking for high standard service levels as they realise that an unreliable supply chain can result in increased costs.   &ldquo;By implementing a quality management system and gaining



   The second year of Global Logistic and Cargo Symposium will take off on 20th , 21st and 22nd August 2013 in Kuala Lumpur( 3 day Conference & Exhibition ). The second annual event organized by MiceVision this year will discuss and focus on the current issues faced by logistics and cargo industry around the globe as well as the demand, planning and forecasting in this industry. This year, more interesting topics will be discussed and speakers will share their thoughts and minds on the issues.   As previous years, 2013 will not be an easy year. Economy instability and price hike for the services is



 Transportation coming under increased pressure to deliver savings   The rising cost of transportation means that companies will increasingly utilise multimodal, portcentric supply chain models, according to speakers at the Warehousing Futures conference.   Speaking at Warehousing Futures on Tuesday, David Baker, Partner, Baker Rose Consulting, told delegates that the rising cost of fuel meant that the transportation element of the supply chain was facing increased scrutiny.   Baker also pointed out that there was increasing political pressure to use more efficient transport operations, with the European Union recently stating that transportation over 300km should ideally not be carried out using road transportation.   To reduce transportation costs the


New Global Head

 New Global Head of Mining for Damco Damco hires Mining specialist to expand global mining footprint   Damco has appointed Ivan Thuynsma as Global Head for the Mining Vertical.    Ivan will be responsible for the global development of customers in and around the mining industry.   Damco has over the last few years seen an increased interest in it&rsquo;s products and services around the mining vertical - particularly in growth markets like Africa.   &ldquo;I&rsquo;m delighted to welcome Ivan to the Damco organization. With his expertise and our unique footprint in Africa I&rsquo;m sure we will quickly achieve the first steps to our strategy,&rdquo; says


CMA CGM Logistics

  CMA CGM Logistics Rolls Out CargoWise ediEnterprise - Cost-effective, flexible and functional, ediEnterprise supports global expansion -                                                   Chicago, USA, October 30, 2012 &mdash; CargoWise®, a global leader in technology solutions for logistics service providers (LSPs), announced that CMA CGM Logistics, a division of steamship carrier CMA CGM, has selected a hosted version of ediEnterprise from CargoWise to support its U.S. operations.   CMA CGM Logistics Managing Director Simon Preisler says ediEnterprise was selected after a comprehensive product review process that included evaluating software from major logistic software providers. Ultimately he says, the ediEnterprise operating system from CargoWise was adopted because its flexible and


Barloworld SCS rewards

   Barloworld SCS rewards BAT, Carlsberg, DHL, LEGO Group & ADL at Annual User Forum   Barloworld Supply Chain Software (Barloworld SCS) celebrated some of its top software users of 2012 including BAT, Carlsberg, DHL, LEGO Group & Automotive Distributors Ltd, with an awards ceremony at its annual User Forum event. This year&rsquo;s User Forum took place on the 17th October at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, UK and was attended by 130 Barloworld SCS software users from all over the world, which included major retailers, food and drink manufacturers and logistics operations. The annual event enables Barloworld SCS customers to see the current


WiseTech Global

    WiseTech Global Goes Carbon Neutral - WiseTech achieves carbon neutrality, and outlines measures for ongoing emissions reductions -                                                   Sydney, Australia, October 23, 2012 &mdash; WiseTech Global®, a global leader in the provision of technology solutions for the logistics, transport and healthcare industries, announced it has established the baseline metrics to track its carbon emissions, and plans to integrate carbon emission tracking tools into its existing software solutions for key brands CargoWise, TransLogix and eHealthWise. WiseTech Global has also purchased carbon offsets to make the Company&rsquo;s global operations carbon neutral for 2012, and identified 10 activities which will significantly reduce emissions over


Focus on JadeWeserPort

 Focus on JadeWeserPort at Intermodal Europe 2012   JadeWeserPort, Germany&rsquo;s first deep water container port, started operation on 21 September 2012 and will be the focus of a case study at Intermodal Europe 2012. &ldquo;The most important feature of the newly opened JadeWeserPort is the tide independent 18 metre depth that enables JadeWeserPort to call ultra large container ships at any time&rdquo; says Dr. Jan Miller, CEO of JadeWeserPort Logistics Zone GmbH & Co KG. &ldquo;We are the only port in Germany to offer this condition and the Port of Rotterdam is the only other with comparable depth in Europe.&rdquo; JadeWeserPort is equipped to


Robert J Farrell

   ROBERT J. FARRELL NAMED PRESIDENT AND CEO OF KEWILL LTD.   Francisco Partners Taps Software Industry Veteran to Drive Growth and  Extend Market Leadership   October 23, 2012 - Guildford, UK &ndash; Kewill Ltd. a leading global provider of software solutions that streamline global trade and logistics, today announced the appointment of Robert &ldquo;Bob&rdquo; Farrell as CEO.  Most recently, Mr. Farrell was  president and CEO of EDGAR Online, a leading global provider of XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) software, services and data where he managed the sale of the company to RR Donnelly & Sons (NASDAQ: RRD).   Prior to EDGAR Online, Bob was chairman and


Beverage Logistics

 Beverage Logistics: Gerolsteiner invests in Compact Warehouse by SSI Schaefer SSI Schaefer successfully continues to focus on offering solutions for different industries.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gerolsteiner Brunnen GmbH & Co. KG, the largest exporter of mineral water in Germany, launched a new compact warehouse in conjunction with SSI Schaefer. In addition to a state-of-the-art conveyor system, the scope of supply and services covered a fully automated channel warehouse that included the SSI Schaefer Lift & Run design (photo attached). Currently, there are about 9,400 pallet spaces for mineral water and soft drinks. These are managed and controlled by a material flow and warehouse


Deliver chilled

 Deliver chilled or frozen products without vehicle refrigeration In these days of environmental and cost pressures, the ability to distribute temperature-sensitive products in small vehicles without the need for costly vehicle refrigeration systems is a huge bonus with savings to be made in capital and running costs as well as not affecting the vehicle&rsquo;s critical payload. Olivo, market leaders with their larger roll-containers used mainly in the food logistics industry, have also a range of smaller chest containers which fit into smaller vehicles or even estate cars. Ideal for those urgent top-up deliveries, special pharmaceutical products, samples, etc., the BAC container


Toyota Launch SpotMe

 Toyota Material Handling sets its sights on safer warehouses with SpotMe® warning system   In an aim to decrease the risk of traffic related accidents in the workplace, Toyota Material Handling introduces a new solution for warehouse safety with SpotMe, a warehouse warning system.   Designed to protect operators and pedestrians in warehouses, goods being transported as well as significantly decreasing damage to trucks and infrastructure the Toyota SpotMe system is a demonstration of continuous improvement and dedication to providing safety solutions for our customers.   SpotMe is built with infra-red director sensitive sensors which detect the presence of forklifts and pedestrians at crossroads and


New APL website

 Global logistics service provider APL Logistics has revamped its website.   Featuring a fresh new look, expanded content and improved navigation, we hope to provide web users with a better overall experience.   We invite you to visit us and welcome your comments.   The website address is:


Global Electronics

 GLOBAL ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURER ADOPTS ACCESS DELTA WAREHOUSE PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY Global rollout to follow a successful UK implementation   18 October 2012 &ndash; Mobiletron, a global electronics manufacturer with operations in Taiwan, China, Europe, the USA and Brazil has purchased the Access Delta warehouse performance system with RF (radio frequency) and KPI dashboard management tools to run its European regional warehouse. The Preston, Lancashire-based operation has been growing at over 30% per annum and now carries some 2,500 lines of product, distributed to over 400 customers in 40 countries.   Mobiletron is a leading manufacturer and distributor of own brand and OEM automotive parts, vehicle



 SBS Worldwide&rsquo;s Supply Chain appearance on Bloomberg International and Fox Business Network set to be aired this week     Atlanta, 17th October 2012--- Supply chain solutions provider SBS Worldwide is delighted to announce its appearance on Bloomberg International and the Fox Business Network on the award winning business show 21st Century Business.   The program will be aired on 27 October on Fox Business Network and on 13 November on CNBC in the US, and on 28 October on Bloomberg International in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.   The show examines how supply chains can improve the performance of businesses seeking additional profit margin by


Asda award for Bendi

 Asda Award Proves That Less Really Is More   Bendi walk away with the Innovation Award at Asda&rsquo;s annual Store Proposition award ceremony for the Mini Bendi, which saves warehouse space, increases shop floor selling space and frees up congestion in the pedestrian pick area.   Over 400 guests attended the annual awards ceremony, which this year was held at the prestigious Royal Armouries in Leeds. The majority of the guests were primarily from the construction industry as the awards recognise outstanding achievement in reducing construction costs and coming up with innovative new ideas to assist Asda in building great stores and meeting their


Blue Giant

 Blue Giant Equipment Corporation: Since 1963 The loading dock and material handling industry has evolved substantially during the last fifty years. So has Blue Giant Equipment Corporation, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in May 2013. By effectively identifying market trends and recognizing product development opportunities, Blue Giant has made strategic decisions that keep the company at the forefront of innovation. Today Blue Giant is the premier solutions provider of safe, effective, and technologically innovative loading dock and material handling equipment. The world-renowned product line includes dock levelers (including the industry&rsquo;s first air cylinder dock leveler), ground-level lifts, vehicle restraints, intelligent dock controls,


Damco wins

 Damco wins for sustainability in logistics SCM Logistics Excellence Awards once again recognizes Damco for abilities in Supply Chain Management. Damco is the winner of the Supply Chain Sustainability Award 2012. Singapore, 17 October 2012 &ndash; World leading logistics provider Damco was honored at the 8th annual SCM Logistics Excellence Awards 2012 tonight. Damco won the category &ldquo;Supply Chain Sustainability Award&rdquo; for excellence in showcasing customer sustainability results. "We'd like to congratulate Damco as they are recognized for their efforts in working with their clients & stakeholders in reducing their carbon footprint. Sustainability & green logistics are critical to the industry's


Cargowise growth

 CargoWise Growth Exceeds Expectations - Ongoing commitment to innovation, research and development pays growth dividends - Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2012 &mdash; CargoWise®, a global leader in technology solutions for logistics service providers (LSPs), announced a significant and sustained increase in its customer base for the third year in a row, with year on year revenue growth of 63 percent in the last 12 months. Despite a sluggish global economy, CargoWise has continued to invest in research and development and has delivered an innovative cloud based software solution enabling customers to improve productivity and manage cash flow by removing the upfront costs and


SSI UK Ships

 SSI UK SHIPS MILLIONTH TONNE THROUGH TEESPORT     SSI UK has recently achieved a major milestone having exported over one million tonnes of steel slab through PD Ports owned Teesport.   The millionth tonne was loaded on to the Yasa Eagle on Friday 5 October as part of a 64,000 tonne shipment.  The vessel sailed from Teesport on Sunday 7 October destined for Thailand.  The latest shipment represents a significant uplift in the handling of slab through Teesport since the plant was mothballed in 2010, and one which has been achieved through the major investment of SSI.   David Robinson, PD Ports&rsquo; CEO, commented: "This is


Damco acquires

 Damco acquires Pacific Network Global Logistics   Damco has signed an agreement to acquire Pacific Network Global Logistics (PacNet). Damco and PacNet will join forces to create a freight forwarding business with a stronger global network and better local service capability in Asia Pacific and Greater China.   October 2012 &ndash; Damco, the global freight forwarder and logistics provider, will acquire PacNet, a leading freight forwarder in China and Australia. Damco is the logistics arm of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, with 10,800 employees worldwide and a turnover of USD 2.8 billion in 2011. PacNet, headquartered in Australia, has 382 employees and a turnover


Geodis Wilson

  Geodis Wilson Boosts Productivity with ediEnterprise - Global freight management company consolidates on single global database - Sydney, Australia, October 9, 2012 &mdash; CargoWise®, a global leader in technology solutions for logistics service providers (LSPs) announced global freight management company Geodis Wilson has successfully rolled out ediEnterprise in its operations in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Belgium, Taiwan, Peru, Spain, Canada, the USA, China, Norway and Hong Kong. Announced in December 2010, the &euro;20 million project is gradually replacing separate software applications and databases with a single, centralised corporate database, which is expected to yield productivity improvements of up to 25 percent across the



 KNAPP has contracted to build the largest shuttle system in the world for Hugo Boss  Hugo Boss, international lifestyle concern and world market leader in the premium and luxury segment has commissioned KNAPP with the automatization of its new distribution center in Filderstadt bei Stuttgart, Germany. With 400,000 storage locations, the OSR Shuttle is the world's largest system of its kind.    Hugo Boss is investing almost 100 million euros in the entire project, located near the Stuttgart airport. The OSR Shuttle selected by Hugo Boss offers the required flexibility to react to future changes in the market and to be able


CEVA announce

  CEVA Logistics Announces Retirement of CEO John Pattullo; Marvin O. Schlanger, CEVA Chairman, Named CEO Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, 9 October, 2012 &ndash; CEVA Logistics, one of the world&rsquo;s leading non-asset based supply chain management companies, today announced the retirement of John Pattullo, Chief Executive Officer, effective 12 October, 2012. Marvin O. Schlanger, CEVA&rsquo;s current Chairman of the Board, will be appointed CEO. Pattullo will continue to serve on CEVA&rsquo;s Board of Directors. &ldquo;When John came to CEVA, he expressed his expectation of staying with the company for five years,&rdquo; Schlanger said. &ldquo;Under his leadership, the integration of TNT Logistics and EGL was successfully executed and the company's unique


Barloworld SupplyChain

 Barloworld Supply Chain Software confirms UK presence Barloworld Supply Chain Software (Barloworld SCS) has clarified its position in the UK market following the recent acquisition of the UK materials handling business Barloworld Handling UK. &ldquo;Barloworld SCS is completely independent to the handling business and remains a strategic part of the Barloworld Group,&rdquo; says Richard Forrest, CEO of Barloworld SCS which has its European headquarters in the Midlands, UK. &ldquo;We are currently enjoying the success of our leading software solutions and recent expansion into France and our customer base continues to grow. We also have new product developments on the horizon.&rdquo; Barloworld Supply Chain


New AEB White Paper

 New AEB White Paper: Freight Purchasing Success &#61623; Tools and techniques for effective negotiations with transport service providers &#61623; Third in a series of AEB white papers on reducing costs and increasing efficiency through smart freight management Leamington Spa, 8th October 2012 &ndash; The wide range of prices for comparable freight services means many businesses simply overpay for their transport needs. SCM solutions provider AEB has published a new white paper showing how supply chain managers can lay the groundwork for successful negotiations and realise savings while building a constructive, long-term partnership with transport service providers. Titled &ldquo;Freight Purchasing Success&rdquo;, the white paper explains


ALS joins forces

           Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics acquires a majority stake in Abnormal Load Services Oslo, Norway and Ittervoort, Netherlands: October 8, 2012 &ndash; Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the global provider of outbound logistics solutions, joins forces with Abnormal Loads Services Holding B.V, the specialist in out of gauge supply chain solutions, through the acquisition of a 60% stake in the company. With the investment in Abnormal Load Services Holding B.V (ALS), Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) will be able to offer an improved product to existing and new customers. ALS will become an integrated part of the WWL product offering, adopting the


APL Logistics

 APL Logistics opens Quality Assurance Centres in Bangladesh New centres capitalise on growing apparel sector     DHAKA, Bangladesh, October 2, 2012: APL Logistics has opened its first Quality Assurance Centre in Dhaka, and a second in Chittagong. With the new centres, APL Logistics offers a more comprehensive service offering to customers in the apparel sector.   The global logistics provider&rsquo;s 30,500-square foot centre is located in Gazipur, Dhaka and along the Dhaka-Chittagong highway. The Chittagong facility is located in APL Logistics container freight station (CFS). The 115,000-square foot CFS facility is close to the Port of Chittagong and supports Chittagong-based suppliers with quality assurance


New Global CFO

 New global CFO appointed at Damco Damco enhances strategy in the global finance office with strong leadership capability. 03 October 2012 &ndash; Effective since October 1, 2012, Damco has appointed Pernille Fabricius as Global Chief Financial Officer. Pernille Fabricius brings a track record of result orientation, leadership and strategic processing.   Pernille comes to Damco from a position as CFO for TMF Group, delivering financial, legal and HR business process outsourcing in 75 countries. In addition, she was responsible for the operations of the group and served as a member of the board.   Previously, Pernille has served as CFO in TNS Group, CFO in


SencorpWhite announces

     Hyannis, MA -  SencorpWhite, the industry leading designer and manufacturer of advanced systems for secure packaging and logistics, announces the introduction of an integrated RFID enabled MicroVert to their White brand automated storage and retrieval system portfolio at Promat. Visit us at ProMat 2013, held January 21-24 at Chicago's McCormick Place in booth 4808, and discover our latest solutions to move your business forward.   The new MicroVert boasts integrated RFID hardware and software, automatic door, and ergonomic product counter.  Integrated RFID provides two distinct operations including real-time put-and-pick verification and cycle counting.  Utilizing the RFID enabled MicroVert, stock transactions can be


Curtis new AC Speed

 Curtis new AC Speed Controller Range FULLY COMPLIANT with new EN ISO 13849 Directive Curtis Instruments announces the launch of a very significant upgrade to the Curtis AC motor speed controller family. The new &ldquo;E&rdquo; Series controllers utilise powerful dual-microprocessor logic cores that meet all relevant requirements of the EN ISO 13849-1:2009 functional safety standard, and the updated EN 1175-1:1998+A1:2010 industrial truck safety standard, in place since January 1st 2012. Full compliance with the new directive is now required before any industrial truck or similar vehicle can be CE marked and legally marketed within the European Economic Area (EEA).  The previous


Fork Truck Operators

  FORK TRUCK OPERATORS ONTO A CUSHY NUMBER Yale Europe Materials Handling has introduced a new engine powered cushion tyre VX series into the UK, France and Germany however this could soon extend to other countries to meet demand.   Designers have worked hard to design a frame which can comfortably accommodate a cushion tyre rather than a pneumatic or super-cushion (super-elastic) tyre. The outcome is a significantly more compact fork lift truck with reduced dimensions for greater manoeuvrability when operating within tight aisles.   This is especially valuable to customers who have applications where load capacities have increased, but the existing aisle width


APL wins best 3PL

 APL Logistics wins Best 3PL Provider at first Asian Manufacturing Awards     SINGAPORE, October 1, 2012: APL Logistics was named the Best 3PL Provider at the first Asian Manufacturing Awards.   &ldquo;APL Logistics is proud to be selected by a distinguished panel of industry experts for our success in addressing supply chain complexities and enhancing efficiency for our customers,&rdquo; said Jim McAdam, President of APL Logistics. &ldquo;We are pleased to be recognised for our ongoing commitment to service and operational excellence through our end-to-end suite of supply chain solutions.&rdquo;   APL Logistics was judged to have demonstrated success in increasing service levels, reducing costs and


Construction progresses

 Construction progresses at the UK&rsquo;s largest cold storage site. Storax racking systems are well underway with the installation of an additional 36,000 pallets of mobile racking at Reed Boardall&rsquo;s Boroughbridge site. The cold storage industry has long recognised the benefits of Storax mobile racking, which is unique in combining the obvious economies of high density storage with immediate access and selectivity of individual pallets. Jeremy Green, Storax Sales Director commented. &lsquo; We are proud to continue our long association with Reed Boardall. This latest installation is in addition to the existing 110,000 pallets of Storax mobile racking already in operation at the Boroughbridge


SCHAD & Vanderlande

  SCHAD & VANDERLANDE DEVELOP MOBILE MAINTENANCE SOLUTION FOR AUTOMATION USERS  ·          New mobile solution for Vanderlande Industries&rsquo; full service customers globally ·         Vanderlande team at London Heathrow Terminal 5 is already using this new mobile solution SCHAD, the engineering mobility software specialist, announces a global partnership with Vanderlande Industries, the specialist in automated material handling systems used by airports, manufacturing and logistics departments and postal specialists. As part of the agreement, Vanderlande Industries will be launching the Vanderlande Industries Mobile Maintenance Solution (MMS) which integrates SCADA with enterprise asset management solutions such as IBM Maximo. SCHAD worked closely with Vanderlande Industries to develop


MACS Software

 MACS Software moves into the Turkish market   MACS Software, one of the UK&rsquo;s leading international suppliers of Warehouse Management Software, has appointed Piramit Bilgisayar Elektronik as its distributor in Istanbul to supply the buoyant Turkish market.      Turkey is recognised as one of the world&rsquo;s fastest growing economies with good opportunities for WMS technology to support the country&rsquo;s booming consumer and export markets.  Tony Liddar, Managing Director of MACS Software, explained what he was looking for in his choice of distributor.  &ldquo;We needed a local partner with both supply chain and IT experience,&rdquo; he explained.  &ldquo;The company needed to have local and


Ceva launches new

 CEVA launches brand new UK to Dubai LCL consolidation service CEVA Logistics, one of the world&rsquo;s leading supply chain management companies, has today announced the launch of a brand new Less-than-Container Load (LCL) consolidation service from the UK to Dubai. The weekly service will sail from CEVA&rsquo;s Consolidation Freight Station (CFS) in Tamworth, to our CEVA CFS in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai in our own LCL consolidated containers. By consolidating freight in Tamworth, a central UK city, CEVA links over 10 receiving locations, reduces inland transportation cost and overall transit time. With dedicated teams overseeing all aspects of the shipment, from pick up to sailing, customers


PWC certifies AEB

   ·         Audited and certified: Software for denied-party address screening and export controls   AEB (International) Ltd, a leading provider of supply chain logistics software, has announced that its compliance solution has been audited and certified by  PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the world&rsquo;s largest professional services and public audit firm. This makes AEB one of the few software companies whose software has been certified by a public auditing firm.    AEB&rsquo;s compliance solution is a powerful tool that helps businesses to prevent possible export controls violations, secure and automate their global trade processes, and ensure compliance with EU anti-terrorism regulations.   Increasing national and international regulatory requirements


Production of Fork Lift

 Production of forklift model ends after more than 25 years &hellip; memories of the A team   Last year, after more than 25 years in production, Hyster manufactured the last in a long line of XL 24v three wheel electric trucks.   The A1.00-1.50XL was a unique truck in the history of Hyster because every aspect of design, development, and testing was carried out in Scotland, at the Irvine Plant, nearly 5,000 miles away from their global development centre in Portland, USA.  It was hardly surprising that the core team of 12 engineers, many recruited from outside the industry were nicknamed the A


ESPO installs Goodlight

 ESPO INSTALLS GOODLIGHT&trade; RETROFIT LED LIGHTING FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL TRIAL   Following a highly successful trial, the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) has installed Goodlight&trade; retrofit LED lighting within its 120,000ft² warehouse at Enderby in Leicestershire. ESPO is one of the UK's largest public sector professional buying organisations providing a comprehensive procurement service to enable customers to acquire a wide range of products and services at the best possible price in compliance with current UK and EU procurement rules and regulations. The organisation&rsquo;s warehouse holds over 11,000 separate product lines, comprising educational office supplies, which are delivered to approximately 6,000 customers every week. In line with


Ceva hosts

 CEVA hosts second Global Supplier Awards ·         HCL Technologies crowned CEVA&rsquo;s Supplier of the Year ·         Awards recognize best practice and excellence among CEVA&rsquo;s suppliers   Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, 24 September, 2012 &ndash; CEVA Logistics, one of the world&rsquo;s leading supply chain management companies, has today announced the winners of its second annual Global Supplier Awards, held on Friday 21 September in Ontigola, Spain.   Launched in 2011, CEVA&rsquo;s Global Supplier Awards are designed to recognize best practice and excellence among CEVA&rsquo;s suppliers worldwide and to honor organizations which support its quest for Impeccable Execution.   The event, hosted by Chief Information Officer Peter Dew, Chief


Kewill Trade 5

 KEWILL TRADE 5.0 DELIVERS EVEN GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND FUNCTIONALITY FOR DIRECT DESPATCH   September 2012 &ndash; Guildford, UK Kewill, the leading provider of innovative software for global trade and logistics, has launched version 5.0 of its Kewill Trade solution, which manages the direct despatch of goods from supplier to customer or store, for multi-channel, catalogue and internet retailers. This latest release of Kewill Trade allows for smoother and faster solution deployment and allows the production of fully branded labels and documents. Retailers will now have even better control of the brand and customer experience, improving consistency between order channels and delivery models,


Key speakers

 Key Speakers Announced for Intermodal Europe 2012   The first key speakers have been announced for Intermodal Europe 2012. Over 50 conference sessions will be held during the event, from 27-29 November at the RAI in Amsterdam. Conference topics include green logistics, security and efficiency within the supply chain and the role of inland waterways in the intermodal mix. On Day One, the topic of sea container trade and economic outlook will be addressed by Mike Garratt, Managing Director of MDS Transmodal, with a focus on current challenges and future prospects in the industry. Key issues this session will include &lsquo;Demand and Supply&rsquo;,


Access Delta

 ACCESS DELTA WAREHOUSE PERFORMANCE SYSTEM CHOSEN FOR PALL-EX MEMBER ADD EXPRESS' NEW 3PL OPERATION &ldquo;Other Pall-Ex members had already installed Access Delta and were impressed with its performance&rdquo; says ADD Express business development manager Alyson Squire     Independent distribution company ADD Express, a leading member of the UK&rsquo;s top pallet network Pall-Ex has purchased the Access Delta warehouse performance system to support its new 3PL (third party logistics) warehousing and distribution business.   ADD Express&rsquo; 3PL operation will be run from a dedicated 30,000 square foot state of the art, flexible bay, narrow aisle warehouse in Elland, West Yorkshire - with distribution handled through


Owens and Minor completes acquisition of Movianto

 31 August - Owens & Minor, Inc. has completed its acquisition of the majority of the Movianto Group from Celesio AG, for approximately &euro;130.0 million. Owens & Minor&rsquo;s manufacturer partners are asking for its assistance on a global basis, and now, with Movianto, it can offer them a comprehensive 3PL solution. Movianto's operational capabilities and services are highly complementary to those of OM HealthCare Logistics, Owens & Minor's domestic healthcare 3PL service, and the combination will enable Owens & Minor to offer healthcare manufacturers in the US and Europe expanded global reach.


Air freight growth slows again in July

 30 August - IATA has announced global traffic results for July showing slower growth in both air travel and freight, but with considerable variation by region and market. July freight demand was 3.2% lower than it was in the same month last year. This is down on the 0.1% year-on-year growth rate of June. A large part of that decline was due to a comparison with a relatively strong July last year, but overall the trend in air freight is weak, in line with subdued world trade growth. Middle East carriers recorded a 16.0% increase in demand year-on-year but all


Mixed fortunes for 3PL profitability

31 August - In the latest round of financial results (a mix of quarterly, half yearly and annual), NOL has reported a US$57mn improvement in Core EBIT and Damco saw H1 EBIT increase by 42%. I MPERIAL Logistics&rsquo; announced 15.8% growth in operating profit, whilst Toll recorded a 6% drop in annual EBIT. Agility has started 2012 off on the right track, and its mid-year results show that both its internal transformation and business development efforts are paying off. EBITDA adjusted for one-off impacts showed a 63.0% improvement relative to the same period last year.


Heinz and CEVA agree groundbreaking sea freight contract

28 August - H. J. Heinz Company and CEVA Logistics have agreed a groundbreaking five year Oceanfreight contract. In a strategy led by Heinz&rsquo;s global procurement organisation, the agreement represents the first time that a shipper with an annual volume of 60,000 TEUs (Twenty foot Equivalent Units) has entrusted a single logistics provider with exclusive management of its Oceanfreight. The benefits of this agreement for Heinz include a considerable complexity reduction, enhanced supply chain visibility and reduced supply chain cost.


Vanderlande Industries

 Vanderlande Industries Celebrates Urban Outfitters, Inc. Grand Opening in Nevada Reno, Nevada &ndash; Local dignitaries held a special grand opening for the new 463,000 square foot Urban Outfitters, Inc. (Nasdaq: URBN) West Coast Internet Fulfillment Center facility in Reno, NV. Attendees of the event included Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, US Senator Dean Heller, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, URBN CEO, President and Chairman of the Board, Richard A. Hayne. The URBN design/build project is the largest private building project completed in Nevada since 2009. The total investment in the region by URBN was approximately $55 million.   Urban Outfitter&rsquo;s internet facility is LEED Silver


Yale provides

  YALE PROVIDES COMPLETE SOLUTION FOR BUSY BAVARIAN WAREHOUSE OPERATION   A major distributor of cleaning and hygiene products in southern Germany has turned to Yale Europe Materials Handling for a complete solution to its warehouse needs after expanding into new, custom-built facilities on the outskirts of Nurnberg. The company recently took delivery of several new high level order pickers to boost its materials handling fleet to ensure that the new warehouse operates as efficiently as possible in a fast-moving market place.   Founded in 1932, Durner GmbH & Co. KG has seen continual growth over the past decade and is now one of the


SBS Worldwide

 SBS Worldwide signs agency agreement covering India   Supply chain solutions providers SBS Worldwide and Capricorn Logistics have signed an agency agreement which sees the two companies working together closely on a global basis.   The agreement covers sea, air and distribution operations between India and SBS Worldwide&rsquo;s network of offices.   Capricorn Logistics operates from 53 offices across India and offers leading supply chain solutions, as well as market leading storage facilities, transport operations and value added services.   The company&rsquo;s 1,700 members of staff are supply chain experts, with in-depth knowledge covering a range of industry verticals    Philip Brown, SBS Worldwide, UK Managing Director, said: &ldquo;In these


1st Pharma Supply

 1st Pharma Supply Chain & Health Brazil: first ever event in Brazil for the pharmaceutical supply chain   This event, organized by ANFARLOG, will feature in the same venue a trade fair and a congress bringing success stories from the pharmaceutical and logistics industries   São Paulo, September12, 2012 - ANFARLOG (National Association of Pharmaceutical Professionals Engaged in Logistics - hereby announces its first event exclusively aimed at supporting the synergy between professionals from the pharmaceutical and logistics / supply chain sectors - the 1st Pharma Supply Chain & Health Brazil. Scheduled for October 9th and 10th, the event will take place in the


ID Systems

    I.D. Systems Unveils Analytics for Industrial Vehicle Fleets Woodcliff Lake, NJ, September 13, 2012&mdash;I.D. Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDSY), a leading provider of wireless solutions for tracking and managing high-value enterprise assets, today introduced I.D. Systems Analytics to provide new, deeper insights into the performance of industrial vehicles in manufacturing and distribution facilities. I.D. Systems Analytics is a set of software tools that gives executives and facility managers a single, integrated view of historical asset activity across multiple locations, generating site-to-site comparisons and enterprise-wide benchmarks of material handling operations.   Key Points &#61623; Assets addressed. Industrial vehicles include all classes of lift trucks, pallet jacks, tow tractors, and other material handling



 Collaboration by two companies known for innovation in their own particular sectors has facilitated the production and transportation of a revolutionary new design of wind turbine tower. Materials handling provider Combilift and Danish Andresen Towers pooled expertise to address the logistical challenges involved in manufacturing and moving extreme lengths of product which form the basis of Andresen&rsquo;s new tower construction.   Andresen Towers is part of the IAI Group with more than 25 years of experience in the production of steel  towers. The company has recently taken its original concept a stage further with the design of its patented shell towers and has


SSI Schaefer

 SSI Schaefer provides a smooth transition for Yankee Candle® Europe   The world&rsquo;s best loved candle and largest manufacturer of scented candles extends its state of the art picking system to increase distribution capacity following the move to the new European Headquarters in Avonmouth.   Yankee Candle® Europe relocated its new premises in June 2012 to accommodate its plan for future growth of the business.  The increased warehouse facilities enables higher levels of stock to be held onsite, increased volume of orders to be dispatched for  retail outlets, export customers and a growing online business. The move also enables the company to avoid the


CMCO Announces

 Yale Now Offering Flex-48 Quick Ship Program on the Global King Electric Wire Rope Hoist AMHERST, N.Y., September 11, 2012 &ndash; Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, has made its popular Yale Global King electric wire rope hoist available in a Quick Ship Program. The Flex-48 Program offers the flexibility to order select Global King units as a standard monorail unit or as a complete plug & play crane kit. These units have been configured for broad appeal, while living up to our own standards of dependability and durability. Both the monorail hoist and plug & play crane kit Flex-48


Barloworld SCS

 Barloworld SCS at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2012   Barloworld Supply Chain Software (SCS) will be attending the annual Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference from 17-18 September 2012 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London. The &lsquo;must-attend&rsquo; event for supply chain professionals will include hot topics in supply chain, industry-defining keynotes, top solution providers and the opportunity to network with industry experts and peers. Topics on the agenda include inventory optimisation, demand-driven value network and supply chain risk mitigation. Barloworld SCS specialists will be available on a stand S7 at the event to offer visitors information and advice about the company&rsquo;s



 BIFA and HMRC to discuss rules on movement of goods entering temporary storage The British International Freight Association (BIFA) says it will be meeting again with HMRC later this week to further discuss proposals covering the movement of goods to Enhanced Remote Transit Sheds (ERTS).   BIFA Director General, Peter Quantrill says: &ldquo;The ongoing review of proposed arrangements for temporary storage / ERTS came about largely because of BIFA&rsquo;s lobbying against a Customs Information Paper issued in March 2011, which sought to clarify the rules governing the movement of goods entering temporary storage.   &ldquo;There are in effect 12 proposals, many of which acceptable to


Damco moving

 Damco moving headquarters to The Hague, Netherlands   Global freight forwarder and logistics provider, Damco, is moving its headquarters from Copenhagen, Denmark to The Hague, Netherlands. The move, which should be completed in Q1 y 2013, brings Damco closer to the heart of the European logistics community and supports its strategy to become a Top-5 industry player in the years to come.   &ldquo;In The Hague, we will be closer to many of our customers, our main air and sea carriers, Europe&rsquo;s biggest transportation hubs, as well as our competition and the kind of additional international logistics experience we&rsquo;ll be looking to hire as


Turkey poised to be

 Turkey poised to be the next emerging logistics location According to a recent Jones Lang LaSalle survey of European supply chain managers ·         Turkey tops European supply chain managers list as emerging logistics market over the next five-years ·         Poland and Romania follow on a single country basis while Eastern Europe and Africa regions as a whole also received strong voting ·         Geographic location, economic growth and political stability are the main attributes required from an emerging logistics market London, 10th September 2012 &ndash; An inaugural survey by Jones Lang LaSalle reveals Turkey to be on top of the markets expected to be the next


SBS Worldwide

                           SBS Worldwide and SIFTE BERTI sign agency agreement Supply chain solutions providers SBS Worldwide and SIFTE BERTI have signed an agency agreement which covers all sea and air freight activities between Italy and the USA. SIFTE BERTI will represent SBS Worldwide in Italy and SBS Worldwide will represent Sifte Berti in the USA. SIFTE BERTI has 19 offices throughout Italy, including Milan and Bologna. In total, it operates more than 300,000sq meters of warehousing facilities. Lars Kloch, Managing Director USA, SBS Worldwide, said: &ldquo;SBS Worldwide&rsquo;s supply chain offering is built on


Intermodal Europe 2012

 Intermodal Europe 2012 prepares for great port debate Conference sessions at Intermodal Europe 2012 in Amsterdam from 27-29 November, will include a heavy focus on ports and terminals, addressing some of the challenges currently faced across the sector. &ldquo;The Intermodal Europe Port Debate will see spokespeople from some of the world&rsquo;s largest and most influential ports discussing current and future key issues in port development and for international maritime supply chains&rdquo; says Sophie Ahmed, Event Director of Intermodal Europe 2012. Chairing the debate will be Managing Director of The International Association for Ports and Harbors Europe Office, Fer van de Laar, who will


Torque introduces

 TORQUE INTRODUCES NEW EMBROIDERY SERVICE Torque&rsquo;s imaginative and unique approach to providing its clients with a truly comprehensive &lsquo;end to end service&rsquo; is further underlined with its latest investment - a state of the art embroidery centre, the only company in its sector to do so.  Adding a new dimension to its existing services for its fashion portfolio, this machine opens up a whole new area of business for this entrepreneurial logistics provider.  Torque was confident that its substantial investment in this new equipment with its purpose built centre would reap impressive rewards and its faith in this new concept has


European Supply

 European supply chain managers prioritise managing costs and multi-channel distribution High demand for modern logistics units >10,000sq m to continue according to first Jones Lang LaSalle European supply chain manager survey ·         Pressure to reduce supply chain costs and speed of change in consumer markets are the most important drivers for the logistics sector over the next five years ·         Re-alignment of distribution networks to manage cost pressures, shifting customer demand and increasing multi-channel distribution will be essential to remain competitive according to Jones Lang LaSalle ·         Quality and flexibility dominate real estate strategy London, 4th September 2012 &ndash; An inaugural survey by Jones Lang


GEM Textiles

 August 21st, 2012, Guildford, UK &ndash; GEM Textile has signed a multi-year agreement to implement the well-proven Kewill Warehouse solution. Based in Manchester, GEM Textiles are a major wholesale distributer supplying the retail trade with household textiles. GEM Textile have been in operation for over 30 years and supply several of the major retail brands in the UK.   Kewill has a long history of delivering best of breed logistics solutions on a local, regional and global basis. Kewill Warehouse (WMS) has a strong international pedigree and leverages on experience from hundreds of successfully delivered logistics projects.   GEM Textiles have chosen Kewill


Park Logistics

 Park Logistics wins gold as it picks up Olympics furniture contract   A Midlands logistics firm beat off competition from a host of rivals when it won a contract to deliver thousands of beds, chairs and sofas used by star athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games to homes all over the country.   Park Logistics, based in Colwick, Nottingham, will spend the next two months processing items of furniture, fittings and equipment from the Athletes Village and other Olympic venues after they were bought by souvenir hunters in a once-in-a-lifetime online sale.   Not only do the items include around 11,000 beds and mattresses slept


HJ Heinz Co & CEVA

 H.J. Heinz Co. and CEVA announce transformational Oceanfreight agreement   Hoofddorp, The Netherlands,  28 August, 2012 &ndash; H. J. Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ) and CEVA Logistics, one of the world&rsquo;s leading non-asset based supply chain management companies, today announced a groundbreaking five year Oceanfreight contract.   In a strategy led by Heinz&rsquo;s global procurement organization, the agreement represents the first time that a shipper with an annual volume of 60,000 TEUs (Twenty foot Equivalent Units) has entrusted a single logistics provider with exclusive management of its Oceanfreight.  The benefits of this agreement for Heinz include a considerable complexity reduction, enhanced supply chain visibility


Transport Logistics 2013

 Transport Logistic 2011 in retrospect :-   Exhibitor figures:                              1,893 exhibitors from 59 countries  Visitor figures:                                   Over 51,000 visitors from 134 countries   Two strong brands&mdash;Working for you   Deutsche Messe AG and Messe München International are launching a new kind of collaboration between their two leading trade fairs CeMAT and transport logistic. Each of these fairs will now benefit from the strengths and expertise of the other event: at transport logistic in Munich the section on intralogistics is being enhanced to include a showcase from CeMAT. This initiative is also a win-win situation for Germany as a center of the logistics industry. For more details please click here   The whole range of


Blue Giant announces

 Blue Giant Signs Up Two New Dealers in South Africa   Brampton, ON, Canada (August 2012) &ndash; Blue Giant Equipment Corporation is pleased to announce that two new dealers have been signed up to represent the company&rsquo;s dock equipment and material handling equipment portfolio in South Africa and surrounding regions.   SA Vertical Lifting in Germiston, Gauteng, specializes in the planning and design of integrated dock solutions for warehouses and distribution centers in South Africa and the surrounding markets. Additional areas of expertise include overhead doors, residential elevators, and hoisting equipment.   Director Allen Lotter says, &ldquo;We recognize the importance of an international brand and Blue Giant brings


Kuehne + Nagel becomes exclusive healthcare logistics provider of Bayer in Chile

 28 August - Kuehne + Nagel has been awarded an exclusive contract to manage the logistics activities for Bayer HealthCare Chile. Kuehne + Nagel will provide services to handle all of Bayer´s products in the country and also products of other pharmaceutical companies on behalf of Bayer. Furthermore, the scope of responsibilities covers value added services such as repackaging and labelling as well as special promotions preparation. Another task Kuehne + Nagel will be responsible for is to perform laboratory tests of the products. Those tests are requested by the Chilean import law.


Yusen Logistics establishes operations in Turkey

21 August - In a response to serving as a strategic hub for the Black and Mediterranean Seas to meet heightening logistics needs, Yusen Logistics has established Yusen Logistics Turkey Lojistik Hizmetleri Limited &#350;irketi (YLTR), which will begin operations on 1st October. Having prospered since ancient times as a crossroads of civilisation, Turkey is one of the key members of the VISTA and Next Eleven groups of nations that are expected to follow the BRICS as emerging economies. YLTR will take advantage of local geographical characteristics to meet customers&rsquo; needs in rising economies, acting as a hub for the developing


Toyota to establish logistics centre in Nairobi

15 August - Toyota is investing Sh1.28 billion in a logistics hub in Nairobi that will be used by 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to source vehicles directly from Japan. The Company&rsquo;s investment division, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, has signed a MOU with the Vision 2030 delivery board to establish the centre and support collaboration with the Kenyan government across the automotive, power and energy, petroleum and mineral resource, environmental infrastructure, agricultural industrialisation sectors. The regional vehicle logistics centre and central parts depot will be established in Nairobi&rsquo;s South C, reducing the cost for customers of importing vehicles directly from Japan.


European Logistics

 Logistics and industrial real estate investment makes up ground in Q2 2012 European transaction volumes up 56% over the quarter in Q2 2012, reflecting continuing strong investor appetite according to Jones Lang LaSalle research ·         Overall Q2 2012 volumes reached &euro;2.2 billion, up 56% quarter-on-quarter but H1 2012 volumes were down 20% on last year&rsquo;s equivalent period ·         UK and Germany together account for 65% of the total volume and together attracted 80% of the total international capital invested in European assets ·         Continued investor interest in the Benelux, the Nordics and the main CEE markets hampered by a lack of core product


The Futures bright

 THE FUTURE&rsquo;S BRIGHT FOR YALE FORKLIFT OPERATORS   As a result of feedback from operators of lift trucks, Yale has developed mast-mounted LED driving lights for its counterbalance truck series.   Available on internal combustion and electric trucks the lights have been primarily designed to aid operators that work in areas often deprived of light, such as ISO containers or block stacking applications.   The LED lights are slimline in design and are automatically activated with the front-marker lights. They provide high light output and the proximity to the outer mast cross member reduces susceptibility to damage.   Yale Brand Manager, Steve Ridgway, said: &ldquo;In most cases, lights



 U-FREIGHT GROUP NAMES WONG AS VICE PRESIDENT, SALES & MARKETING The U-Freight Group (UFL) has named Steven Wong as vice president - sales & marketing, of its main subsidiaries, U-Freight Ltd and U-Ocean Ltd, in Hong Kong.   Mr Wong joined UFL in 2009 as general manager of Rijin International Freight Co, one of the group&rsquo;s freight forwarding brands - each of which services different trades, or types of industry.   UFL chief executive officer, Simon Wong says: &ldquo;Steven has over 30 years of freight industry experience in senior management roles on both the sales and operational sides of the business.   "The knowledge he has accumulated


Goodman and CPPIB expand relationship with North American partnership

10 August - Goodman and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have launched a new logistics and industrial partnership in North America. The investment strategy is to target investment in logistics and industrial property in key North American markets. The focus will initially be on development led opportunities, with value-add and stabilised asset acquisitions to be considered over time in line with market conditions. This transaction represents CPPIB&rsquo;s first direct investment in US industrial real estate, a sector which is expected to benefit from a lack of new supply in recent years and growth in global trade


Lift off for PEI Genesis

 Lift off for PEI Genesis   SSI Schaefer have supplied and installed two Logimat vertical lift machines into the premises of PEI Genesis based in Southampton.   PEI Genesis is the world&rsquo;s fastest assembler of precision connectors and power supplies. From the world&rsquo;s largest global component inventory, PEI Genesis develop engineered solutions that support the military, industrial, medical, aerospace, transportation, and energy sectors.   Jerry Griffin, Facilities Manager, PEI Genesis, said: &ldquo;We have a good, long standing relationship with SSI Schaefer having previously worked with them to provide us with both single storey and two-tier Regal 3000 modular shelving systems. We were first made aware of


New Software

 New software helps optimise tax in the global supply chain   Businesses can operate at a lower cost by identifying the tax optimal supply chain using new CAST Aurora software, according to Barloworld Supply Chain Software (SCS).  Increased globalisation has resulted in businesses situating different elements of the operation (such as manufacturing and warehousing) across various geographical locations. CAST Aurora supply chain modelling software has been developed by Barloworld SCS to help businesses identify the most cost effective supply chain to transport product around the world. In parts of the world, for example in Brazil and India, companies moving product from one


Heartbeat Manufacturing

 When Heartbeat Manufacturing acquired a new warehouse, they once again turned to Bendi to provide the optimum handling and storage solution.   Heartbeat Manufacturing is one of the U.K.&rsquo;s leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of Display Equipment and bespoke products for the retail sector. Established over 60 years ago, Heartbeat Manufacturing are a family owned business with an enviable reputation for offering innovative, complete Display solutions for clients operating in UK and overseas markets including John Lewis, B&Q, Wickes and many more household names.   Bendi were first introduced to Heartbeat in 2005 when they were called upon to come up with a solution


Intermodal Europe 2012

 Intermodal Europe 2012 registration opens early More than 5,000 professionals involved in the container supply chain are expected to meet at the Amsterdam RAI on 27-29 November for Intermodal Europe 2012.  Now in its 36th year, the conference and exhibition is one of the most important events in the container shipping calendar, attended by all levels of the global supply chain. Following the unprecedented success in 2011, Intermodal Europe 2012 has opened registration early for the &lsquo;free to attend&rsquo; three day event, which covers all areas of container transport and logistics across road, rail and sea. This year will build on the


Unilever and DHL sign global partnership to drive efficiency

07 August - Unilever and DHL Supply Chain have announced a new agreement to collaboratively grow their business relationship. Both have pledged to work together to provide a global, world class service for Unilever and its customers. A series of collaborative initiatives focused on increased speed to market and efficiency, cost reduction and sustainable practices will help achieve this goal. For Unilever it is essential that they work closely together with strategic suppliers in order to reach their ambition to double the size of the Company and halve its environmental impact.  


Ceva Unserscores

 CEVA underscores Singapore LCL hub&rsquo;s success ·         15 weekly consolidations throughout Asia Pacific ·         Dedicated freight gateway benefits customers   Singapore, 6 August, 2012 &ndash; CEVA Logistics, one of the world&rsquo;s leading supply chain management companies, is pleased to announce the continued success of its LCL (Less-than-Container Load) services in Asia Pacific. Since launching its dedicated LCL services in 2011, CEVA has more than tripled the number of lanes globally and has invested in the back office and infrastructure necessary to provide optimized cargo handling.   In Asia Pacific, Singapore is CEVA&rsquo;s regional LCL hub, providing easy access from Asia to the rest of the


Kerry Logistics expands in Myanmar and Sri Lanka

06 August - Kerry Logistics has continued its expansion across Asia with new operations in Myanmar (Burma) and in Sri Lanka. They are part of Kerry Logistics&rsquo; strategy of building its presence and network in emerging markets across the region and will complement the Company&rsquo;s existing freight network in Vietnam, Thailand, India and Bangladesh. Kerry is seeing growing demand for diversified logistics services across the region and is investing in its network to better support customers&rsquo; supply chains


Application Report

  Economical, powerful, reliable: Düsseldorf warehouse specialist Scheren has been using Clark forklifts since 1980   Green Power for Permanently High Turnaround Rates   Düsseldorf, July 2012. What do you do if goods in the warehouse not only have to be moved from A to B, but this has to be done as cost effectively, quickly and safely as possible in the tightest of space while taking all safety-relevant environmental factors into account? The Düsseldorf logistics service provider Scheren Logistik GmbH has found a convincing answer when it comes to materials handling technology: They have been using forklifts made by Clark for 32 years.   Clark fleet comprises


Ceva Group plc

 CEVA Group plc Results for the First Half and Second Quarter ended 30 June 2012   Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, 2 August, 2012 &ndash; CEVA Logistics, one of the world&rsquo;s leading non-asset based supply chain management companies, today reports results for the three months ended 30 June 2012.    Summary ·         Revenue up 5.5% to &euro;1,808 million in second quarter, led by growth in Ocean freight ·         Q2 EBITDA declined to &euro;70 million with improvements in Asia offset by weakness in Southern Europe and Americas ·         Solid progress in individual geographies was offset by economic conditions   John Pattullo, CEO, said: &ldquo;This was a difficult quarter, characterized by flat markets


Davies Turner

 DAVIES TURNER BOOSTS MIDLANDS PRESENCE WITH PURCHASE OF TRANSIT WAREHOUSE   The strategic acquisition of a 7,000 sq m cross dock warehouse just a 10 minute walk from its existing state-of-the-art distribution centre at Coleshill, Birmingham gives Davies Turner &ndash; the UK&rsquo;s leading independent freight forwarder &ndash; increased capacity to handle its growing European and oceanfreight consolidation services.   The new platform has 40 loading doors, similar to the Phase 1 warehouse at the company&rsquo;s Dartford freight hub, but has more floor-space and greater eaves height, which could in the medium term facilitate the construction of a mezzanine floor to double the present operational



 July 17th, 2012 &ndash; Guildford, UK Kewill, the leading provider of global trade and logistics software, has carried out a rigorous programme of scalability and performance testing for its global freight forwarding solution, Kewill Forwarding, to prove its ability to scale.   The scalability and performance tests were designed to clearly demonstrate that Kewill Forwarding can support large numbers of users in real-world deployment scenarios with integration to other systems. Testing was conducted at the state-of-the-art IBM Innovation Centre at Hursley, UK &ndash; IBM&rsquo;s largest global Innovation Centre which supports IBM Business Partners in enabling and performance testing their applications on IBM


Industrial occupiers

Industrial occupiers face increasing supply shortage of large modern units in Europe, Middle East and Africa Limited choice will keep up competition for best-in-class units despite slowing demand according to Jones Lang LaSalle research ·       Occupiers looking to upgrade and enhance efficiency continue to be faced with a shortage of large modern units ·       Only few markets &ndash; Amsterdam, Lyon, Paris, Madrid, Budapest, Warsaw and Moscow &ndash; will continue to offer healthy choice levels ·       Russia remains the only market with significant speculative development ·       Cost levels are expected to fall in a number of markets during


CLASS 2012 Gets Remodelled

The latest product offering from Cirrus Logistics offers warehouses the next generation in layout design and simulation    <img src="" width="250" height="162" align="left" alt="" />London, UK. Cirrus Logistics, providers of simulation techniques in the supply chain, today announced the launch of its next generation product offering - CLASS 2012. Undergoing a complete technology upgrade over the past 18 months, CLASS 2012 marks a milestone in the product&rsquo;s 20 year history and will change the face of warehouse design at the touch of a button.   With its latest features, warehouse professionals are able to redesign and simulate &lsquo;what-if&rsquo; scenarios in a PC


Press Release June 2012

Toyota Material Handling become official partners of EU_OSHA 'Working Together for Risk Prevention Campaign. Building on the success of the EU_OSHA Safe Maintenance Campaign in 2010 and 2011 Toyota Material Handling extend their relationship with EU-OSHA as elected sponsor of the new campaign 'Working Together for Risk Prevention'. For the next two years Toyota Material Handling Europe and EU-OSHA will work together as official partners for the new EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces campaign focusing on developing research, training and sharing expertise to promote safe working environments. Every 3.5 minutes a person dies in the European Union in a work-related accident or illness. Millions of


Bobbys Foods

Bobby&rsquo;s Foods &ldquo;Bobby&rsquo;s Foods have their cake and eat it&rdquo; As one of the UK&rsquo;s leading supplier of snacks, confectionery and cakes, Bobby&rsquo;s Foods are feeding the nation with the help of Bendi articulated fork trucks.   <img align="left" width="380" vspace="5" hspace="15" height="249" border="2" src="" alt="" />Established in 1972, Bobby&rsquo;s Foods started from humble beginnings with only a single van delivering to local stores in and around Bromsgrove and the surrounding County of Worcestershire.   Since those early days, the business has flourished and rapidly expanded to cover all regions of England, Scotland and Wales serviced from the Head Office in Bromsgrove, 11 regional


Big Truck order for Hyster after ‘double green’ success at Antwerp terminal

Big Truck order for Hyster after 'double green' success at Antwerp terminal 2012 <img src="" alt="" width="200" height="300" align="left" style="margin: 0px 20px 10px 0px;" />After the successful introduction


Barloworld Supply Chain Software opens new office in France

Barloworld Supply Chain Software opens new office in France Global supply chain planning company, Barloworld Supply Chain Software (Barloworld SCS) is opening a new office in Paris, France on Wednesday 20 June to help enhance local service levels. <img src="" width="350" height="263" align="left" alt="" />Opening the new office follows a number of successes for Barloworld SCS in France in recent years, with customers including ThyssenKrupp Aerospace, Carglass France and FM Logistic. Gilles Alais, Country Manager - France at Barloworld Supply Chain Software, attributes these successes to the quality of the Barloworld SCS product suite and the level of support available to customers. &ldquo;Barloworld



<img src="" width="350" height="234" align="left" alt="" />May 2, 2012, Guildford, UK &ndash; Ontime Logistics, a leading Scandinavian logistics service provider with over 220 employees in 15 branches across Norway, Sweden and Denmark, has signed a multi-year, multi million euro, agreement to implement Kewill Transport and Kewill CustomsXchange. Ontime Logistics has been transporting goods within Scandinavia for over 100 years and is committed to the use of technology to ensure a consistent and professional customer service and to compete in terms of delivery precision and lower cost. The Kewill solution will enable Ontime to improve its operations including transport sourcing and contract


Rotterdam terminal reduces fuel costs with Hyster ReachStacker

 Rotterdam terminal reduces fuel costs with Hyster ReachStacker Barge Center Waalhaven, a container terminal in Rotterdam, received such significant fuel cost reductions by introducing a new Hyster ReachStacker, that the Waalhaven Group has placed another order for a new Hyster ReachStacker and an empty container handler in Born. <img src="" width="340" height="227" align="left" alt="" />"During a Hyster factory tour in Nijmegen (The Netherlands), the benefits of the new Tier 4i engines used in the new Hyster ReachStackers were clear" explains Mr. De Witte, Terminal Manager at Barge Center Waalhaven in Rotterdam. In October 2011, a new Hyster RS 45-31CH ReachStacker was delivered


Hyster records significant fuel savings in the Benelux region

 Hyster records significant fuel savings in the Benelux region   <img src="" width="350" height="165" alt="Hyster records significant fuel savings in the Benelux region" align="left" />After prolonged testing by an independent user in the Benelux region, data shows that a new Hyster ReachStacker is using up to 5.7 litres (1.3 Gal) of fuel less per hour compared to competitor reachstacker models at the same container terminal. A rental company has put the new Hyster ReachStacker into a container terminal operation in the Benelux region and observed fuel usage over a six month period.  Fuel use was recorded on the new Hyster ReachStacker and on


Macfarlane Packaging Goes Continental

Macfarlane Packaging, the UK&rsquo;s leading packaging distribution business, has become the exclusive UK member of NovuPak, the pan-European collaboration of industrial packaging distributors.   Now Macfarlane Packaging will be able to offer its customers a truly international service across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland with France and Poland expected to follow shortly.   Ivor Gray, Commercial Director of Macfarlane Packaging, said:   &ldquo;While the majority of Macfarlane&rsquo;s customers are UK-focused and able to take advantage of our national footprint, there&rsquo;s increasing demand from some for a pan-European capability. Similarly, our new colleagues within NovuPak can and do


Aisle-Master is the Right Accessory for Marc Cain

Internationally renowned high end women&rsquo;s fashion label Marc Cain is one of the first German companies to take delivery of the new narrow chassis 15E Aisle-Master articulated forklift model which is working in a new warehouse at its HQ south of Stuttgart. A recent overhaul of storage and handling procedures was part of a major programme of investment which included a completely new production and administration building with state-of-the-art equipment and machines at the site.   <img src="" width="329" height="500" align="middle" alt="" />   The 2,300m² storage area houses bales of textiles that are designed and produced in-house, and Team Manager Mr. Lacher


Bendi ramping up

With new products and worldwide orders flooding in, Bendi is ramping up manufacturing in the UK creating new Jobs in British built product. <img src="" width="300" height="448" align="top" alt="" /> Boosted by the launch of a number of new, innovative and groundbreaking models, 2011 is proving to be a momentous year for Bendi, the global market leader for


Hyster to attract potential fuel savers at TOC Europe

 Hyster to attract potential fuel savers at TOC Europe Hyster Europe will demonstrate ways of achieving fuel savings of up to 20% at TOC Europe 2012 (Terminal Operations Conference and Exhibition), from 12-14 June 2012, at the Antwerp Expo in Belgium on stand C6. Chris van der Werdt, Sales Manager for Hyster Big Trucks, says &ldquo;At TOC last year, we told the market that it is possible to achieve up to 20% fuel savings on Hyster Big Trucks.  This year, we return with proof from busy terminal operators that have successfully introduced new Hyster ReachStackers, empty container handlers or forklift trucks.&rdquo; In November


Singapore - Food and Asia Fair

 Olivo News Singapore - Food and Asia Fair At the end of April, a group of colleagues and customers met for a conference when Olivo exhibited at this successful exhibition. These were (in photo): Front row (seated) L &ndash;R: James Kim (Innoclean, Korea), Simon Wong (Sino Shine, Hong Kong), Benoit Danse (Olivo France), Wei Tun (Olivo Singapore) Back row (standing) L &ndash; R: Mrs Kim (Innoclean, Korea), Suyin (Olivo Singapore), Mai (Thai Therno Dynamics, Thailand), Gee Gee (Thai Thernmo Dynamics), Manny (Ideamorphosis, Phillipines) Olivo, market leaders in portable insulated containers, with their sales office in Singapore see a steady rise in business in Asia with its high


Cirrus Logistics win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise

  Cirrus Logistics win the Queen&rsquo;s Award for Enterprise London, UK. 23 April 2012. Cirrus Logistics, provider of decision support software for the supply chain industry, is proud to have received the Queen&rsquo;s Award for &lsquo;Outstanding Performance in International Trade&rsquo;. The accolade is designed to honour exceptional companies in the UK for innovation, international trade and sustainable development.   Cirrus Logistics won the award for its tremendous growth in exports under the &lsquo;Outstanding Performance in International Trade&rsquo; category. Cirrus Logistics was established in the late 80&rsquo;s to provide easy-to-use decision support software solutions through applying advanced scheduling, simulation and optimisation techniques. The recent growth


AEB White Papers

New series of AEB White Papers highlights potential for freight management optimisation &#61623; Reducing costs through efficient freight management &#61623; First White Paper: &ldquo;Three paths to efficient freight invoice auditing&rdquo;   Leamington Spa, 23rd April 2012 &ndash; Optimising transport management can help reduce freight costs by up to 35 percent, says software developer AEB (International) Ltd. The company has announced a new series of white papers that focus on the administrative processes of transport management and demonstrate how to identify and realise savings. The white papers can be downloaded from   The first white paper in the series, titled &ldquo;Three Paths to Efficient Freight Invoice


Kewill Takes Flight as Consortium Leader

Kewill Takes Flight as Consortium Leader for e-freight@Singapore April 18th, 2012 &ndash; Kewill has been selected, by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), as one of the three consortia to develop Infocomm Technology (ICT) solutions to manage paperless airfreight processes in Singapore, as part of the e-freight@Singapore programme. The e-freight programme aims to take the paper out of the air cargo process and replace it with electronic data and messages through the use of ICT.  In an Air Freight Process Productivity Study commissioned by CAAS, it was found that implementing e-freight@Singapore will


Project Spotlight

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT - Al Madina Logistics Distribution Centre, Barka, Oman 16,500m2 steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) ground bearing internal floor slab. Twintec have designed and constructed the first SFRC 'jointless' ground floor slab in Oman for Al Madina Logistics Services, that is being heralded as the first Distribution Centre of its kind in the Sultanate in terms of the technical specification of construction. The Distribution Centre will accommodate goods in ambient, chilled and frozen areas. Twintec consulted from an early stage in the project with DG BIM Consulting to optimise the design in order to meet the clients specific operational and programme requirements. Al Turki provided a C32/40 concrete with the fibres and


New horizons for SumoGlove

<img src="" width="400" height="123" alt="" /> SafeFork is now available and brings a new level of safety to the workplace. This revolutionary product is featured on the new website with an introductory special price. SafeFork are high quality Vetter forks with the "Optima Heel "for longer life and SafeFork comes with the revolutionary patented factory fitted SumoGlove. Have a look at some video demonstrations of the SafeFork in action and see the advantages on our website. Of course the SumoGlove can also be retro fitted easily in the workplace to existing forks. See it all at


Kewill CustomsXchange

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AEB Conference on Import Export and Customs Compliance

 AEB Conference on Import, Export and Customs Compliance helps companies improve quality and reduce costs   &#61623; Hosted by AEB (International) Ltd in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport CILT(UK) &#61623; Wednesday, 28th March 2012, 10am to 3.45pm, Barceló Walton Hall Hotel, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire Leamington Spa, 20th February 2012 &ndash; For supply chain executives, the continued uncertainty about the global economy means they have to focus on reducing costs without cutting down on quality. A conference hosted by AEB (International) Ltd will outline how they can achieve this, e.g. by taking advantage of simplified customs procedures, preferential benefits, automated customs procedures,


2012 IWLA Convention

 2012 IWLA Convention & Expo Labor Law Workshop Tackles Latest NLRB Decisions January 17, 2012, (DES PLAINES, IL) &ndash; Recent decisions by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board appointees will impact every U.S. employer who touches the supply chain. The International Warehouse Logistics Association Convention & Expo features a March 20 special session that highlights how those actions affect third-party logistics providers.   Led by labor-law experts Kerryann Haase and Brian Paul, partners with the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich, the up-to-the-minute session will be a highlight of the March 18-20, 2012, convention at the Fairmont San Francisco atop Nob Hill.   &ldquo;This IWLA Convention & Expo session is


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Casa Julia - specialist Italian drink and food specialists use Olivo containers In 1976, Enzo Santomauro started importing fine Italian wines for a small selection of restaurants in Essex and London. This business developed steadily over the years and, today, is based in a very smart modern distribution centre in Braintree, Essex. There are 50 employees (including five sales representatives) and they have a fleet of 12 vehicles making daily deliveries to restaurants, hotels and caterers mainly in the London area. Italian wines are still an important part of the business but this has expanded to include a wide range of


Reynolds Catering Supplies - frozen produce helped by Olivo

 A fruit and veg stall was set up in 1945 by William Reynolds at the Ridley Road Market in Hackney, London. This business expanded rapidly and in 1988 Reynolds started supplying fruit and vegetables to restaurants in London and the Home Counties. A larger stall opening in the Old Spitalfields Market followed in 1989, then in 1991 a further move to the New Spitalfields Market in Leyton. From 2001 expansion continued with depots in Manchester, Bristol, and Birmingham and finally Scotland, all opening over three years to enable full national distribution. Then in 2005, Reynolds 140,000 sq ft national distribution



 February 7th, 2012 &ndash; Guildford, UK Kewill (LSE: KWL), Ulukom Computer, a leading Turkish software solutions provider to logistics, customs and foreign trade companies, has signed an agreement with Kewill to integrate its local customs application with Kewill&rsquo;s CustomsXchange and to act as a Kewill reseller.   The innovative Kewill CustomsXchange is a messaging hub that takes care of the technical and administrative issues associated with connecting to multiple customs authorities through local application partners in different countries. It streamlines communication between the import/export community through providing a single point of connectivity, enabling appropriate security and customs declaration information to be shared



P3 SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED BUILT-TO-OWN PROJECT FOR AUDIA PLASTICS TRNAVA-VODERADY, SLOVAKIA PointPark Properties (P3) has announced the successful completion of a Build-To-Own project for Audia Plastics and its affiliates Washington Penn Plastic and Uniform Color Company. This warehouse and production facility is situated in Trnava-Voderady, Slovakia and comprises 17,200 sqm of warehousing space, including 1,500 sqm of offices. P3 provided management services for the acquisition, development, construction and fit-out of this 11 million euro investment. The project commenced in September 2010, followed by the site-acquisition, project design and implementation and then completion with receipt of the final occupancy permit in December 2011. The official


Mentfield adopt the e-customs

 Mentfield adopt the e-customs ERTS module at Heathrow Mentfield UK Limited, a major worldwide freight forwarder, has augmented its UK services by opening an Enhanced Remote Transit Shed (ERTS) in the Heathrow area by using the facility provided by e-customs Limited. Alexandra Halabukova, Office Manager at Mentfield UK said &ldquo;This is an important step in the on-going development programme of Mentfields policy to ensure we continue to provide the most comprehensive customs clearance service to our growing customer base. We are delighted that e-customs Ltd who have been providing our software since 2007 have worked with us in ensuring the approval and


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<img width="220" height="220" alt="" src="" />  Warehouse Label Options from Camcode Include Innovative New Products Camcode Expands its Line of Warehouse Labels with Outdoor and Cold Storage Selections CLEVELAND, Ohio, January 18, 2012 &ndash; The Camcode Division of Horizons Incorporated has added new warehouse label options to its line of warehouse management products used in asset tracking and automation of inventory systems. Developed in response to unique customer needs, these new offerings make it even easier to mark bulk storage areas or track inventory in outdoor and cold storage locations. They include:   A Cold Storage Rack Placard for mechanical attachment in sub-zero environments



PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC | TWO NEW TENANTS IN POINTPARK PRAGUE D8   PointPark Prague D8 welcomed two new tenants. Noark Electric Europe is engaged in the development, production and distribution of electro technical equipment and components. TOPSTEEL is the distributor of stainless-steel metallurgical supplies. Both new tenants now occupy space within building DC03.   Noark Electric Europe has leased 878 sqm of warehouse space and 95 sqm of office space. &ldquo;We searched for a modern European distribution centre in Prague that would help us to ensure prompt and reliable delivery of all our products to our customers throughout Europe. PointPark Prague D8 best met our demanding


India warehousing show2012

India Warehousing Show2012 &ndash; Bigger, Better and More Focused!!!    Technology has globally revolutionized every aspect of industrial activity and judging by figures, India  is among emerging players in the industrial sector. Industry trends places port based logistics  operations growth at 20-25 percent, Material Handling products at a growth rate of 5 percent  annually in 2012 and Indian Cold Storage Industry estimated at USD 2.6 billion, covering 88 percent of surface storage and the rest in mobile storages. Based on current Industrial trends, the 3rd edition of  &lsquo;India Warehousing Show 2012&rsquo;, organized by Manch Communications will commence from 26th April  2012 to 28th April 2012 at India Expo


Pick and Pack for Longchamp

 <img width="240" height="160" alt="" src="" />Pick and Pack for Longchamp   Longchamp commissioned SSI Schaefer to optimise its logistics centre in Segré, France. In partnership, the two companies developed a tailor-made solution for the order picking and automation of customer shipments.   All products manufactured by Longchamp are now shipped from the logistics centre in Segré. To design a more efficient goods flow, the company decided to modernise and automate its order picking and dispatch system &ndash; the contract was awarded to SSI Schaefer.   Challenge: to develop a solution that allowed both shelving-based packaging of articles and the order-based compilation of the packages


Thomas Carbott promoted to MHIA

Jeff Woroniecki named Executive Vice President of Business Development and Operations of Material Handling Industry of America Thomas Carbott promoted to MHIA, Senior Vice President of Exhibitions Tuesday, January 03, 2012   Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Woroniecki to the position of Executive Vice President of Business Development and Operations of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). Mr. Woroniecki brings over 23 years of material handling industry experience to MHIA including roles at MHIA member companies Unarco Material Handling and Interlake Mecalux. "Jeff has an impressive background to meet the demands of MHIA's growing business model,"


Suma Foods 36 years of strong growth

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Gideon Hillman Consulting

 2011 has been an exciting year for us with unprecedented growth in both the private and public sectors. The types of projects we have been engaged on have ranged from complete Logistics Network design and implementation, Warehouse Optimisation, Transport and Warehouse Outsourcing tenders and S&OP (sales and operations planning). The key milestones can be summarised as follows; January started well with receiving a certificate of High Commendation at an industry awards ceremony for our work and expertise in Logistics Network Design and Outsourcing Tender Management and we were one of the four finalists


Hyster Number 1

<img width="240" height="160" alt="" src="" /> <img width="0" height="0" alt="" src="" />Independent Study Ranks Hyster Number 1 in Total Cost of Ownership   In an independent survey conducted by Peerless Media Research Group in the United States, forklift brand Hyster® ranked No. 1 in the category of total cost of ownership. Based on current U.S. customer ratings, Hyster led all full-line lift truck manufacturers.   &ldquo;Being recognized by the marketplace as the lift truck provider with the lowest total cost of operations is positive proof that Hyster delivers true value to its customers&rdquo;, said Jonathan Dawley,


INTTRA shipping platform

INTTRA shipping platform now available in conjunction with Kewill Forwarding INTRRA, the largest multi-carrier e-commerce platform for the ocean shipping industry, has signed an alliance agreement with Kewill to formalise the integration of its solution into the Kewill Forwarding (KFF) platform.   The INTRRA shipping solution is built-in as standard to the Kewill Forwarding suite, to facilitate electronic booking requests for shipped consignments.   By using the INTTRA portal, users making booking requests and submitting shipping instructions can receive confirmations and appropriate status messages when booking space prior to departure. The system can then accept or reject the request dependent on available space and alert


Tow tractor introduced by Hyster

<img width="240" height="287" alt="" src="" /> Tow tractor introduced by Hyster   Hyster Europe is pleased to introduce an electric tow tractor, the LO5.0T.  The new tow tractor can pull 5 tonnes and meets the needs of manufacturing operations to carry material to production lines, making it ideal for the automotive and engineering industries and for any type of line feed operation.   The new Hyster tow tractor provides a 5 tonnes pulled mass capability with powerful acceleration and a maximum travel speed of 7.0 km/h with load and 12.0 km/h without load. Featuring a high performance 2.6 kW AC traction motor, 24V (465 or 620 Ah)


Barloworld Supply Chain Software

<img alt="" src=" Management.jpg" /> Barloworld Supply Chain Software helps to enhance Camelot service   New software from Barloworld SCS is helping Camelot Management Consultants to identify when and how to implement change in their customers&rsquo; supply chains. The CAST Aurora supply chain modelling software could also help identify supply chain savings of up to 15%. Camelot Management Consultants, which provides strategic and organisational consultancy services, including value chain management, required an advanced supply chain planning software tool, to help plan and optimise its client&rsquo;s supply chain networks.  The company approached Barloworld SCS and selected its new CAST Aurora software, which offers multi-time period network optimisation functionality,


Direct Despatch: How to Turn Cash into More Cash

 Direct Despatch: How to Turn Cash into More Cash Direct Despatch offers major business benefits and is enabling companies of all sizes to cut costs, reduce exposure to stock and improve customer service - all without losing control over customer relationships. Already a hit with small to medium sized businesses,