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27-05-2015

HighJump Acquires Nexternal

Supply chain solutions provider extends omni-channel suite with leading North American eCommerce platform   HighJump, a global...

27-05-2015

KION North America Corporation wins safety championship

KION North America Corporation won first place in the KION Group's 2014 cross-brand, interregional safety...

News and Events

HighJump Acquires Nexternal

27-05-2015
Supply chain solutions provider extends omni-channel suite with leading North American eCommerce platform   HighJump, a global provider of supply chain management solutions today announced that it has acquired Nexternal, a leading cloud-based eCommerce platform provider based in California.   Nexternal provides an omni-channel commerce platform that serves manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Nexternal’s platform includes a functionally rich order management system that captures both business-to-business and business-to-consumer orders, via standard and mobile web browsers. Going beyond traditional eCommerce, companies use Nexternal’s commerce platform to run call centers, generate and manage subscription orders, retrieve Amazon marketplace orders, create club orders and receive orders from other

 
 

KION North America Corporation wins safety championship

27-05-2015
KION North America Corporation won first place in the KION Group's 2014 cross-brand, interregional safety competition. The first corporate competition of its kind, more than 40 groups from around the world took part.   The purpose of the KION Group Safety Championship was to raise awareness, improve the management and employee safety culture and to reduce the unacceptably high accident rates. The criteria each site was judged on included: lost time injury frequency rate, lost time injury (accident involving an employee with an absence from work for more than 8 hours or one working day), health rate and site specific Health, Safety

 
 

Kalmar to deliver two additional automatic stacking cranes for DP World Brisbane

26-05-2015
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order from DP World Australia to deliver two new Kalmar automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) for its semi-automated terminal in Brisbane.     The cranes will join a fleet of 14 Kalmar ASCs at Fisherman Islands Terminal, bringing the number of modules servicing container trade to eight and increasing capacity by 14 percent to 720,000 TEU. The new ASCs will be delivered fully erected in 2016 and they are expected to be commissioned in January 2017.   DP World Australia's Managing Director and CEO, Paul Scurrah, said the investment at the Port of Brisbane is a strong signal

 
 

PCI Augsburg, Germany, increases provision of goods performance with Interroll Dynamic Storage system

26-05-2015
PCI Augsburg GmbH is one of the leading companies in the operating division of BASF Construction Chemicals and manufactures powder and dispersion products at its Augsburg plant in Germany. The company promises its customers that goods will arrive within a maximum of 24 hours after they have been ordered throughout Germany, Austria and most of Switzerland. This requires optimal logistic processes which PCI Augsburg continuously seeks to improve.   In 2013, PCI Augsburg decided to replace the bulk storage it had been previously using for provision of goods with a new solution. By separating provision of goods and the loading process, they

 
 

Empigest, the authorised Bendi dealer for Portugal and the Seville region of Spain, have made significant investment in new, state of the art premises.

23-05-2015
Based in the Sierra Couples in Milharado (Mafra), the new 7000m2 premises, costing over EUR 2 million, are aimed at maintaining the sustained growth of the company and to meet the growing needs of its customers.   Commenting on the new facility, Carlos Carvalho, Director General of the company, said that "we now offer a larger, more spacious facility with better working conditions that allows us to give a much more rapid response to requests from our customers. We have significantly increased the workshop and parts area, which enables us to take on more work, provide a more effective response in the

 
 

PLUG POWER ANNOUNCES ULINE AS NEW GENKEY CUSTOMER

23-05-2015
Plug Power Inc, a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions today announced Uline, Inc., as a new GenKey customer. Uline, a family-owned business, is the leading distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging materials to businesses throughout North America, offering more than 30,000 products. Given their business strategy of same day turn-around, productivity and predictability are important to Uline and are key benefits that the proven GenKey solution delivers.   The initial deployment of GenDrive units will be powering the forklift fleet at one of Uline’s distribution centers in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Additionally, Uline will deploy a second fleet of GenDrive-powered lift

 
 

Success for first robotic picking system

22-05-2015
The first installation of KNAPP’s Pick-it-Easy Robot solution is operating successfully at the site of dental supplies wholesaler, Basiq Dental, in The Netherlands.    Delivered last year, the robotic picking system has proved to be highly efficient, accurate and reliable in operation. Pick-it-Easy Robot uses KNAPP’s KiSoft Vision technology to identify the optimum article to pick from a tote and calculate the ideal grip point for the robot. Available with a choice of grippers to suit the goods being picked, Pick-it-Easy Robot is able to maintain a consistently high throughput rate and accuracy level over long periods.   In addition to the robotic picking

 
 

Toyota Material Handling win Preferred supplier status at Robert Bosch GmbH

22-05-2015
Robert Bosch is one of the world's leading automotive suppliers. "For some years, good business relations have been existing between Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) and Robert Bosch GmbH in the automotive sector, and now this relationship has been extended to include the warehouse truck and forklift truck sector with the Toyota Material Handling Group", explained Jens Wagner. The partnership in Europe is now being intensified with the signing of an exclusive supplier contract, and the awarding of the Preferred Supplier status, signed, sealed and delivered on April 15th, 2015.    "For the first time we have bundled and tendered the entire demands

 
 

New pallet designed for the beverage industry

20-05-2015
The beverage industry places particularly high demands on pallets, especially when they are used as pool pallets. They must be extremely rugged, solidly built and long-lasting. At the same time they must be light and easy to handle.   To meet these requirements, Cabka-IPS has developed the BPP i9 beverage pool pallet. Made of recycled HDPE, it weighs only 23 kg, about half as much as a comparable wooden pallet. This makes handling easier and reduces CO2 emissions in transport. The BPP i9 is manufactured with gas-assist low pressure injection technology. In this process, hollow channels are generated within the pallet, making it

 
 

The Toyota Logistic Design Competition 2016 is launched.

20-05-2015
Following in the footsteps of the inspiring 2014 tow tractor design contest, Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) now asks design students and 2015 graduates across Europe to revamp or revolutionise the design of Toyota’s market-leading forklifts. The design theme of the 2nd competition is: “Forklifts. Like you´ve never seen them before.”   Last time, Toyota Material Handling Europe invited top design students and graduates to transform the company’s tow tractors. For the 2016 competition, designers are asked to suggest how our forklifts might go through a metamorphosis. Though Toyota’s forklifts, primarily suited for high-productivity outdoor work, enjoy a great reputation in the

 
 

International Supply Chain expert launches new book on winning competitive advantage through empowered supply chains

18-05-2015
Acknowledged and respected supply chain expert, advisor and speaker Mark Millar is launching a ground-breaking new publication “Global Supply Chain Ecosystems” - a practical, topical and informative guide for directors, executives and managers about developing competitive advantage through effective, productive and efficient supply chain management practices.   The book is packed with practical, down-to-earth advice on managing the volatility and vulnerability inherent in today’s international trade and provides invaluable guidance on how to build resilient, reliable and competitive global supply chain ecosystems.   Commissioned and published by Kogan Page of London, Global Supply Chain Ecosystems will be formally launched during the annual International Federation

 
 

Warehouse capacity and efficiency increased

18-05-2015
With a 10,000 square metre site to house its production and storage facilities, a laboratory and testing facility, Elco Burners in Germany has been well placed to cope with its demands as a manufacturer of industrial burners throughout its near 90-year history.   However, with business growing steadily in China and Russia, existing storage space in the raw materials and finished parts warehouses became insufficient.   With little desire to rent additional external storage space, Elco Burners looked to introduce a new storage concept at its existing premises in Hechingen.   To smooth the process, Elco Business enlisted the help of Yale SLT Foerdertechnik GmbH in

 
 

Warehousing & Logistics International confirmed as Marketing and Media Partner for Asia largest Logistics and Transport trade show

15-05-2015
Warehousing & Logistics International (WLI) are confirmed as the Marketing and Media Partner for the 10th China (Shenzhen) International Logistics and Transportation Fair (CILF 2015) taking place in Shenzhen, China during 14-16 October 2015.   This Marketing and Media Partner collaboration with CILF 2015 involves WLI providing marketing and media services to promote Asia’s largest logistics and transport trade show to over 40,000 industry professionals in 39 countries around the world through the WLI digital distribution channels including monthly e-newsletters and quarterly e-magazines.     WLI will also provide PR support including publishing CILF news releases, show updates, and sharing CILF news and updates

 
 

CHEP announces efficiency improvements and cost savings with LeanLogistics Transportation Management System

15-05-2015
LeanLogistics has announced that CHEP Europe has made savings in transportation management as well as efficiency improvements as a result of implementing LeanTMS from LeanLogistics. A new case study is available to download on leanlogistics.com providing more details.   CHEP is a leader in managed, returnable and reusable packing solutions, serving many of the world’s largest companies. The company wished to reduce transportation costs through routing guide compliances and improve transport capacity detection and cost on certain lanes through spot market purchasing.   “CHEP is benefitting from efficiency gains and transport savings that are serving our entire organisation,” said Enrique Garcia, SVP Supply Chain Europe, CHEP. “The

 
 

Leading Chinese Express market supplier relies on Interroll Portec belt curves

14-05-2015
 Interroll and S.F. Express, China, recently signed a frame contract for Interroll Portec belt curves: S.F. Express regards Interroll as a strategic partner for key equipment of conveyor systems and will continue to specify the Interroll Portec belt curves which are manufactured in the Interroll regional Center of Excellence in Shenzhen.   In the past three years, S.F. Express has already ordered more than 2,000 Interroll Portec belt curves which are amongst the most stable and reliable belt curves on the market. A belt curve is one of the most critical parts of each internal logistics system regarding performance enhancement and operational

 
 

Dematic announces the next step in providing complete customer service

14-05-2015
 Dematic, a supplier of intra-logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, is pleased to introduce the Dematic Managed Services program, a new service designed for proactively protecting customer investments. With Managed Services, customers outsource to Dematic the day-to-day IT functions of their system to improve operations (maximize uptime) and reduce expenses (minimize costs). The program allows customer IT resources to concentrate on their internal systems, leaving intra-logistics to the experts at Dematic.   Managed Services grew out of an ongoing commitment by Dematic to be a partner with customers at all phases of a project. As competition for IT resources

 
 

New intelligent bagger for streamlining logistics

13-05-2015
BoxSizer, the UK based subsidiary of Linkx Packaging, unveiled its newest packaging and bagging innovation at this year’s IntraLogistex show, where visitors witnessed the machine’s unique capabilities firsthand. The new random bagger, for which a patent is still pending, was designed with the needs of e-commerce retailers in mind. It offers safety and reliability of packaging whilst guaranteeing improved packaging times and overall space savings. Ideal for streamlining logistics, the new intelligent bagger automatically assesses the size and shape of an incoming item. Using a set of high-precision inbuilt laser sensors, the machine calculates the item size and feeds the information to

 
 

Damage limitation

13-05-2015
FLTA guides truck users on fair wear and tear on fork lift rental agreements The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has warned that widespread confusion over the ‘fair wear and tear’ of fork lift trucks is putting companies renting fork lift trucks at risk of large and unexpected end-of-contract repair bills and acrimonious disputes. The announcement coincides with the reissue of the Fork Lift Truck Association’s illustrated Fair Wear and Tear guide, which has been developed specifically for fork lift trucks.  Association Chief Executive Peter Harvey explains: “Expectations when hiring and leasing cars are very well understood. From restoring damaged body work to

 
 

Mark Millar,headline speaker at IFWLA Liverpool Conference receives new citation

12-05-2015
Mark Millar has been recognised as one of Asia’s Top 50 Influencers in Supply Chain and Logistics in a list compiled by Terrapinn, a world leader in business events, including their SCM Logistics World Conference in Singapore, where Mark has been engaged as Conference Chairman and guest Speaker.   In the Asia Top 50 listing, alongside CEOs, VPs and senior executives from major multi-national companies such as Accenture, DHL, Diageo, GSK, Hewlett-Packard and Hyundai, Mark Millar’s credentials as an industry expert, inspirational speaker, trusted advisor and authoritative commentator have won him further international acclaim. Mark has previously been recognised as one of

 
 

New Biomass Space Heater launched for Warehouses

12-05-2015
Leading biomass heating specialists Rural Energy have launched the AIRMatic Biomass Space Heater – an innovative new compact solution that packs a big punch, ideal for warehouses and large industrial units.   The AIRMatic is a standalone, modular biomass unit that has been developed specifically to heat large volume spaces. Powered by a wood pellet boiler from Herz – the premier Austrian boiler manufacturer that distributes solely through Rural Energy in the UK, the AIRMatic has minimal installation requirements. The system can be mounted in almost any location – all that is needed is a single-phase 230 V electrical supply, space for

 
 

Leading South African 3PL will increase volume and inventory visibility with adaptable WMS

11-05-2015
Leading 3PL will increase volume and inventory visibility with adaptable WMS HighJump, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that The PMD Group has selected the HighJump Warehouse Advantage warehouse management system (WMS) for its diverse supply chain needs. The PMD Group is an independently owned 3PL that serves some of the largest retailers in South Africa. The company worked with iWMS, HighJump’s partner in South Africa, to select HighJump Warehouse Advantage. With the HighJump WMS, The PMD Group will be able to grow its customer base and warehouse volume while continuing to offer superior customer service and greater

 
 

APL Logistics Opens New Container Freight Station in Jakarta

11-05-2015
APL Logistics has announced the opening of a new container freight station (CFS) at the Tungya Collins Terminal in Cakung, North Jakarta. The new CFS extends APL Logistics’ footprint in Indonesia where it offers export consolidation and warehousing services. It also complements APL Logistics’ existing facilities across Asia as a sourcing hub for both international and domestic distribution. “Indonesia is a major hub for international sourcing and there is an increasing demand for effective, quality assured warehousing and distribution. The new facility underlines APL Logistics’ commitment in providing value-added and pre-retail services to our customers. It forms part of

 
 

LeanLogistics introduces LeanTMS Mobile for network carriers

08-05-2015
Bringing the power of SaaS platform to the driver’s smartphone   LeanLogistics announces the launch of LeanTMS Mobile. This dedicated mobile access platform is being rolled out to carriers within the LeanLogistics network—one of the largest global SaaS networks of shippers, carriers, and trade partners.    LeanTMS Mobile provides a driver-centric interface through which drivers provide visibility on their activity within the LeanLogistics network. Drivers can quickly update LeanTMS load assignments with the easy to use smartphone interface. This streamlines the communication process, reducing administrative tasks for carrier companies by enabling the driver to update the shipper directly.     “The carrier mobile site really allows

 
 

Camerons boosts keg loading productivity with gentle handling Jungheinrich hydrostatic trucks

08-05-2015
Established in Hartlepool in the North East of England in 1865, Camerons Brewery has built an enviable reputation in the brewing sector over the last 150 years, producing a wide range of well-recognised craft beer brands, such as the brewery’s flagship brand Strongarm and north east classic Trophy Special. Alongside supplying its growing pub estate, the company has developed a highly successful contract brewing business, providing beers for some of the biggest names in the drinks industry – customers that demand the very highest levels of service.   In Hartlepool, the Lion Brewery produces over 400,000 pints of beer or lager every

 
 

AITT expands its training horizons to Azerbaijan

07-05-2015
 The Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT) has recently furthered its international expansion program beyond the Caspian Sea with its accreditation of TCS, a training company based in Azerbaijan. The accreditation was carried out by Lech Kluk, an AITT monitoring officer, who visited the company at its site in the cosmopolitan capital of the country, Baku, where he also monitored an instructor course.   According to Anar Malikbeyli, Managing Director of TCS, “We wanted to work with an organisation that was very focused on workplace transport and in particular fork lift trucks.  We had heard very positive reports about AITT for its

 
 

French company FM Logistic pilots fuel cell trucks with Toyota Material Handling

07-05-2015
Pilot fleet of reach trucks and powered pallet trucks running on fuel cells has started to operate since March 2015 at Neuville Aux Bois   Since March 2015, the FM Logistic´s site in Neuville aux Bois (France) is running a mixed fleet of traditionally powered battery-electric trucks alongside a newly introduced fleet of 10 machines running on hydrogen fuel cells.   This pilot site for hydrogen fuel cells is the direct result of a collaboration involving partners Air Liquide, Hypulsion, Toyota Material Handling, Crown, Diagma and FM Logistic.   This pilot is supported by the European Union Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU), who are supporting

 
 

Factors affecting customer satisfaction are top priority for improvement

06-05-2015
Surveys carried out for Access Group among warehouse and supply chain managers reveal that online ordering already accounts for the majority of business in a quarter of firms. The effects of online ordering highlighted by the survey include: an increase in smaller orders; expectations of faster despatch and shorter lead times; increased B2C business; increased use of couriers for delivery; and a requirement for simpler, more automated order processing.  “These factors directly affect customer satisfaction and are at the top of the priority list for improvement across the supply chain,” said Ian Roper, Divisional Director for Supply Chain Solutions, at Access.  The

 
 

IFWLA announce top quality speaker programme

06-05-2015
Delegates at the forthcoming International Federation of Warehousing & Logistics Associations (IFWLA) conference will hear presentations by key executives representing some of the most significant companies operating in the UK’s retail, logistics and manufacturing sectors.   Speakers at the two day conference, which takes place on 2-3 June 2015 in Liverpool, include: John Munelly (John Lewis), Iain Bartholomew (Sainsbury’s), Ian Stansfield (Asda), Rod Turner (Carlsberg), Frank Murphy (Princes Foods), Eleanor Winton (KPMG), Graham Undy (Eddie Stobart) and Martin Brown (DHL). In all, the conference will feature over 30 speakers.   The theme of the conference is ‘Change Equals New Opportunities’ and the first session

 
 

RTITB enters strategic agreement with ThinkLink Learning to roll out world class forklift training across India

05-05-2015
ThinkLink Learning, India’s first RTITB accredited organisation, launched a bold new initiative to deliver world class fork lift training across India at a prestigious inauguration ceremony in Haryana in North India on Friday 10 April. Praguna training is an initiative for outstanding vocational training in logistics and the event was held in the Praguna Centre, where Managing Director of RTITB, Laura Nelson, was invited to give a speech, highlighting the importance of this strategic partnership and of accredited lift truck training. “Training helps to reduce the risk of an incident,” says Laura. “A site working in partnership with RTITB in the

 
 

Hyster enhances ReachStacker for increasing container volumes

03-05-2015
Following a record year for the Hyster ReachStacker production line, Hyster has made more upgrades to help further reduce lifetime costs, while giving maximum reliability for ports and terminals experiencing increased container throughput.    "The reachstacker market is continuing to grow," says Jan Willem van den Brand, Product Strategy Manager Big Trucks. "Hyster alone produced more reachstackers than ever last year, for operations all over the world."   The Hyster ReachStacker is well known for its class leading lift speeds, combined motions of lift and boom extension while driving and exceptional reliability, particularly in 24/7 operations. The incredible performance not only helps terminals move

 
 

Vanderlande Acquires Dinamic

01-05-2015
Vanderlande has announced its acquisition of Dinamic Industrial Business (Dinamic) as a key part of its ongoing strategy for profitable growth in Europe and the US. The takeover of the Spanish company extends Vanderlande’s manufacturing capacity and adds a number of new products to its distinctive product portfolio.      Recognized for its high-quality manufacturing and products, Dinamic has had a longstanding working relationship with Vanderlande. A new company, Vanderlande Industries Santpedor S.L., will be established in Santpedor, Spain to continue expanding the manufacturing facilities, and developing and selling new and existing products. These include the Scannojet tray return system – an

 
 

Yale Shows ProMat 2015 Attendees How to BREAK FREE from Inefficiency

01-05-2015
At ProMat 2015, Yale Materials Handling Corporation showcased its latest lift truck innovations, flexible power solutions and wireless asset management GPS enhancements. The company also highlighted its scalable fleet management and financing solutions, designed to help customers BREAK FREE from captive relationships and join the movement toward partnerships built around their terms.   “At Yale, our goal is to help customers increase the efficiency of their operations with creative products and solutions built specifically around their needs,” said David Furman, President of Sales and Marketing, Yale.”   To demonstrate its latest lift truck innovations, Yale revealed a comprehensive range of flexible new power solutions

 
 

French company FM Logistic pilots fuel cell trucks with Toyota Material Handling

28-04-2015
A pilot fleet of reach trucks and powered pallet trucks running on fuel cells has started to operate since March 2015 at Neuville Aux Bois Since March 2015, the FM Logistic´s site in Neuville aux Bois (France) is running a mixed fleet of traditionally powered battery-electric trucks alongside a newly introduced fleet of 10 machines running on hydrogen fuel cells. This pilot site for hydrogen fuel cells is the direct result of a collaboration involving partners Air Liquide, Hypulsion, Toyota Material Handling, Crown, Diagma and FM Logistic. This pilot is supported by the European Union Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU), who are

 
 

NSK Europe Improves Supply Chain Efficiency

28-04-2015
Descartes Systems Group , the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that NSK Europe, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of rolling bearings, automotive components and steering systems, has gained significant efficiencies and enhanced supply chain performance with the cloud-based Descartes Transportation Manager IS solution. “Our corporate culture is the basis for our continuous drive for manufacturing perfection and flawless delivery of our high quality products used in machines worldwide and by most major car manufacturers. Descartes’ solution helps support our ‘total quality’ mission by providing us with the visibility, decision support and operational agility needed to

 
 

Logistics Executive Group releases the 2015 South East Asia Salary Guide for Logistics Supply Chain Industry

27-04-2015
Marking 10 years in Asia, Logistics Executive Group has announced the release of its 2015 South East Asia Salary Guide for Logistics & Supply Chain Industry.   The annually released report is the industry’s most comprehensive salary guide covering ASEAN’s five critical growth markets of Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.   “We thank our clients and the market place as this report has been compiled with their goodwill, covering a breadth of salary bands, positions and geographical territories in South East Asia.  The analysis in this report, which covers Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, comes from in-depth interviews with our clients, our

 
 

Overwhelming success for the Safer Site programme

27-04-2015
FREE safety programme will benefit ANY company that operates one fork lift truck or an entire fleet   In what is described as its most ambitious initiative to date, the Fork Lift Truck Association is spearheading a nationwide drive to improve safety at every site that uses fork lift trucks: be it single truck or a fleet comprising many hundreds. The Safer Site Programme is a free, online, step-by-step safety programme that anyone can implement. The idea is simple: at regular intervals the FLTA will publish on its website a new step in the programme. Each step will contain advice, guidance, resources and a

 
 

P3 APPOINTS MATIE INGLIS AS FRENCH AND BENELUX REGION OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

27-04-2015
P3 Logistic Parks, the specialist owner, developer and manager of European logistics properties, has appointed Maite Inglis as Operations Director for France and the Benelux countries as part of the Development team for Western Europe headed by Jean-Luc Saporito. Inglis, joins P3 from Prologis, where she was Country Manager for France. Prior to this she spent more than 15 years working in industrial real estate at Gazeley, heading its French division for seven years after initially focusing on warehousing development projects for the company. Inglis will be based at P3’s new office in central Paris, at Place de la Madeleine. Andrew Stacey,

 
 

ABT Loadmac are flying the flag for UK manufacturing.

25-04-2015
 “1000 Companies to inspire Britain” is a celebration of the fastest growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) in the UK. The report examines opportunities and the challenges that face SME’s, while highlighting the industries and trends that will possibly shape the future for the UK economy.   Manufacturing, alongside the construction and engineering industries, now accounts for exactly a quarter of the 1000 companies to inspire Britain, and is the top five in overall performance and job creation. However, as manufacturing returns as the lion of the British economy, companies are faced with the challenge of creating state of

 
 

Kalmar to provide Messina Line in Italy with new fleet of RoRo forklifts

24-04-2015
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is delighted to announce a further order to supply seven new Kalmar DCE330-RORO units to the leading Italian shipping firm Messina Line (Ignazio Messina & C S.p.a). The expansion of Messina's fleet has been made in preparation for larger vessels soon coming to their terminal in Genoa, Italy. The order has been booked into Cargotec's first quarter intake, and scheduled for delivery in the second. The Kalmar DCE330-RORO possesses a 33-tonne lifting capacity, free lift mast up to three metres high and 360° visibility; and so is equally at home in the limited space on board ship

 
 

JDA and Centiro Sign Global Alliance Agreement to Deliver More Profitable Omni Channel Fulfilment

24-04-2015
Retailers to benefit from integrated delivery and supply chain management solutions set Scottsdale, Ariz. and Borås, Sweden – April 24, 2015 –JDA Software Group, Inc. and Centiro, the provider of cloud-based delivery management solutions, today announced a global alliance to jointly deliver their industry-leading retail supply chain management solutions. By extending JDA’s supply chain execution solutions with Centiro’s parcel management capabilities customers can drive new efficiency from omni-channel fulfillment. The rise of omni-channel retailing is placing increased pressure on retailers’ supply chain capabilities. Today’s “right now” customer is dictating how and when they would like to receive goods, as well

 
 

iContainers Launches of Door to Door Ocean Freight Services

23-04-2015
Miami-based freight forwarder closes 1.4 Million Dollars Series B funding.   iContainers (www.iContainers.com), an online freight forwarder offering instant quotes, booking worldwide and logistics assistance, announces the launch of door-to-door ocean freight services for imports, exports and overseas moves between the United States and Spain.       The announcement propels iContainers, which provides door-to-port services from the U.S. and Spain to anywhere in the world including FCL and LCL shipping, passed online competitors. In 2014, the company reported 4000 international shipments.     The new door-to-door service ( www.icontainers.com/us/door-to-door/) gives customers the ability to book shipments as easily as they would send a package overnight, without

 
 

Marine Harvest saves up to 5 percent in transportation costs with LeanLogistics

23-04-2015
LeanLogistics announces that Marine Harvest in Norway has achieved transportation cost savings of up to 5 percent after implementing LeanLogistics’ Transportation Management System (TMS).   In 2013, as global demand for its products grew, Marine Harvest, the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon, faced increased transportation challenges. This led to the company’s decision to move away from using a 3PL with legacy hosted TMS in favour of implementing the LeanTMS solution from LeanLogistics.   Through LeanTMS, Marine Harvest gained complete visibility into its transportation processes, which allowed the company to begin benchmarking carriers and recording key performance indicators that are enabling better procurement process

 
 

Manufacturer of Floor Signs and Floor Tape Launches Powerful New Customization Tools

21-04-2015
InSite Solutions, a manufacturer that does business as Stop-Painting.com, announced the debut of its next-generation tools for customizing the messages that appear on floor signs and floor tape. Floor signs and floor marking tapes are widely used as part of 5S and Lean management initiatives that companies undertake to become better organized; experts say that a visually organized workplace increases productivity. The new customization tools enable businesses to create floor signs and floor tape that are specific to their own needs rather than having to use one-size-fits-all products. “We created this new design tool in an effort to simplify the process of

 
 

RTITB highlights some common risks to avoid in the loading bay

20-04-2015
Forklift operations in warehouse loading bays can pose a number of potential safety risks. Laura Nelson, Managing Director of leading workplace transport training accrediting body, RTITB, outlines some commonly encountered risks in loading bays, and how they can be minimised through accredited training for operators, staff and supervisors.   “Loading bays demonstrate a number of significant risks for both forklift operators and pedestrians and require careful management,” explains Laura Nelson. “One of the most effective ways to help reduce the risk is through accredited training for the forklift operator and the manager or supervisor.”   Varying docks and vehicles with different specifications pose difficulties

 
 

Swisslog acquires warehouse automation provider FORTE Industries in the United States

20-04-2015
Swisslog is happy to announce the completed acquisition of FORTE Industries, a trusted warehouse automation system integrator located in Mason, Ohio, USA. This acquisition will support Swisslog’s strategy in the North American market with a complementary product and service portfolio.   FORTE Industrial Equipment Systems, Inc. (doing business as FORTE Industries) is a US-based consulting, systems integration and software technology firm focused on optimizing distribution centers for many of the world’s fastest growing companies. FORTE plans, designs and implements material handling automation systems with its warehouse execution software (WES) as the core of each solution.   FORTE’s expertise in conveyor systems, case and piece

 
 

MOFFETT celebrates 70 years of innovation

18-04-2015
"This is a significant year for MOFFETT as we celebrate our 70th anniversary with our customers, drivers, and the global MOFFETT team," says Keith Quigley, Senior Vice President, Truck Mounted Forklifts, Hiab. "We invented the truck-mounted forklift truck concept, and we pride ourselves that throughout our history we have always worked closely with our customers to provide bespoke solutions to support their businesses."   Forerunner in invention   Founded by Cecil Moffett in 1945 in Clontibret, Ireland, the company began as a small engineering workshop producing agricultural machinery for the family farm and other local businesses.   In 1986, the company revolutionised the transportation industry with

 
 

Laura Nelson appointed Managing Director of RTITB and eyes International expansion

18-04-2015
Laura Nelson has been appointed Managing Director of the UK and Ireland’s largest workplace transport training accrediting body and leading Driver CPC Consortium, RTITB, following more than 9 years of service. “I will continue to help drive safety and strongly believe that accredited training benefits the industry, by significantly reducing workplace transport operation risk,” says Laura Nelson, newly appointed Managing Director, RTITB. “We aim to strengthen our partnerships with accredited organisations and strive to educate those purchasing training, to help them and, ultimately, their customers, to heighten safety.”  Laura has been Operations Director since 2010. She has studied business growth and development

 
 

Challenges Overton faced with their current storage solutions.

17-04-2015
SpeedCell Storage Solutions is pleased to announce a new customer Case Study with Overton’s/Gander Direct. The case study details the challenges Overton’s faced with their current storage solutions. The biggest concern was the future expansion into the apparel category and the massive influx of SKU growth. Overton’s decided to install SpeedCell into 4 bays during one of their peak seasons for a trial and they became very confident that it would work in their environment. They installed 88 more bays and created 219 locations per bay, 4,380 locations per aisle for a grand total of over 17,000 additional locations within their current footprint. The results were an increase

 
 

ZZ TOP TO SERVE AS MUSICAL GUEST AT 2015 MATERIAL HANDLING LOGISTICS CONFERENCE

17-04-2015
Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, announced today that ZZ Top will perform its rock classics such as Legs, Sharp Dressed Man and La Grange, at their 2015 Material Handling & Logistics Conference in Park City, Utah, September 13-16, 2015.   The legendary bearded trio will bring its timeless Texas boogie-blues to the Grand Summit Resort Amphitheater, the night of September 15. With global album sales of more than 50 million, ZZ Top is one of the best-selling artists in American music history. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of

 
 

New AEB software for greater efficiency in freight tender management

17-04-2015
Purchasing transport services is a critical factor when it comes to saving costs, increasing supply chain efficiency, and delivering better service.  To take the headache out of requesting and managing transport and freight tenders, AEB has added new features to its ASSIST4 Transport & Freight Management solution. At the core of the software are comprehensive simulation features that simplify the comparison of competing forwarder tenders, making the process of selecting the right transport partner faster, more transparent, and highly convenient.    How can transport and freight tenders be managed efficiently? How can companies quickly and easily determine the applicable shipping volume? And

 
 

HRH The Princess Royal to visit IFWLA Convention in Liverpool

16-04-2015
HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of Transaid, will visit the Annual Convention of the International Federation of Warehousing Logistics Associations (IFWLA) at the Town Hall in Liverpool, Merseyside on Tuesday 2 June 2015.   During the visit, Her Royal Highness will meet representatives from the UK and global logistics community who will be congregating in Liverpool for the Convention and UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association) hosted conference. The Princess will also speak about the importance of international development charity Transaid’s work and support from the International community.    UKWA adopted Transaid as its official charity in 2013. In addition to financial support, UKWA encourages

 
 

BT Selects HighJump Warehouse Management System

16-04-2015
 HighJump, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that BT has selected the HighJump warehouse management system to help BT drive further operational efficiency across the end-to-end supply chain operations that support BT Group businesses. HighJump will work with BT Supply Chain providing end-to-end supply chain solutions across BT’s lines of business and for selected external customers. Through the fulfilment of more than 40,000+ orders each day BT Supply Chain manages the fulfilment, testing and repair of home hubs, TV set top boxes and devices for millions of end consumers; provide tools and equipment to tens of thousands

 
 

Swisslog and KUKA present new human robot workstation at HANNOVER MESSE

14-04-2015
For the first time, Swisslog and KUKA are exhibiting jointly at HANNOVER MESSE 2015 between 13 and 17 April. Here they are showcasing the first results of their recent collaboration, as one Automation Powerhouse. One of the highlights of the nearly 1 000 m² booth is a combined human-robot workstation for order fulfillment picking or for the automated supply of industrial assembly line components. This revolutionary Industry 4.0 technology concept is based on the emerging need for humans and robots to interact and collaborate in intralogistics applications. One of the key exhibits is a newly developed human-robot workstation named Automated Item Pick. It is based on KUKA’s LBR iiwa,

 
 

WiseTech Global Partners with Bysoft in Brazil

13-04-2015
Local Logistics Providers to gain greater ease of access to CargoWise One’s global capabilities. WiseTech Global, the technology development company behind industry-leading supply chain platform CargoWise One, has announced that Bysoft Soluções em Comércio Exterior has joined the WiseBusiness Partner program as a distributor for CargoWise One in Brazil. Local Freight Forwarders, Customs Brokers, Transporters, Warehouse service providers, Shipping Liners and Agencies now have local access to CargoWise One’s comprehensive capabilities.   Since 1991, Sao Paolo based Bysoft has utilized its expertise in solutions to successfully manage foreign trade processes, serving approximately 80% of customs brokers in Brazil. “This alliance puts us at

 
 

Jungheinrich proves a cunning choice for pallet supplier

13-04-2015
Fox’s Pallets recently acquired three Jungheinrich DFG 316 forklift trucks. This is the latest chapter in Jungheinrich’s successful long-term relationship with the Kettering-based nationwide pallet supplier.   Part of Jungheinrich’s extensive range of ic-engined counterbalance forklift trucks, this diesel engined DFG 316 has a 1.6 tonne capacity and a lift height from its standard mast of 2900 to 7500 mm.   The trucks are on a 5-year contract hire deal and replace Fox’s existing Jungheinrich units, which had come to the end of their contract. This is Fox’s third 5-year contract renewal with Jungheinrich, which is a tremendous endorsement of the quality and reliability

 
 

Forklift Simulator has won the coveted MHI Best New Innovation Award at Chicago ProMat 2015 show

03-04-2015
The award winners were announced at the ProMat’s 70th Anniversary Celebration. The MHI Innovation Award pays homage to the freshest and the best in manufacturing and supply chain products. Forklift Simulator was proud to pick up the award for Best New Innovation.   Recognized as a pioneering startup company, Forklift Simulator was celebrated for providing a new product set to transform the way forklift operators are trained. Intuitive 360° virtual reality headgear and realistic driver’s seats allow workers to hone their skills without using expensive real world equipment.   Lowering the cost of expensive operator training and reducing the risk of accidents in the

 
 

Industrie 4.0 in the spotlight at Eurasia leading industrial trade fair

03-04-2015
Robotic arms that mimic animals, unmanned vehicles racing through warehouses, and energy-saving pump systems represent a sample of the Industrie 4.0 building blocks on display at WIN Automation EURASIA (19–22 March 2015, Istanbul), where 1,581 exhibiting companies from 21 countries demonstrated products  and solutions for the smart factory of the future.   WIN Automation EURASIA’s four trade fairs (Otomasyon EURASIA, Materials Handling EURASIA, Hydraulic & Pneumatic EURASIA, and Electrotech EURASIA) covered industrial automation, materials handling and logistics, fluid power, and energy and electrotechnology, respectively – sectors that play crucial roles in improving production efficiency and quality while reducing costs.   “Turkey provides access to

 
 

Interroll in South Africa, with controls partner SICK Automation secures crossbelt sorter for Courierit

02-04-2015
Courierit SA, a 100per cent privately owned South African company will in mid-2015 move into a larger newer premises to meet their growing business needs. Interroll and SICK were awarded the contract to install an Interroll crossbelt sorter system designed to transport goods for scanning, weighing, dimensioning and sorting to any one of 25 destinations at a rate of over 5,000 parcels per hour, with the option to expand even more as they grow. Implementation is planned for August 2015.   Interroll and SICK first installed their conveyor and manual sorting system for Courierit back in 2006, thereafter an extension to their

 
 

InPost on the brink of revolutionizing U.S. ecommerce

02-04-2015
InPost, the global leader in Automated Parcel Machines, to exhibit at ‘Click & Collect Show USA’ 2015 • InPost to showcase the benefits of joining the world’s most extensive “Click & Collect” parcel locker network. • InPost already has a network of more than 4,000 lockers on five continents and is expanding rapidly. • USA Today/ OZY name InPost CEO Rafal Brzoska one of Europe’s ‘New Economy’ business leaders. • InPost  recognized with numerous international awards for innovation. March 31: InPost is bringing its dynamic concept to the United States. At the largest ever ‘Click & Collect Show USA’ this April, InPost will show why its e-commerce delivery solution

 
 

Focus on logistics IT at CeMAT 2016

31-03-2015
IT experts bring their know-how to CeMAT Logistics 4.0 driving new business processes   The rapid advance of digitization demands new IT systems and solutions. According to the latest study by the German Association for Logistics (BVL) “Logistics and IT are the power driving innovation in the German economy” and not only facilitate the individualization of products but also speed up production, goods handling and trade by increasing flexibility. Logistics must therefore constantly be upgraded to meet these demands and become more dynamic, more flexible and, above all, increasingly networked. This would not be possible without IT-assisted systems and Industry 4.0. In this

 
 

JLT Announces Significant Uprating to Wireless Connectivity Across its Existing Product Range of Rugged Computers

31-03-2015
The latest Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 4G RF solutions deliver ultra-high performance connectivity for rugged computers in the harshest of environments JLT Mobile Computers, Swedish developer and manufacturer of rugged computers for demanding environments, has announced a significant technology leap forward for its market-leading products by upgrading their wireless connectivity, giving customers immediate access to the best wireless WAN, LAN and Bluetooth performance in the rugged market. Wireless connectivity is now arguably the primary method of communication, particularly for mobile computers. By investing in upgrading its existing product portfolio, JLT is leading the way in making rugged computing more accessible and reliable for

 
 

Flexible warehouse aid with comfort and power

30-03-2015
With its pallet stackers Linde L14 to L20 in the load range between 1.4 and 2.0 tonnes, industrial truck manufacturer Linde Material Handling is launching a new generation of flexible warehouse aids. Designed either as pedestrian models or models with a folding stand-on platform for lift heights of up to just over 5.30 meters, the new pallet stackers come, for example, with a standard weighing device, a battery cover for optimum view and a large number of mast variants, and they are optionally available with up to 33 percent higher lifting speed. Unique on the market is the folding stand-on

 
 

Experts provide import solution at major port

30-03-2015
BRITAIN’S biggest container port is using a temporary solution to ensure goods imported into the EU make the grade. Temporary building experts Spaciotempo have installed a high-tech structure at the Port of Felixstowe. And it’s being used to make sure imported goods from all over the world meets strict standards laid down by the European Commission. The 25m x 25m building, which is 5m high, is helping to cope with demand following the introduction of a new food safety programme at the port, which now deals with around 60 per cent of all goods imported to the UK. It will remain on site until

 
 

Yale Powered Pallet Truck is the Smart Choice

27-03-2015
Yale Europe Materials Handling introduces the new MP Series Pedestrian Powered Pallet truck which offers unique enhanced productivity capabilities and a smoother and more efficient operator experience.    The Yale MP 16-22 Series introduces the Yale Smart Lift and Yale Smart Slow Down technology which improves operator productivity.   Studies by Yale found that operators using a single fluid motion to lift and move loads resulted in increased productivity as a result of reduced cycle times. Yale Smart Lift allows all operators to execute this method by allowing them to lift loads and start transporting the pallet before it is at full lift, eliminating

 
 

WnDirect launches world first Pick Up and Drop Off solution

27-03-2015
wnDirect, known for its can-do approach, has launched the world’s first worldwide click and collect solution. wnCollect, as it has been coined, leverages wnDirect’s IT resource, global infrastructure and partner relationships to make the global Pick-Up-and-Drop-Off (PUDO) solution possible.   What is particularly clever about wnCollect is that is doesn’t require any additional investment from the retailer in terms of resources. The solution offers a single portal of entry from the retailer’s site. wnDirect also takes care of API integration on a country by country basis and also manages tax and duty payments (through its innovative wnDuty solution) as part of the

 
 

Become a logistics champion by entering the UKWA Multimodal Challenge

27-03-2015
Allcomers are invited to take part in the UKWA Multimodal Challenge by playing a specially adapted ‘speed version’ of the educational board game, Business on the Move. This exciting and fun competition will take place on the UKWA Pavilion at Multimodal 2015.   In the UKWA Multimodal Challenge participants must aim to maximise the value of their deliveries by air, land and sea in the board game developed to excite and inspire young people about business and the global supply chain. Players will be competing head to head to make the most profit they can - within 15 minutes. Playing against the

 
 

New Yale Vision GPS Feature Helps Take Fleet Operations to Next Level

25-03-2015
Yale Materials Handling Corporation announces that it will be adding a Global Positioning System (GPS) feature to its Yale Vision wireless asset management system. The GPS enhancement adds a heightened layer of monitoring to track lift truck fleet movement and impact locations, providing actionable real-time data to help optimize materials handling operations.   This new feature tracks the operation and location of a customer’s lift trucks, allowing warehouse and distribution managers to monitor operations as they happen and make changes or take action as needed. The GPS data extracted from lift truck routes can also provide insights about high-risk collision areas and

 
 

RTITB expands into Oman with accredited forklift organisation TATI

25-03-2015
Technical and Administrative Training Institute (TATI) is the first organisation in Oman to become accredited to provide RTITB workplace transport training.   As one of the largest private training organisations in the Sultanate of Oman, TATI is approved to deliver RTITB training to over half of the major oil companies including Shell, BP, and Oman Oil. Training is very important in Oman and the Middle East where the oil industry is the biggest in the market.   TATI has been providing training qualifications including technical national vocation qualifications, business related health and safety, driver training, lift truck operator training and plant equipment operator training

 
 

Etilux of Brazil Selects HighJump Warehouse Management System

24-03-2015
Leading distributor of brand name consumer goods will have greater supply chain flexibility for meeting diverse customer needs HighJump, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that Etilux of Brazil has selected HighJump® Warehouse Advantage warehouse management system (WMS) for its diverse supply chain needs. Etilux distributes market-leading consumer products and goods throughout Brazil, including tools, cosmetics and cutlery from global brands, such as Western, Ford Tools, Impala and others. The company worked with Otimis, HighJump’s partner in Brazil, to select HighJump Warehouse Advantage.   With this WMS, Etilux will have one of the most flexible and configurable solutions in

 
 

Aztek Logistics gains greater control with Access warehousing solution

24-03-2015
Aztek Logstics, a leading 3PL supplier, required a warehouse management solution (WMS) to maximise stock control, improve customer service, and deliver the high standard of service the organisation requires to consistently win new business. As a result the business invested in Access Delta to turn these goals into a reality.   Stuart Charter, MD for Aztek Logistics, said, “We needed to have greater control over our stock, to do this we required an integrated warehouse management solution that will benefit not only our business but our customers.” Aztek Logistics require total traceability on all stock, as part of a BRC Global Standards

 
 

Quacking Ducks and Sitting Targets

23-03-2015
Products that look alike don’t always perform alike – and where Health & Safety is concerned performance can be a matter of life and death   Probably, my mother will never forgive me. Cutting corners, doing things on the cheap, replacing the real thing with an inferior imposter. A Neil Diamond tribute act for Mother’s Day? I really should have known better.   It was during a particularly ragged and unwieldy rendition of ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’, when I glanced towards my mother and our eyes met and she slowly lowered her gaze, as if to say: ‘Nice try, but you can’t really substitute

 
 

Innovative Pallet Makes Landmark Middle East Launch

23-03-2015
With its official inauguration in North America at Pack Expo International held in November 2014 to great industry acclaim, Paxxal Inc. has most recently unveiled its innovative pallet in the Middle East market, generating significant interest in the regional pallet sector. Exhibiting at both ArabPlast 2015 in Dubai, and most recently at Saudi Plastics, Petrochem, Print and Pack held in Jeddah, the Saudi-based manufacturer is already setting itself apart from its peers. With a unique formulation that has been patented as Siluma, the compound of high density polyethylene and fine quality silica sand, stabilized and bonded by the action of

 
 

Northern France economic growth bucks national malaise

23-03-2015
Despite France’s lacklustre performance in recent years, North-East France centred on Lille with new data from 2014 has posted increases in jobs and investment for three years running. The region attracted 47 new projects in 2014, up 15% compared with the national figure of 8%.  It created or saved 3,077 jobs, up 12.4% in 2013, against a national decline of 14%.  Service business including warehousing and distribution accounted for 58% of the jobs, including over 400 new posts in Germany’s Otto GmbH extended parcel distribution hub in Croix.   The region was badly hit by the closure during the 70s and 80s

 
 

Simarco slashes fuel costs with Mitsubishi

21-03-2015
Simarco, one of the UK’s leading independent freight firms, expects to use significantly less fuel after switching to Mitsubishi GRENDiA forklifts.   The new deal with Bronze Mechanical Handling has seen eight GRENDiA trucks, with capacities from 2 to 3 tonnes, replace the Essex company's outgoing fleet of mixed suppliers and brands.   Simarco's work can be intensive, with 50-hour weeks for the trucks not uncommon, making fuel an important cost centre.   To reduce its overheads and environmental impact, Simarco conducted an exhaustive tendering process, with the LPG-powered GRENDiA outperforming its rivals during on-site trials.   In the trial, Simarco found the GRENDiA could run on a

 
 

CONDOLEEZZA RICE TO KEYNOTE 2015 MATERIAL HANDLING AND LOGISTICS CONFERENCE

20-03-2015
Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, today announces Condoleezza Rice will serve as the keynote speaker at their 30th Annual Material Handling & Logistics Conference, September 13 – 16, 2015 in Park City, Utah.   Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and the first African American woman to hold the post. She also served as President George W. Bush's Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.   "Rice is a role model for all of us. She

 
 

Retrotech launch new products and solutions at ProMat 2015

20-03-2015
At the ProMat 2015 industry expo next week, automated order fulfillment products and solutions leader Retrotech will introduce a new shuttle-based automated storage and retrieval (ASR) system specifically designed for the severe environments found in freezer warehouses, as well as new software solutions that can be tailored to customers’ materials handling needs.   The company, which will be exhibiting on the ProMat exhibition floor at Booth 1041 from March 23-26, will also be conducting an educational seminar focused on clarifying the roles of warehouse management systems (WMS) and warehouse control systems (WCS).      “ProMat is one of the premier settings for engaging customers

 
 

WiseTech Global Reports Increase in New Business as Customs Brokers Prepare for ACE

19-03-2015
WiseTech Global has announced that 2014 saw a significant increase in US Customs House Brokers implementing industry-leading logistics management platform CargoWise One, as the solution of choice for filing entries in USCBP’s Automated Commercial Environment (or ACE).    By November of this year, ACE will become the single window through which Customs House Brokers (CHB) must electronically file imports and exports. WiseTech Global customers have been fully capable of filing ACE entries since 2011, in line with the company’s commitment to be at the forefront of ACE development. CargoWise One’s customs compliance features have been further enhanced to reduce re-keying data, eliminate

 
 

JBT Debuts JayBoT, the Smartest AGV

19-03-2015
Finally, a simple and affordable automatic guided vehicle (AGV) solution for mid-sized applications. Introducing JayBoT AGVs from JBT Corporation, a world leader in the development of automatic guided vehicles. JBT will debut the new solution when PROMAT 2015 kicks off on March 23rd in Booth 1547 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.   “This new system is a perfect fit for operations currently using manual forklift trucks, requiring one to four vehicles, and are just starting to automate,” explains Barry Douglas, vice president and general manager for JBT Automated Systems. “The JayBoT AGV incorporates all intelligence and key decision-making capability directly on

 
 

Skechers relies on BEUMER Belt Tray Sorter to deliver even faster to your feet

18-03-2015
Skechers, a two-billion-dollar global leader in the high performance and lifestyle footwear industry, designs, develops and markets more than 3,000 styles for men, women and children. Skechers' success stems from its employees, high-quality, varied product offering, diversified domestic and international distribution channels, and targeted multi-channel marketing.Skechers has recently expanded its European Distribution Centre in Milmort, Belgium. BEUMER Group provided the BS 7 BT Belt Tray Sorter that has now been put into operation. Skechers wants to increase its throughput and further strengthen its customer support.   Skechers' products are manufactured worldwide, shipped to the distribution centre in Milmort and then distributed to the Skechers retail stores, wholesales customers and retailers. "In the

 
 

Upgrades for Hyster Spacesaver forklift

18-03-2015
The Hyster 2-3.5 tonne Spacesaver series of LPG forklifts has been upgraded with a powerful new engine, new mast designs and other features to provide higher performance and reliability, when working in tight warehouse spaces.   "Space is a problem for many warehouse managers, particularly during peak times," says David Rowell, Product Marketing Manager. "We have upgraded the Hyster Spacesaver forklift, which gives the same lifting capacity as the familiar Hyster® Fortens® on pneumatic tyres, but in a more compact frame that is just over a metre wide."   The Hyster S2.5FT now features the new 2.5L Kubota LPG engine, bringing superior performance and

 
 

EcoVadis ranks Toyota Material Handling Europe among top two per cent

17-03-2015
Highly regarded EcoVadis, monitoring sustainability in global supply chains, has ranked Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) among the top two per cent of suppliers across the world for transparency on sustainability topics. This is good news – not only for us, but for our customers as well.   With every passing year the demands on companies to improve their sustainability performance increases. In order for these corporations to reach their ambitious targets, they need to team up with suppliers who have a similar approach to sustainability. In the light of this industry logic, it is all the more pleasing to receive EcoVadis’s

 
 

The Logistics World is heading to Liverpool

17-03-2015
The Logistics World will be congregating in Liverpool for the IFWLA (International Federation of Warehousing Logistics Association) Annual Convention on 1 – 4 June 2015. Registration for the convention is now open at http://ukwaconference.com   This will be the third time that the convention of the IFWLA ,global logistics operators' networking organisation - will be held in the UK.   A four-day programme of business and culture  is planned for some 250 national and international delegates, comprising manufacturers, retailers, third party logistics (3PL) providers and other supply chain and logistics practitioners.  Bringing together all sides of the global logistics industry, the international convention is

 
 

Caster Concepts exhibiting at ProMat in Chicago, taking aim at workplace injuries costing employers billions

16-03-2015
Michigan manufacturer to host a press conference at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 showcasing ergonomic products. Visit booth 5244. Caster Concepts Inc. (www.casterconcepts.com), a leading manufacturer of heavy duty industrial casters and wheels, will unveil its complete line of ergonomic products designed to reduce the leading cause of workplace injuries at ProMat 2015 March 23-26 in Chicago. Visitors to the Caster Concepts ProMat booth (5244) will be able to test the company’s innovative line of premier caster wheels, rigs and polyurethane tread that significantly reduce exertion and the risk of injuries from over-exertion such as pushing and pulling. Over-exertion is the leading cause of workplace injuries in

 
 

New Pallet Mole System at ProMat 2015

16-03-2015
Since its introduction at ProMat 2011, Frazier’s Semi-Automated, High Density Pallet Mole System was formally launched across North America with several successful system installations spanning a variety of markets and applications to date. Frazier continues to develop unique product enhancements which they will demonstrate live on the show floor at ProMat 2015, Frazier booth 3531 ,Chicago’s McCormick Place – South, March 23rd– 26th, 2015. The Pallet Mole system utilizes the latest technology in high-density storage to maximize available floor space, storing up to 6-high and 50 pallet positions deep, while measurably increasing warehouse productivity and SKU selectivity. It is also the only pallet

 
 

Caster Concepts exhibiting at ProMat in Chicago, taking aim at workplace injuries costing employers billions

16-03-2015
Michigan manufacturer to host a press conference at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 showcasing ergonomic products. Visit booth 5244. Caster Concepts Inc. (www.casterconcepts.com), a leading manufacturer of heavy duty industrial casters and wheels, will unveil its complete line of ergonomic products designed to reduce the leading cause of workplace injuries at ProMat 2015 March 23-26 in Chicago. Visitors to the Caster Concepts ProMat booth (5244) will be able to test the company’s innovative line of premier caster wheels, rigs and polyurethane tread that significantly reduce exertion and the risk of injuries from over-exertion such as pushing and pulling. Over-exertion is the leading cause of workplace injuries in

 
 

Interroll conveyor technology successfully installed at Triton Express, South Africa

16-03-2015
Triton Express, a major provider of express road freight distribution solutions, installed Interroll conveyor technology at its newly build distribution center in Gauteng.   The project was completed in less than 8 months and comprises of Interroll belt conveyors, 90 degree belt curves, crank arm pushers and integrated scanning, weighing and dimensioning. Freight and courier type of goods are conveyed at a rate of 2,000 units per hour.   The installation can be used in two different modes. Mode one is when the goods arrive from collections in the greater Gauteng area which are then processed, received and loaded manually onto the conveyor to

 
 

APL Logistics to establish regional consolidation hub for South Asia in Sri Lanka

13-03-2015
APL Logistics announced today that it plans to establish a regional consolidation hub for South Asia in Sri Lanka by the second half of 2015. The announcement came after the signing of an agreement with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (“BOI”) on APL Logistics’ investment within the Katunayake Export Processing Zone (“EPZ”).  With that, APL Logistics’ wholly-owned subsidiary, APL Logistics Lanka (Private) Limited, has been granted a lease on the land and premises located in the  EPZ where it will operate its container freight stations, warehouses and other logistics-related businesses.   APL Logistics said that the next immediate phase of

 
 

Logistics Hall of Fame proposal phase 2015 has begun

13-03-2015
Anyone can propose new members for the logistics pantheon online at www.logisticshalloffame.com up to May 22, 2015.   The public proposal phase for election of a new member to the Logistics Hall of Fame has begun. Leading figures can now be proposed or applications submitted from around the world for induction into the logistics pantheon via www.logisticshalloffame.com up to midnight on May 22, 2015. Up to ten candidates will then be nominated from all the proposals, and an expert jury made up of prominent figures will choose one new member from among the nominees. The members of the nomination committee, which will

 
 

Sunstar Selects Numina Group Omni Channel Order Fulfillment Solution to Automate its North American DC Operation

11-03-2015
Numina Group's RDS Warehouse Execution and Control Software, Voice-Directed Order Fulfillment to Increase Order Throughput 50 per cent or more! Sunstar, a globally recognized leader in oral care and dental healthcare products manufacturer, is partnering with the Numina Group to implement omni-channel order fulfillment at their new 300,000 square foot automated manufacturing-distribution operation. The combined manufacturing and distribution operation is scheduled to open Sunstar The Numina Group was an integral design partner for facility Planning, sizing and technology selection for Sunstar's new distribution center in Schaumberg, IL in June 2015 and support North American retail, specialty distributors and Internet orders along with international shipments. The

 
 

Award winning Order Picker is the first truck designed to do self replenishment

11-03-2015
Bendi once again took centre stage at the FLTA Awards for Excellence, with the Bendi Order Picker winning the prestigious Innovation Award.    Since 1995, the Awards has served as a “Pick of the Year” for materials handling products and services, rewarding those who strive to raise standards throughout the fork lift truck industry; making Bendi a truly worthy winner.   As the son of Freddy Brown, one of the industries most influential and charismatic inventors, it comes as no surprise that Simon Brown, Bendi Managing Director, has gone on to become a ‘chip off the old block’ with his own award winning invention

 
 

Industry leaders and innovation at Intermodal Asia 2015 exhibition

10-03-2015
In its second year, Intermodal Asia is set to welcome a diverse range of high profile exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services, alongside engaging forums and conference sessions, to demonstrate the best of the intermodal sector. The prestigious event takes place from 24-26 March at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center. Visitors to Intermodal Asia 2015 will see a range of exhibiting organisations including transport companies, port equipment providers, logistics companies, container lessors, container manufacturers, as well as paints and materials, software and tracking devices, and tank container related products. Amongst the top Intermodal Asia 2015 exhibitors will include industry

 
 

Integrated Systems Design to Host Three Growth and Profitability Focused Seminars at ProMat 2015

10-03-2015
Integrated Systems Design (ISD) will host three seminars during ProMat 2015 at Chicago's McCormick Place South March 23-26. The seminars will be presented by Robert Jones, ISD Senior Distribution Consultant.   "Aligning the Warehouse, Purchasing and Sales for Your Success and Sanity," will be presented in Theater G at 1:30 p.m. on March 23. This seminar will focus on the importance of inventory management and its relationship to the strategic alignment of the goals of vendors, operations and the sales and marketing staff necessary to assure company growth and profitability. Seminar attendees will receive a written guide to help them execute an

 
 

Registration is now open for 2015 IFWLA Convention

09-03-2015
IFWLA’s Secretary General ,Roger Williams ,announced this week that the theme of this year’s IFWLA Convention, to be held in Liverpool UK between 1 – 4 June 2015 is: CHANGE equals OPPORTUNITY - The changing face of global logistics  There have been few times in the history of our industry, when global political, social, and  environmental  forces have acted simultaneously to made a radical impact on our businesses.  This is one of those times, and we must deal with those changes positively, if we are to emerge in better shape in the future. This year IFWLA’s convention will address those issues and examine

 
 

Budgens a company that never stands still

06-03-2015
These words were spoken by Steve Goodall, operations manager at the Budgens distribution centre in Wellingborough, Northants, when asked to describe their logistics operations. Budgens was founded originally by John Budgen in 1872 as a small, local grocer with the first shop in Maidenhead in Berkshire and has expanded over the years in the south of England. The company was absorbed into the Irish Musgrave Group (who have SuperValu, Londis and Mace in their portfolio) in 2002 and there now over 190 stores – from neighbourhood supermarkets to petrol retailers – all independently owned by the Budgens retailers.  The distribution to

 
 

New whitepaper on five problem areas and five solutions for supply chain visibility

06-03-2015
Five problem areas and five solutions for end-to-end supply chain visibility   Supply chain visibility has been a major topic for businesses for several years. However, according to market research, many companies aren’t particularly well positioned in this area. What challenges are they facing? In what areas of the supply chain is transparency particularly important? How should companies approach and implement visibility? A new white paper by software solution provider AEB offers answers and solutions to these – and other - questions. Titled „Supply Chain Visibility – the unfulfilled promise“, the white paper can be downloaded free of charge at www.aeb-international.co.uk/uk/media/white-paper-supply-chain-visibility.php.   Rising cost

 
 

ORBIS CORPORATION INTRODUCES PALLET THAT STREAMLINES DELIVERIES TO SMALL FORMAT RETAILERS

05-03-2015
Pallet optimizes product replenishment in small-format stores, minimizing product touches and increasing on-shelf availability. ORBIS Corporation, an international manufacturer of sustainable reusable packaging and an expert in reusable packaging for retail distribution applications, has introduced an all-plastic pallet designed to optimize the supply chain of small footprint retailers by eliminating product touches during the order replenishment process, from distribution center (DC) to store to floor. Many of today’s retailers are expanding their reach with the presence of small-format stores. These retailers are analyzing the best way to get their products from the truck into their back room or right to the point-of-sale efficiently, while reducing risk of product

 
 

Cimcorp Layer Pick System achieves nearly 100 percent product picking ability

05-03-2015
Executives at ProMat 2015 to discuss how the revolutionary robot technology can increase efficiency, reduce labor costs, eliminate errors and ensure traceability as products move throughout a facility   Cimcorp Automation, Ltd. (Cimcorp), a manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic gantry-based order fulfillment and tire handling solutions, announces that the enhanced gripping technology used for Cimcorp’s layer picking solution has proven its ability to pick and place almost any product in distribution centers worldwide. With this near 100-percent picking capability, Cimcorp’s system can reliably and accurately automate virtually any layer picking process and provide increased efficiency and reduced labor costs, while ensuring

 
 

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, host 2015 International Competition

04-03-2015
Last Thursday (02/26/2015), the official test week of this year’s IFOY Award (Internationl Forklift Truck of the Year) culminated at the premises of the Osnabrueck-based logistics provider Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. For one week, a jury of international experts and journalists tested 14 forklifts, warehouse trucks, and intralogistics solutions from five different manufacturers, who had been nominated beforehand. The IFOY Award is renowned for recognizing the latest innovations in forklift and intralogistics products. The award thereby aims at improving the competitive ability and overall image of the entire intralogistics industry.   There was much organizational work to be done, prior to the successful

 
 

Interroll introduces new customer programme Rolling On Interroll

04-03-2015
The Interroll Group is launching its new customer programme “Rolling On Interroll.” In collaboration with partners, system integrators and OEMs, the programme is aimed at raising awareness among customers of how important high-quality key components are for machine and plant engineering.   Medium-sized plant and machinery construction companies in particular are struggling with ever-growing competition and ever tighter project deadlines in today's market environment. Here, they rely on the delivery reliability and product quality that Interroll offers. And this is now being expressed in the quality seal “Rolling On Interroll.”   Each individual component is crucial to the availability and functionality of a machine.

 
 

PACLINE OVERHEAD CONVEYORS takes Empty Carton Handling UP Another Level

04-03-2015
At the upcoming ProMat Show in Chicago, (March 23-26) PACLINE Overhead Conveyors will be demonstrating a material handling system utilizing the PAC-LINETM conveyor with a unique robot for the automated loading and unloading of empty cartons and totes.  If your warehouse or distribution center handles split case (or less than carton) picking operations, this application will be of particular interest to you. This PACLINE empty carton handling system utilizes the signature PAC-LINETM enclosed track overhead chain conveyor in combination with the UR10 Universal Robot. The UR10 robot, with motion tracking software, is configured to automatically load and unload cartons to and from

 
 

Eighth Philippines Port and Shipping Conference

03-03-2015
Three delegates (Oktay Okşak, Yelda Okşak and John Dunlop) from SolonPort Software, based in Istanbul, attended the 8th Philippines Port and Shipping conference in Manila 12/13 February 2015 as part of their week-long business schedule in the Philippines. Ahead of the event, the marketing and technical team from SolonPort made business-to-business meetings around Manila and secured many productive connections for the future. As part of the conference, SolonPort sponsored the VIP refreshment break. Additionally SolonPort was invited to give a presentation and video featuring the benefits of port automation. The main points of the presentation were that SolonPort port automation solutions can be integrated into any existing port or terminal operating

 
 

WIN Automation EURASIA 2015 hotspot for industrial sales in Turkey

03-03-2015
Four key industry sectors at one location Bridge to new business in the Balkans, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa   Turkey is the hub of Southern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the former Soviet republics – a region that collectively houses 1.5 billion people and accounts for US$5 trillion of gross domestic product (GDP). Manufacturing is the country’s primary growth driver, accounting for a quarter of GDP. Low corporate taxes, a young and educated workforce and growing consumer buying power helped attract $US51 billion of foreign direct investment between 2010 and 2013. WIN Automation EURASIA 2015, which runs 19–22 March

 
 

New Hyster empty container handlers for Rotterdam

02-03-2015
Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals (RST) has received five new Hyster® empty container handlers for its fast 24/7 operation, which handles up to ten container-ships a day. The new machines replace five existing Hyster empty container handlers commissioned in 2009.  "We have six years of good experience of the Hyster products combined with responsive service support delivered by the Hyster dealer, Heffiq," says Cees van Pelt, Manager Technical Department and Projects at RST. "The co-operation is excellent and we wanted to continue the relationship."   RST, is one of the largest shortsea container transhipment companies in Europe and expects to load and unload ships

 
 

10 hidden risks to the global economy free report from BMI Research

02-03-2015
Today, we are proud to announce that BMI Research is our new global brand name, replacing Business Monitor International.   And to celebrate the brand launch we would like to offer you a free report on hidden risks to the global economy, with our compliments.   For more than 30 years our insights and data have been used by global organisations like yours to make informed strategic, tactical and investment decisions. Our research DNA remains unchanged, and we are committed to being just as essential to our customers.   Please click on the link below to download a copy of our new special report, 10 Hidden

 
 

Largest ship ever to sail up the River Thames calls at DP World London Gateway

27-02-2015
The Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, the UK’s newest deep-sea port hub today.   The 399 metre long, 60 metre wide, 195,000 ton Triple-E class vessel – equivalent in length to almost four football pitches – and capable of carrying more than 18,300 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) is one of the largest container vessels in the world, operating on Maersk’s new East-West Network.   It was drawn alongside DP World London Gateway Port, adjacent to Europe’s largest logistics park, at 7.30am on Thursday 26th February, with the help

 
 

Cold chain logistics a hot topic at Intermodal Asia 2015

27-02-2015
The world’s growing appetite for food and drink, as well as many other temperature sensitive products such as photographic film, chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs, has increased the need for more efficient and ecological methods of storage and shipping in the cold store chain sector. Intermodal Asia 2015, which takes place from 24-26 March in Shanghai, is the number one place to find out all the latest news and information on the cold store chain and reefer containers, which will be in the spotlight at this year’s event. In the UK alone, the amount of food and drink bought has been steadily

 
 

Irish Taoiseach announces 40 million Euros Combilift investment

26-02-2015
Combilift Ltd. is to invest €40 million over the next two years in a new manufacturing facility, which will also create 200 additional jobs over the next five years. This announcement was made by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny along with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton on a visit to Combilift’s current HQ in Monaghan town on Friday 6th February.  This expansion will enable Combilift to proceed with its plan to double its current €150 million turnover over the next five years. The majority of the 200 new jobs to be created will be for skilled technicians and

 
 

Warehousing Logistics International announces participation at Home Delivery World 2015

26-02-2015
 Warehousing & Logistics International has been confirmed as a media partner of this year’s Home Delivery World in what will be the biggest edition of the trade show ever held in the US. The expo will be held at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart in Atlanta, GA on April 8-9, 2015.  Home Delivery World 2015 will bring together the heads of operations, fulfillment, and logistics from big box and mid-size retailers to discuss the current challenges in optimizing final mile delivery, reverse logistics, omnichannel fulfillment and other current trends. On-floor seminars held in the expo hall will host more than 30

 
 

Nexen has expanded its product portfolio to include a dedicated range of warehouse models.

26-02-2015
The newly launched "Aufero" range comprises over twenty-five different A/C products. These include mini mains charged pallet trucks, industrial battery pallet trucks, both stand on and walk behind. Stackers with either mono or standard mast configurations. All available with an extensive choice of capacities. Tow tractors, order pickers and reach trucks complete the line up. These products have all been built to a high quality standard featuring durable solid body frames. Designed in keeping with Nexens Philosophy of "Easy Maintenance" whilst not compromising on safety and performance. These models compliment Nexen's ever expanding range of Material Handling Equipment which features the Premium "X" range, Intermediate "Libero" and the

 
 

GEBHARDT TAKES GOODS LIFTS TO NEW HEIGHTS

24-02-2015
Completing the installation of a Gebhardt goods lift in an environmental research station at 2650 metres above sea level on Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, has underlined the quality and versatility of this equipment range.   The lift has five exits and can carry up to 1500kg, enabling staff at the Schneefernerhaus to move materials and equipment easily between the three levels in the building.  The various elements had to be transported for several miles on a narrow-gauge railway line, partly in a tunnel, from the nearest village.  As it is fully free-standing, no civil engineering work or welding was required, and

 
 

JCB Teletruck designed for Builders Merchants

24-02-2015
JCB Industrial has designed a range of four Teletruk materials handlers specifically for use in the builders merchants sector. The company, which became the 450th member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in April of 2014, has worked closely with the BMF to develop the four machines, all of which incorporate an improved list of standard equipment. The machines are the first from any supplier member company to proudly display the BMF logo.  The four Teletruks include the two-wheel drive 30DTCR, the 30D4x4, the two-wheel drive 35DTCR and the 35D4x4. The machines benefit from a fully enclosed hydrostatic drive system and

 
 

Interest high in Articulated Forklifts at German Show

23-02-2015
European interest in the Bendi has grown considerably over the past couple of years, and this was particularly evident at this years, LogiMAT exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany. As with the CeMAT exhibition, Bendi opted for a live demonstration theme using the recently launched B320 Articulated Forklift Truck. Also on the stand was the Mini Bendi, which attracted considerable attention, primarily because of the versatility to work in narrow aisles, confined production areas and outdoors, but also because of extensive use of pedestrian trucks in Germany. The stand was managed by Andy Higham , the Bendi Export Director together with Robert van’t Westeinde,

 
 

Repurposing your old conveyor belts

23-02-2015
Repurposing is a relatively new concept to most of the world. Few people have yet to embrace this ingenious idea, but that’s exactly why you should incorporate this process into your work and business.     Repurposing is the process of taking one product, and without changing it drastically, turning it around to be used for a completely different purpose. High school bleachers for example, can be turned into shelves in clothing or shoe stores, after they been polished and rid of gum. Or an old basketball court, the pieces can be used to create a new floor, but with an

 
 

NOL and KWE enter into a sale and purchase agreement for APL Logistics

20-02-2015
Neptune Orient Lines Limited (“NOL”) and Kintetsu World Express, Inc. (“KWE”), jointly announced today that they have entered into a sale and purchase agreement for NOL’s logistics business, APL Logistics, for US$1.2 billion.   “This is a strategic move that will allow us to focus on improving our liner shipping business, while at the same time enabling APL Logistics to grow. The transaction will also strengthen our balance sheet and unlock value for our shareholders,” said Ng Yat Chung, Group President and CEO of NOL.   NOL said that the divestment of APL Logistics follows a robust and highly competitive process, and that the

 
 

Executives Online Netherlands expands from strength to strength

20-02-2015
Leading interim management and executive search specialist, Executives Online, has expanded its Netherlands office with the appointment of Wilco Hendriks as Managing Partner following a successful 2014 where the company’s business in the Netherlands doubled in size.   Hendriks is the fifth Partner to join The Netherlands team and will be based in the Amsterdam office specialising in the Transport, Logistics and Warehousing sectors.   Chief Operating Officer at Executives Online, James O’Brien said: “Our international business is going from strength to strength and the appointment of our new partner in The Netherlands further demonstrates our commitment to servicing clients’ needs in the important

 
 

Hermes Fulfilment reduces energy consumption thanks to Interroll RollerDrive

20-02-2015
Hermes Fulfilment, an Otto Group company that manages all services along the supply chain for European distance dealers at its four own logistics centres, introduced a master plan on climate protection in 2006. As part of this energy-saving program, the company is replacing its conventional 400 volt technology with energy-saving 24 volt drive technology from Interroll.   Initial measurements have shown energy savings of about 25 percent thanks to the Interroll drive technology. Michael Schekatz, Head of the Technical Services Department at Hermes Fulfilment and responsible for sustainability, is therefore extremely impressed: “We installed this technology in order to save energy. At

 
 

The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem

19-02-2015
You wouldn’t think a saying from a fictional pirate would have much relevance in the real world, but sadly the quote attributed to Captain Jack Sparrow: “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem,” sums up one of the biggest challenges facing today’s supply chain: an inflexible mindset. Too often the industry is constrained by its approach to supply chain problems, not the problems themselves. One of the greatest challenges in supply chain management is to get beyond the focus on cost reduction as opposed to revenue generation. As a supply chain executive, it can

 
 

Poor Communication Drives 3PL Nightmares

19-02-2015
Kelli Saunders, President at Morai Logistics Inc. was a recent guest blogger for Inventory and Supply Chain Blog. Saunders argued that for those running or managing a 3PL company, it is crucial to have a standard of practice when it comes to having internal staff communicate with suppliers. Communication and transparency go hand-in-hand for companies when assessing a 3PLs ability to provide good customer service. Miscommunication is one major factor that can lead to upset customers. Poor customer service for 3PLs can lead to increased poor communication resulting in missing follow-ups on deliveries and lead times. Training with a focus

 
 

Landscaping manufacturer supplied with 360 degree Fork Rotators

19-02-2015
Marshalls is the UK's leading hard landscaping manufacturer, and has been supplying natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s. Marshalls has become synonymous with quality, supplying prestigious landmarks such as Trafalgar Square. Marshalls satisfies the needs of a diverse commercial customer base, which spans local authorities, commercial architects, contractors and house builders and is committed to producing new products made from the best materials. Over the years, Marshalls has continued to develop and expand its products and services to the commercial market.  To continue Marshalls growth, and as an integral part of

 
 

DSV to open new logistics facility in New Jersey USA

19-02-2015
Having opened its first US warehouse on the West Coast last year, DSV can now announce the opening of a new contract logistics facility in Edison, New Jersey. Strategically located, the new 10,000 square meter distribution centre will offer a wide range logistic sservices. Among the facility’s first customers are a number of European retailers who are currently launching or expanding their activities in the USA. The New Jersey warehouse is strategically located with respect to the existing facility in Fontana, California, in order to offer improved order lead times for East Coast deliveries. Piet Mulders, President of DSV Solutions USA, explains: “Our facilities are positioned to complement each other and help us

 
 

Checkout Supermarkets of South Africa Selects HighJump Warehouse Advantage

18-02-2015
Retailer will strengthen inventory management, visibility and speed of receiving   HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced that Checkout Supermarkets has selected HighJump™ Warehouse Advantage warehouse management system (WMS) to increase the speed of its operations and visibility of its inventory. Checkout is South Africa’s largest independent retail supermarket chain, with 50 corporate stores throughout the country selling groceries, household and small appliance goods. The retailer worked with iWMS, HighJump Software’s partner in South Africa, to select HighJump Warehouse Advantage.   Checkout will improve the speed of its receiving, its inventory management and visibility, as well as the efficiency

 
 

New automatic order processing software to streamline systems for Asda suppliers

18-02-2015
Bristol-based bespoke software developer Amethyst Systems has added new functionality to its web Warehouse Management System (WMS) software for Poskitts Carrots, which could also revolutionise the order-fulfilment and invoicing processes for similar Asda suppliers.   The warehouse management solution Amethyst Systems has introduced at Poskitts Carrots has been designed to integrate with Asda’s new order process, which was introduced fully last month. Just one month after installation at Poskitts, the family-owned business based in Yorkshire has been able to significantly improve its order-processing performance across a number of areas.   Orders received through a new electronic data interface from the customer are immediately created

 
 

AEB continues international expansion with new offices in the Netherlands and Sweden

17-02-2015
Software provider AEB has opened two new offices in the Netherlands and Sweden to expand its presence and customer base in the Benelux markets and Scandinavia. The teams in Rotterdam and Malmö bring with them a wealth of experience in supply chain and global trade management. With a keen understanding of local conditions, they offer multinational companies a comprehensive service portfolio and support in implementing global trade and logistics solutions. AEB will support this expansion with further localisation of its software suite in the coming months.   The team in Sweden is composed of project managers, software experts, and sales representatives. Their

 
 

AWARD WINNING SYSTEM DESIGNED TO SAVE LIVES OF CYCLISTS

17-02-2015
An award winning cyclist safety system, the Bike Hotspot, has been developed by a family-run company in Gloucestershire to reduce the number of accidents involving road cyclists and commercial vehicles. Vehicle safety specialists Sentinel Systems has designed the system with the safety of cyclists paramount in their minds.   With 19,000 cyclists being killed or injured every year in the UK, the Bike Hotspot system has unsurprisingly been an extremely popular product and is being widely used on heavy goods vehicles in London and other cities. Sentinel Systems won the Product Innovation award at the Safety and Health exhibition as well as

 
 

President Obama Visited India Now India Comes to ProMat 2015

17-02-2015
Last month President Obama and Prime Minister Modi of the Republic of India met and affirmed the strong relationships between India and the United States. Prime Minister Modi said in addressing the media, "Mr. President, we are honored that you accepted our invitation to be the chief guest of our Republic Day. It is special because on this day we celebrate the values shared by the world's two largest democracies. You are also the first United States President to visit India twice in office. It reflects the transformation in our relationship. It shows your deep personal commitment to this partnership.

 
 

16-02-2015
One of the world’s largest container shipping lines has announced services from West Africa to DP World London Gateway Port. The CMA CGM EURAF2 service is calling direct to Nigeria, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast providing some of the fastest transit times in the market. Via transhipment, the service also offers an extensive range of West African ports with competitive transit times to key markets, including a wide range of inland destinations. The service, which will be provided through partnership with Hapag-Lloyd and MOL, started with the Frisia Helsinki calling at DP World London Gateway on January 29 2015. With

 
 

UK MINISTER VISITS DP WORLD LONDON GATEWAY AS PORT ANNOUNCES THIRD DEEP SEA BERTH

16-02-2015
DP World London Gateway has announced plans to move forward with a third berth at the UK’s new deep-sea hub port, located 25 miles from central London.   The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, visited the state-of-the-art port with local MPs. He climbed one of the world’s tallest quay cranes to view the location of the new berth which will increase deep-sea access for ships carrying UK imports and exports.   The location of the DP World London Gateway Port, which has 16 million consumers within 50 miles, enables imports to enter the UK closer to where the goods will be

 
 

BYD Europe offers lowest forklift operating costs

16-02-2015
A new range of electric forklifts with advanced battery technology was launched at LogiMAT 2015 that promised to cut total cost of ownership to unheard-of new lows for materials handling fleets around Europe.     Traditional battery-electric forklift trucks have one big problem – the inconvenience and cost involved in having to constantly charge, change and replace batteries. But now, a new range of forklift trucks from BYD Europe (Hall 6, Stand C41) is just going on sale that does away with this problem while simultaneously providing a very dramatic cut in operating costs for end users.   Based on BYD’s unique ‘battery for

 
 

Warehouse Execution System helps manufacturers streamline materials handling and order picking

13-02-2015
Westfalia Technologies, Inc, a leading provider of logistics solutions for manufacturers, warehouses and distribution centers since 1992, will showcase its new Warehouse Execution System (WES), Savanna.NET®, at booth #1247 during ProMat 2015. The largest expo for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North America, ProMat is scheduled for March 23-26, 2015, at McCormick Place South in Chicago.   Combining a tightly integrated warehouse management system (WMS) and warehouse control system (WCS) into a single application, Savanna.NET® helps manufacturers and distributors direct, control and optimize internal material flow and order picking. With flexible deployment options, Savanna.NET® can operate as a standalone software solution

 
 

Linde Material Handling and Balyo sign an exclusive agreement to jointly develop innovative robotic solutions

13-02-2015
Linde Material Handling (MH) and robotics specialist Balyo have agreed to enter into a strategic partnership. With this cooperation, Linde MH seeks to intensify its activities in the field of robotic industrial trucks, while Balyo aims to achieve a significant market penetration for its innovative technological solutions. The two companies are planning to collaborate in development, manufacture and sales under the umbrella of “Linde robotics”, which is expected to extend Linde MH’s solution expertise in this field.  The demand for automated industrial trucks is growing steadily. In particular, operators of warehouse trucks want to standardise their in-house material flow by deploying

 
 

Causeway launches Telematics 2015 vehicle tracking software for mobile workforces

12-02-2015
Causeway’s Telematics 2015 vehicle tracking software has been completely re-designed to drive improvements in mobile workforce efficiency, enhance customer service and optimise visibility of key performance data. As such it enables organisations with a mobile workforce to complete more jobs while driving down administration and fleet costs, as well as reducing CO2 and other emissions associated with fuel consumption. Typical benefits reported by Telematics customers include a 20% increase in completed jobs per day, a 10% reduction in fuel spend, a 15% increase in vehicle utilisation and elimination of unauthorised vehicle use. Telematics also helps to ensure mobile workers are tax-compliant. Completely web-based

 
 

RENOVOTEC LAUNCHES THE FIRST LOWER COST WAREHOUSE VOICE SYSTEM

12-02-2015
Opens up the voice market for small and medium warehouse operators Renovotec Voice Manager’ delivers picking and other voice-enabled warehouse workflows, in a single package Allows many more companies to deploy voice technology throughout the warehouse, affordably Powered by a task-driven engine that is “first to market” says Renovotec In a move that it describes as “opening up the market through innovation”, technology services company Renovotec has developed a system that makes voice technology affordable for companies with small and medium warehouse operations. Renovotec’s lower-cost-of-entry, ‘Renovotec Voice Manager’ packaged solution - the first ‘Renovotec Voice’ branded product - is being launched as an alternative

 
 

RENOVOTEC LAUNCHES THE FIRST LOWER COST WAREHOUSE VOICE SYSTEM

12-02-2015
Opens up the voice market for small and medium warehouse operators Renovotec Voice Manager’ delivers picking and other voice-enabled warehouse workflows, in a single package Allows many more companies to deploy voice technology throughout the warehouse, affordably Powered by a task-driven engine that is “first to market” says Renovotec In a move that it describes as “opening up the market through innovation”, technology services company Renovotec has developed a system that makes voice technology affordable for companies with small and medium warehouse operations. Renovotec’s lower-cost-of-entry, ‘Renovotec Voice Manager’ packaged solution - the first ‘Renovotec Voice’ branded product - is being launched as an alternative

 
 

Intelligrated to showcase automated fulfillment solutions at ProMat 2015

11-02-2015
Intelligrated, a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces its show lineup for ProMat 2015, March 23-26 at McCormick Place in Chicago. At booth #2903 in the south hall, Intelligrated will showcase its latest solutions to optimize order fulfillment processes, delivering the flexibility, speed and accuracy required by fast-paced e-commerce and omnichannel fulfillment operations.   Booth visitors can experience a conceptual distribution center, featuring exhibitions of the company’s software, picking technologies, put wall, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), conveyor solutions and sortation systems. Intelligrated’s fulfillment execution, labor management and business intelligence software products improve operational efficiency by managing labor,

 
 

30 per cent of managers lack integrated systems, how connected is your supply chain

10-02-2015
The latest survey carried out for Access by Redshift Research, which examines the challenges for Business Intelligence and Financial systems, found that 1 in 5 finance managers experience problems with: holding more stock than necessary; wastage and returns; lack of visibility of true costs; and lack of understanding of distribution costs.  “Any of these problems could arise during special circumstances, such as a marketing promotion, yet these problems are widespread even during ‘normal’ trading,” said Ian Roper, Divisional Director for Supply Chain Solutions, at Access Group. “A plausible solution is to link the various operational systems to a business intelligence system

 
 

AEB offers free supply chain and global trade management webinar programme

10-02-2015
AEB (International) Ltd, one of Europe's leading providers of global trade and supply chain management solutions, is inviting SCM and GTM professionals across all industries to participate in a series of free webinars aimed at improving operational and regulatory efficiency, running from February to November 2015. Participants can register without obligation at www.aeb.com/uk/media/online-demo-schedule.php.   In addition to personal online demonstrations upon request, AEB is now offering a series of free webinars that will help supply chain professionals to find out about the latest supply chain management and global trade solutions in the comfort of their own office. Participants only need a computer

 
 

Modular conveyor platform recognized with Award

06-02-2015
High quality, flexibility, energy efficiency together with an appealing design – these are the characteristics combined in Interroll’s modular conveyor platform. The platform which was recognized with the iF Design Award, a worldwide acknowledged quality seal for outstanding design, clearly shows that industrial design and attractiveness are not mutually exclusive.   The main element of the new platform is a robust, modular system that incorporates the various key elements of conveying systems and can be assembled to form a complete material flow solution that renders the services needed. Thanks to the modular design, Interroll can offer quick delivery times so that newly

 
 

IWLA Celebrates another Great Year in Savannah

05-02-2015
2015 marks the 124th year for the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) and as we approach our quasquicentennial anniversary it may be very fitting to host the IWLA Convention in the oldest city in Georgia – and one of the oldest cities in the country. Savannah – “The Garden City” – awaits us and I am very humbled and excited to be the chairman of the 2015 IWLA Convention Planning Committee. The committee and the IWLA staff have been working hard to make sure our time spent in Savannah is fun, informative, and memorable. We have top-notch speakers lined up

 
 

P3 Logistic Parks has completed its acquisition of two logistics parks in Poland and one in Romania

05-02-2015
P3 Logistic Parks, the specialist owner, developer and manager of European logistics properties, has completed its acquisition of 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 includes almost 165 hectares (ha.) of land for development, lifts P3’s total warehouse portfolio to 2.9 million m² and confirms the company’s status as one of the leading pan-European logistics warehouse providers. Ian Worboys, P3’s Chief Executive, said: “These are high quality assets in locations where we see rising occupancy and high customer demand for Build-To-Suit

 
 

Kalmar lifts performance standards with launch of new heavy forklift

04-02-2015
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced the launch of its new heavy forklift truck, the Kalmar DCG180-330, in the 18-33 tonne capacity sector. With a clear commitment to boosting productivity, yet reducing operational costs, Kalmar has designed this machine from the ground up, using customer feedback as an integral part of the development process. This machine is designed especially for heavy cargo handling in industrial applications, such as steel and manufacturing industry, as well as ports and terminals.     The Kalmar DCG180-330 now includes features that set new standards of performance and safety. The EGO cabin provides the operator with exceptional

 
 

Voxware Research Indicates That Most Online Purchases are Returned Due to Retailer Error

04-02-2015
 57 per cent of respondents answered that most often the reason they return items bought online or by phone is because the item received is incorrec Voxware, a leading provider of voice solutions, today released research highlighting why consumers return items purchased online or by phone and how their experiences with the return process affect their future purchase intentions with retailers. Highlights from the survey, which collected responses from 500 consumers, include:   54% of respondents stated that the reason for returning an item purchased online or by phone is because the item is the incorrect size or color

 
 

CeMAT 2016 offers extended coverage of packaging technology

03-02-2015
With the incorporation of the two trade shows “Empack” and “Label&Print”, Deutsche Messe AG now offers more comprehensive coverage of packaging systems at CeMAT 2016. Representatives of Deutsche Messe have signed a wide-ranging strategic partnership with Easyfairs Deutschland GmbH, which means that “Empack” and “Label&Print” will in future be staged under the aegis of CeMAT – starting with next year’s show, which runs from 31 May to 3 June 2016 in Hannover. The organizers expect the new format to attract around 200 exhibitors specializing in packaging systems and technology, with 10,000 square metres allocated to their displays. “This new collaboration

 
 

New picking pallet,lightweight, nestable, and sustainable for the food distribution industry

03-02-2015
Cabka-IPS will be presenting one of the worldʼs most comprehensive and innovative ranges of plastic pallets and boxes at the LogiMAT, the International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling, and Information Flow.   Among many other products Cabka-IPS will be introducing its new picking pallet Retail E5.2. As a lightweight, nestable, and sustainable pallet, it meets all of the requirements of the food distribution industry and offers the perfect alternative to standard wooden pallets, which often incur splitting and moisture, and result in higher follow-up costs.   The Retail E5.2 is 100 percent compatible with its predecessor model, which has been successfully used by

 
 

Howard Tenens Secures Contract Win with STIHL GB

02-02-2015
STIHL GB has awarded a new contract to Howard Tenens for the warehousing and distribution of its core ride on mower deliveries to its dealership network.   STIHL GB required a solution which was flexible, scalable and reliable. Howard Tenens’ freehold ownership of over 3,000,000 sq ft of warehouse space across the UK, coupled with a national distribution network, made them a strong candidate. Following a thorough due diligence process, including testimonials from Howard Tenens’ other household name customers, they secured the contract based on their scalability and proactive attitude.   Shaun Wilson, Howard Tenens National Sales Manager said “it is a great privilege

 
 

Heavy handling made lighter

02-02-2015
New TREXiA EX from Mitsubishi arrives to help with the heavy lifting   Building on generations of success working in the toughest environments, handling the biggest loads and against the clock, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has launched its powerful new range of 10.0 to 16.0 tonne diesel IC engine trucks: TREXiA EX.   High efficiency   The five benefit from a class-leading, fully-floating powertrain which ensures power on demand – with plenty to spare.  At its heart, an intelligent 4.4 litre Perkins engine that, thanks to an advanced software and intelligent controller, packs the punch of a much larger engine (129 kW), while achieving full torque at

 
 

Whatever the weather, counter balance trucks from Yale have the answer

30-01-2015
Yale has revealed new options to enhance the number of applications where its electric counterbalance forklift trucks can be used externally including rain, snow and muddy conditions. The new weather protection options are available on the Yale ERP22-35VL to overcome some challenging environments, normally the reserve of ICE products. The kits improve the dependability of the truck when used outside, increasing product flexibility, productivity and allowing Electric Rider Trucks to lower the total cost of operation.   No task too tough The Arduous Conditions Kit makes the four wheel electric forklift truck suitable for use in ‘dirty’ yards and inclement weather, where standing water, mud,

 
 

Lead the way in environmental logistics with the new edition of Green Logistics

30-01-2015
New edition – Green Logistics: Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics Kogan Page is pleased to announce the publication of the new edition of Green Logistics by Alan McKinnon, Michael Browne, Anthony Whiteing, and Maja Piecyk (ISBN: 9780749471859, £39.99). Its publication is aptly timed as the logistics industry continues to battle a tough environmental challenge. “The EU has set targets for its member nations to increase the use of renewable energy, and increase energy efficiency by 27% by 2030” (Transport Operator). Fully updated and revised, this edition of Green Logistics takes a more global perspective, introducing new contributors and insightful international case

 
 

Interroll presents its new modular conveyor platform at LogiMAT 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany

30-01-2015
Reliability and short delivery times are key reasons why system integrators and OEMs choose Interroll conveyor modules. With the new modular conveyor platform that was launched at CeMAT in 2014, Interroll has added even greater flexibility and scalability. Just the right user-specific solution that combines efficiency and the required throughput can now be made available.   The High Performance Divert HPD is a perfect example of the modular concept. Installation in a conveyor, modifications and repositioning are extremely easy to perform, thanks to the plug & play system. Furthermore, subsequent extension can be made at any time in the event of a

 
 

Nectia Solutions Joins WiseTech Global Partner Programs

29-01-2015
South America Region to Benefit from Chilean-based Provider’s CargoWise One Expertise WiseTech Global, the technology development company behind industry-leading supply chain platform CargoWise One, has announced a partnership with Chile-based IT group Nectia Solutions, a leading regional provider of IT solutions and services. Nectia has joined the WiseBusiness Partner program as a distributor for CargoWise One in Chile and Columbia.  Additionally, they have joined the WiseService Partner program, which will enable them to provide implementation, training, and consultancy services to existing WiseTech global customers throughout the region. The partnership with Nectia will provide greater ease of access to CargoWise One’s global capabilities, providing

 
 

Reverse Logistics Group acquires Britcom

29-01-2015
  Extending the geographical footprint by adding operations in UK (Birmingham) and Romania (Bucharest) Reverse Logistics Group (RLG) expands its service portfolio in the repair and refurbish business and acquires Britcom. This allows the German based reverse and recycling group to strengthen its ‘Return to Value’ proposition with a further investment in a growing market: The rapid pace of technology advancements has extensively contributed to increased sales and usage of electronic devices. At the same time, manufacturers and retailers are challenged with a rise in customer returns, obsolete stock and end-of-life-products, leading to a growing need for return and excess inventory management. By repairing and refurbishing

 
 

Kubota partners with Unipart

27-01-2015
 Leading compact tractor manufacturer Kubota chooses Unipart to provide world class parts distribution centre   Construction, agricultural, ground care machinery, and engine manufacturer, Kubota UK has appointed Unipart Logistics, part of the Unipart Group, to manage its national parts distribution and logistics function. The contract, initially awarded for five years, is due to commence Q2 2015.   For over 35 years, the UK’s best-selling compact machinery & industrial engine manufacturer, Kubota, has led the way in the UK and Ireland in tractor, ground care and mini excavator excellence. This partnership coincides with Kubota’s push in to the mainstream agricultural sector, via its nationwide network

 
 

Ports and terminals could reduce container handling and reachstacker fuel consumption by 25pc

27-01-2015
Ports and terminals could reduce container handling and reachstacker fuel consumption by 25pc. This was the message from Hyster at an exclusive press event in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where the company reported on data collected from customers who have switched to using its latest super low emissions Stage IV / Tier 4final (T4f) compliant Big Trucks. “We now have up to 25pc fuel savings on our 2015 models, without loss of performance, compared to Stage IIIA 2010 trucks and many of our competitors,” says Jan Willem van den Brand, Product Strategy Manager Big Trucks, at a press conference at the factory

 
 

Multimodal to Turkmenistan

27-01-2015
At the end of 2014 Van der Vlist were asked to take a 54 ton excavator from their headquarters in Groot-Ammers, Netherlands, all the way to Turkmenistan. The machine measuring 11,28m x 3,45m x 3,59m had a long journey ahead. Such a long route is still a regular task for Van der Vlist, who found the most efficient way in this case was to make use of the extensive rail network through Russia. The machine, along with parts amounting to around 17 tons, were moved by Road to Northern Germany, where they could be shipped across to the Baltic region. Upon arrival

 
 

Aisle Master is the Natural Choice for GR Lane

26-01-2015
When GR Lane Health Products Ltd was looking for replacements for its ageing fleet of articulated forklifts, a critical issue was not only finding trucks that would fit the bill from a quality and performance point of view but which would also fit into very narrow pre-existing aisle widths. The company found the solution for the warehouse at its manufacturing facilities in Gloucester in the form of two narrow chassis 15E Aisle-Master models.  Gilbert Lane established GR Lane Health Products more than 80 years ago when he created a range of herbal medicines, supplements and other natural products. Still in family

 
 

Tudor Rose International streamlines logistics operations with AEB ASSIST4

26-01-2015
Tudor Rose International, Europe’s leading export market management company, specialises in building brands around the world. The innovative company mastered an ambitious IT modernisation project and now relies on AEBs supply chain management platform ASSIST4 to manage its end-to-end logistics, from order confirmation to final delivery.After 15 years, Tudor Rose’s custom developed in-house solution for the commercial and the logistics side of its business was struggling to support growing business volumes efficiently. It was time for IT improvements. The decision to upgrade the system landscape kicked off a major project, involving all business areas, from sales and procurement to operations

 
 

How a 10 pound Wager Started a Business Relationship that Spans the Globe

23-01-2015
Before A-SAFE, barriers came almost entirely from the ‘rigid lump’ school of engineering. Facility procurement managers with a pressing need to guide traffic, or protect equipment, or segregate pedestrians from workplace vehicles would more than likely take a trip to their local metal fabricators and ask them to ‘come up with something’ to address their problem.   In return they’d be presented with a lump of metal and bolts that somehow had to be attached to the floor and then hope that it would be fit for purpose. The problem, of course, was that usually it was not   Health care giant Kimberly-Clark have

 
 

CargoWise One Continues Advancement of ACE Compliance Solutions

23-01-2015
WiseTech Global Customers Benefit from Leading Edge Development to Satisfy New USCBP Requirements WiseTech Global has announced that its industry-leading, single-platform solution, CargoWise One, is fully capable of satisfying every compliance requirement of the US Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) mandate, set to begin November 2015. With customers using WiseTech Global solutions to file ACE entries since August of 2011, the company has made seamless integration with ACE a high priority. The solution of choice for forward-looking customs brokers, CargoWise One’s integrated Customs Brokerage solution has been significantly and continually enhanced in order to take full advantage of

 
 

Is it really so hard to see why drivers are difficult to find

23-01-2015
By Mike Farrall   The driver shortage is critical, it’s not getting any better, and it is not so difficult to see why. It’s not about the money. Good rates are being offered across the industry, but I believe the problem is more closely related to the way drivers are regarded and treated. Do we, collectively, as consumers and as commercial organisations dependent on an efficiently run logistics sector, fully appreciate the increasing pressures, demands and constraints placed upon drivers in their everyday work?   Businesses are under constant pressure to cut costs and at the same time speed up the flow of goods

 
 

P3 APPOINTS JEAN-LUC SAPORITO AS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EXPANDED ITALIAN LOGISTICS PLATFORM

22-01-2015
P3 Logistic Parks, the specialist owner, developer and manager of European logistics properties, has appointed Jean-Luc Saporito as Managing Director of the Italian platform that it expanded in July with its acquisition of 5 warehouses. The 42-year-old French national joins P3 from Amazon, where he worked for two and half years overseeing the development of c. 190,000 m2 of new facilities in France and Italy as well as handling the asset management of c. 370,000 m2 of properties across Southern Europe. Prior to this, Saporito worked inItaly for Prologis as a senior development and property manager. Ian Worboys, P3’s CEO, said: “Jean-Luc

 
 

P3 APPOINTS JEAN-LUC SAPORITO AS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EXPANDED ITALIAN LOGISTICS PLATFORM

22-01-2015
P3 Logistic Parks, the specialist owner, developer and manager of European logistics properties, has appointed Jean-Luc Saporito as Managing Director of the Italian platform that it expanded in July with its acquisition of 5 warehouses. The 42-year-old French national joins P3 from Amazon, where he worked for two and half years overseeing the development of c. 190,000 m2 of new facilities in France and Italy as well as handling the asset management of c. 370,000 m2 of properties across Southern Europe. Prior to this, Saporito worked inItaly for Prologis as a senior development and property manager. Ian Worboys, P3’s CEO, said: “Jean-Luc

 
 

Kalmar to provide integrated automation system for new automated container terminal at Melbourne

22-01-2015
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a contract to provide an integrated automation system to handle operations at Victoria International Container Terminal Ltd's (VICT) new terminal in Melbourne, Australia. According to the contract, Kalmar will be responsible for the delivery of the control systems of automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) and AutoShuttles, and terminal logistic system (TLS) as well as for the integration of the system components and terminal operating system (TOS). The value of this new automation contract is approximately EUR 15 million and it has been booked into Cargotec's 2014 fourth quarter order intake.   The contract follows an order

 
 

Warehouse for the world built by local businesses

21-01-2015
Fourteen local businesses have helped develop a major new warehouse facility in east Hull, England.   Neill & Brown Global Logistics’ £2.5m, 40,000 sq ft warehouse at Marfleet Environmental Technology Park on Hedon Road, has been built locally but with global business in mind.   Peter Brown, CEO of Hessle-based Neill & Brown, said: “We have created a high quality logistics facility for our international customer base using as many local suppliers as possible.   “We are proud to be based in Hull and there is plenty of expertise in the supply chain to enable us to adhere to ‘buy local’.”   The companies involved are: Allan Wood

 
 

Linde presents its latest series of reach trucks with super-elastic tyres for indoor and outdoor use

21-01-2015
New reach truck models for both indoor and outdoor use are now available from Linde Material Handling in the 1.4 to 2-tonne load category. Equipped with large super-elastic tyres and featuring more ground clearance than standard versions, these industrial trucks can cope even with uneven or wet surfaces and are therefore ideally suited for the loading and unloading of trucks, as well as for use at ramps, high racks or in outdoor areas.  This flexibility makes these Linde reach trucks with super elastic (SE) tyres extremely interesting, for example, for builders’ merchants or DIY stores. Here items such as paints, tiles

 
 

ProMat 2015 Conference to feature over 100 sessions

20-01-2015
Keynotes from Google, Whole Foods and Steve Wozniak Highlight ProMat Conference   When the material handling and logistics industry’s premier event, ProMat 2015, opens on March 23 it will include over 800 exhibits from leading solution providers and a comprehensive Educational Conference of over 100 sessions focusing on what's next in best-in-class solutions for manufacturing and supply chain operations.   The ProMat Conference will include four keynotes and a Supply Chain Workforce Summit. The Conference also features over 100 show floor educational seminars covering leading trends, best practices and state-of-the-art equipment and technology solutions that can make manufacturing and the entire supply chain work

 
 

WIRELESS CONTROLS INCREASE SUSTAINABILITY OF LUMINAIRES

20-01-2015
Luxonic’s LuxLink Wireless control system significantly increases the sustainability of lighting schemes by combining multiple technologies to reduce energy consumption. Various sensors detect occupancy and measure available daylight to ensure energy isn’t used for lighting purposes unnecessarily and comply with the European standby power directives for stand-alone luminaires and those that relay data information as part of a networked system. The LuxLink Wireless system is built into the luminaires allowing simple installation and provides emergency self-testing, energy monitoring and daylight linking features among others. The wireless control is particularly effective in large open areas such as warehouses and factories as the

 
 

DEMATIC ACQUIRES SDI GROUP EUROPE

20-01-2015
Dematic Group, a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announced today the acquisition of FSU Investments Limited. FSU holds a majority stake in SDI Group Limited (SDI Group Europe), a supplier of garment on hanger and flat sorter technology in Europe, and Dematic Group also announced today its intention to make an offer for the remaining share capital in SDI Group Europe held by other shareholders. The purchase of SDI Group Europe will expand Dematic’s global order fulfillment offerings in apparel, retail and e-commerce markets. “The combination of Dematic and SDI Group Europe

 
 

New research shows companies barely see any positive effects of TTIP on employment and financial development

19-01-2015
·        The TTIP agreement will have a big impact on most companies. ·        Overall, using preferential agreements in supply chains is becoming increasingly important. ·        For 2015, the top priority in global supply chains is compliance with embargo regulations.   Most companies doubt that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the EU will lead to positive effects on employment and financial performance. That is one of the results of the recent study by software provider AEB and the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Stuttgart, Germany. Furthermore, the study analyses

 
 

Westfalia Technologies Launches Savanna.NET Warehouse Execution System

16-01-2015
Comprising a tightly integrated warehouse management system (WMS) and warehouse control system (WCS), system-wide software solution directs, controls and optimizes internal material flow and order picking   Westfalia Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of logistics solutions for manufacturers, warehouses and distribution centers since 1992, announces the launch of its Savanna.NET Warehouse Execution System (WES). A unique warehousing software solution, Savanna.NET, combines a tightly integrated warehouse management system (WMS) and warehouse control system (WCS) into a single application to help manufacturers and distributors direct, control and optimize internal material flow and order picking.   With the flexibility to operate as a standalone software solution or

 
 

New UltraBatch Single and Multiple Line Order Processing System Introduced at Promat 2015

16-01-2015
The new UltraBatch single and multiple line order processing work station allows organizations to increase operator throughput by up to 1/3, increasing accuracy and matching order profiles automatically.   The UltraBatch work station can be integrated and configured to work with manual, semi-manual and fully automated goods-to-person inventory storage systems.   In goods-to-person systems the work station is configured so SKUs/inventory is automatically presented to the operator at an ergonomic height (blue totes in the attached photo). Simultaneously totes or shipping containers are automatically staged at thigh height for filling of orders (red totes in the attached photo). Totes may be divided to support

 
 

Shuttle solution proves just the tonic for pharma supplier

14-01-2015
Operating in the Cologne area, German healthcare products supplier, ProServ, provides hospitals and clinics with a wide range of products – from artificial hip joints to catering menu cards. When ProServ redesigned operations at its 4000m2 warehouse at Pulheim-Brauweiler, the company opted for the OSR ShuttleTM solution from KNAPP. ProServ supplies hospitals and clinics in the Cologne area from its 4000m2 warehouse in Pulheim-Brauweiler As ProServ delivers to hospitals and larger health facilities, its orders can include up to 400 containers. These are delivered directly to the relevant departments or storage areas, so containers need to be consolidated in the warehouse in

 
 

Workspace fitness

14-01-2015
Protect your workplace from post-Christmas lethargy with A-SAFE’s maximum performance products   How did you feel when you opened your factory doors after returning from the Christmas break?   Revived and rejuvenated? Perky and prepared for the New Year? Or maybe just a little flabby and fuzzy round the edges.   It’s all too easy to go back to work after the seasonal festivities suffering from the one-turkey-sandwich-too-many blues; and workplaces, like people, can also suffer from a post-Christmas comedown. They can sag a little, lose a bit of their gleam, be a little reluctant to rev-up and restart.   In fact, the New Year condition of your

 
 

British Library Invests Again in Oxygen Reduction for Fire Protection in its new 33m pound Newspaper Storage Building

12-01-2015
The new British Library Newspaper Storage Building represents one of the most advanced archives and automated retrieval and storage facilities in the world holding a vast, irreplaceable collection of print material spanning over 400 years. Deploying an oxygen reduction system ensures the collection is stored in a fire-free environment, therefore providing the ultimate form of fire protection, explains Carl Bryan, Managing Director of WAGNER UK   For 82 years the home of the British Newspaper Library has been in Colindale, north London. It held a vast collection of almost every British newspaper published in the last 400 years, including national and regional

 
 

Exciting new opportunities for Detank UK

12-01-2015
Announcing the appointment of Simon Watkins as Detank UK’s sales manager, the man behind its operations has hinted at big changes ahead for the fastest growing industrial truck brand in China.  Highly motivated and skilled at bringing new products to market, Simon’s new role will see him head up the manufacturer’s sales throughout the UK, Eire and Europe.  Launched in the summer, Detank’s wide product range includes: 1.0 to 10 tonne diesel trucks, 1.5 to 3.5 tonne LPG trucks, and 1.3 to 2.0 tonne electric trucks. Detank UK managing director Lash Saranna said: “Detank has, in less than five years, proven itself within

 
 

UKWA announces Peter Ward as new CEO

09-01-2015
Following the recent announcement that Roger Williams, UKWA’s longstanding CEO, is to hand over his current role in mid- January 2015, the name of his successor has been released.  He is Peter Ward, until recently Commercial Director and Head of Cargo Supply Chain at London Gateway.   Ward has over 30 years’ experience in international transportation and logistics, and is recognised as a principal authority in global supply chain management, based on his achievements at director level with some of the world’s leading global logistics providers.   A Graduate of the Institute of Export and Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport,

 
 

Pallet Manufacturer CABKA-IPS is taking over the business of the Belgian ERYPLAST

09-01-2015
Diversified international plastic pallet, box, and container manufacturer expands its production capacity further Product portfolios and production sites complement one another well    The Berlin-based CABKA Group will take over ERYPLAST based in Herstal, Belgium by asset deal. The news was announced by the CEOs of both companies, Gat Ramon and Dominique Rykers. In the future, ERYPLAST's plastic pallets will be distributed under the CABKA-IPS label.   Integrating ERYPLAST will expand CABKA-IPS' product portfolio, particularly in the field of multi-use logistics pallets. Moreover, its plastic recycling business will grow and the group's recycling capacity will increase with the new location in Herstal.   The merger will also

 
 

MBE AWARDED TO PD PORTS CEO

08-01-2015
David Robinson, chief executive officer of PD Ports has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to international trade and the UK economy. Mr Robinson was appointed chief executive officer of PD Ports in 2006 after joining the Company in 2002 as managing director of Teesport, one of the UK’s top three ports. In the last 12 years, David has steered the Company through some tough challenges including a difficult recession, which was compounded by the temporary loss of steel making on Teesside. Under his direction, PD Ports has continued to invest in both its people and

 
 

NACCO MATERIALS HANDLING GROUP ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF HYDROGEN FUEL CELL COMPANY

08-01-2015
 Deal positions company to become the first lift truck OEM to integrate fuel cell technology NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (“NMHG”) announced today that it acquired a leading hydrogen fuel cell company, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc. The deal reinforces the commitment of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation, operating divisions of NMHG, to provide a broad range of alternative energy solutions to the lift truck market and positions them to become the first OEM manufacturers to integrate and factory-fit fuel cell technology directly into their products. Headquartered in Billerica, Mass., Nuvera is a leader in the development and production of fuel

 
 

Step into the future of logistics and supply chain

07-01-2015
Access has launched two important new white papers looking into how converging trends are shaping the future of logistics and strategic supply chain developments.  ‘Step into the future of logistics’ examines how current trends are changing logistics. E-commerce has significant implications for warehouse and fulfilment systems. Social media has undermined demand, and therefore production, forecasting and dramatically shortened product life cycles. Competition is now based on service levels, and in particular the speed and accuracy of execution of fulfilment. This is driving change in warehouse location, space requirements for new activities and technology. For warehouse systems, the new environment has suddenly become

 
 

Hand pallet trucks,spot the hazard

07-01-2015
 Findings from the UK’s largest online fork lift hazard perception test, suggest room for improvement is needed when it comes to identifying safe hand pallet truck operation.    Mentor Training, who created the test alongside the Fork Lift Truck Association, advises that although not as well documented as forklift accidents, these smaller, more basic pieces of lifting equipment can – and often do – cause injury, damage and disruption when operated incorrectly.   On average, over 4,500 injuries involving hand trucks, pallet trucks and similar handling aids, such as wheel barrows and trolleys, are reported every year*, yet findings from Mentor’s test showed that

 
 

Logistics Academy Touches Down In Dubai

06-01-2015
The Logistics Executive Group have reached a major milestone after 15 years of doing business, with their global Logistics Academy recently completing its first course in the Middle East organized as a result of a partnership between Logistics Executive Group and Iconis Learning & Development, a leading worldwide training organisation which is represented in the UAE by their Senior Associate -Niharika Davar.   The workshop was delivered in Dubai by Iconis Directors David Rowlands and Jon Spencer who have over 50 years’ learning and development experience.  The workshop included two half day interactive sessions focused on developing Emotionally Intelligent Leadership and Employee

 
 

Panther Warehousing Offers Lifeline to Former City Link Employees

05-01-2015
  Two-Man Delivery Specialists on the look-out for drivers and new sites  Leading two-man delivery specialists Panther Warehousing are offering a lifeline to former City Link employees following the news that the parcels carrier called in the administrators on Christmas Eve.  Northamptonshire based Panther, which offers a dedicated white-glove, two-man or one-man assisted deliveries of large or delicate items, is looking for up to 100 self-employed and employed drivers (50 two-man teams) across the UK together with up to 40 general customer service and warehouse staff.  The company is also looking to further expand its existing footprint within the UK with additional hubs within

 
 

Kalmar delivers first Gloria reachstackers into Asia

05-01-2015
 Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is delivering four of its latest generation Gloria reachstackers to  International Container Terminal Services Inc Group (ICTSI). The 45 tonne capacity units are the first operational in the Asia-Pacific territory, following their launch in Shanghai in August 2014. They will be undertaking container handling in two of ITCSI's terminals, Manila and Subic in the Philippines. The order was signed into Cargotec's third quarter 2014 intake. Two of the units were delivered in December and the next two will be delivered in January 2015. ICTSI, a long standing customer of Kalmar, has experienced consistent growth in container throughput

 
 

Country Manager,Saudi Arabia, Contract Logistics and Freight Forwarding

22-12-2014
Based in Jeddah Negotiable expat package   My client is an international 3PL which has recently established a new country office in Saudi Arabia in order to support their KSA clients. They are currently seeking to employ an experienced 3PL Manager to lead the business expansion through organic growth across the Kingdom. Only applicants with a stable work history and previous experience of managing 3PL activities in the Kingdom will be considered. The position will be based in Jeddah reporting directly to MD ( Middle East ) suitable candidates will have current 3PL management experience in KSA with solid experience in creating and delivering Supply Solutions,

 
 

Territory Sales Manager,Express Logistics

22-12-2014
Package negotiable depending on experience and qualifications   Our client is a multinational logistics service provider seeking to employ a highly motivated and experienced sales professional to sell it’s logistics products and services.   In order to be considered for this role you’ll be able to demonstrate a solid track record of generating sales revenues for a Freight Forwarder or Express Logistics company industry in the UAE.   This position will be based in Dubai within a set territory   Skills, Experience, Knowledge & Qualifications • 3-5 years’ experience of face to face sales in the UAE Logistics market • In-depth knowledge of the UAE market in the Air Express or Freight

 
 

Sales & Marketing Director 3pl Middle East

22-12-2014
Negotiable expat package Our client is an international 3PL which is currently seeking to employ an experienced Sales and Marketing Director to lead the business growth across the Middle East. Only applicants with a stable work history and previous experience of managing regional commercial activities in the Middle East will be considered. The position will be reporting to the Managing Director, Middle East and suitable candidates will have been focused on selling Supply Solutions (FF & CL) and the overall leadership of commercial teams in order to win new Contract Logistics business across the Middle East. The incumbent will be expected to achieve growth

 
 

New Dealer Appointed in Europe and Headed Up By Bendi Product Specialist

19-12-2014
 Feyter Forklift Services b.v., one of the Netherlands most successful privately owned materials handling companies, has been appointed the Bendi dealer for the Netherlands, Flemish Belgium and North-Rhine Westphalia.   Heading up the team, in the role of ‘Bendi Product Specialist’ is Robert van ‘t Westeinde who commented “having first been involved with Bendi on a large project in Belgium, we realised the significant space saving benefits we could offer to our customers. As we also offer racking systems, the Bendi fits perfectly when offering a turn-key solution.”   Feyter Forklift Services, part of the Feyter Group, specialises in forklifts, warehousing equipment, racking systems,

 
 

Land challenges for Hong kong Logistics sector

19-12-2014
Land challenges for Hong Kong’s Logistics sector were the key topics discussed at the September gathering of Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals (SCLP). Over thirty industry practitioners attended the SCLP Leadership Luncheon on 15 September at Delaney’s, hosted by SCLP Founder and Convenor Mark Millar - and sponsored by CBRE. Trade and Logistics is the largest of Hong Kong’s four major economic pillars - generating 26% of Hong Kong’s GDP and is responsible for 22% of total employment.  Long established as a regional commercial hub and sourcing centre, Hong Kong is the world's eighth largest trading economy. The world class infrastructure and

 
 

NACCO MATERIALS HANDLING GROUP ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF HYDROGEN FUEL CELL COMPANY

19-12-2014
 Deal positions company to become the first lift truck OEM to integrate fuel cell technology Cleveland, Ohio, December 18, 2014 -  NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. announced today that it acquired a leading hydrogen fuel cell company, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc. The deal reinforces the commitment of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation, operating divisions of NMHG, to provide a broad range of alternative energy solutions to the lift truck market and positions them to become the first OEM manufacturers to integrate and factory-fit fuel cell technology directly into their products. Headquartered in Billerica, Mass, Nuvera is a leader in the

 
 

Nene gives UK retailer Tesco new legs

18-12-2014
Tesco PLC partners with Nene to develop an innovative new solution to repair damaged racking with minimal disruption.   Nene Storage Equipment has successfully partnered multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer, Tesco PLC, to develop an innovative new solution to repair damaged racking with minimal disruption. The new concept encompasses an enhanced, impact-tested sacrificial leg together with a specially developed machine that can support racking loads of over 20 tons whilst the leg is being changed.  Researching the sacrificial legs necessitated Nene carrying out load testing at a German university followed by impact testing in the UK so that Tesco could view how

 
 

ACE Compliance Brings Real Benefits to Customs Brokers

18-12-2014
Craig Seelig, Product Manager, Customs and Government Compliance - Americas, for WiseTech Global discusses how ACE provides business advancement for early adopters. The US Customs Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is set to become the single window through which the trade community electronically reports import and export activity. With ACE compliance mandated for November 1, 2015, Customs Brokers are feeling the pressure to find software that will accommodate new, paperless workflows, and there’s starting to be a bit of panic on the streets. Initially, no one took the ACE mandate announcement very seriously. For fifteen years, Customs has been rewriting its antiquated 1980s

 
 

Tiger Cool Express LLC Appoints Tom Shurstad as Vice Chairman

17-12-2014
Thomas L. Finkbiner, CEO of Tiger Cool Express, has announced the appointment of C. Thomas Shurstad to the new role of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Tiger Cool Express LLC, the trans-continental temperature controlled intermodal transporter of produce and fresh products.   Finkbiner said in the announcement: “Mr. Shurstad was a member of the original managing group of Tiger Cool Express and has a long history in freight transportation, including with Burlington Northern Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad, American President Lines and Pacer Stacktrain. His knowledge of the intermodal industry is a welcome addition to this new position.”   Concurrent with his

 
 

Innovative technologies for the burgeoning Indian logistics market

17-12-2014
The Indian economy is among the fastest-growing in the world, and this was abundantly clear from the upbeat mood at CeMAT INDIA, which was held from 10 to 13 December 2014 at the Pragati Maidan Exhibition Center in New Delhi. Over the course of four days, 104 logistics exhibitors from 15 nations presented the kinds of technologies and solutions India needs in order to build a smoothly functioning, world-class supply chain. “India’s economic upswing was very much in evidence at CeMAT INDIA. Business activity is picking up on the back of strong domestic demand, and the fast pace of growth

 
 

UASC to open their own agency in Switzerland

16-12-2014
Key step in UASC’s ambitious growth and customer-focused strategy   United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a leading global shipping company based in the Middle East announced today that it will open a wholly-owned representation in the Swiss market as of 1st of January 2015. UASC’s new agency in Switzerland (UASAC Switzerland GmbH) will be a subsidiary of UASAC Deutschland GmbH and will take over all agency activities from Fiege Logistics LTD, which successfully represented UASC in the Swiss market for 24 years.   The change in representation in Switzerland is part of UASC’s growth plan and customer-focused strategy, and it highlights the importance of

 
 

New Plastic Pallet for the Food Distribution Industry

16-12-2014
Diverse portfolio and further development of a best seller: Cabka-IPS at LogiMAT 2015    From February 10 to 12, 2015, Cabka-IPS will be presenting one of the worldʼs most comprehensive and innovative ranges of plastic pallets and boxes at the LogiMAT, the International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling, and Information Flow. Cabka-IPSʼs products make the work easier for companies in many different industries. They are used, for example, in the food and beverage industry, the automotive sector, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, and in retail and agribusiness.   Among many other products Cabka-IPS will be introducing its new picking pallet Retail E5.2. As

 
 

Westfalia technology makes Union City one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the alcohol industry

15-12-2014
Westfalia Technologies, Inc, a leading provider of logistics solutions for manufacturers, warehouses and distribution centers since 1992, announces the opening of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.’s newly automated facility in Union City, Calif. Utilizing Westfalia’s automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) technology and Savanna.NET® warehousing software, the facility is one of the most technologically advanced in the beverage alcohol industry.   Fitted with Westfalia’s high-density AS/RS technology, Southern’s 334,000-square-foot, 55-foot-tall facility on Atlantic Street stores 24,750 pallets and is equipped for pallet storage up to 10 pallets deep. Four Westfalia storage and retrieval machines (SRM) refill pallets automatically and each

 
 

Yale high visibility seatbelt now standard across ICE range

15-12-2014
Recognising the importance of safety and an employer’s commitment to keeping their workforce as safe as possible, Yale has introduced a high visibility seat belt to all IC engine products from one to nine tonne capacity. An optional interlock system is also available across the range.      Yale product strategy manager, counterbalance, Matthew Allen, says: “With approximately 1,500 accidents in the materials handling industry each year involving forklift trucks* it is paramount that safety remains at the forefront of every application using materials handling equipment.    “According to the latest figures available from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), 27 million working days were

 
 

BULMOR SUPPORTS THE TATA STEEL IMAGE AROUND THE CLOCK

12-12-2014
As the second largest quality steel producer in Europe, and employer of an impressive 18,000 people Tata Steel is committed to the highest equipment standards and this is certainly reflected in their fleet of market leader Bulmor Lancer sideloader trucks which represent absolutely the optimum format for handling precious premium grade steel.   The Bulmor portfolio is actually spread across four Tata Steel locations with a notable input of seven new trucks recently delivered to the Sheffield premises after a very thorough competitive appraisal, and representing a notable and unique combination of  technical innovation, financial utilisation and total support given virtually the

 
 

Van der Vlist bring back the wreckage of flight MH17 for analysis and reconstruction

12-12-2014
Following the tragedy of the downing of flight MH17 inn Ukraine on July 17th, Van der Vlist were recently asked to use our expertise in order to bring back the wreckage for analysis and reconstruction. Before sending our drivers and project-coordinators to Kharkiv, 450 km north of the original crash site, we consulted our insurance company, the authorities involved and together with our principal the Dutch Ministry of Defence, a group of our transport specialists to check the local security situation in and around Kharkiv. These specialists also advised about how to safely load, secure and transport the cargo. As soon as

 
 

Toyota Material Handling Hosts Safety Days to Raise Safety Standards in the Workplace

11-12-2014
Toyota Material Handling Europe joined forces with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) to bring together 80 health and safety professionals from industry, public sector and workers’ representatives at its headquarters in Mjölby, Sweden.                                            Closely working alongside EU-OSHA for 5 years now, Toyota Material Handling strongly believes in leadership and in exchange of best practice cross sector in order to raise safety standards in Europe. The Safety Days theme “Indicators of Organisational Safety and Health Performance” was

 
 

Moving Confidently Beyond Boundaries

11-12-2014
Simon Clark,VP of Business Development for Europe, the Middle East, & Africa ,assures change no longer needs to be intimidating. You’re a change maker. You’ve taken stock of the situation and seen where your company could be, where it should be. The problem is you have to take others with you, which means pushing against attitudes of ‘better the devil you know’ toward new ways of thinking. Fortunately, new ways of looking at productivity boundaries and easier ways of pushing them are available. The consumer market has experienced massive changes in the past decade. Customer expectations of internet enabled speed, access, and

 
 

Interroll and Sauber F1 Team extend partnership

10-12-2014
Interroll and the Sauber F1 Team have extended their successful partnership for another year. Interroll thus continues to be the promotional partner of the racing team. With Sauber, Interroll has found a partner that stands for the same principles as the intralogistics provider: quality, precision and speed.   Similar to Interroll, Formula 1 is positioned globally. The Formula 1 events are associated with high logistical effort for the racing teams. “During our cooperation, we have learned that the robust and reliable drive technology from Interroll is of the greatest importance in intralogistics. Interroll has a global footprint and provides, among other solutions,

 
 

Picking Perfection

09-12-2014
Perfect Picks Prove Profitable The cost of a mis-pick is expensive. Reshipping costs alone consume any profitability in the initial B2C (Business to Consumer) omni-channel order. The way to ensure B2C profitability is a perfect pick every time. Implementing automated storage and retrieval equipment--such as horizontal carousels, vertical carousels and vertical lift modules--multiple areas of a manufacturing or distribution facility will generate savings in inventory accessibility, floor space, time, improved ergonomics, and better accuracy. Ultimately some of the simple and least expensive solutions to ensure perfect and profitable picks are Pick-to-light (PTL) solutions. The modular, flexible, easily deployed (and redeployed for

 
 

Research Indicates that Consumers Have Little Patience for Incorrect or Late Holiday Deliveries

09-12-2014
Nearly 70 per cent are less likely to shop with a retailer online or by phone for future purchases if an item they purchase online or by phone is not delivered within two days of the date promised Voxware, the largest independent voice provider, today released research highlighting how late or inaccurate deliveries impact consumers’ future decisions to shop with a retailer online, by phone, or in the store. Five hundred consumers were surveyed on their expectations for delivery of items that they purchase online or by phone during the holiday shopping season and beyond.  Highlights include:           69

 
 

Transport Next Generation, March 2015 Paris

08-12-2014
A new development at SITL Paris 2015, previewed by Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics. How would you describe the positioning of Transport Next Generation? What is distinctive about it and what added value does it provide? AB: The aim of Transport Next Generation is to be an international event which responds the expectations of supply chain directors in industry and retailing. This new exhibition brings together, in a single space, the innovative transport equipment in all modes which work to achieve the most effective transport performance for industry and retailers. As such, Transport Next Generation addresses the link

 
 

RACK TO THE FUTURE

08-12-2014
A-SAFE launch iFlex range with next-generation innovations in leg-racking protection   The former CEO of Disney, Michael Eisner, once said: “There’s no good idea that cannot be improved upon.” It’s a philosophy that is at the heart of every new model, every material upgrade and every product development in the history of modern invention.   For companies who invest heavily in Research & Development, improving great products into superior ones is a primary and ongoing objective. A-SAFE’s RackGuard was already the world-leading product in rack leg protection, used by blue chip companies across the world to protect important racking structures from the impact of workplace

 
 

The supply chain must be responsive to customer needs

05-12-2014
Find out more in ‘Global Logistics’, a new book by Donald Waters and Stephen Rinsler  6th November 2014, London – The recent Omni-Channel Conference demonstrated the importance of supply chain management in delivering customer satisfaction, and ultimately company success.  As meeting customer needs is evermore vital, firms need to enhance customer service aspects of logistics. In recognition of these important developments, the new edition of Global Logistics includes a brand new chapter on fulfilling customer needs. The book also provides guidance on other critical topics in the field, including supply chain vulnerability, sustainability, and e-logistics.  The 7th edition of Global Logistics (ISBN: 9780749471330,

 
 

Safety tips, fun facts and giveaways behind each door in the countdown to Christmas.

04-12-2014
Leading workplace transport training accrediting body, RTITB, has launched an online advent calendar, featuring safety tips, fun facts and giveaways behind each door in the countdown to Christmas. The free advent calendar is available through RTITB’s website. Visitors to the site can open a virtual door each day in the run up to Christmas to reveal a fun fact, a safety tip, quiz or video relating to the Christmas season, safe driving and safe forklift operation. “We enjoy engaging with our members and instructors and this year’s advent calendar is not only a fun and festive treat but also a helpful reminder

 
 

Changes at the top for UK Warehousing Association

04-12-2014
Longstanding CEO of UK Warehousing Association ,Roger Williams, is to hand over the majority of his duties in the New Year. He will continue to work for UKWA until 31 July 2015, taking the staff lead in hosting the IFWLA convention in Liverpool 1-4 June, and UKWA’s Annual Lunch and Awards ceremony at the Dorchester hotel on 1 July. He will also retain his responsibilities as Secretary General of the International Federation of Warehousing Logistics Associations (IFWLA). www.ifwla.com   Roger Williams will have served nearly 15 years with UKWA by the time he retires, and looks back on his unusually long tenure

 
 

Attractive Portfolio of Plastic Boxes at Fruit Logistica 2015

04-12-2014
Boxes from Cabka-IPS are improving logistical processes and point-of-sale product presentation in the food industry. From February 4-6, 2015, the company will be showing its range of products at Fruit Lo-gistica, the international trade fair for fruit and vegetable marketing.    The Eye-Catcher, For Perfect Product Presentation in the Pro-duce Aisle The Eye-Catcher is a product presentation system that puts a special frame under your fruit and vegetable packaging and lifts products up. That way products are front and center without overstacking or spill-age, the packaging looks full, fresh, and delicious, and shrinkage is reduced by up to 30 per cent. The savings

 
 

Translift Bendi Grows and Appoints Paul Berrow to Board of Directors

03-12-2014
Translift Bendi, the Pioneer and global leading manufacturer of articulated forklift trucks, are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Berrow to its board of directors.    The Bendi has grown with increased popularity over the past few years and as a result we have decided that Paul’s energy, passion and infectious drive in the sales department would benefit the company as a whole if he became a full member of the Bendi board.    Paul has over 20 years experience in the forklift industry with Finning Ltd, DAC Plant and Jungheinrich before joining Bendi in 2002 as Area Sales Manager. He was promoted

 
 

CargoWise One Integrates with VelaTrack

03-12-2014
WiseTech Global, the technology development company behind industry-leading supply chain platform CargoWise One, has announced an integration partnership with Bend, Oregon based VelaTrack. The integration will allow CargoWise One users direct access to the powerful container tracking capabilities of VelaTrack. CargoWise One’s highly flexible single platform system delivers powerful productivity, extensive functionality, comprehensive integration, deep compliance capabilities, and truly global reach to logistics providers of all sizes throughout the global supply chain. VelaTrack provides near real-time container events from all major ocean carriers worldwide and 40 major U.S. terminals, including container movements and statuses, to streamline and simplify visibility to container movement

 
 

New products, new names amid record numbers of nominations for FLTA awards 15

03-12-2014
New products, new names amid record numbers of nominations  With voting now underway, the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has revealed that it received a record number of entries for its Annual Awards for Excellence 2015… with more new companies than ever before bidding to pick up a coveted Archie. A total of forty nominations were received from twenty two companies from all around the globe posing the FLTA’s Awards Committee its toughest challenge yet as it strives to deliver a set of Finalists for its Pick of The Year – the definitive buyer’s guide to all that’s best in the fork

 
 

Atlantic Industrie from France relies on 24V drive technology

02-12-2014
In order to be able to install a new production line for thermodynamic instantaneous water heaters at its site in La Roche Sur Yon, the French company Atlantic Industrie, a leading French company in climate control engineering, was in need of a reliable and robust conveyor system that would also save energy. The company now relies on Interroll’s 24V drive technology.   The project The requirements were clear from the very beginning: to provide buffer storage for instantaneous water heaters while the new line was being installed. Guaranteeing the stability of these devices that can be up to 2 meters in height and

 
 

Automation in North America Strong Due to Headcount Pressures

02-12-2014
For decades European manufacturing facilities have been faced with higher land and labor costs and different order profiles. The result brought automation inside the facilities. Pcdata USA understands how these European companies have weighed certain qualitative aspects differently from those in North America. Given pressure on headcounts, increasing land constraints, and need for more case and unique individual picking, North American facilities are seeing the traditional barriers to automation subside. Beyond typical analysis points such as CapEx and OpEx, even the most basic solutions, such as a pickcarts, are part of a deeper conversation how to develop a thorough and

 
 

What Hyster forklift drivers see, hear and feel

01-12-2014
  When a forklift driver is expected to be productive for the duration of an 8 hour shift, the total driving experience really matters. David Rowell, Hyster Product Marketing Manager, reveals 15 ways that Hyster has developed its diesel and LPG Fortens range of 2-3.5 tonne trucks to optimise what a driver sees, hears and feels. 1. Sitting comfortably  For operators of all shapes and sizes, Hyster offers the FLM 80 full suspension seat with a fully adjustable armrest. When combined with an isolated powertrain, this helps to minimise Whole-Body Vibration (WBV), making the ride quality more comfortable, even over rough terrain.  2. Adjustable steering  To find

 
 

ABM Greiffenberger with efficient drive technology at the LogiMAT 2015

01-12-2014
At LogiMAT (Stuttgart, 10th to 12th February 2015) in hall 1, booth 1A31, ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH presents an excerpt of the company’s extensive portfolio from the areas storage techniques, forklift trucks and e-mobility. Among other things, a new controller for the storage sector will be on display. It is versatile and enhances the processes in the container conveyor technology.   For the time being, the new controller has been designed for a motor power of 0.75 kW and works without any problem at temperatures from minus 30 degrees up to plus 50 degrees. The sensorless control has been perfectly adjusted to the ABM Sinochron motors. Pluggable connections can easily

 
 

ROUND THE CLOCK JCB TELETRUK STILL HARD AT WORK

28-11-2014
 A call by JCB to find the oldest working Teletruk in the UK has uncovered another vintage machine which has gone round the clock – and still works more than 12 hours a day. Last month it was discovered that the 11th JCB Teletruk to roll off the production line in 1997 - a TLT25D - was still putting in a daily shift at Rooneys Scrap Metal, of Gateshead, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.    Now it’s been discovered that another vintage TLT25D Teletruk operated in the North East is still going strong and could have the most hours on the clock of any of

 
 

ID Logistics selects the e-vigilante surveillance robot from EOS Innovation to enhance the security of its facilities

28-11-2014
A coherent partnership   ID Logistics, an international leader in contract logistics, and EOS Innovation, the award-winning French robotics service company, announce a partnership to roll-out the e-vigilante robot at ID Logistics warehouses. The innovative e-vigilante mobile surveillance robot delivers optimum security, as well as increased reactivity and mobility.   EOS Innovation’s first security robot has been rolled out at an ID Logistics platform in the French region of Orléans, where it is being operated for a client in the cosmetics industry customer. At the 25,000m2 facility, highly sensitive due to the value of goods stored on-site, e-vigilante adds another dimension, complementing the work

 
 

BITO creates more room in the Bidvest freezer

27-11-2014
BITO Storage Solutions has provided Bidvest Logistics with a space efficient push-back racking solution, which also accommodates marshalling to optimise available space in a coldstore.    Bidvest Logistics is the leading supplier of logistics and supply chain solutions to the UK hospitality and restaurant sector, which include items such a chips and burgers for distribution to leading restaurant chains across the country. It’s a fast moving operation and having taken over a distribution centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire at the beginning of 2013 Bidvest soon found that the existing racking in the specialised freezer unit did not offer quite enough capacity for the

 
 

DMLogic Expands Warehouse Management Solutions Operation into Europe

27-11-2014
DMLogic, LLC, experts in warehouse management systems (WMS) software and implementation, today announced the expansion of its operations into the European marketplace. The European operation will be located in Eindhoven, Netherlands and will service the existing and growing customer base in the region as well as all current JDA customers utilizing the MARC WMS product.   Coinciding with the opening of the new DMLogic office, the company entered into an agreement with JDA to provide all customer support for the MARC product in Europe. With this agreement, DMLogic will provide users with targeted experience by the original MARC architecture team. Additionally, the

 
 

PCA Network to Benefit from WiseIndustry Partner Program

26-11-2014
WiseTech Global, provider of the industry’s leading logistics software, CargoWise One, has announced that Premier Cargo Alliance Network (PCA) recently joined its WiseIndustry Partner program in order to give its members access to the cutting edge technology the network needs to attain true global reach.   Founded in June of 2014, PCA has rapidly expanded to a network of 39 partners across 30 countries. The network actively seeks members who share their quality-driven vision and one-to-one approach. For PCA, it’s about finding the right people. “PCA operates on a unique business model,” says Horst Behm, CEO and Founder of PCA. “We give

 
 

Four Interroll Crossbelt Sorters successfully installed at China Post

26-11-2014
Interroll, a worldwide leading provider of key products and solutions for internal logistics, recently announced that three Horizontal Crossbelt Sorters and one Vertical Crossbelt Sorter successfully started up at China Post in November 2014. China Post placed this order to Interroll China via China Post Science & Technology Co., Ltd, which aimed to improve their capacity in handling parcel peaks during Double 11 shopping festival.   “We ordered the four sorters to dramatically improve our material flow efficiency as well as the parcel handling efficiency and delivery speed” commented by China Post Science & Technology. “Nowadays all of the Chinese leading CEP

 
 

UK Company barriers point to the future for warehouse safety

25-11-2014
Looking for the ultimate fantasy logistics and warehousing solution? How about everyone’s favourite prime time Saturday night sci-fi extravaganza. Whoever came up with the concept of the TARDIS must have spent some time scratching their head about how the Doctor managed to travel from A-to-B in the most time-efficient way possible – before dreaming up a police-box-come-time-capsule capable of instant multi-dimensional travel, with no cargo size issues, no fuel concerns and literally an endless capacity for internal storage.   Talk about strong gains in time-cost-space efficiency, eh?   Back on planet Earth, however, logistics and warehousing are more grounded, less fantastical issues – and

 
 

DEMATIC PROMOTES STEVEN BLOOMFIELD TO ENGINEERING MANAGER FOR NORTHERN EUROPE

25-11-2014
Dematic is a global leader providing a comprehensive range of intelligent intralogistics and material handling solutions. Due to a recent global engineering restructure to a matrix organisation, Steven Bloomfield has been promoted to Engineering Manager for Northern Europe. Whilst supporting the Dematic Global Project Engineering & Installation team, Steven is also a member of the Northern Europe Leadership Team based in Banbury. Reporting to Joe Penno, Vice President Global Project Engineering based in Germany, Steven now heads up a team of 55 engineers which includes Controls, Mechanical, Software and Systems Integration engineers.    Steven joined Dematic in 2010 as Head of the

 
 

Biomass air blower system to provide warehouses with a cost effective, reliable and environmentally friendly heating solution

25-11-2014
VG Biomass have launched a revolutionary new plug and play biomass air blower system to provide warehousing and logistics businesses with a cost effective, reliable and environmentally friendly heating solution. In addition to the 30 per cent savings per year against fossil fuel industrial heating systems, businesses will also benefit from a 20 year income of 170,000 pounds sterling (on the 60kW unit) via the UK government backed renewable heat incentive (RHI).   The 60kW and 120kW Biomass Air Blower System is the new addition to VG’s extensive biomass heating product range and is set to revolutionise the industry. From large to small warehouse facilities the Biomass Air Blower

 
 

Cost Saving Flexibility

22-11-2014
Nobia is Europe’s leading kitchen specialist. The operation consists of developing, manufacturing and selling kitchens through about twenty strong brands and as a contract manufacturer. Six years on from when Rushlift first began managing the Nobia fleet, the time was right for a complete overview of the MHE contract.  Europe’s leading kitchen specialist brought in all the major forklift manufacturers to bid for the future running of the fleet, as well as involving the managers from different parts of the business under the purview of logistics director, Andy Young. “During those years, both the market and the business had changed substantially,” says distribution

 
 

Operational gains,minimal disruption, no material loss for transfer of alternative fuels from warehouse to ovens

22-11-2014
SCHWENK Zement KG is replacing its old drag chain conveyor line with a modern Pipe Conveyor from BEUMER Group. Requiring a solution that would transport alternative fuels such as crushed plastic material, textiles and paper from the warehouse to the feeding system of the oven in their cement plant in Bernburg, Germany, this fully closed conveying system makes transporting bulk material more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Maintenance costs are also considerably lower and the system can be optimally adapted to the ambient conditions.   SCHWENK's product diversity and production capacity make the cement plant in Bernburg one of the largest and

 
 

New guide reveals importance of planning ahead

21-11-2014
Companies seeking a temporary space solution are being reminded of the need to plan ahead. Securing local authority approval for all types of development can be a complex and time-consuming procedure. But temporary building experts Spaciotempo have produced a guide which aims to demystify the planning application process. The document, entitled ‘Planning Ahead To Boost Your Business’ is available for free download at http://www.spaciotempo.co.uk/resources/white-papers It reveals what steps are involved and covers issues such as timescales, cost and rules on Permitted Development. As market leaders in the design, manufacture and installation of temporary structures, Spaciotempo are well placed to help decision-makers get the complete picture

 
 

Structured Flexibility is Fundamental to Long Term Growth

21-11-2014
Martin Lee, Business Development Executive for WiseTech Global, discusses how successful companies react to critical pressures in the Logistics Industry. Milton Keynes, UK, November 19, 2014.  The logistics industry landscape is constantly being battered by the rough seas of internal and external pressures. There has always been a crisis just around the corner. The current external pressures within the EMEA region, for example, arise from the political stage in the form of sanctions and counter sanctions to restrict trade with Russia, and these are having a devastating impact on forwarders with heavy commitments in the movement of goods to and from the

 
 

IWLA Launches New Website, Offers Enhanced Features to Warehouse Logistics Community

19-11-2014
The International Warehouse Logistics Association, representing 3PL's in North America, recently launched an upgraded website, www.IWLA.com. The website is another milestone in the branding refresh the association adopted last month. New features and functionality enhance navigation, provide real-time industry news/information, promote membership, and increase participation by new and existing members.    One new tool, Find a Warehouse, allows site visitors to locate warehousing services that meet their needs. The search is based on key words, warehouse capabilities, and geography.    “The new website supports the association’s rebranding efforts including a new logo and tagline: IWLA is the resource for warehouse logistics. Our new website

 
 

Copal Development announces Nordic Distribution Agreement

19-11-2014
Copal Development B.V. has signed a distribution agreement for the Nordic countries with Aa-Solutions, effective immediately. This business cooperation will ensure the long-term guarantee of customer intimacy regarding the Copal-Systems in the Nordic countries. From now on Aa-Solutions will be serving the complete product portfolio of Copal Development B.V. Next to that, Aa-Solutions offers full after sales and services and first level support for the maintenance of container unloading and palletizing systems. Business cooperation Under the terms of this contract, Aa-Solutions will handle sales, distribution and fulfilment of systems designed to unload containers and palletize goods distributed by Copal Development B.V. Karel Hoogenboom, managing director of Copal Development B.V.

 
 

Interroll High Performance Divert recognised with 2014 Coup de Coeur award at Manutention in Paris

18-11-2014
The Interroll High Performance Divert (HPD), an innovative key element of the Interroll conveyor platform, was presented with a Coup de Coeur award at the exhibition Manutention in Paris on 17 November 2014.   Interroll’s modular conveyor platform can be flexibly adjusted to meet different customer and user-specific demands. In addition, it allows for extremely quick and efficient planning of modern material flow systems. In combination with the world’s leading drive concepts from Interroll, this results in material flow systems that are known for their maximum availability, energy efficiency and low operating and maintenance costs.   The innovation award “Coup de Coeur” recognises outstanding

 
 

Kalmar SmartStack goes live at Transnet Port Terminals Durban Container Terminal

18-11-2014
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has implemented the Kalmar SmartStack solution at Durban Container Terminal (DCT) in South Africa for real-time container inventory reporting and management. This is the first terminal to implement Kalmar SmartStack using the narrowband communication network involving re-engineering from the standard WiFi deployment.   DCT is currently running 11 Kalmar straddle carriers with SmartStack and further eight are to be phased in over the coming weeks. In addition, 11 Terex straddle carriers will be phased into the SmartStack solution and are currently undergoing equipment testing trials by the customer. The final machines to integrate with the solution in this

 
 

Red Ledge to develop RFID active tag solutions for Supply Chain, manufacturing, energy and construction sectors with Wavetrend

14-11-2014
Active tag signal proactively warns of asset theft or movement, at a distance of up to 150 metres with no line of site, in harsh conditions   Red Ledge move supported by new partnership with global RFID hardware manufacturer Wavetrend   Software application and engineering company Red Ledge (www.redledge.co.uk) has added active tag technology to its existing RFID portfolio through a new partnership with RFID hardware company Wavetrend (www.wavetrend.net) – and plans to launch a series of active tag-based, higher-value asset management solutions for supply chain and manufacturing, energy and construction users, the company announced today. radio frequency identification   Like RFID passive tags, active tags

 
 

CeMAT INDIA Intralogistics solutions for fast growing economy

14-11-2014
The logistics industry is one of the most dynamic sectors of the Indian economy, growing at an estimated 15 percent annually. Added to this is the fact India’s new government under the prime ministership of Narendra Modi is planning massive investment in upgrades to the country’s road and rail networks and its sea and air ports. These measures are essential if India is to enjoy continued economic growth and have a smoothly functioning, world-class supply chain. The logistics industry is also doing well out of the dynamic growth of eCommerce in India, which, according to a recent DHL study, is

 
 

UASC unveils plans to expand reefer business

12-11-2014
Plans to ramp-up modern reefer fleet announced at WOP Dubai 2014, cementing reefer business as central to UASC’s ambitious expansion strategy   United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a leading container shipping line and emerging global carrier, plans to make significant investment in new reefer units, the Company announced this week at WOP Dubai, the international perishables expo for the Middle East. The expansion of its fleet of refrigerated units and enhanced geographic access to the South America trades - following UASC’s recently announced cooperation with Hamburg Süd - ensures that all UASC customers now have access to the important South America trades as

 
 

Oriental Brickworks in Malaysia become attached to UK company solutions

12-11-2014
B&B Attachments , located in Northumberland, is the leading independent supplier of forklift truck attachments in the UK. The company which has a growing export division, recently aided Oriental Brickworks in Malaysia by providing the company with a bespoke solution to improve performance and on-site productivity.  Founded in 1980, B&B Attachments has facilitated the sale and hire of forklift truck attachments produced by leading international manufacturers, including attachments from KAUP GmbH and, uniquely, offers the largest range of products from a single source. Alongside this, B&B’s in-house team design and manufacture bespoke attachments, creating products that meet their customers' specific material

 
 

GULFSTREAM picks CEVA for new European parts distribution centre

11-11-2014
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has appointed CEVA Logistics one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies  to operate a new European Parts Distribution Centre at London Heathrow Airport. The new facility will support Gulfstream customers in the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe and the Nordics with urgent high-usage items. It will also provide rapid-response support for technicians from Gulfstream’s service centre at London Luton Airport and Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Team (FAST) members based throughout Europe. The facility replaces a previous operation at Madrid Airport. Its new location at London Heathrow provides access to the largest number of direct, non-stop flights available from any airport in

 
 

Westfalia Technologies Wins Green Supply Chain Award

11-11-2014
Logistics solutions provider commended by leading magazine for its commitment to helping plants, warehouses and distribution centers “go green” with automation technology Westfalia Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of logistics solutions for plants, warehouses and distribution centers since 1992, is a winner of the 2014 Green Supply Chain Awards, presented by Supply and Demand Chain Executive. Out of more than 100 entries, Supply & Demand Chain Executive selected Westfalia for helping clients “go green” and promote sustainability by minimizing land usage, decreasing energy consumption, and reducing waste production through its warehouse automation solutions.   Dan Labell, owner and president of Westfalia Technologies, said,

 
 

Mind the Gap,Fast track your business growth

08-11-2014
A new Access survey reveals that with seamlessly integrated software for warehousing, production, scheduling, business intelligence and finance, companies can hasten their growth journey by minding the gaps into which their competitors will fall. This is a vital message at a time when economic growth creates a challenging journey that will stretch existing processes and systems.   Examining the challenges for Business Intelligence and Financial systems, the new survey, called ‘ERP for the Finance Function 2014’, found that where systems do exist, they are unlikely to be linking effectively with financial systems – potentially a big gap in which to fall. One

 
 

Praxair Hydrogen Strengthens Plug Powers GenFuel Business

08-11-2014
Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, today announced it has signed a long-term hydrogen distribution agreement with Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), one of the largest industrial gases companies in the world and North America’s largest liquid hydrogen producer.   Plug Power will offer Praxair hydrogen to its customers throughout the United States who are using the company’s GenKey hydrogen fuel cell solution. The GenKey solution consists of three separate elements: GenDrive fuel cell units, GenFuel hydrogen fuel and infrastructure, and GenCare maintenance service. Plug Power provides customers with full integration and deployment of the entire

 
 

BEUMER gives its high-capacity layer palletiser a complete overhaul

07-11-2014
 A more efficient way to stacking accuracy and stability   As a single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies, BEUMER Group continues to pursue its ambitious goal of offering its customers solutions from a single source. Therefore, BEUMER has fundamentally reengineered its high-capacity layer palletiser BEUMER paletpac. The user now benefits from a better accessibility, a shorter assembly period, higher flexibility and, as a result, from lower costs. The BEUMER paletpac is incorporated into high-performance packaging lines to process even sensitive and valuable products in a gentle and efficient manner.   With the layer palletiser series BEUMER paletpac, the intralogistics specialist supplies high-capacity

 
 

Kalmar to deliver 18 forklift trucks to Algerian ports

07-11-2014
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is delivering 18 forklift trucks to four different port authorities in Algeria: Algiers, Bejaia, Djen Djen and Mostaganem. The order was awarded by the Algerian port procurement company, Groupement D'Interêt Commun Des Entreprises Portuaires (GICEP) in April 2014. The order inspection and customer training took place in October  and the deliveries to the ports have started.     GICEP groups together all public ports in Algeria, handling approximately 800,000 TEU annually. Their operations also include stevedoring and general cargo handling. The new Kalmar equipment will help reduce cargo dwell times and increase storage capacity at the ports. Kalmar's

 
 

DAMCO LAUNCHES RETAIL LOGISTICS NEWS PORTAL

05-11-2014
RetailLogistics.guru is the world’s first dedicated global news portal for supply chain professionals working in the retail industry The recently launched website aims to provide quick & easy access to the most recent and most relevant articles on the web that relate to retail logistics.  The global news portal shares excerpts of articles that cover everything that’s hot in this sector – including news, trends and opinions – and links directly to the original source for the full article.  The website groups stories into 6 categories: market trends, sourcing, sustainability, technology, omni-channel and perishables. The homepage of RetailLogistics.guru includes a simple yet comprehensive search

 
 

See the Kalmar Webinar on AutoStrad operations at Fisherman Island, Brisbane

05-11-2014
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is arranging an interactive one-hour webinar today, on 5 November, on the Kalmar AutoStradTM application at the Fisherman's Island terminal of Patrick in Brisbane. The webinar includes a presentation, live chat and a questions and answers session.   There has been an increasing interest in the market towards Kalmar automated systems. As part of the system offering, Kalmar is developing its Automatic Horizontal Transportation System (AHTS) and Kalmar AutoStradTM solutions continuously.   The AHTS is a system that works between the ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) in terminals like TraPac in Los Angeles, USA. The Kalmar AutoStrad

 
 

Hard work in the sawmill

04-11-2014
Those who like wood will be highly impressed with the portfolio of the hardwood sawmill Gebr. Vater OHG: From oak, ash, chequer tree, and chestnut to cherry tree, linden, beech and walnut tree, the 60-year-old family business from Retzbach am Main (Spessart) has everything that the heart desires. In order to efficiently handle the timber and log wood as well as the sawdust loading with the shovel, Sägewerk Vater have had two CLARK diesel forklifts C60D in operation up to now, among others. In 2014, the fleet was extended by a Clark C50sD.  "I am very happy with the forklifts

 
 

Cold Storage Door Approved to Resist Hurricane Strength Wind Pressure

04-11-2014
ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems is pleased to announce that the TKO VertiCool Door with Wind Load Package has received the Notice of Approval from Miami-Dade County for High Velocity Hurricane Zones.    The TKO VertiCool door from ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems is designed to work in conjunction with a vertical storing dock leveler. While the primary benefit of the TKO VertiCool is energy efficiency, facilities along the coastline and some inland areas have additional concerns - hurricane force winds and tropical storms.  In order to acquire the hurricane zone approval* the TKO VertiCool door underwent a series of stringent tests to ensure it

 
 

EMPIRICA WMS SUPPORTS NEW NDC AT AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIER

31-10-2014
 Leading automotive trade supplier Andrew Page introduced the Empirica warehouse management system from Chess when it opened a new national distribution centre (NDC) in 2012 to support business growth and new ways of working. Helped by the application, the business successfully made the transition while integrating additional depots into its national network and significantly increasing the number of orders delivered. The NDC project was the winner of the Logistics & Distribution section at the 2013 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.   “This successful implementation has allowed us to focus on processes, rather than technology, which is key for our business,” says Steve Coleman, IT Director at

 
 

Innovative double pallet holders supplied to leading 3PL

31-10-2014
Great Bear is a leading 3rd party UK logistics business providing nationwide shared-user warehousing and distribution solutions for international blue chip customers. Managing over 4.5 million sq ft of warehousing, and operating a large modern commercial vehicle fleet, Great Bear has built a reputation within the industry as an innovative operator. Having recently undergone a major expansion programme, with the opening of new sites in Northampton providing 475,000 sq ft, Chorley in Lancashire providing 230,000 sq ft and Bromborough in Merseyside providing 170,000 sq ft, Great Bear has also modernised its equipment and machinery, giving the company the capability to support major

 
 

Hyster LPG forklift changes benefit indoor operators

30-10-2014
Hyster has introduced a new engine in its 2-3.5 tonne Fortens range of LPG forklifts offering high performance for intensive applications, as well as maximum fuel efficiency, low noise, low vibration and outstanding reliability.  The new highly efficient 2.5L Kubota engine brings even greater performance to the H2.0-3.5FT and S2.0-3.5FT models with better operating flexibility through improved engine management control.  “It features similar components to a diesel engine, without using a lot of fuel,” explains David Rowell, Hyster Product Marketing Manager. “It also reduces vibration for operators and noise levels for those working around the lift trucks.” LPG forklift trucks are typically used

 
 

Howard Tenens takes delivery of the first Euro 6 dual fuel CNG vehicle in Europe

30-10-2014
Howard Tenens and Prins Autogas are the first to successfully convert a Mercedes-Benz Actros Euro 6 type vehicle to run on duel fuel, Compressed Natural Gas and diesel. The innovation provides a solution to the conundrum facing the dual fuel vehicle technology industry in adapting a Euro 6 type vehicle to run using the carbon saving technology.   Howard Tenens approached Prins to provide a solution to converting Euro 6 tractor units to dual fuel as part of their search for an innovative technology partner. Howard Tenens needed a solution sooner than the predicted 2 year timescale that an OEM dual fuel

 
 

Toyota Material Handling scoops up yet another design award

29-10-2014
The Toyota Tonero 3.5 – 8.0 tonne engine-powered forklift has been granted with the prestigious German Design Award Special Mention for 2015.   Behind the internationally reputed German Design Award stands the German Design Council, currently celebrating 60 years of identifying, presenting and honouring unique design trends, with the explicit aim of advancing the design scene.   Having won some 25 design awards to date, Toyota Material Handling is proud to be part of that design scene. Other institutions promoting good design, such as the iF International Forum, have also recognised Toyota’s trucks. In 2014 Toyota’s BT Movit N-series received the IF Design Award.

 
 

Logistics Executive Group opens the 3rd annual 2014 Global Logistics and Cargo Symposium in Malaysia

29-10-2014
The two-day 2014 Global Logistics and Cargo Symposium kicked off with issue of talent development and why people matter taking a front row seat. The international conference's opening keynote address by Mr Darryl Judd, Chief Operating Officer of Logistics Executive Group, an international corporate advisory and executive search firm, quickly narrowed in on this year’s critical theme: Driving business performance in Asian supply chains. Now in its third year, the Global Logistics and Cargo Symposium has quickly become one of Asia most preeminent Supply Chain and Logistics conferences, due to its heavy focus on supply chain innovation, maximising logistics performance and attraction of

 
 

CEVA invests 20 million dollars in UK ground transport fleet

28-10-2014
CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, is delighted to announce a major fleet investment program within the UK. The investment, worth $20 million, will add 120 tractor units, 40 rigid vehicles and 180 new trailers to CEVA’s extensive UK ground transport fleet before the end of 2014. All of the vehicles will be fitted with telematics and the rigid vehicles will have an innovative load restraint system to enable use across multiple CEVA operations. CEVA and its customers will also benefit from some weight saving enhancements to the trailer specification, which increases carrying capacity to 29.2 tons. Speaking about the investment,

 
 

China International Logistics Fair hosts UK Pavilion

28-10-2014
 In October 2014, the China International Logistics Fair in Shenzhen hosted a UK Pavilion for the first time in its nine-year history. Held jointly by the Ministry of Transport of the PRC and Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government, the China (Shenzhen) International Logistics and Transportation Fair (CILF) is the largest logistics and transport expo in Asia for the logistics services, supply chain management, ports and shipping, air cargo, multi modal transportation, technology solutions and material handling sectors. Featuring the ‘Business is Great’ branding, the UK Pavilion comprised a multi-user exhibition space which provided a cost-effective platform for UK-based SME service providers to explore

 
 

SBNTEX and WiseTech Global Join Forces in India

27-10-2014
Partnership brings productivity and integration to regional markets in India and neighboring countries WiseTech Global, the technology development company behind industry-leading supply chain platform CargoWise One, has announced a business partnership with Mumbai-based SBNTEX, a leading supplier of end-to-end solutions for logistics & supply chain management providers in India and the Middle East. As both a WiseBusiness and WiseService Partner, SBNTEX is an authorized CargoWise One reseller, and is certified to provide consulting and training services to WiseTech Global customers throughout the region. Logistics providers will benefit from local access to an integrated, single platform system, which increases productivity, and provides the

 
 

Inspiration leads ASAFE to look for the greatest Eureka moments

27-10-2014
Inspired by Professor Geoff Raisman, the British scientist responsible for the recent astonishing breakthrough in the treatment of spinal cord injuries, who claimed his Eureka! moment came at 2am in his lab back in 1997, when a previously paralysed rat made a movement towards his hand, A-SAFE would like to know what your greatest Eureka! moments are.   Your stories could be personal or business-related, inspirational or humorous, short and snappy or long and winding.   We’ve a pack of specially branded A-SAFE beer for our three favourites – and a Twitter follow and a Facebook like for every business that enters.   Please visit our

 
 

VINTAGE JCB TELETRUK VIES FOR OLDEST WORKING MODEL TITLE

23-10-2014
A JCB TLT 25 working in a scrap metal facility in Gateshead is vying for the title of the world’s oldest working Teletruk.  It was in 1997 that JCB reinvented the forklift by launching the Teletruk, a forklift truck with a telescopic boom instead of a vertical mast - a unique design providing unrestricted forward visibility because there is no vertical mast.  Now it's been discovered that a machine built in November that year is still putting in a daily shift at Rooneys Scrap Metal, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  A JCB spokesman said: “This machine was the 11th JCB Teletruk to come off the production

 
 

NEW BARRIERS BEAR FRUIT IN MICHIGAN

23-10-2014
Food receivers and distributors install world first at key facility   For Heeren Brothers, one of America’s longest-established wholesale fruit and vegetable distributors, hygiene control has always been integral to the company’s ongoing success. Looking for ways to improve on existing procedures and products is vital, particularly when complying with strict Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.   As part of the development of a new facility at Heeren Brothers’ headquarters outside Grand Rapids, Michigan, the company was looking for alternatives to traditional concrete and steel barriers. Over time, these barriers chip and rust, creating flakes or debris that are potential hygiene hazards.   A-SAFE’s collection

 
 

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

22-10-2014
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

22-10-2014
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

21-10-2014
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

21-10-2014
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

21-10-2014
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

20-10-2014
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

20-10-2014
 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

17-10-2014
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

17-10-2014
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

16-10-2014
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

16-10-2014
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

14-10-2014
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

14-10-2014
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

10-10-2014
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

10-10-2014
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

08-10-2014
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

08-10-2014
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 SIGNS 3 YEAR CONTRACT WITH ALLPORT CARGO SERVICES

07-10-2014
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

07-10-2014
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

05-10-2014
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

05-10-2014
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

03-10-2014
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

03-10-2014
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

01-10-2014
 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

01-10-2014
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

 
 

CEMAT ASIA OCTOBER 27 to 30, 2014 IN SHANGHAI

30-09-2014
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

30-09-2014
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

 
 

BT AND TRACEALL TO IMPROVE GLOBAL TRACEABILITY

26-09-2014
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

26-09-2014
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

24-09-2014
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

24-09-2014
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

22-09-2014
 • 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

22-09-2014
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

22-09-2014
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

19-09-2014
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.

19-09-2014
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

18-09-2014
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

18-09-2014
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

17-09-2014
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

17-09-2014
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

15-09-2014
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

15-09-2014
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 HANDS OVER POZNAN BTS UNIT TO ZAPAROH IN EXPANDING POLISH GADKI LOGISTICS HUB

12-09-2014
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 Sofa.com 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

12-09-2014
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 HANDS OVER POZNAN BTS UNIT TO ZAPAROH IN EXPANDING POLISH GADKI LOGISTICS HUB

12-09-2014
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 Sofa.com 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

10-09-2014
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

10-09-2014
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

08-09-2014
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

08-09-2014
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

05-09-2014
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

 
 

RED LEDGE TO BRING INTEGRATED CRM PROJECT MANAGEMENT, WEB-BASED SOFTWARE TO MARKET

05-09-2014
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

03-09-2014
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

03-09-2014
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

02-09-2014
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

02-09-2014
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)

01-09-2014
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

01-09-2014
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

29-08-2014
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

29-08-2014
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

28-08-2014
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

 
 

P3 AGREES 523 MILLION EURO PURCHASE OF CZECH LOGISTICS PORTFOLIO TO ADD 627,000 M2 TO PAN-EUROPEAN PLATFORM

28-08-2014
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

27-08-2014
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

27-08-2014
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

26-08-2014
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

26-08-2014
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 www.aeb.com/gtm-study until 19th September 2014.

 
 

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

25-08-2014
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

 
 

INTERNATIONAL PACK EXPO CHICAGO Craemer Plastic Pallets

25-08-2014
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

21-08-2014
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

 
 

APPRENTICES PUT THROUGH THEIR PACES WITH THE ARMY

20-08-2014
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

19-08-2014
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

18-08-2014
 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

17-08-2014
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

16-08-2014
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

15-08-2014
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

14-08-2014
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

14-08-2014
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.

13-08-2014
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

13-08-2014
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

12-08-2014
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

12-08-2014
 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

11-08-2014
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

11-08-2014
 •          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

 
 

DETANK FORKLIFTS SEEK TO CONQUER UK

11-08-2014
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

08-08-2014
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

07-08-2014
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

06-08-2014
  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

05-08-2014
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

 
 

BULMOR LIFTS THE STANDARDS

04-08-2014
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

01-08-2014
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: https://www.cilta.com.au/eventform-qld26aug   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

01-08-2014
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

31-07-2014
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

31-07-2014
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

30-07-2014
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

30-07-2014
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

29-07-2014
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

29-07-2014
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

28-07-2014
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

28-07-2014
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

25-07-2014
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

25-07-2014
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

24-07-2014
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

24-07-2014
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

23-07-2014
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

22-07-2014
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

22-07-2014
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

21-07-2014
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

21-07-2014
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

18-07-2014
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

18-07-2014
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

17-07-2014
 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

17-07-2014
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 LAUNCHES NEW GENERATION QUARTER PALLET IN GERMANY

16-07-2014
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

16-07-2014
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

14-07-2014
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

 
 

CHEAP TRICK TO HEADLINE 2014 MATERIAL HANDLING AND LOGISTICS CONFERENCE

14-07-2014
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

11-07-2014
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

11-07-2014
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

10-07-2014
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

10-07-2014
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

09-07-2014
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

09-07-2014
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbXpSkkWOAU&feature=youtu.be   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

08-07-2014
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

08-07-2014
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

07-07-2014
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

07-07-2014
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

04-07-2014
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

04-07-2014
Shipntrak has launched the company’s new subscription-free online `virtual hub’ at shipntrak.com.  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

03-07-2014
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

03-07-2014
 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

02-07-2014
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

02-07-2014
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

01-07-2014
 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

01-07-2014
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.

30-06-2014
 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

30-06-2014
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

30-06-2014
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

27-06-2014
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

 
 

SKY EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH UTL FOR A FURTHER FIVE YEARS

27-06-2014
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

26-06-2014
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

26-06-2014
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

25-06-2014
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

25-06-2014
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 MAKES KEY APPOINTMENTS IN EUROPEAN PALLETS BUSINESS

23-06-2014
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 LAUNCHES NEW PIT STOP LINE FOR 25 PER CENT INCREASED TIRE LIFE

23-06-2014
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

20-06-2014
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 TO PROVIDE ORDER FULFILLMENT SYSTEM FOR ASSOCIATED GROCERS OF NEW ENGLAND

20-06-2014
 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

18-06-2014
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

 
 

STRONG HYSTER PARTNERSHIPS DELIVER LOW COST OF OPERATION

18-06-2014
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

17-06-2014
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

17-06-2014
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

16-06-2014
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

 
 

EUROPEAN MANUFACTURING AND SERVICES COMPANY INOTEC INVESTS IN RED LEDGE RFID ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

16-06-2014
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

14-06-2014
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

14-06-2014
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

13-06-2014
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

13-06-2014
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 TO PROVIDE ORDER FULFILLMENT SYSTEM FOR ONLINE FASHION RETAILER ASOS

12-06-2014
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

12-06-2014
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

 
 

HERMES LIGHTS BEACON FOR GREENER WAREHOUSING

10-06-2014
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

10-06-2014
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 CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH

09-06-2014
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

09-06-2014
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

 
 

ICAM PRESENTS IRIDE THE NEXT GENERATION PICKING EXPERIENCE

06-06-2014
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

06-06-2014
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

 
 

BRAZILIAN PARTICIPATION IN WORLD LARGEST LOGISTICS EVENT IN FRANCE STRENGTHENS THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF MOVIMAT

04-06-2014
  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

04-06-2014
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

03-06-2014
 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

03-06-2014
 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.

02-06-2014
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

02-06-2014
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

01-06-2014
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

01-06-2014
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

30-05-2014
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

30-05-2014
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

29-05-2014
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

29-05-2014
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

28-05-2014
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

 
 

P3 MAKES MAJOR LAND ACQUISITION FOR 85 MILLION EUROS LOGISTICS DEVELOPMENT IN PRAGUE

27-05-2014
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.

23-05-2014
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

23-05-2014
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

22-05-2014
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

20-05-2014
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

19-05-2014
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

19-05-2014
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

16-05-2014
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

16-05-2014
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

15-05-2014
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

15-05-2014
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

14-05-2014
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

14-05-2014
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

13-05-2014
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

13-05-2014
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

12-05-2014
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

12-05-2014
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

 
 

DAMCO PUBLISHES ITS 2013 SUSTAINABILITY PROGRESS REPORT

09-05-2014
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

09-05-2014
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

07-05-2014
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

07-05-2014
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 STARTS 2014 STRONG WITH NEW OFFICES & INCREASES WEB PRESENCE WITH NEW, INTERACTIVE WEBSITE

05-05-2014
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

05-05-2014
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

02-05-2014
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

02-05-2014
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

01-05-2014
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

01-05-2014
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

30-04-2014
 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

30-04-2014
  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

28-04-2014
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

28-04-2014
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

25-04-2014
<img src="http://www.warehousinglogisticsinternational.com/uploads/images/apmbild-10122352-600x600-313206.jpg" 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

 
 

P3 STARTS CONSTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN DISTRIBUTION HUB AND SPECULATIVE BUILD AT POINTPARK BRATISLAVA

25-04-2014
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

24-04-2014
 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

24-04-2014
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

23-04-2014
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

23-04-2014
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 AND HYUNDAI HYSCO SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO FORM FUEL CELL JOINT VENTURE IN ASIA

22-04-2014
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

22-04-2014
    <img src="http://www.warehousinglogisticsinternational.com/uploads/images/JUNG%20dfg320%20(2).jpg" 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

21-04-2014
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

21-04-2014
<img src="http://www.warehousinglogisticsinternational.com/uploads/images/panorama_E%20(3).jpg" 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.

17-04-2014
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

17-04-2014
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

16-04-2014
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

16-04-2014
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

15-04-2014
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

15-04-2014
 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

14-04-2014
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

14-04-2014
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

11-04-2014
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

11-04-2014
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

10-04-2014
  <img src="http://www.warehousinglogisticsinternational.com/uploads/images/qoros3%20web%20(2).jpg" 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

10-04-2014
  <img src="http://www.warehousinglogisticsinternational.com/uploads/images/20140408_PI_viastore_Detlef_Ganz%20(2).jpg" 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

09-04-2014
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

 
 

P3 POZNAN REINFORCES KEY WEST POLAND MANUFACTURING POSITION WITH SOFA.COM BTS DEAL

09-04-2014
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 Sofa.com. 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

07-04-2014
<img src="http://www.warehousinglogisticsinternational.com/uploads/images/Pyroban-focuses-engineering-manufacturing-operations%20(2).jpg" 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

 
 

ROTATRUCK WINS THE LAST 100 YARDS

07-04-2014
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

04-04-2014
 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

04-04-2014
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

03-04-2014
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

03-04-2014
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

02-04-2014
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

02-04-2014
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

31-03-2014
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

31-03-2014
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 SMALLEST QSF ENGINES SET TO MAKE A BIG IMPRESSION AT CeMAT

28-03-2014
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.

 
 

UNIPART ANNOUNCES 2013 FINANCIAL RESULTS

28-03-2014
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

27-03-2014
  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

27-03-2014
 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

26-03-2014
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

26-03-2014
 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

24-03-2014
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

24-03-2014
 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

21-03-2014
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

21-03-2014
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

20-03-2014
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

20-03-2014
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

19-03-2014
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

19-03-2014
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

 
 

RED LEDGE LAUNCHES MANUFACTURING AND LOGISTICS SYSTEM BUILT ON RFID TECHNOLOGY

18-03-2014
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

18-03-2014
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

17-03-2014
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

17-03-2014
 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

14-03-2014
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

14-03-2014
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

 
 

BULMORS REPUTATION EXTENDS AT RIDGEONS

13-03-2014
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

13-03-2014
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

 
 

PF LOGO EXPRESS COMPLETES WAREHOUSE SPACE IN POZNAN

04-03-2014
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

04-03-2014
 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

03-03-2014
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

03-03-2014
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

28-02-2014
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

28-02-2014
 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 RECEIVES MILESTONE ORDER FROM WALMART FOR MULTI-SITE HYDROGEN FUEL CELL DEPLOYMENT

27-02-2014
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

27-02-2014
 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

26-02-2014
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

26-02-2014
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

25-02-2014
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

25-02-2014
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,

24-02-2014
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

24-02-2014
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

21-02-2014
    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

21-02-2014
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

20-02-2014
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

20-02-2014
 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

19-02-2014
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 WINS ADDITIONAL CONTRACT WITH TOYOTA IN INDIA

19-02-2014
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

06-02-2014
 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

06-02-2014
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

03-02-2014
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

03-02-2014
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

31-01-2014
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

31-01-2014
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

30-01-2014
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

30-01-2014
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

29-01-2014
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

29-01-2014
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

27-01-2014
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

24-01-2014
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

24-01-2014
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

23-01-2014
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

23-01-2014
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

22-01-2014
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

22-01-2014
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

21-01-2014
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

21-01-2014
  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

20-01-2014
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

20-01-2014
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

18-01-2014
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

17-01-2014
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

16-01-2014
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 INTRODUCES NEXT GENERATION CROSSBELT SORTER

16-01-2014
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

14-01-2014
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

14-01-2014
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

13-01-2014
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

13-01-2014
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

10-01-2014
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

10-01-2014
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

09-01-2014
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

09-01-2014
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

 
 

DEMATIC NORTH AMERICA ANNOUNCES JOB GROWTH, FORECAST FOR HEALTHY 2014

08-01-2014
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

08-01-2014
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

07-01-2014
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

07-01-2014
&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

 
 

HUMANITARIAN LOGISTICS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT SITL EUROPE 2014

06-01-2014
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

06-01-2014
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 ACQUIRES UPTURN SOLUTIONS

23-12-2013
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

23-12-2013
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!

20-12-2013
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

20-12-2013
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

19-12-2013
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

19-12-2013
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

18-12-2013
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

17-12-2013
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

17-12-2013
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

15-12-2013
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

15-12-2013
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

13-12-2013
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

13-12-2013
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

12-12-2013
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

12-12-2013
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

12-12-2013
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

11-12-2013
 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

11-12-2013
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

10-12-2013
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

10-12-2013
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

 
 

AIM INC, CARDINAL HEALTH, PANALPINA AMONG LIST OF SUPPLY CHAIN & TRANSPORTATION USA EXHIBITORS

08-12-2013
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

08-12-2013
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

06-12-2013
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

06-12-2013
 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

05-12-2013
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 wehkamp.nl

04-12-2013
KNAPP AG recently announced a large order for an automated material handling solution at a new distribution center for e-commerce specialist wehkamp.nl in the Netherlands. wehkamp.nl 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 wehkamp.nl distribution center.

 
 

APL has successfully brought in the first cargo of Peruvian grapes

04-12-2013
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

 
 

CULTURE CHANGE IT IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE

03-12-2013
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

02-12-2013
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

02-12-2013
 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

30-11-2013
 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

30-11-2013
  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

29-11-2013
 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

29-11-2013
    &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

28-11-2013
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

28-11-2013
  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

27-11-2013
 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

27-11-2013
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

26-11-2013
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.

26-11-2013
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

25-11-2013
 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

25-11-2013
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

23-11-2013
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

22-11-2013
 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

22-11-2013
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

21-11-2013
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

21-11-2013
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

20-11-2013
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

20-11-2013
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

19-11-2013
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

18-11-2013
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

18-11-2013
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

17-11-2013
 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

17-11-2013
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

15-11-2013
 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

15-11-2013
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

 
 

DAMCO CONTINUES TO INVEST IN FUTURE GROWTH

14-11-2013
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

14-11-2013
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, dis