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Last Mile Fulfilment Asia

STRENGTHENING LAST MILE AS CORE DRIVER TO REALISE CROSS BORDER ECOMMERCE FULFILMENT POTENTIAL Last Mile Fulfilment Asia (LMFAsia), the region’s premier trade show for the retail, ecommerce, logistics and parcel industries, returns with the 3rd edition on 2nd to 3rd March 2017. Themed “Go Global, Deliver Local”, the event aims to drive and strengthen a borderless fulfilment process, where in-market industry players fortify their business locally whilst expanding their foothold in the region through perfecting the last mile beyond borders. Amidst a backdrop of economic uncertainties today, Southeast Asia ecommerce market continues to grow to 16 times and will reach $88 billion

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Ionics makes six-figure investment in Indigo WMS

Ionics makes six-figure investment in Indigo WMS to in-source warehouse management  Indigo Asia Pacific secures first customer Leading Philippines technology group expects ROI in under 12 months Process re-organisation phase includes implementation of perpetual inventory management and best practice industry processes. Indigo, a leading international warehousing and logistics software provider, announces that Ionics EMS Inc., a leading Philippines based group of technology companies providing electronic manufacturing services and original design management services, has made a significant investment in Indigo WMS. The company will implement Indigo’s

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US distributor appointed for UK-developed fork truck safety system

SumoGlove International Ltd  (Sumo) – the UK-based producer of forklift safety equipment – has announced the appointment of BWS Industrial Services Inc (BWS ISI) as its distribution partner for the East Coast of the USA. BWS ISI will be responsible for growing sales of the Sumo Glove brand of lift truck fork attachments in an area that stretches from the Canadian border in the north to the Florida coast in the south of the USA. BWS ISI is a family-owned and operated company and is well respected for delivering effective services and solutions that meet the wide material handling needs of its

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New, aesthetic Conveying System for the future

The young Swiss startup Avancon SA (www.avancon.com) has set itself the goal to revolutionize the unit handling systems in distribution and logistics centers. They offer now a new modern and very innovative conveying system. This will be distributed worldwide by manufacturers of conveyor systems and logistic system integrators. The system has been developed by Dieter Specht, the founder of the Interroll Group. Modern Materials Handling system for unit handling The car industry, the computer industry and even the machine industry present every few years new and modern designed models. Why? To be able to attack new markets and new customers. However, it

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Evaluating the benefits of goods to person picking

Most distribution centres (DCs) use a person-to-goods picking model whereby inventory is stored out on the floor and the most efficient pick paths are determined with the help of routing logic, typically provided by the WMS. DCs have relied on this order picking model for decades, but new models are now emerging which have challenged the traditional person-to-goods approach. This change has arisen as a result of multiple factors: growth in the number of SKUs stored in a warehouse, the demands of e-commerce and just-in-time ordering, plus increasing workforce labour costs. Where it was once acceptable for a picker to

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Energy recovery and storage in KASTO storage systems

Storage systems that save electricity Rising electricity costs and diminishing resources are creating a demand for energy-efficient solutions in every industry. Logistics and distribution are no exception. For this reason, the sawing and storage specialist KASTO has developed an innovative energy recovery and storage concept for its automatic bar stock and sheet metal storage systems. It makes it possible to convert surplus kinetic energy into electricity and store it temporarily for later use as needed. This cuts operating and investment costs, and it reduces CO2 emissions. Energy recovery is now available as an option with all KASTO storage systems. The electric circuits

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Eisenmann to automate logistics for Rossmann

Rossmann Poland is expanding its distribution center in Lodz, Poland. It has contracted production-system specialist Eisenmann to implement a one-stop, fully automated logistics solution, and provide equipment for the new high-bay warehouse. Rossmann GmbH, one of the owners of Rossman Poland, is Germany’s second-largest drugstore chain, with 3,400 stores throughout Europe. Rossmann Poland has 1,200 locations. The 40-meter-high warehouse will be equipped with eight storage and retrieval machines, plus pallet conveyors. An inverted electric monorail will link the new building with the existing complex – a distance of 400 meters. Initially,

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Freight container toxic gas analysis

WimVanTienen TestingWithGasmetFTIRanalyser  After a career as a customs officer in the Netherlands, Wim van Tienen was well aware of the toxic gas hazards presented by some freight containers, so in 2009 he started a company, Van Tienen Milieuadvies B.V., offering gas analysis and safety advice. The company grew quickly and now employs 23 staff. Wim attributes a large part of this success to the advanced FTIR gas detection and analysis technology upon which the company's services depend. Background  It has been estimated that there are more than 17 million shipping containers in

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Updated Flex Case study for Multitaction Canvus Connect release

FLEX (NASDAQ:  FLEX) is a leading sketch-to-scale solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With approximately 200,000 professionals across 30 countries, the company provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight, and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets. Background “We live in a rapidly changing world, full of disruptive events, technologies and business models,” says Mike McNamara, Flex CEO. “Today’s executives and innovators need to run their businesses intelligently to win, and one of the biggest challenges they face is the management of highly complex, globally-distributed supply chains.” To address this

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GateHouse Joins Logistics Consortium to Minimize Empty Running

Data unifier and aggregator GateHouse Logistics A/S today announced that it has joined a consortium to develop an automated logistics system that will enable shippers to use the empty capacity of vehicles and cut the carbon footprint of fleets in the process.   The goal of the consortium is make the transport industry more efficient. It will enable shippers to cut transport costs, truckers to earn more income on the returning leg of their journeys, and the transport industry to reduce the number of empty trucks on roads.   According to the European Union, one in five trucks on roads today is empty or

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How to know when its time to let go of the baby

For many online retailers the decision to outsource the order fulfillment function to a supply chain professional is often delayed because of the company owner’s entirely understandable reluctance to ‘let go of their baby,’ says William Walker, sales director of leading online fulfillment specialist, Walker Logistics For any online entrepreneur the ability to spot that the time is right to hand responsibility for his or her company’s order fulfillment processes to a third party is essential. But, often, a desire to ‘micro manage’ every aspect of the business means that the decision to outsource to a supply chain professional is delayed and

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MACFARLANE PACKAGING HOSTS EXCLUSIVE EVENTS TO SOLVE ECOMMERCE FULFILMENT CHALLENGES

Macfarlane Packaging, the country’s largest protective packaging supplier, is hosting a series of unique events for retailers to address the key operational challenges in eCommerce fulfilment at their state of the art Innovation Lab in Milton Keynes.   The first event, held this month (February), brings together experts from Macfarlane Packaging, Adpak, Logopak and Conveyor Networks to showcase their latest innovations relating to autobagging solutions.   Retailers attending the event will get the chance to work with a team of experts in eCommerce packaging, automation, WMS solutions, carrier labelling, document insertion and integration and will see the latest innovations focussing on reducing cost, improving

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More firms pulling tugs into hazardous area operation

Pyroban reports a “growing population” of electric tugs being used in potentially explosive atmospheres to support manual handling.   “Electric tugs can complete the ignition triangle in Zoned hazardous areas, unless they are suitably protected,” says Rob Vesty, Sales Manager, UK and Ireland, for safety company Pyroban®. “We believe there is a growing population of tugs in hazardous area operations and businesses need to ensure their staff are safe while offering manual handling assistance.”   Electric tugs are typically used to push, pull and steer heavy loads that are on caster wheels or rails, in a production plant for example.  MasterMover® is one

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BEUMER Groups Supply Chain Management optimises the supply chain from the raw material supplier to the end customer

The simplicity in complexity In order to remain competitive, plant manufacturers need to develop more complex solutions that are often tailor-made for the customer. This can lead to a lack of transparency in the production and logistics processes and with the participating partners, making it more difficult to come up with a precise calculation during the quotation phase. In order to efficiently prevent potential risks for the project and the company while maximising transparency during the quotation phase, BEUMER Group uses an integrated approach for supply chain management. By configuring the supply chain

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Jungheinrich continues commitment to promoting fork lift safety

Manufacturer to sponsor FLTA Safety Conference 2017 in September Jungheinrich UK has confirmed that it will sponsor the Fork Lift Truck Association’s National Fork Lift Safety Conference for a third consecutive year. The award-winning conference sees delegates from across the country assemble to hear materials handling experts share knowledge, experiences, case studies and practical advice on the key issues affecting fork lift truck safety in the workplace. Announcing the news, Jan Lorenz, Managing Director, Jungheinrich UK, said: “Workplace transport accidents involving fork lift trucks, as we learned at last year’s Conference, are on the rise, so it’s important to ensure safety is at

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BlockMaster-The solution for handling brick, block, flag and kerb

The building materials sector is a demanding one, moving its diverse products quickly, effectively and without damage can be challenging. Material handling experts B&B Attachments are the market leaders in the supply of forklift attachments to this industry. B&B manufacture and supply specialist attachments to builders merchants, third party distributors, vehicle crane manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of brick, block, flag and kerb products. B&B’s experience and understanding of the building products industry has been invaluable in the development of BlockMaster, the only comprehensive range of attachments available from a single source. BlockMaster has been designed and manufactured by B&B Attachments

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New VGM Weighing Systems for Hyster Reachstackers

Hyster Company has introduced two weighing systems that can be fitted to Hyster® ReachStackers and Laden Container Handlers to obtain a Verified Gross Mass (VGM), as required by the recently introduced SOLAS Legislation.   The new Hyster® Static and Static Plus systems are quick and easy to use, cost effective and have limited impact on container throughput. At the touch of a button the operator sets into action a pre-programmed lift cycle to obtain the VGM. Using a screen display in the cab, the ReachStacker or Laden Container Handler operator can quickly input container

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6 Ways ERP Software Can Improve Your Supply Chain Management

The majority of businesses strive for effective supply chain management to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction at the lowest possible cost.  Over the past decade or so, traditional supply chain management has focused on the optimal flow of materials and processes to deliver goods and services. This has now shifted to a more demand led model. In essence, supply chain management has changed from a process of managing the flow of goods and services using predicted sales forecasts, to demand based upon mainly customer sales.  This has introduced unforeseen complexities because of the need for greater collaboration and information

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Kalmar delivers two super-heavy forklift trucks to Finnish steel mill

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver two super-heavy forklift trucks to a specialist industrial services provider Pentti Hämeenaho Oy, which runs logistical operations at the Raahe steel mill in north-western Finland. The delivery will take place during quarter one, 2017.   With a lifting capacity of 62 tons, the two new super-heavy forklifts will be the highest-capacity forklifts that Kalmar has delivered since one of its machines broke the world record by lifting 90 tons in 1991. They will be used to handle steel coils weighing anything from five to 30 tons, and

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BlockMaster-The solution for handling brick, block, flag and kerb

The building materials sector is a demanding one, moving its diverse products quickly, effectively and without damage can be challenging. Material handling experts B&B Attachments are the market leaders in the supply of forklift attachments to this industry. B&B manufacture and supply specialist attachments to builders merchants, third party distributors, vehicle crane manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of brick, block, flag and kerb products. B&B’s experience and understanding of the building products industry has been invaluable in the development of BlockMaster, the only comprehensive range of attachments available from a single source. BlockMaster has been designed and manufactured by B&B Attachments

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