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    Ten-year milestone for KNAPP team at Clarks

    The resident team of KNAPP service engineers at the automated warehouse of Clarks, the global shoe supplier, recently celebrated ten years on site.

    Present since the automated logistics solution at Clarks’ Westway distribution centre in Street, Somerset, went live in June 2005, the KNAPP team provides a comprehensive service of preventative maintenance and emergency repair to ensure maxi... [more]

  • Curtiss-Wright-introduces-new-family-of-rotary-position-sensors

    Curtiss-Wright introduces new family of rotary position sensors

    Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) has announced that its Industrial division has launched a new family of non-contact, rotary position sensors from the legacy brand of Penny & Giles. With a low-profile sensor body design and a small footprint, these fully-encapsulated, IP69K-rated sensors offer exceptional performance against water, dust, shock, vibration, and temperature. The NRH271 and NRH27... [more]

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    Konecranes launch unique Integrated Customer Interface Platform

    World leading lifting equipment manufacturer, Konecranes, is claiming an industry first having developed what stands as a fully integrated customer interface and asset management platform – YourKonecranes. Serving to further differentiate the company within the global lifting equipment sector, YourKonecranes enables customers to bring together complete lifting equipment inventory information, serv... [more]

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Designing the future of e-fulfilment, a selection of Swisslog’s top e-commerce installations

There’s no denying that e-commerce has, and continues to have, a transformational impact on retail logistics. Swisslog has already helped a number of prestigious omni-channel businesses determine how best to move their intralogistics forward, via Click&Pick. This modular solution can be tailored to meet existing requirements, and is flexibly adapte...[more]

Recycling specialist calls for ban on food waste


The MD of one of the UK's top recycling and waste management companies, has called for a “UK-wide ban on food waste to landfill” just days before the launch of Zero Waste Week, which runs from Sept 7th-13th. Around 40 per cent of food waste generated in the UK is still disposed of via landfill; and the practice of landfill layering and resultant...[more]

FTA Ireland calls for set fees to prevent “frivolous” Labour Court claims


Freight Transport Association Ireland is calling on the Irish government to set fees for the Labour Court’s adjudication service to prevent it being overrun with “frivolous” claims against employers. The Department for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has resolved issues around working time legislation for mobile workers with the introduction of...[more]

Dematic introduces new solutions for apparel retailers and wholesalers

Dematic, a supplier of intra-logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, today announces new automated technology and software solutions that empower retailers and wholesalers to meet the specific requirements of apparel distribution and order fulfillment. Dematic solutions address the common issues associated with omni...[more]

Genie® Boom Lifts help build one of highest thrill rides in Europe


After a year and a half’s planning and preparation, on July 1st at precisely twelve o’clock noon, the first passengers of HANSA-PARK’s latest joy ride took a deep breath as ‘The Oath of KAERNAN’ - one of the three highest roller coasters that Europe has ever seen roared into action. Dipping and swerving at hair-raising heights and speeds, little di...[more]

New launches at London's packaging exhibition


This year a record number of new launches will be unveiled by exhibitors at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging 2015 at Olympia, London. The show, which opens its doors for two days on the 16 & 17 September, is guaranteed to inspire and excite visitors and will include new show features with an array of educational and informative seminars. ...[more]

New Chairman highlights the benefits of the FLAT Fund – the dedicated bursary for fork lift truck service engineers


The Fork Lift Apprentices Trust (or FLAT Fund) has welcomed new Chairman Derek Anderson of Manbat Industrial Power Systems to its Board. Derek Anderson has worked in the fork lift truck industry for more than 30 years and has been an FLTA board member for four. He initially started life as a battery engineer before founding the highly successful...[more]

‘Pounds per pallet stored’ comparisons leave companies short-changed when it comes to choosing a 3PL


Businesses that outsource control of their supply chain function to specialist third party logistics (3PL) companies are increasingly forced to look to replace their 3PL – often within months of the start of their contract period – due to shortcomings in the quality and range of services that the chosen logistics company is able to provide. That...[more]

Konecranes launch unique Integrated Customer Interface Platform


World leading lifting equipment manufacturer, Konecranes, is claiming an industry first having developed what stands as a fully integrated customer interface and asset management platform – YourKonecranes. Serving to further differentiate the company within the global lifting equipment sector, YourKonecranes enables customers to bring together comp...[more]

Supply chain skills crisis undermining British economic growth says CIPS


• 45% of UK supply chain managers lack sufficient training • 79% of inadequately trained supply chain managers admit malpractice could be happening in their supply chain • News comes as supply chain risk reaches its highest level since late 2013 The UK’s economic recovery is being undermined by a lack of training and skills in supply chain man...[more]

Modus selects Kewill to accelerate Time-to-Revenue

Kewill, a leading provider of innovative software for supply chain execution, today announced that Modus has chosen Kewill MessageBroker, a business integration solution, to quickly and easily exchange household policy data with broker software houses. Kewill MessageBroker, part of the Kewill MOVE® on the Cloud platform, is a secure, cloud-based...[more]

In search of the perfect fork truck dealer…


The Fork Lift Truck Association is seeking nominations for its Dealer of the Year Award 2016 and wants to hear about dealerships that have gone that extra mile to make their customers happy. The Archie will be presented to the fork truck dealership deemed to have provided the most innovative or appropriate solution to a customer’s particular mat...[more]

The Reel Rotator from Logitrans lifts and rotates reels of up to 500kg!


The Danish manufacturer of material handling equipment, Logitrans A/S, now introduces a Reel Rotator! The perfect choice when transporting, lifting and rotating heavy reels! “It is hard, uncomfortable and often impossible to lift and rotate reels without help – and many enquiries have now led us to develop the Reel Rotator. The Reel Rotator mak...[more]

Trelleborg tyre-saving technology pays off for Yale customers


Yale reports that customers are already noticing savings on forklift operating costs since its decision to fit Trelleborg Pit Stop Line tyres as standard on counterbalance trucks*. The innovative principle behind Pit Stop Line products is that a highly visible orange band appears on the surface of the tyre when it needs to be replaced. After thi...[more]

Manitou Group gives a fresh start to its warehousing product line by announcing the creation of a dedicated subsidiary, LMH Solutions SAS

Manitou BF has announced a new subsidiary dedicated to its warehousing business has been created, LMH Solutions SAS. LMH Solutions, a fully owned subsidiary of Manitou BF, designs, assembles and distributes the Loc and Manilec brand name products through a network of independent dealers. This dedicated organization will permit to provide the bes...[more]

Microscan slated to release all-new barcode reading solutions Fall 2015


Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode reading and machine vision solutions for industrial manufacturing, announces that it will release all-new products into its line of industrial identification solutions in early fall 2015. This product suite includes new barcode imagers and an intuitive, device-agnostic user interface that will bring ...[more]

Snapfulfil comes out on top for LoveCrafts

LoveCrafts has selected the Snapfulfil SaaS warehouse management system to support its fast-growing fulfilment operation. LoveCrafts was launched in 2012 and has rapidly built a range of online services for crafters via its sites LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet. Today the LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet sites are the perfect place for crafters to shop...[more]

Gripping stuff from showpiece Mercedes-Benz Arocs


Heavy-duty excavation, construction and container handling equipment working on sites, in quarries and at ports throughout the South-East is now being kept rolling by a £180,000 Mercedes-Benz truck built to handle plant tyres and wheel assemblies weighing up to 2.5 tonnes. The 6x4 Arocs 2640K wears the colours of Commercial Tyres Off Highway, wh...[more]

UK freight association sets date for conference to discuss 
two major issues set to impact international trade

The trade association that represents companies responsible for handling much of the UK’s visible trade is organising a one day conference to address two of the most pressing issues facing its members and international trade in general. On November 26th, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) will bring together its members, HMRC a...[more]

Obituary: RTITB Deputy Chairman, Astley Whittall


Workplace transport training accrediting body, RTITB, has announced the death of long serving Deputy Chairman, Astley Whittall CBE, who passed away on Friday 28 August 2015 after a short illness. Astley had been a non-executive Director of RTITB since CAPITB’s acquisition of the organisation just over 16 years ago. “Throughout his time with ...[more]

Plasgad to present enriched product portfolio at FachPack 2015

Taking place in Nuremberg, Germany and with around 35,000 international visitors expected, FachPach represents a key exhibition in the world of packaging. Visitors to the Plasgad booth (130, Hall 4) can expect to see a number of new and exciting solutions as well as an exclusive preview into upcoming innovations. Making its debut at FachPack, t...[more]

Hans Infomatic’s software solution connects to more than 90 airlines through WIN

The India-based e-freight software development company has teamed up with the Worldwide Information Network (WIN) to offer its customers a streamlined e-Customs process. Hans Infomatic’s web-based ‘AMS’ application enables customers to access one streamlined process for e-Customs filing as well as electronic Air Waybills (e-AWBs), and e-manifest...[more]

Doosan wins massive compressor order from A-Plant


Doosan Portable Power has won a massive order for portable compressors worth well over £4 million from A-Plant, the leading plant, tools and equipment Hire Company. The new A-Plant order comprises close to 500 Doosan compressors, including the first order in the UK for the innovative new 7/73-10/53 ‘Dual Mode’ model from Doosan. A-Plant has ordere...[more]

Cut admin costs to ease driver crisis urges Lobster


Freight and logistics firms should streamline back office operations and utilise the resources saved to address driver shortages, claims Chesterfield-based EDI experts, Lobster. Jeni Steele, Lobster’s head of UK, said: “Our software improves operational efficiency, producing time and cost savings that logistics firms could invest in new staff.” ...[more]

TIACA strengthens sales team with appointments of Warren Jones as Director and Kenneth Gibson as Business Development Manager


Warren Jones has been appointed TIACA Director, reporting into Doug Brittin, Secretary General and based at the Association’s Miami headquarters, USA. Kenneth Gibson has been made Manager – Accounts and Business Development, also based in Miami. Jones, whose most recent role was President of Cargo Network Services (CNS) at IATA, will focus pr...[more]

IMHX 2016 – one year to go to the UK’s premier intralogistics event


There is now one year to go to IMHX 2016, the essential intralogistics event for supply chain professionals, which will take place from 13-16 September 2016 at the NEC Birmingham. Rob Fisher, Director of Informa Exhibitions’ Materials Handling Group and IMHX organiser explains: “We are now well on track to host around 450 exhibitors at the NEC n...[more]

Gorrel’s Hit for Six


Gorrel Equipment Solutions Ltd, part of the Walters Group, has opted for another Volvo package of six L110H loading shovels to satisfy a long standing prestigious hire contract in the glass recycling industry. The nationwide self-drive plant hire company that has developed a long tradition for uniquely specifying equipment to satisfy its clien...[more]

Renault Trucks launches the EDIT project, a collaborative project to reduce distribution vehicles' fuel consumption by 13%


Renault Trucks and six partners have just launched the EDIT (Efficient Distribution Truck) project, which aims to reduce distribution vehicles’ fuel consumption by 13% compared with a current production vehicle, thanks to the use of innovative technologies. The prototype to be used will be a Renault Trucks D Wide Euro 6 with a refrigerated body. Th...[more]

Access offers a blueprint for inventory reduction


Keeping control of inventory has probably never been harder. But using an Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) system that includes a detailed, comprehensive view of stock in its workings can make a significant contribution to the struggle. The needs for Advanced Planning and Scheduling to keep control of inventory are explored in a new white ...[more]

C.H. Robinson names Jeroen Eijsink President of its Europe Operations

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., one of the world’s largest logistics companies, has announced that Jeroen Eijsink has joined the company as President of C.H. Robinson Europe, B.V. “Jeroen is a focused and proven collaborative leader who brings extensive European transportation expertise and significant leadership experience to his new role with C...[more]

Booming economy drives 71% of supply chain and procurement hiring managers to plan recruitment

71% of supply chain and procurement employers have expressed plans to hire supply chain and procurement staff in the second half of 2015. The results of the Robert Walters Hiring Intentions Survey2 have also shown that demand is highest for mid level employees (71%) followed by junior and management level staff (both 46%). Anticipated growth ...[more]

Downton branches out to new sites in Gloucestershire

Leading logistics company C M Downton has added a new office block and warehouse to its portfolio in Gloucestershire – part of a planned expansion of its facilities to support its growing UK-wide operation. The new office is on Waterwells Business Park, a mile from Downton’s Quedgeley warehouse and less than three miles from the company’s main h...[more]

Microscan announces acquisition of Label Vision Systems (LVS)

Microscan Systems, Inc., an leader in industrial barcode reading and machine vision technology, has confirmed that it has purchased the trade and assets of Label Vision Systems (LVS) Inc., a pioneer in label inspection, print inspection, and barcode verification. LVS will be fully integrated into Microscan and the LVS name will become a brand withi...[more]

Quality Monitoring Instruments (QMI), Oil Mist Detection System receives Lloyd's Register Type Approval


Quality Monitoring Instruments (QMI), manufacturer of premium engine & atmospheric oil mist detection systems, has received Type Approval certification from classification society Lloyd’s Register for its engine oil mist detection system. Having received ABS Type Approval in 2014, the LR certification follows the successful calibration testing o...[more]

Safer Lorry Scheme – don’t risk a fine, says FTA


Today sees the start of the new Safer Lorry Scheme in London - and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is warning operators to make sure their vehicles comply or they risk being fined. The scheme will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will require all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with sideguards, kerb view and front mi...[more]

SICK launches award-winning 36mm Absolute Encoders


SICK’s award-winning AHS36 (single turn) and AHM36 (multi-turn) encoders, its first 36mm absolute encoders, are ahead of their class for versatility, compatibility and diagnostics for almost any application including logistics and goods handling duties. “The AHS36/AHM36 encoders are SICK’s new entry into the 36mm size market,” says Darren Pratt ...[more]

Innovation takes centre stage at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2015, with two brand new features


The Great Innovation Debate and Brand Innovation Programme, which are set to explore innovation in all its forms at Olympia London, 16 & 17 September 2015. The word innovation is well used within the packaging industry. With 40,000 plus products on the shelves, who can blame companies for trying to be innovative? The real questions the industry ...[more]

Access Group to showcase latest WMS at Ecommerce Expo 2015

Access Group is to attend this year's Ecommerce Expo on the 30th September and 1st of October, Olympia Hall, London on Stand 120, bringing with them warehouse management solution, Access Delta. Access Group’s team will be in attendance for those in the industry who are looking to grow their ecommerce presence, efficiency and delivery of exceptional...[more]

FTA Transport Manager tackling skills shortage


How to fill the skills gap and to engage, develop and retain your staff will be top of the agenda at the forthcoming FTA Transport Manager Conference series. Skills shortage in the freight and logistics industry has become more apparent. Not only for drivers and technicians, but also for transport managers – with a reported 34 per cent plannin...[more]

Palletways’ European network expands into Bulgaria and Romania


Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, has announced a further development to its existing pan-European services as the group adds Romania and Bulgaria to its offering. The expansion of services to both countries means that Palletways now delivers to 20 European countries, further enhancing its posit...[more]

Sleek new Mercedes-Benz Actros are Kukd to perfection


UK catering and specialist grocery industry supplier Euro Foods Group has launched a new brand, Kukd.com, on the back of two fridge-bodied Mercedes-Benz trucks. The Newport-based food distributor returned to the three-pointed star after trialling a 26-tonne Actros demonstrator with temperature-controlled bodywork, laid on by South Wales Dealer E...[more]

Eisenwerk Martinlamitz (EWM) relies on tough materials handling equipment from Hyster


After several years of testing, Eisenwerk Martinlamitz now exclusively relies on the robust materials handling equipment from Hyster, which is designed specifically for use in iron and steel works. The specially-equipped forklift trucks can withstand the heat of the furnace in the plant and can be used where space is limited. Located outside Sc...[more]

FTA investing in the future with Engineer Apprenticeships


The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is leading the way in freight and logistics and is on the hunt for suitable candidates to become the budding engineers of the future. FTA is looking to invest in and ‘give something back’ to the industry by introducing the very first FTA Gist Engineer Apprenticeships. The Association is working alongside...[more]

Midland Pallet Trucks urge businesses to prepare for food industry growth of up to 4%

With the UK food and drink manufacturing processing industry set for growth of 3-4% in the medium-term, Midland Pallet Trucks is urging all those within the industry to ensure they’re prepared for the anticipated spike. A new report by Research and Markets has found that the industry could reach a total value of £113.1bn as soon as 2018-19, with...[more]

Pallet market leaders Scott Group acquires HLC


Scott Group has acquired HLC (Wood Products) Ltd in a multi -million pound deal bringing together the UK’s pallet market leaders. It is expected that the deal will deliver real customer benefits particularly in relation to customer service and security of supply through their impressive combined, diverse raw material supply chains which are unparal...[more]

Genie® SX-180 boom lift proves its worth in Rotterdam shipyard


Hoogvliet-based international heavy transport and access company Peinemann specializes in the rental and sale of powered access equipment to the shipyard and petrochemical industry. The company recently purchased a Genie® SX-180 boom lift manufactured by Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) to support lifting, drilling and subsea solutions provider H...[more]

Acumen Automotive Logistics wins new contract


Acumen Automotive Logistics, the Coventry based wholly owned subsidiary of the Acumen Logistics Group, has won a three-year contract with BMW Group UK for the movement and delivery of MINIs from the Oxford MINI Plant to an area stretching from the Wash in the East to North Wales in the West. The contract was won following an open and competitive t...[more]

New forklift truck keg clamp from B&B Attachments


B&B Attachments the UK’s leading supplier of forklift truck attachments, has joined forces with its German partner KAUP to design the new Keg Clamp 2T415BKN forklift attachment. KAUP and B&B Attachments have worked in partnership for over 35 years, providing solutions to material handling assignments on a global scale. Their latest innovation i...[more]

Ryder delivers 400 trailers to Howdens as part of a major fleet upgrade


Ryder has supplied 400 custom-built tri-axle curtainside trailers on contract hire to Howdens Joinery, the leading supplier of kitchens in the UK, as part of a total fleet upgrade programme. The 13.6 metre long trailers were designed specifically to meet Howdens requirements with chassis supplied by SDC and bodywork by Lawrence David featuring p...[more]

HARTING joins Osnabrück University’s racing team to verify RFID detection speeds


HARTING has joined forces with the University of Osnabrück in Lower Saxony, Germany, in an experiment to verify the ability of the company’s RFID (radio-frequency identification) systems to detect objects moving at high speeds. The object of the exercise is to determine how fast a vehicle can go and still be detected with maximum reliability usi...[more]

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