News,case studies and product information relating to material handling,supply chain and distribution.

All the latest news and views from the world of material handling, logistics, freight forwarding and distribution. This section of the site carries articles relating to new contract wins, product launches, opinion from the trade associations, government departments, research analysts, the vendor community as well as case studies of material handling integration projects across Europe.

All key equipment sectors are covered, ranging from AGVs (Automated Guided vehicles) ForkLift Trucks, Automated Storage Equipment, Conveyors and Sortation, Dock EquipmentOverhead Handling Equipment, Packaging and Labelling Solutions, Pallets & Containers,Transport and Distribution, Racking & Shelving as well as Trade Shows and Industry Events.

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Warehouse boom: comment from Infosys Consulting

Warehouse boom: comment from Infosys Consulting

In response to news that the demise of the high street is leading to a boom in giant warehouse demand, Sachin Jangam, Partner for Retail at Infosys Consulting argues that the only way physical stores can compete with e-commerce is with a radical rethink of physical space, and highlights the opportunity dark stores hold for brick and mortar warehouses.

New rail shuttle from Middle Sweden to the Port of Gothenburg boosts forest product exports

New rail shuttle from Middle Sweden to the Port of Gothenburg boosts forest product exports

A new rail shuttle is about to begin transporting timber products from Malungsfors in Dalarna to Asia via the Port of Gothenburg. The new shuttle will generate substantial carbon savings and logistical benefits, consolidating the port as the principal hub for the export of Swedish timber products.

Continental, DPD Switzerland and Futuricum show the way forward for e-mobility in the transport sector with a world record

Continental, DPD Switzerland and Futuricum show the way forward for e-mobility in the transport sector with a world record

Covering a total of 1,099 kilometres, the private express and package service provider, DPD Switzerland, the e-truck brand, Futuricum and premium tyre manufacturer, Continental have secured the Guinness World Records title for the longest distance covered by an electric truck without a charging stop.

XPO Logistics appoints Arron Kendall as sales and marketing director – Europe

XPO Logistics appoints Arron Kendall as sales and marketing director – Europe

XPO Logistics, the global provider of freight transportation services, has appointed Arron Kendall as sales and marketing director – Europe. Additionally, he will serve on the executive board of the European business.

Wincanton announces major contract extension with BAE Systems

Wincanton announces major contract extension with BAE Systems

Wincanton, the UK-based supply chain business, has extended its framework agreement with BAE Systems, a provider of technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions, for five-years.

Uzbekistan joins World Logistics Passport

Uzbekistan joins World Logistics Passport

In a boost to its global trade networks and partnerships, Uzbekistan has joined the World Logistics Passport (WLP) as a Gateway. The signing event took place in Tashkent and was attended by H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy; H.E.

Digital sea change for shipping and global supply chains

Digital sea change for shipping and global supply chains

By Mohan Naidu, FPT UK Managing Director.

The international shipping industry is responsible for the carriage of around 90% of world trade.

The transport and storage sector has the highest number of closed businesses, causing ParcelHero to warn of an escalating crisis

The transport and storage sector has the highest number of closed businesses, causing ParcelHero to warn of an escalating crisis

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) Business Insights and Conditions Survey (BICS) reveals that the transportation and storage industry once again had the lowest percentage of businesses currently trading of any industry sector. Less than 82% of registered logistics businesses were currently trading in early August, down from 94% in early October 2020.

Logistics UK response to government decision on EU HGV driver temporary visas

Logistics UK response to government decision on EU HGV driver temporary visas

Alex Veitch, General Manager of Public Policy at Logistics UK, comments: “Logistics UK is frustrated with the government’s decision to reject the logistics industry’s calls for temporary visas to be made available for EU HGV drivers as a short-term solution while new domestic drivers are recruited, trained and tested.

Cost-effectively preventing heavy equipment theft

Cost-effectively preventing heavy equipment theft

Heavy equipment theft of everything from forklifts, skid steers, and trucks to bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, and wheel loaders can be a serious issue for business owners, whether at the rental yard or jobsite.

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