Critical and key issues in material handling, logistics and distribution

Critical issues are thought provoking articles relating to strategy,legislation,technology,best practice and the some of the most challenging business topics in the world of material handling.The articles in this section have been contributed by senior industry leaders, research analysts, trade associations such as the UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association) BIFA (British International Freight Association), the FTA (Freight Transport Association) and the FLTA ( ForkLift Truck Association), as well as many others.

Other important topics covered in this section concern Health and Safety in Logistics with articles from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).Taxation, government policy,climate change,recruitment and training schemes are all covered, as well as educational opportunities at various UK logistics educational facilities such at Cranfield University

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Figures reveal mobile pallet could release 600,000 staff hours into UK convenience stores

Figures reveal mobile pallet could release 600,000 staff hours into UK convenience stores

A new era of efficient shop floor replenishment is just around the corner if the UK & Ireland’s 46,000+ Convenience stores adopt a pre-filled mobile pallet ‘Dolly’ as their display solution of choice.

Figures released by CHEP UK & Ireland reveal that the use of the ‘Dolly’ in every convenience store and display across the country would yield an additional 600,000 staff hours onto shop floors every year.

New guidance from Global Fleet Champions shows fleet managers how to get the maximum benefit from telematics systems

New guidance from Global Fleet Champions shows fleet managers how to get the maximum benefit from telematics systems

A digital revolution is transforming the way we monitor vehicles and drivers. In-vehicle data recorders, also known as ‘telematics’, are capable of recording and processing a large amount of information at an extraordinary rate. If used effectively, this information can help fleet managers reduce road risk within their organisation¹.

Sound of success - WMS-Voice Picking Technology report

Sound of success - WMS-Voice Picking Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke to a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about current and possible future trends and areas of development within the world of voice-directed picking systems – including those concerning augmented reality, the rise of e-commerce and the emergence of blockchain.

Part 2: Voice Picking Technology Report

The electric vehicle fleet debate

The electric vehicle fleet debate

The fleet and motor industries and politicians must unite to provide a co-ordinated timeline and pathway to establishing electric vehicles as a viable corporate mobility choice.

Brexit deadline extension will relieve pressure on UK logistics sector, says industry chief

Brexit deadline extension will relieve pressure on UK logistics sector, says industry chief

The extension of the Brexit deadline to the end of January 2021 will relieve some of the pressure on the UK logistics sector as the industry enters one of its busiest times of the year, says UKWA – the United Kingdom Warehousing Association.

Boxing clever - WMS-Voice Picking Technology report

Boxing clever - WMS-Voice Picking Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke to a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about current and possible future trends and areas of development within the world of warehouse management systems and voice-directed picking solutions – including those related to automation, augmented reality and the digitisation of warehouse processes.

Part 1: Warehouse Management Systems Technology Report.

The robot revolution in materials handling

The robot revolution in materials handling

In June 2019, Amazon revealed that a new range of robots had been adopted in its sorting and distribution facilities, to replace conventional conveyor systems. Here, Michele Windsor, global marketing manager at robot battery specialist Ultralife Corporation, reflects on how robotics manufacturers may need to re-consider their choice of portable power when improving robot designs. 

Gartner identifies 5 actions to optimise logistics costs from within the organisation

Gartner identifies 5 actions to optimise logistics costs from within the organisation

Given that logistics leaders face pressure from their stakeholders to optimise logistics costs while maintaining service and performance levels, Gartner, Inc. has identified five actions to achieve cost optimisation from within the organisation.

Automation is the route to environmentally aware intralogistics

Automation is the route to environmentally aware intralogistics

Consumers’ environmental expectations are adding a new layer of supply chain complexity – how are companies going to respond? Steve Richmond, Director Logistics Systems, Jungheinrich UK discusses the role of automation within intralogistics to support the green agenda.

Brexit's impact on the logistics sector

Brexit's impact on the logistics sector

Challenge-trg Group, the UK logistics recruitment and distribution company, has unveiled plans to prepare its staff for Brexit, as the extension deadline of Thursday 31 October fast approaches.

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