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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Major new appointments steer Pall-Ex into new era

Major new appointments steer Pall-Ex into new era

Pall-Ex is driving into a new era with a strengthened senior management team at the wheel following two major appointments. The logistics giant has appointed former Palletways network development director, Barry Byers, as new UK Managing Director, while Martin Rantle has been named Non-Executive Chairman, after previously serving as vice president of sales for DHL.

De Montfort University students fuel solutions to combat logistics skills shortage

De Montfort University students fuel solutions to combat logistics skills shortage

Pall-Ex has teamed up with De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) to help tackle the logistics industry’s nationwide skills shortage.The palletised freight network has tasked second year marketing students with developing creative ideas to promote careers in the logistics sector to young people aged 16 to 24.

UK firms shrug off Brexit as salaries set to increase for the first time in two years

UK firms shrug off Brexit as salaries set to increase for the first time in two years

Professional salaries in the UK are expected to increase by at least 3% in 2020 – following two years of pay freezes. With over half of UK professionals believing that their pay is not an accurate reflection of the work they do – news of salary increases above 2020 inflation rates (1.94%) will be warmly welcomed.

Padded mailers witnessing healthy sales, buoyed by rapid expansion of e-commerce: FMI

Padded mailers witnessing healthy sales, buoyed by rapid expansion of e-commerce: FMI

In the backdrop of increasing demand for compact and cost-efficient protective packaging solutions, the growth outlook of global padded mailers market will remain positive during the forecast period (2019 - 2029). A new study projects healthy 5% CAGR for padded mailer sales during the period of projection.

71% of workers forced to borrow to pay for Christmas

71% of workers forced to borrow to pay for Christmas

The majority of workers resort to borrowing to cover the cost of Christmas. Research from Hastee study finds 71% of workers in the UK and Ireland source additional funds during the festive period and 61% admit Christmas-related financial stress impacts their performance at work.

December 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

December 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The December 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT features a Special Technology Report on Digital Transformation.

For this report, we spoke with experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent trends and ongoing areas of development within the world of Digital Transformation, and what users can potentially look forward to in the not too distant future.

Rockwell Automation Helps Secure Industrial Operations by Earning New Certifications

Rockwell Automation Helps Secure Industrial Operations by Earning New Certifications

Rockwell Automation continues to add to its list of achievements in industrial cybersecurity to help industrial companies focus more on transforming their business and worry less about potential cybersecurity risks. The company recently received ISA/IEC 62443-2-4 certification, which defines security requirements for service providers.

FTA helps to demystify brake test reports

FTA helps to demystify brake test reports

Commercial vehicle operators are struggling to decipher their brake test reports, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA). To help operators understand the complex documents, FTA has launched an online guide titled Brake test report.

Establishing end-to-end control of product labelling & customer-facing materials: 5 focal points for improvement for the year ahead

Establishing end-to-end control of product labelling & customer-facing materials: 5 focal points for improvement for the year ahead

By Graham Francis, Channel Marketing Manager at global enterprise labelling solutions company Kallik.

In heavily regulated industries - including medical device manufacture, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and cosmetics - demand is intensifying for accurate, compliant and contextually-relevant product labelling.

Bold approach required to hit European plastic recycling targets

Bold approach required to hit European plastic recycling targets

A more circular approach to plastic packaging will be key to hitting ambitious international plastic recycling targets, says a prominent packaging machinery supplier.

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