Preventing port crane failure through rope monitoring

Greater awareness of condition monitoring of wire ropes using magnetic head technology is required to avoid the risk of catastrophic port crane failure, writes Denis Hogan, Performance and Special Projects Manager at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA).

How to tackle challenging behaviour during driver training

We train hundreds of LGV, Driver CPC and Fleet Instructors every year, and we’re lucky that most of the candidates we work with are professional, motivated and engaged. However, this isn’t the case in every training scenario.

Can your business handle an ecommerce Christmas like no other?

A leading figure said recently “For the last three months it’s been like planning for Christmas, but not knowing which day Christmas will be”. But will Christmas-as-we-know-it happen at all this year?

An urgent matter of supply chain preference

Karl Heinrich Lauri, managing team member at MRPeasy, says implementing an ERP/MRP system should be high on the supply chain priorities list of smaller manufacturers – that is, if they wish to become ‘preferred suppliers’.

Drivers help keep the wheels turning during lockdown

The Government’s decision to ensure school provision for the children of delivery drivers has helped keep couriers, delivery drivers and truckers working; and, while it’s far from ‘business as usual’, most UK and international destinations are still being routinely served by couriers, says David Jinks MILT, Head of Consumer Research at the home delivery specialist ParcelHero.

Coronavirus: Be prepared for the worst

Manufacturers, exporters and freight companies of all sizes are facing up to a new threat that’s unlikely to have featured in most organisations’ risk analysis. The coronavirus could have a worldwide impact bigger than the 2008 crisis, or it could run its course like a typical flu outbreak. David Jinks MILT, Head of Consumer Research at ParcelHero, says everyone involved in logistics needs to prepare for the worst, even while hoping for the best.

Greater awareness needed on one trip slings

A general lack of understanding over ‘one trip’ and low quality slings is threatening safety in ports and docks as well as the construction, timber and steel sectors, warns Dave Cormack, board member of The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA).

Productive picking on every level

Multi-tier shelving will improve warehouse efficiency by allowing simultaneous order picking on several tiers to reduce order throughput times, writes Edward Hutchison, Managing Director of BITO Storage Systems.

Sustainability will drive a trend of ‘lean and green’ supply chains

Sustainability is a hot topic and will drive a trend of lean and green supply chains in 2020. Many businesses are already investing in programmes to reduce their carbon footprints and we’ll see greater focus placed on enhancing such initiatives through eco-first efficiencies.

Keep calm and carry on... for now

Brexit is here, but freight operators are still entirely in the dark about what to expect, says ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT (pictured above, inset). He believes the Government’s £100 million Brexit information campaign was largely about a no-deal Brexit; and logistics operators have been given few facts about what happens during and after the new transition period.