Lithium-ion’s environmental credentials and the labour challenge

Supply chain operations are increasingly centre stage as organisations embrace 24/7 warehousing in response to customer led demands – and one of the biggest issues is finding the right people to fulfil these new requirements.

Fit for purpose: five resolutions to transform safety in your workplace

It’s the start of another New Year… a time to review our lifestyle choices and work out how to turn things around.

Where better to begin than at work and in particular your materials handling operations – an area fraught with particular danger.

At accrediting body AITT we’ve come up with five resolutions that everyone – forklift operators and employers alike – can actually keep.

1. Keep fit

What businesses can learn from 2018’s corporate scandals

Hefty fines, criminal investigations, consumer backlash and job losses hit the business headlines in 2018 with the impact of some major corporate scandals leaving shockwaves across several sectors.
 
Construction giant Carillion went into liquidation, costing taxpayers £148 million, Patisserie Valerie’s shares were suspended as fraud investigations continue into accountancy irregularities and thousands are boycotting Facebook after millions of users had their personal data harvested by Cambridge Analytica without authorisation.
 
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Five critical factors in recruiting for an agile supply chain

Much of a retail business’ ability to remain competitive and relevant to a market depends upon the readiness of its supply chain to react and adapt swiftly to change. Smart technology and flexible processes may go some way to facilitate this, but organisational agility is heavily reliant upon people and their attitudes, skills and enthusiasm for change.
 
Considering the importance placed on creating an agile supply chain, little is said about the critical role people play in enabling agility.

Integrating man and machine: a fresh approach for modern grocery warehouses

As one of the most repeatable, well-understood, and mature supply chains across all industries, the grocery supply chain has mastered predictable processes around every conceivable aspect of warehouse operations as grocers operate around unusually razor-thin profit margins. Not surprisingly, grocery DCs have increasingly embraced automation to help reduce labour-intensive manual work and increase overall efficiency so that fresh goods get delivered to shelves as fast as possible.
 
In 2017 alone the UK population spent £219bn on food, drink and catering.

'Norway Plus' is least damaging form of Brexit

The so-called 'Norway Plus' option is the least damaging practical form of Brexit for UK companies trading with EU countries. 

It seems the draft withdrawal agreement and political declaration agreed by Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU Commission is almost certain to be rejected by the House of Commons on 11 December. Equally, there is apparently no majority in Parliament for the UK leaving the bloc without a deal next March, the default option under the Article 50 withdrawal process.   

Simple driverless transport for quick retail returns

A high volume of returns is a fundamental characteristic of e-commerce: the more goods are ordered over the internet, the more returns will need to be processed. 
 
Goods ordered online generally cannot be properly examined or tried on prior to purchase – driving online retail’s particularly high return rates.

Fuelling the freight industry’s future with gas

This year’s Freight in the City Expo took place at the beginning of November, and there was a real range of lessons to be learned from the event.

 

Going the distance: the advantages of bespoke steering for HGVs

What are the most common reasons a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) fails its MOT? Brake issues, headlamp outages and steering mechanism faults are all up there, and it’s time to address the latter. In this article I want to explain the growing need for bespoke steering systems for long-distance HGVs.
 
On average, a long-distance HGV will travel around 125,000 miles each year. These lengthy distances, often carrying varying loads, can put significant strain on a vehicle and its steering system.

Are you ready for Euro Stage V?

As of 1st January 2019 new diesel and LPG powered forklift trucks sold in the European Union (EU) will start to have to comply with the world’s toughest emission standards for non-road vehicles, Euro Stage V. Although the UK is set to exit the EU shortly after its introduction, the standards will almost certainly be adopted here too.
 
So what will this mean for those planning their forklift truck fleets? Should buyers be reconsidering their fuel or power options?