IMHX 2022 - Event Issue - September

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2022 THE LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS SHOW 6 - 8 September | NEC Birmingham, UK www.imhx.net

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The logistics event with the ‘wow’ factor After a three year hiatus, IMHX – the UK’s premier logistics solutions and intralogistics technology event – returns to the NEC, Birmingham over three action-packed days in September to showcase the developments that are shaping the global logistics industry. It will be great to be back at the NEC after what, for so many people, has been a challenging period on both a personal and professional level, and I – along with all the other members of the IMHX team can’t wait to welcome exhibitors and visitors alike to Birmingham on the 6th, 7th and 8th of September for an event where we expect plenty of business to be done. Over the last couple of years we may have become comfortable with getting together with business colleagues online via Teams or Zoom but the fact is that nothing compares with the power of face-to-face meetings and the opportunity to engage with product demonstrations and interactive displays that a ‘live’, in-person event, such as IMHX, provides. Quite simply, with many of the world’s most innovative and influential manufacturers and suppliers presenting intralogistics solutions ranging from the humblest hand pallet truck to the latest ‘all singing and dancing’ fully automated warehouse system, a visit to IMHX is an absolute must for logistics professionals who want to remain ahead of the curve in the rapidly changing supply chain world. Developments in intralogistics systems seem to be advancing at a faster pace than ever before and many of the changes are, not surprisingly, being driven by developments in automation and robotics. This will be reflected at IMHX 2022 with a significant percentage of exhibitors showcasing some form of automation, robotics, autonomous vehicles or new tech. Visitors will be able to see and review this cutting-edge technology for themselves and get a greater understanding of how it can be deployed to deliver the operational benefits they are looking for. A brand new feature of IMHX 2022 is the Sustainability Zone. Combining physical displays, augmented reality, and virtual reality demonstrations, this dedicated area of the showground will give visitors a ‘deep dive’ into the many steps that companies operating in the supply chain space can take to make sure that they perform as sustainably as possible. Increasingly we see that a positive approach to social and environmental issues brings financial reward, so ‘doing good’ has a direct impact on a company’s ability to ‘do well’ and the IMHX 2022 Sustainability Zone will transport visitors into a

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world that will highlight how much potential there is within their operations to adopt sustainable solutions. It is certainly going to have the ‘wow factor.’ Of course, with global energy prices soaring, the commercial incentive for operating in an environmentally-conscious way has never been greater. With many of the world’s leading MHE manufacturers highlighting the latest developments in power sources and fuel cell technology, IMHX 2022 will be the perfect opportunity to see the latest carbon-reducing offerings from many of the world’s leading forklift brands. Visitors will also have access to three days of exciting educational content, completely free of charge. The compelling conference programme at IMHX 2022 will feature a roster of inspiring thought leaders from leading organisations who are changing the face of logistics. The seminar programme will also offer practical knowledge, strategic insights driven by real-life case studies, and further essential professional career development. With world events buffeting the economy, supply chain issues appear set to remain at the top of the modern business agenda for some time to come and IMHX 2022 is a wonderful opportunity to build a greater understanding of how advances in technology can deliver the operational benefits that companies across all industry sectors need to remain competitive in what certain to be difficult months to come. Every aspect of IMHX 2022 will be relevant for the challenges and opportunities facing logistics and supply chain professionals today. You really shouldn’t miss it. See you in Birmingham! 

ROB FISHER IMHX Event Director

IMHX 2022 will take place from 6-8 September at the NEC, Birmingham and admission is free-of charge. To register for your free exhibition entry pass please visit www.imhx.net.


COVER STORY | September

Synergy Logistics – 50 years ahead of the curve WMS technology innovator Synergy Logistics is celebrating 50 years in business One of the world’s pioneers of cloud-based warehouse management software, Synergy Logistics, is celebrating its half century milestone. Established in 1972, Synergy initially focused on developing innovative solutions for vehicle route scheduling but 35 years later launched its best-in-breed SnapFulfil WMS, for which it is renowned. Back in 2007, the SnapFulfil suite was architected for the web utilising Adobe Flex and Microsoft.NET-based C# programming. Its launch spearheaded real time data information to optimise warehouse management, without sacrificing any functionality. Today, its unique rules-based configuration engine delivers a highly flexible, agile and cost effective solution that is used in leading e-commerce, D2C and 3PL warehouses around the world. Included since 2012 in Gartner’s elite WMS Magic Quadrant, Synergy has a global footprint with offices in the UK and North America. It continues to pioneer with remote and selfimplementation capabilities that empower customers to handle their own multi-site rollouts and develop more sustainable business models. Synergy Chairman, Hugh Stevens, has been at the helm of the company for more than 40 years and proudly remembers launching one of the world’s first warehouse management systems, Locator, in 1985. Hugh continues to innovate and shape the future of warehouse infrastructure, saying: “My mantra has always been stick to your knitting! It’s easy to be distracted by market noise but our specialism is warehouse management and I never lose sight of that. We have survived and thrived for half a century by looking ahead. Rather than fearing change, I’ve always embraced it, anticipating what’s next and investing today in tomorrow’s product.” E-COMMERCE FULFILMENT BOOM Highly configurable WMS software meant every aspect of the recent e-commerce fulfilment boom could be automated, streamlined and made intuitive for floor staff and management. As leading brands switched up their game plan by going direct to consumer (D2C), Synergy helped many of them seamlessly achieve their D2C ambitions – and without seven or eight figure investments. Offering responsive support options, SnapFulfil helps change management by allowing the flow of data and order of

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Moran Logistics has seen its production output ramp up eight-fold since switching to SnapFulfil

operations to be regularly updated – empowering decision makers to store, organise, deliver, and track the accomplishment of work throughout a facility. Intuitive and scalable, it also has the capacity to adapt and evolve with customer service innovations that the top-tier of retailers are repeatedly introducing, such as distributed order managing, waveless and priority based order processing and optimal returns processing. So, while the business landscape is ever changing, it’s those retail firms who make smart data driven technology investments – without a large capital outlay investment up front or costly infrastructure changes – who can quickly reap the benefits. The shift to D2C retail also means that data gathering and insight is ever more important when it comes to understanding not only goods in and out and staffing patterns, but consumer habits. This need for real time data will continue to drive demand for intuitive WMS, with built-in flexibility and capability to store and interpret data in one place. The power of data delivered by SnapFulfil enables customers to keep up with demand while scaling for growth. ››

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›› Additionally, a growing numbers of high growth 3PLs also sought a more scalable, easily configured, API friendly and robust pathway to meet the new challenges of multichannel fulfilment.

onboard the WMS solution themselves. This Self Implementation (SI) approach provides clients with greater control, more independence, and the development of internal system expertise.

Top of the WMS wish list for 3PLs looking to make the step-up is a cloud-based solution offering flexible and specific workflows and processes to meet individual customer needs, as well as multiple picking/packing approaches to ensure the application can support efficient approaches in structuring and prioritising work.

All about speed-to-value partnership, this ‘self sustainable’ and highly configurable implementation option (with support as required) enables simple and effective multi-site onboarding once clients have been instructed in the first one or two - for a seamless self-rollout across their DC estate.

Superior functionality is another must have. SnapFulfil is especially appealing for 3PLs with features such as multi-owner, best-of-breed billing software, plus an information-rich portal offering enhanced visibility. The former offers the highest levels of detail, accuracy and clarity and the latter brings greater visibility and a more granular approach and all its associated efficiencies.

Customers are increasingly enthusiastic about having the flexibility to implement on their own schedule and aligned much more closely with their own IT roadmap. In this way, leading US online farmer-to-farmer and Ag tech company, Farmers Business Network, fast-tracked its expansion plans and in just a year saw 15 new DCs fully operational and powered by SnapFulfil.

But identifying the solution is just half of the challenge. Delivering it while continuing to satisfy existing customer requirements - and without incurring custom coding costs and delays for new clients is a different matter.

Their volumes have rocketed exponentially and that’s down to the micro DC approach, which facilitates much slicker, quicker and cheaper shipping. They have since built their TMS integration around it, plus with an expansion roll out into Australia and Canada now underway have even created their own custom API with SnapFulfil.

Synergy CEO, Tony Dobson, says: “We bring a base feature set tailored to the specific challenges faced by 3PLs. Our software is highly configurable and, after training, can easily be managed by in-house teams to support everything from new customer onboarding to process changes. We’ve standardised our interfaces to support easily understood and accomplished integrations and also come to the table with a library of existing applications to help ease technical sales processes.” Specialist temperature controlled 3PL provider, Moran Logistics, has seen its production output ramp up eight-fold since switching to SnapFulfil. It’s able to handle and automate the many parameters and anomalies of their fast-moving environment, such as varied SKU and product dating, no split pallets and dynamic pick slots to replace out-of-date items with fresh product, which removes risk. Subsequently, they are also investigating further integration of WMS and their existing TMS software, so that haulier activity and loading is also automated via SnapFulfil. SERVICE DELIVERY INNOVATIONS To facilitate this seismic shift in supply chain demand, Synergy established two specific innovations in service delivery that are helping to shape the supply chain now and for the future. The first was a Remote Implementation (RI) initiative that went full speed ahead during the COVID-19 crisis. With RI, regardless of warehouse location or whatever physical access barriers may exist, if there is an internet connection, the team can swiftly, and cost effectively implement.

So, looking forward Synergy is visualising a fulfilment future where demand for an agile and flexible digital transition will be as important as a company’s products and services. Businesses are now adjusting their game plans on a regular basis, whether introducing D2C or new lines to meet evolving purchasing habits. Leading edge technology is central to tackling these sudden challenges, satisfying demand, staying competitive, plus managing labour efficiency and productivity. Tony Dobson adds: “Having a WMS that is both responsive and able to provide easily accessible, real-time data is paramount to improving efficiencies warehouse wide. With warehousing cost control set to be a continuing key trend in a systematically tough economy we are well-placed to help logistics operations achieve their goals.”  The Synergy 50th anniversary is being celebrated throughout the year with staff and customer rewards as well as events and competition initiatives. Visit www.synergy-logistics.com

Not only does an RI approach negate travel time, it also enables Synergy to handle multiple implementations concurrently, which means a lower total cost to the client. It leverages the remote tools that have been in greater use during the pandemic and enables SnapFulfil to lead the way in delivering a highly customisable user experience. The second innovation was the configuration of a version of SnapFulfil that enabled clients to

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UKMHA COMMENT | September

Money-saving offer at IMHX The UKMHA are running an exclusive money-saving offer for visitors to their stand at this year’s IMHX. The UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA) will be exhibiting along with CFTS at this year’s IMHX on stand 5D12. Having been formed last year by the merger of the industry’s two most respected trade associations – the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), this is their first exhibition as UKMHA. UKMHA are running an IMHX exclusive offer for visitors to their stand: For those who buy a ticket at the show to the upcoming Safety Convention, they will receive a free second ticket and will also receive a year’s free SUG membership. This offer is on a first-come basis with limited purchases on each of the three

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days of IMHX. Safety is at the heart of the organisation and the Safety Convention this year’s event is to be held at The Heart of England Conference Centre on 17th November. This is the most authoritative event of its kind in the materials handling calendar. It will see hundreds of managers, from across the UK, come together to hear best practice advice. The event is part of the Association’s drive to large-scale change for the better and this year’s event will be focussed on operator training. Collectively, Safety Convention delegates are responsible for the lives of many thousands of workers across ››

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Every year there are serious injuries, including fatalities, to truck operators which could have been prevented

›› the UK. It is crucial that they have the very best, most practical and valuable information and this is exactly what the Safety Convention strives to do. Following the theme of this year’s National Forklift Safety Day, the UKMHA Safety Convention will be looking at an holistic approach to ‘The Life Cycle of Operator Training’. Training is often seen as a linear journey, but this is far from accurate. Training should be an ongoing process with no end point. Refresher training is equally as important as new training and without regular review operators, supervisors and managers can become complacent and this can prove to be a dangerous, even fatal, mistake. Every year there are serious injuries, including fatalities, to truck operators and to pedestrians and co-workers, which could have been prevented if properly trained staff had followed safe systems of work. In fact, ‘struck by a moving vehicle’ is the second most common cause of workplace fatality, accounting for 23 deaths in the year 2021/22. As companies continue to invest in new material handling equipment, storage solutions and technology, it is imperative that operators are given adequate training to ensure they know how to use the equipment safely in their specific working environment. However, whilst vital, operator training is only one element of providing a safe site, and the Convention will also provide access to specialists in assistance systems, ensuring pedestrians and MHE are kept apart, safe handling of non-palletised loads, and more. Advances in technology introduce new hazards for those who maintain equipment as well as for those operating it, and UKMHA will use IMHX to launch a new Guidance Note specifically dealing with safe working practices for maintenance of high voltage material handling equipment. Normally free only to members and available to purchase for non-members, copies will be available on the IMHX stand. UKMHA are also using IMHX as an opportunity to highlight their new Safety Alerts. These alerts, which will be published regularly on the UKMHA website and are freely accessible to all comers, have been created by the UKMHA Health & Safety Group to highlight hazards and safe working practices for technicians working on MHE.

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Also on this year’s stand, UKMHA will be highlighting another of their annual events, the Archies, formerly known as the Awards for Excellence. Every year, entrants seek to win the ultimate accolade, a hand-cast Archie statuette, modelled on Archimedes — the father of engineering. The award has become the symbol of distinction within the materials handling sector, so to honour this most coveted prize, the event will henceforth be known as The Archies. The inaugural Archies is taking place on 15th October at Hilton Metropole Birmingham and will celebrate the best in the material handling industry. Sharing the UKMHA stand, will be their company responsible for the training and accreditation of providers of Thorough Examinations, CFTS. Thorough Examination of all lifting equipment by a ‘competent person’ is a legal requirement, but understanding what this encompasses can be challenging. CFTS staff will be on hand to answer questions about what equipment is in scope of the regulations, legal obligations and the correct inspection intervals, and how to recognise a truly competent person. The distinctive CFTS mark is a guarantee that a Thorough Examination is full and valid under law and has been carried out by a fully trained engineer in accordance with strict quality procedures. Only companies that are officially accredited to CFTS can use the distinctive kitemark on literature, certification and reports, and can place the CFTS stickers on the trucks they inspect. The CFTS sticker shows that the equipment has received a genuinely Thorough Examination, satisfying both LOLER and PUWER regulations. There are now hundreds of CFTS-accredited companies ensuring coverage all around the UK and Ireland. Both CFTS and UKMHA will have their expert teams available on the IMHX stand to offer advice and guidance. Visitors are encouraged to visit stand 5D12 to find out more about the work UKMHA and CFTS carry out in the industry, particularly around best-practice, health and safety, and legal obligations. Visitors can also discover the benefits to their business of being part of these important organisations as well as taking advantage of the exclusive IMHX offers.  www.ukmha.org.uk

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ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION | September

The perfect blend The warehouse of tomorrow needs to feature two key elements - automation and digitalisation, says Andrei Danescu, CEO of BotsAndUS. The warehouse of the past was a place to store goods that were moved on pallets in and out. Warehouses were perceived as a big storage area deemed by the corporate world as an unproductive necessity and a cost centre. However, perception has changed nowadays with warehouses having a much more critical role, which is to keep the promises of marketing and sales departments to meet the customers' expectations. In today's business world, it's all about how smart the system operates. Currently, order turnaround - which translates into how much time it takes to pick and pack an order to be ready for pickup by a delivery company - is measured in hours rather than days. Supply chain management involves rapid response to changing conditions, identifying new opportunities and implementing new solutions, which are never easy tasks. The business disruption caused by Covid-19 has resulted in 82% of retailers changing their approach to stock management. The warehouse of the future will have its capacity management system based on data, using smart AI technology. Data is

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everywhere, and businesses must take it all into consideration and use it as indicators and predictors for what is working well and what needs improvement. With automated technology, there are fewer errors in planning and more effective space utilisation. Automation of repetitive tasks is an essential factor for the future of warehousing, where the top priorities are enabling staff to focus on key operations, using space wisely and more profitably, whilst attracting and retaining employees. The B2B Metaverse is one of the most exciting concepts in the industry, as it allows for the creation of digital twins enhanced by real-time data, especially in warehouses, You can virtually tour all of the warehouse facilities to analyse operations and identify in real-time aspects of the operation that require improvement. With the rapid advancement of logistics technology, predictive analytics and scenario testing can unwrap countless possibilities. BotsAndUs intelligence aims to increase the efficiency, productivity and connectivity of existing and future supply chain networks. ››

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›› Many factors are holding back warehouses from adopting all that digitalisation and automation has to offer. But those that do embrace available solutions will be best placed to benefit from the technological advancements of the future. And in the race to optimise logistics and supply chain, many companies are turning to a digital twin AI enabled system, which is a 3D replica of the space enhanced by real-time data. DIGITAL TWINS PROVIDE DEEPER INSIGHTS A digital twin in this context is a digital representation of the warehouse space combined with real-time data which can replicate operations without causing interruptions. Furthermore, AI driven digital twins of warehouses can help managers to optimise processes while having complete, remote visibility in real-time. By leveraging AI driven digital twins, customers gain a deeper understanding of their operations and can optimise their supply chain, from sourcing and planning to distribution and logistical processes. The warehouse's advanced and predictive analytics from the digital twin system, improves forecasting and drives more intelligent decision-making. With advanced analytics, businesses can accurately forecast demand, plan inventory locations, determine stock demand value, and reduce risks. Even with complex supply chains, companies can respond quickly to supply chain issues, manage complexity and demand resulting from new channels and optimise picking and storage intelligently. PRACTISING RISK-FREE TESTING A comprehensive transparent supply chain and operations are essential for driving innovation and responding to disruptions in real-time. For example, warehouses can test whether specific technologies or layouts will improve operations without physically doing so. This reduces disruptions and maintenance time and saves unnecessary costs. Real-time data coupled with digital twins providing accurate, up-to-date insights into how warehouses are designed, planned, operated and optimised. Businesses can make incremental cost savings that, when added up, lead to significantly improved profit margins. A live digital twin creates a bridge between data from existing warehouse management systems with live data from within the warehouse. A digital twin empowered system can alert if the data doesn't match, allowing for the problem to be fixed immediately. As a result of using this system, warehouse inventory counts can be eliminated, space can be better utilised and package misplacement can be reduced. Taking this to the next level, a virtual representation of warehouses' physical supply chain allows businesses to combine data from multiple sources to achieve a complete picture of operations, stock levels, exception planning and other information. Currently, a lack of visibility in operations frequently can lead to items being out of stock, ageing manufacturing inventory or disruptions related to weather. Supply chains which can self-monitor and be self-maintained by constant data exchange

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BotsAndUs robots work alongside warehouse employees between suppliers, devices and logistics providers will be transformed into an intelligent predictable system. In the future it will be supply chain management that will make or break a company. A proven solution for the future is blending the right robotic automation with existing operations, providing improved efficiency and reduced costs. An integrated real-time, 360-degree inventory enables businesses to gain greater visibility, improving efficiency, decreasing over and under-stocking and enhancing planning and purchasing. The system also provides automated daily stock checks, which companies cannot perform manually, reducing the time and cost of collecting reliable real-time inventory data. This data supports managers in driving better business decisions and ensures financial compliance by identifying gaps and inconsistencies as they occur. Additionally, the technology reduces revenue leakage associated with lost, misplaced or non-compliant assets. Plus, warehouses that sell rack space can see what space is available at any given time, increasing revenues by better utilising their racks. BotsAndUs is an innovative robotics and artificial intelligence company. Their platform, powered by autonomous robots, delivers real-time data and insights for the receiving, storing and dispatch stages. This means that it offers companies unprecedented real-time access into their operations. It is the only platform that automates inventory management and storage processes. BotsAndUs robots are fully autonomous, work alongside warehouse employees, and can quickly and accurately detect labels (RFID, QR/barcodes). The continuous data stream does not require any human effort and it is easier and more efficient to collect data using automated methods than to gather data manually, which can produce inaccurate results. The images and videos captured by the robots are processed and directly transferred to the Warehouse Management System (WMS) for immediate review, increasing productivity whilst reducing processing and tracking time. 

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CASE STUDY | September

Pet project

The Pantry is where raw ingredients are stored prior to processing

Japanese factory automation specialist Daifuku has been instrumental in creating what is considered to be Europe’s most advanced production plant dedicated to the manufacture of high-quality ‘own label’ pet food. Serving more than 2,500 customers globally, Lancashire-based GA Pet Food Partners produces over 80,000 tonnes of complete dog and cat food to strict human-grade standards. Its innovative use of intelligent automation underpins the business’ operational efficiencies, while enabling it to manufactures 930 different products for its global customer base of pet food brands. Being able to manage such complexity, while maintaining the highest food standards, is largely down to the company’s adoption of best-in-class technology, which includes four fully automated fork lift trucks (called ‘Henrys’), high bay storage and retrieval systems, sorting transfer vehicles (STVs), conveyors and three huge automated guided vehicles (camels) called Snap, Crackle and Pop. Daifuku has been specifically responsible for the design and installation of the storage and retrieval systems in the Pantry and Larder Store within the Ingredients Kitchen area of the GA Pet Foods’ facility. This solution comprises 12 automated cranes (six in each chamber), with associated racking, which creates 21,000 unique storage locations. These are used to store raw ingredients and finished products in the Pantry / Larder Store respectively, prior to transportation (via the automated camels) to the extrusion facility, where the finished, dry pet food is formed. All of the warehouse systems are controlled by Daifuku’s WCS partner, Invar.

to potential technology partners that we wanted to create a collaborative team, where genuine dialogue could take place among all of our automation partners. “Right from the start, we made this intention clear, paying each technology provider for their time during the pre-engineering phase - so that they could provide us with the best, most detailed designs and proposals. We didn’t just ask firms for their ‘best price’. We wanted this to be a quality-driven process and not one that focused solely on the lowest cost. “Having now opened our fully-automated Ingredients Kitchen, the results speak for themselves. This operation, we believe, sets new global standards for not just pet food production, but also human food processing – especially in the areas of traceability and operational efficiency.”  One of three huge ‘camel’ automated vehicles used to transport ingredients to the pre-extrusion plant

Having opened the fully automated production facility this summer, the next project on GA’s agenda is its finished packaging line, which will further improve its service levels to global customers Chairman of GA Pet Food Partners, Roger Bracewell, said: “From the outset of our automation journey, we made it clear

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CASE STUDY | September

New MHE fleet boosts productivity and safety Westcoast – a wholesale distributor of IT equipment – is benefiting from the introduction of Crown intralogistics solutions at its new facility in Andover. enabling the truck to take the most efficient and effective route to the next rack location, increasing productivity by up to 25 per cent. Crown’s Auto Fence system was also specified, helping to promote safe operation by automatically slowing travel speed, stopping or limiting lift height within the aisle, based on the location of the truck. During 2020 and the onset of the pandemic, an explosion in demand for computer equipment was experienced, prompted by people having to work from home during the succession of national lockdowns.

Westcoast Ltd is the distributor arm of the Westcoast Group, one of the largest private companies in the UK. Westcoast is specialised in wholesale distribution of IT equipment from leading brands such as HP, Microsoft, Lenovo, Apple and others to resellers, retailers and office product dealers in the UK and Europe. During 2019, strong growth prompted the company to expand their operations, adding a new site in Andover, Hampshire to complement existing facilities in Theale and Milton Keynes. The new building comprises a 31,500 square metre storage and distribution facility while a further 7,000 square metres is utilised as a configuration centre. To support the Andover operation, a new material handling fleet was ordered from its long-time supplier Crown Lift Trucks. After consultation on warehouse and racking layouts with Crown’s logistics specialists, Westcoast opted for a solution founded on a fleet of Crown TSP Series Very Narrow Aisle turret trucks equipped with the automation technologies Auto Positioning System (APS) and Auto Fence. The VNA trucks are supported by a mixed fleet comprising ESR Series reach trucks with lift heights to 13.5 metres, SP Series stock pickers, GPC Series order pickers equipped with short forks, WT Series powered ride-on pallet trucks with rear entry and SC Series four-wheel electric counterbalance forklifts. A specific Westcoast requirement was to improve productivity and safety. Part of the Crown solution was to specify the TSP Series turret trucks with Crown’s Auto Positioning System,

It quickly became apparent that the increase in order volumes being processed by the company warranted an expansion of its material handling fleet. To meet this growing demand, Westcoast increased its material handling fleet with additional TSP Series turret trucks and GPC Series low level order pickers with long forks plus the addition of Crown’s new ESR 1000 Series reach truck equipped with 13.5 metre masts. The assistance systems inherent in the ESR 1000 have enabled Westcoast's operators to rapidly improve their efficiency. The truck’s functionality enables faster working at height, aided by Auto Height Select, while Xpress Lower can double lowering speed safely for improved productivity. During the procurement process, safety was a number one priority for Westcoast and so Crown recommended their InfoLink® system be fitted to all trucks. The InfoLink system helps improve the safety of operations and protects employees by making them more safety conscious. ESR operators receive coaching through on-screen safety reminders, encouraging safe behaviour when driving the trucks, with real time dynamic coaching messages. Through InfoLink, Westcoast manages operator certifications and lift truck access electronically. This helps to prevent unauthorised truck operation while also monitoring impacts to help reduce accidents and unintended damage. In addition to its material handling equipment, Crown also provides Westcoast with a full support service, short-term hire – bridging and support machines during peak periods, cleaning equipment, battery change facilities plus other products across the range. 

Westcoast’s new building comprises a 31,500 square metre storage and distribution facility

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Switch to VNA storage boosts fulfilment specialist’s capacity e-Commerce fulfilment specialist FuturePro Logistics has increased storage capacity by some 30 per cent at its newly built 50,000 sq ft warehouse in Berkshire. By switching to a very narrow aisle (VNA) racking scheme served by Flexi Truck articulated forklift technology, e-Commerce fulfilment specialist FuturePro Logistics has increased storage capacity by some 30 per cent at its newly built 50,000 sq ft warehouse in Thatcham, Berkshire. The racking aisles at the Thatcham warehouse are now two metres wide – whereas a traditional reach truck would require three metre aisles within which to safely work. The top beam is set at eight metres high. Replenishment stock is held in the upper levels of the system and pallets are dropped to ground level, where order picking can take place as and when required. In addition, a 7,000 ft mezzanine structure provides additional floor space for order picking and packing, while client dispatches and returns are processed in the area created underneath the raised structure. A diverse range of products - from FMCG goods, beverages, and electronics – is stored and fulfilled often overnight for a client list that includes both well-known brand names and start-up businesses. The Flexi Truck’s iconic articulated design is ideally suited to modern fulfilment centre operations because it saves space, increases productivity and allows safe access to stacking aisles and stored products. Initially two Flexi Trucks are in operation at FuturePro’s Thatcham warehouse where they are used for a range of tasks including unloading incoming delivery vehicles and transferring loads to their allocated position within the racking. Activity levels are always high with the volume of customer orders driving the need to constantly replenish picking stock on the mezzanine and at floor level within the store’s main racked area. Flexi Trucks feature digital electric motor technology and independent drive and hydraulic motors are standard. The truck’s unique independent power-steering motor provides precise steering with no ‘kickback’ and, because 20 per cent less battery energy is consumed, one overnight battery charge

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is all that is required to ensure that the truck performs at optimum efficiency throughout a full working day. “The control systems at the heart of the Flexi Truck deliver greater reliability and higher productivity combined with significantly reduced operating and maintenance costs,” says John Maguire, managing director of Narrow Aisle Ltd, manufacturer of the Flexi Truck range. Picking pallets at height is not a problem for the Flexi Truck thanks to the truck’s integrated sideshifting carriage and tilting HiViS heavy duty ‘I’ beam mast design that eliminates mast sway – even at heights of eight metres and over. This feature – which is unique to Flexi - enhances the truck’s already class-leading operator visibility to both sides of the aisle. “With the Flexi Truck’s unique, smooth independent power steering, pallets can be picked and put-away on the top beam of the highest racking smoothly, safely and efficiently,” says John Maguire. Having opened its first facility some nine years ago, FuturePro has grown rapidly and today the company operates a total of five fulfilment warehouses located close to Reading, some 35 minutes from West London. Mark Wallace, FuturePro Logistics’ managing director, comments: “To achieve optimum on-line order fulfilment performance it is important to deploy the most suitable materials handling equipment. Our investment in Flexi Trucks was based, in part, on the Flexi’s ability to deliver improved space-efficiency, enhanced productivity and the benefits of multi-tasking which are so important in our highly flexible operations.” With its headquarters, design and manufacturing facilities in the UK, Narrow Aisle Ltd has supplied over 10,000 Flexi articulated forklift trucks to users throughout the world and has a global network of over 65 authorised distributors. Visitors to IMHX 2022 can see the latest Flexi ACiON and Flexi LiTHiON VNA truck ranges.  www.flexi.co.uk www.futureprologistics.com

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2022 THE LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS SHOW 6 - 8 September | NEC Birmingham, UK

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T N E V E L A I T N E S S S C I E T E S I H G T O L A R T N I E H ! T K C A B FOR S I Y R T S INDU 18 www.imhx.net

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From parking bay floor to loading dock ceiling,

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WHEN... IMHX runs 6-8th September 2022 in Hall 5 of the NEC. The doors open 9:30am each day and the show closes at 5:00pm (4:00pm on the final day). With the next IMHX not scheduled until 2025, it’s certainly one not to miss! 

IMHX Essentials WHAT... For 21 years, IMHX has been at the heart of the UK’s warehouse logistics and materials handling sector. Free to attend, it’s where leading suppliers of forklifts, warehouse robotics, automation, racking, storage, lifting equipment and supply chain tech gather to introduce the latest products and services into this dynamic industry. 

WHERE... The Birmingham NEC is one of the most accessible event venues in the UK. Whether you plan to drive, fly or take a train, getting to the NEC is a breeze. There is ample parking for visitors and Hall 5 sits at the heart of the NEC complex. For sat-nav directions, please follow B40 1NT. 

HOW... Visitors are invited to REGISTER, FREE OF CHARGE, in advance of the show to avoid any queues on the day. For detailed information about what’s on, hotel accommodation and getting to the NEC, visit the show WEBSITE. 

WHO... Perfect for those working in the warehouse and distribution sector, in supply chain logistics, e-commerce retail and the manufacturing / automotive industries, IMHX brings you the latest technology and critical thinking through a free seminar programme, live demonstrations and right across a show floor comprised of some 300 exhibitors. As an opportunity for networking, its second to none with thousands of materials handling professionals bringing the NEC to life alongside suppliers and members of our key association partners, including UKMHA, AMHSA and UKWA. 

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FREE PARKING! Visitors travelling to IMHX 2022 by car can park at the exhibition venue, the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, entirely free of charge thanks to the UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA), who will sponsor parking charges for the duration of the three-day-event. Visitors can claim their free parking pass at www.imhx.net/en/travel/visitor-parking.html

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Two Types of Automation That Can Instantly Power, Optimise, and Protect Supply Chain Operations Discover how at stand 5B90

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Exhibitors A-Z COMPANY

STAND

COMPANY

STAND

51T ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS

5G92

BETA SOLUTIONS

5C62

ACCESSAFE

5B46

BG LOG UK

5D95

ACR

5D90

BIL GROUP

5A46

5AM21

BIL GROUP

5A45

5B16

BITO STORAGE SYSTEM

5B15

ADVANCED HANDLING

5F118

BIXOLON EUROPE GMBH

5A80

ADVENTURA WORKS SA

5D96

BOPLAN

5D21

AGANTO

5D01

BOSCH REXROTH

ALBRIGHT INTERNATIONAL

5D75

BOTSANDUS

UK15

BOWE INTRALOGISTICS

5F44

BRAVIISOL S.R.L

5D20

BROTHER UK

5C84

ACTEMIUM AUTOMATION NOTTINGHAM ADDGARDS

AMBER INDUSTRIES

5B100

AMH LIFE SERVICES

5B47

AMHSA

AMHSA PAVILION

5D101

AR RACKING SA

5F42

BS HANDLING SYSTEMS

5B48

ARMSTRONG NIELD

5C86

C.M.C. S.P.A.

5C61

ARROW INDUSTRIAL GROUP

5C97

CAJA ROBOTICS

5F77

CARBON8LIGHTING

5F86

ASG ENERGY SERVICES

UK13A

ASG PROJECTED SAFETY SOLUTIONS

UK13

CAVAION BAUMANN UK

5C107

ASG SERVICES

5E02

CESAB MATERIAL HANDLING UK

5D40

A-SAFE UK

5E35

CILT (UK)

5D93

AUTOSTORE SYSTEM

5F75

CL TYRES

5E34

AXELENT

5B115

CLEGG FOOD PROJECTS

5C02

B + B ATTACHMENTS

5F30

CLOSE BROTHERS ASSET FINANCE

5C45

BBI

5D91

COGNEX UK

5B35

BATTERY SERVICE HUB

5F116

COGRI GROUP

5C60

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COMPANY

STAND

COMPANY

STAND

COMBILIFT

5F33

FALLPROTEC

5A82

COMBILIFT

5F40

FARAONE INDUSTRIE S.P.A

5F94

COMPACT MANUFACTURING

5A35

FASTRAX CONVEYORS & ROLLERS

5E39

COMPACT MANUFACTURING

5F01

FATH

CONISTER BANK

5G94

FB CHAIN

CONKER

5C93

FIVES

5B27

CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

5D30

FLEXQUBE

5C55

CONVEYOR UNITS

5F20

FMH CONVEYORS & MOTION06

5A25

CONVEYOR UNITS

5F41

FORK TRUCK TYRES

5G50

COPRISYSTEMS

UK11

GARANTELL

5E72

COVARIANT

5D10

GEBHARDT EUROPEAN CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

5F88

CPA ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS

5C94

GEEK PLUS

5F50

GEM ONE NV

5F96 UK8B

CRACKING RACKING

5G104

5C100 DZ4

CRAEMER UK

5C40

GERMAN BIONIC SYSTEMS

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

5C80

GENIE GRIPS

CROWN LIFT TRUCKS

5E31

GEORGE UTZ

5F67

DAIFUKU CO

5F68

G-FORCE EUROPE.COM

5G53

DALTON SAFETY

5D99

GMR SAFETY INC

5C96

DAMON TECHNOLOGY GROUP

5A74

GO PLASTIC PALLETS

5D70

DATA INSTALLATION & SUPPLIES

5F87

GPC INDUSTRIES

5F64

DAVIS DERBY

5B64

GRAMMER SEATING SYSTEMS

5D03

GUIDANCE AUTOMATION

5A90

DIAMOND PHOENIX AUTOMATION

5AM24

5E01

DLL GROUP

5E75

HAI ROBOTICS EUROPE BV

5C70

ECOLIGHTING UK

5A22

HAKO MACHINES

5D62

EDMOLIFT UK

5B24

HANDLING & STORAGE SOLUTIONS

5E70

EK ROBOTICS

5AM30

HEFEI BANYITONG SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPING CO

5F89

ELEMENT LOGIC UK

5A20

ELMLEIGH ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

5AM22

ELOCKER

5D108

ELOKON GMBH

5E55

ENERSYS UK

5B50

ENGELMANN & BUCKHAM

5AM29

EPAL

5F95

ESPEX BATTERIES

5F61

EUROPEAN MEZZANINE

5A70

EUROROLL

5E44

EUROSORT BV

5E60

EXOTEC

5F100

EXPORTA

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5E73

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HI-LEVEL MEZZANINES

UK6

HOLOPHANE EUROPE

5C52

HOPPECKE INDUSTRIAL BATTERIES

UK10

IFM ELECTRONIC

5C83

ILOCKERZ

5B70

ILTA GMBH

5D105

IMHX 2025

5F105

INDIGO SOFTWARE

5F71

INDUSTORE

5A40

INDUSTRIAL CLEANING EQUIPMENT

5B28

INDUSTRIAL LABELLING SYSTEMS

5E61

INOTEC UK

5G90

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KPSRail

KPSBarriers

KPSGoalpost

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A-Z | September

COMPANY

STAND

COMPANY

STAND

INTELLIGENT ENERGY

5C85

MDSS -SLOWSTOP GUARDING SYSTEMS

5G96

INTERROLL

5F46

MECALUX UK

5E80

INTRALOX

5A47

MEON LTD

5C105

INVAR INTEGRATION

5AM26

MIDAC UK

5B10

INVESTEC BANK PLC

5F47

MITEK MEZZANINE SYSTEMS

IRON MOUNTAIN (UK) PLC

5C81

MITEQ

5A73

ITEM PRODUCTS

5B01

MJ PRODUCTS LTD

5F121

ITOH DENKI EUROPE

5C50

MODULA STORAGE SOLUTIONS

5B32

JMC

5C101

MOFFETT AUTOMATED STORAGE

5E110

5AM20

JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES

5E85

MPM SRL

5F78

JOHN JORDAN

5F84

MULTISUITE

5A64

JOHN SCOTT WORKS

5C87

NARROW AISLE

5F60

JRACKING (CHINA) STORAGE SOLUTIONS

5A84

NENE STORAGE EQUIPMENT

5B23

KELVIN ENGINEERING

5B21

NENE STORAGE EQUIPMENT

5B40

KEYSTONE CASTOR COMPANY

5E81

NERAK-WIESE

5F32

KINGSPAN

5E02

NILFISK

5B60

KNAPP

5E45

NPORS

5G49

KONECRANES FINLAND OY

5F83

NULOGY

UK8A

KORBER SUPPLY CHAIN

5E33

OMRON ELECTRONICS

5A30

LAC CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

5F110

ONE51 ES PLASTICS (UK)

5AM28

LEVIAT

5G51

OPEX

5D115

LIGHTHOUSE (UK)

5G57

ORION MIS

5C51

LKE (UK)

5C53

PW BARTESKO

5B45

LOCUS ROBOTICS

5E30

PALAMATIC HANDLING SYSTEMS

5B63

LOGIDOT

5A72

PALBAND

5C95

LOGISTEX

5E50

PALLITE

LOGISTICS BUSINESS PUBLISHING

5F82

PANOTEC SRL

LOGOPAK INTERNATIONAL

5F43

PERFORMANCE NETWORKS

5C106

LOMART

5B20

PIERAU

5D125

LONES UK T/A WORKPLACE PRODUCTS

5F45

PLEDGE EARTH TECHNOLOGIES

5G95

LUCAS SYSTEMS

5C49

PLUG POWER

5D92

LUMENSTREAM

5D100

PORTMAN ASSET FINANCE

5E51 5B83

UK1 5A92

MACE INDUSTRIES

5D31

PROCENTEC

MAGAZINO GMBH

5C98

PROTEAN SOFTWARE

MANUFACTURING MANAGEMENT

5G54

PSB INTRALOGISTICS GMBH

5F66

MAR-KEY GROUP

5E53

PYROBAN

5E40

MARTOR UK

5F97

QTS (QUBE TRANSPORTATION)

5F85

QUALITY METAL PRODUCTS

5F63

RAM-MOUNT UK

5A21

MBA CONSULTING ENGINEERS MCCUE INTERNATIONAL

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UK3 5D60

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Elevate EMEA 2022 Join Körber for our key European event for supply chain professionals.

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Concise, expert knowledge 25+ cutting-edge sessions on what makes the top supply chain performers stand out.

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Discover the mega-trends Hear from the experts on labour issues, digitisation, automation, sustainability & more.

Our technology roadmaps Discover the future of our products via roadmaps and explore new technologies for your operation.

4

User Groups Network with other product users and share pain-points and solutions.

Rotterdam, Netherlands October 11th - 13th Learn More

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COMPANY

STAND

COMPANY

STAND

RANDEX

5E76

THE OPS PARTNERSHIP

5B36

RCR FLOORING PRODUCTS

5E74

THE SAFETY KNIFE CO

5A86

REDHILL MANUFACTURING

5C01

THE SUPPLY CHAIN CONSULTING GROUP

5G47

RENOVOTEC

5E57

THE WAREHOUSE FIT OUT GROUP

5G70

ROSS HANDLING

5B55

TIVE INC

5B82

RTITB

5G74

TOUCHSTAR TECHNOLOGIES

5F117

S&S PLASTICS

5G72

TRACTONOMY ROBOTICS BV

5G71

SAFEGLIDE

5G84

TRANSAID

SCALLOG

5AM29

TRANSLIFT BENDI

UK7 5C75

SCHOELLER ALLIBERT

5E37

TRASCAR

5AM29

SEALED AIR

5F80

TRIO MOBIL BILISIM SISTEMLERI AS

5B37

SEC GROUP

5D80

TROAX UK

5B26

SERVICE GEENI

5D126

TUGBOT

5G05

SHD LOGISTICS

5F105

TXM LEAN SOLUTIONS

5C91 5D12

SHS HANDLING SOLUTIONS

5B58

UKMHA

SIS SYSTEMS (UK)

5G58

UKWA

UKWA PAVILION

SITMA MACHINERY

5AM29

UNILIN

5F72

SKILLED GROUP

5AM29

V INSTALLATIONS MECHANICAL HANDLING

5E32

SMC EUROCLAMP

5E65

VALE ENGINEERING

5A49

SOUTHGATE PACKAGING

5F90

VISIONNAV ROBOTICS (SHENZHEN) CO

5C57

SPACE PRODUCTIV

5B80

VISUAL UK

5A94

SPACIOTEMPO UK

5E47

WALTHER FALTSYSTEME GMBH

5D72

SPARCK TECHNOLOGIES

5F112

WAREHOUSE CONTROL SOLUTIONS

SPECIALIST STORAGE PRODUCTS

5G60

WAREHOUSE LOGISTICS NEWS

5B34

WAREHOUSE PARTNERS

SPERRIN METAL PRODUCTS

5AM27 5G33 UK2

STOW

5B105

WESSEX PACKAGING

5D97

STOW

5B110

WESTGATE GLOBAL

5G30

STRATA SALES

5E42

WHEEL.ME

SUPPLY CHAIN NETWORK

UK12

WHITTAN GROUP

5F55

SUSTAINABILITY ZONE

5D80

WISE ROBOTICS (UK)

5D47

SWISSLOG UK

5E62

WISETECH GLOBAL (UK)

SYNERGY LOGISTICS

5F70

WITRON ENGINEERING BV

5B03

TAWI UK

5B02

WORKAROUND GMBH

5C44

TEK SEATING

5A24

WRH GLOBAL UK

5D15

TEK-TRONIKS

5C92

YAPLEX

5F03

TENTE CASTORS

5D94

YORKSHIRE PACKAGING SYSTEMS

5B49

TGW SYSTEMS BV

5E71

ZAPI UK

5E56

THE CONFIG TEAM

UK5

ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES

5B90

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5G120

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5C99A

UK4


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Safety Storage Efficiency

Combilift is the perfect fit for the warehouse logistics industry. Our narrow aisle forklifts and pedestrian reach trucks will allow you to maximise the storage, efficiency and safety of your warehouse.

Come visit us at

STAND: 5F40-5F33 Contact Us Today To find out how Combilift can help you unlock every inch of your storage space

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5G04

5G01

5F01

5G33

5G30

5G05

5F40

5F40

5F20

5G47

5F30

5F32

5F40

5F33

5G50

5G51

5F65

WHITTAN

5F43

5F61

5F63

5F45

5E30

VISITORS ENTRANCE

5E32

5E35

5E34

A-SAFE

5E01

5E33

5E31

5E37

5E39

5D01

5E55

5E51 5E53

5E57

5E61

5E56

5F70

5F72

5E70

5F71

5E71

5E62 5E72

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5E44

CROWN

5E02

5E50

5E60

5E45

5E42

5F75

5F64

5E47

5E40

5F67

5F66

5F50

5F44

5G70

5G56 5G57 5G58 5G60

5F60

5F46

5F42

5G54

5G53

5F55

5F47

5F41

5F03

5G49

Sponsored by Prologis

5D10

5D15

5D30

5D20

5D40

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5D47

5AM30

5D03

5D21

5D12

5AM29

5D31

UKMHA

Sponsored by HAI Robotics

5AM22

5AM20 5AM21

5E73

5D72

5AM24

AMHSA PAVILLION

5AM28 5AM27

5D62

5D60

5D70

5AM26

5C02 5B10

5C01

5B20

5B21

5B40

5B27 5B22

5B45

5B46

5B25

5B34 5B28

5C49

5C57

5C55

5C70

5C44

5B26

5B23

5C42

5C40

5B32 5B37

HAI RO

5B48 5C45

5B47

5C50

5C51

5C54

5C62

5C60

5C75

5B36 5C61

5B15

5B16

5B24

5A20

5A25

5B49

5B35

5A40

5A35

5A45

5C53

5A46 5A47

5B50

5B55

5B60

5B70

5B01 5B58 5A38

5B02

5B03

5A21

5A22

5A24

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5B63

5B64

5B83

5A49

5A64

5A30

Hall 5 30

5B90

5B80 5B82

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5G71

5G70

5F65

5F67

5F68

5G74

5G72

5G84

5G92

5F88

5F90

5F80

5G90

5G94

5G95 5G96

5G120

5G104

5F100

5F110

5F114

5F66 5F113

5F112

5F63

5F75

5F64

5F77

5F78

5E70

5F85

5F87

5F83

5F86

5F89

5F105

IMHX 2025

5F94

5E80

5E74

5F96

5F95

5F97

UK2

UK1

UK3

UK4

UK5

UK6

UK15

5E71

5E72

5F82

5F84

5F116 5F118

5F121

5F117

5E110 UK7

UKWA PAVILLION

UK14 UK13

5E75

UK8A 5E115 UK8B

UK13a

5E85

by Prologis

5F120

5E76 5E81

ISTICS RENCE

5F115

5E73

UK12

UK11 UK10 UK9

SEATING AREA

ISTICS IONS

HAI Robotics

5D72

5D75

5D90 5D92

5D80

5D91 5D93

5D105

5D97

5D99

5D106 5D108 5D110

5D100

D62 5D70

5D71

5D94

5D95

5D101

5D115

5D125

5D127

5D126

5D96

C57 5C70

5C80

HAI ROBOTICS

5C86 5C85

5C81

5C90

5C91

5C92

5C93

5C94

5C95

5C99

5C98

5C100

5C102

5C105

5C101

C62 5C75

5C83

5C96

5C87

5C104

5C97

5C107

5A101

C61

A64

DZ3

5C84

5B70

5B100

5B90

5B105

5B115

5B110

DZ4

Demo Pod 1

5B80 5B82

AXELENT

5B83

Demo Demo Pod 3 Pod 2

5A70

5A72 5A73

5A74

5A80

5A82

5A84

5A86

5A90

DEMO ZONE

5A92 5A94

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Power, optimise and protect Marcel Kars, Vice President, Warehouse Automation, Zebra Technologies, looks at two types of automation that can power, optimise and protect supply chain operations. The theme of IMHX 2022 – how to ‘optimise, protect and power’ operations – is very apropos given the state of the supply chain and ‘The Great Reset’ we seem to be undergoing. I suspect very little of your operation is in the same state it was two years ago, and I know your priorities have significantly shifted. Whether you’re a logistics manager, IT decision-maker, or procurement professional, the only things that matter at present are augmenting your workforce, sourcing the right supplies, rightsizing inventory, increasing capacity and throughput and finding the right shipping channels. These are the things that make it possible to sustain operations, keep customers happy and remain profitable in an impossibly volatile market. However, the only thing that is making these things possible in today’s climate is technology. There are only so many hours in the day and so many people on the clock. If you don’t implement, refine, or scale technology systems quickly, it’s going to be difficult to see or do much more than you and your team do today. I assume that’s why you’re attending IMHX 2022 – to find out what technologies are available to help you power, optimise, and protect operations today and long into the future.

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Truth be told, nearly every technology you see can probably help you in some way. They wouldn’t be on the market if they didn’t offer a certain benefit. So, the first thing you should do before you meet with technology providers is consider what exactly it is you’re trying to do – whether that’s solve specific problems, mitigate foreseeable risks, or simply boost efficiencies to gain a competitive advantage. From there, it will be easier to narrow down possible technology solutions and evaluate how fast they’ll be able to deliver results, how well they’ll integrate into your overall systems architecture, and how scalable they’ll be in the future as your operational needs evolve. For example, I’m assuming automation is hot on your list. The more decisions and processes you can automate, the more you can free up human workers to focus on tasks that machines aren’t well-suited to take on. But what type of automation technology do you need and where do you need it most? If that’s something you’re still pondering, let me point you toward two types of automation worth a closer look at IMHX (or via pilots in your own facilities): robotics automation and industrial automation. ››

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›› According to a recent GLOBAL WAREHOUSING VISION STUDY commissioned by Zebra Technologies, nearly eight in 10 associates say walking fewer miles per day would make their jobs more enjoyable, even if they had to pick or handle more items. And 83% percent of associates who work alongside AMRs today confirm the robots have helped increase their productivity and reduce their walking/travel time. That may not seem like a big surprise given the purpose and proven impact of AMRs in warehouse environments. However, what you might find interesting is that 73% of associates who work alongside AMRs today say the industrial mobile robots have helped them reduce errors, while 65% say AMRs have enabled their advancement to new roles or opportunities.

these machine vision and fixed industrial scanning systems within hours. In fact, they may not even need to interact with the systems unless an issue is flagged, as industrial automation is allowing many workflows to be managed by exception. The smart camera or scanner and the intelligent software within do most of the work – automating the product or label inspection process and rendering a pass/fail decision based on the quality criteria programmed for that workflow. If an item fails inspection or a package is flagged as being mislabelled, an alert is sent to a worker for further investigation and resolution.

83%

Jim Lawton, a well-known robotics expert who now leads Zebra’s Robotics Automation business, recently advised supply chain decision-makers to audit operations more holistically when valuing different types of technology as ‘a solution’ to anything. Inbound and outbound teams are equally affected by order surges. So, you can’t assume that adding AMRs or machine vision systems on outbound processes will optimise or protect your business during volatile periods. I agree completely, which is why I’m now recommending that you reconsider where, why and how you plan to leverage automation solutions in the coming months and years.

of workers say AMRs have increased their productivity

If warehouse associates are giving AMRs that much credit, perhaps you should too. You need a way to recruit more workers, and you need a way to augment your existing workforce as business demands increase. If AMRs can help people work smarter and more efficiently – and they can attract people who may not otherwise consider working in a warehouse – why wouldn’t you want to give them a trial run? They’re a low-risk, high reward automation solution given that they can be deployed “as-a-service.” You don’t have to make a significant upfront investment. You could test out 20 AMRs this month as part of a full-service robot-as-a-service (RaaS) subscription model and then add 200 more next month if you wanted to automate additional workflows or increase AMR support during the peak holiday season.

In addition to this deployment flexibility, AMRs have exceptional workflow flexibility. They can automatically pickup and deliver everything from raw materials and finished goods to packages and dunnage, and they can also guide newly-hired seasonal workers through picking and put away tasks so they can reach full productivity within hours or days – not weeks or months. Plus, AMRs can give workers the freedom to stay put in a single zone or workstation to get through more tasks in a day without needing to exert more energy walking materials or goods back and forth. And because AMRs are completely autonomous, you don’t need anyone on the IT or operations team overseeing or controlling their movements. Once these intelligent robots are configured, they will safely and dynamically navigate facilities on their own per the programmed workflow parameters and facility maps. If you ever need to redirect them to another task, a remote team or operations manager can update the workflow instructions using a cloud-based system. Speaking of flexibility, the advancements made in machine vision and fixed industrial scanning systems in the past 12-24 months have been nothing short of momentous. You can now use a single no code/low code software platform to program and power all smart cameras and fixed industrial scanners throughout your facility, whether installed on conveyor belts, forklifts or loading docks. If you want to move a camera or scanner to another location or application, it can be done by your in-house team within hours using the intelligent software platform. Even better, quality control inspectors, loading and receiving teams, and others who may rely on the cameras and scanners in their workflow can successfully learn how to interact with

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Favouring innovation in outbound logistics is natural as it’s the final step to revenue generation – making it a more ‘obvious’ priority. However, the inbound logistics process is often a root cause – if not the primary cause – of inefficiency and quality errors downstream. If you automate certain production, processing or fulfilment process with AMRs or machine vision systems but don’t automate receiving and replenishment workflows in a similar manner, all you’re doing is creating more stress on your operation. Workers will struggle to get inbound materials and products put away or cross-docked because processes remain manual and laborious, even when forklifts and other machines are used. The sheer volume of inventory unloaded every day multiplies at record rates as customer demand balloons. In other words, if you want to get more products out the door, you must balance operations by pulling more robotics and industrial automation solutions into inbound environments. This equilibrium is key to improving the dock-to-stock cycle times needed to keep up with the rapid pace of high-velocity outbound operations. Plus, there is growing value in autonomously transporting material and goods to the correct bin locations so there’s a steady flow of inbound inventory to order fulfilment locations. Free from this task, receiving teams can focus on high-value tasks such as inspection and scanning critical information into the warehouse management system (WMS). And if you automate inspections and scanning, then workers are further freed up to focus on strategic tasks that only humans have the skills, creativity and acumen to handle. In turn, you’ll have both the labour and technology resources you need to power, optimise and, therefore, protect your operations no matter what demands customers place on you or what may threaten disruption. The increased agility and flexibility offered by these two types of automation solutions will result in stability.  If you’re curious how AMRs, machine vision systems, or industrial scanners could be used to improve your inbound or outbound operations, stop by Zebra booth 5B90 at IMHX 2022.

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Get an automation education IMHX is the perfect place to learn about the benefits of automation, says Matthew Jones, Administration and Events Manager for AMHSA. As the voice of the automated material handling sector, representing over 60 members, the Automated Material Handling Systems Association (AMHSA) is committed to educating professionals across the industry about the benefits of intralogistics automation – and IMHX provides the ideal platform to share insights and answer queries.

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IMHX will once again feature the AMHSA Pavilion, which will be the main focus for promoting logistics automation at the show. Located in hall 5 – right by the Logistics Conference theatre – the pavilion will feature the stands of nine AMHSA members around its perimeter. As at previous shows, the central area of the AMHSA Pavilion will accommodate a lounge where members can offer hospitality and light refreshments to clients, other guests and potential members. The space will also feature two meeting rooms for members’ exclusive use for private discussions with show visitors. The remaining 21 AMHSA members exhibiting at IMHX will be based on stands located around the exhibition, with all 30 members at the event set to ››

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Automation is able to solve some of the most challenging issues in intralogistics today

Automation enables companies to deal efficiently and costeffectively with the high return rates typical in e-commerce ›› showcase leading-edge automation solutions and software for the supply chain. CATCH A CONFERENCE SESSION AMHSA representatives and members will be participating in the packed conference programme at IMHX. Taking place across two presentation venues – the Logistics Conference theatre and the Logistics Solutions theatre – the conference sessions will cover hot topics in the industry. AMHSA is directly involved in three conference sessions. The first will be a 20-minute presentation in the Logistics Solutions theatre on Tuesday at 11.30am. With the title ‘Technology for Automation’, this session will be hosted by Dave Berridge, AMHSA Secretary, who will lead a discussion with a solution provider and an end user. On the Wednesday, AMHSA will host a panel discussion at the Logistics Conference theatre at 10am. Entitled ‘Technology for Sustainable Solutions’, this session will be led by Hilton Campbell (Managing Director of AMHSA member, Interroll) and will feature contributions from a representative of a leading FMCG brand; Steve Penney of Go Plastic Pallets; and Dave Berridge. Dave will share insight from the FEM (European Materials Handling Federation), which is working to introduce pan-European sustainability standards, similar to the rating system for energy efficiency. The final conference session involving AMHSA will take place back in the Logistics Solutions theatre on Thursday at 11.30am. This 20-minute presentation is entitled ‘Automation for SMEs’ and will see AMHSA member, Logistex, lead a panel discussion on trends and technologies in automation for small and mediumsized enterprises. The session will feature insights from AMHSA members Engelmann & Buckham, Hi-Level Mezzanines, Iconsys and Kardex.

many benefits of automation to show visitors. Automation is able to solve some of the most challenging issues in intralogistics today: labour scarcity, dealing cost-effectively with rising e-commerce volumes and how to build supply chain resilience. With labour availability being a real headache for warehouse operators currently, investment in automation can circumvent this issue and enable a step-change in productivity. As online retail continues to grow, retailers need to plan for increases in labourintensive e-com fulfilment. Automation enables companies to deal efficiently and costeffectively with the singles picking and high return rates typical in e-commerce. Logistics automation can also help organisations to build supply chain resilience – following the disruption caused by the pandemic and Brexit – in order to be better prepared for potential challenges in the future. With a lower reliance on labour, the capacity to handle peak volumes and a focus on avoiding single points of failure, automation is proving an attractive option for many warehouse operators. AMHSA will also use its presence at the exhibition to champion the recruitment of diverse talent into the logistics industry. Given the current rate of growth in intralogistics automation, material handling system integrators and manufacturers need to prioritize recruitment in order to develop the skills needed for the future in the design, installation and maintenance of these technologies. A key tool to help bridge the skills gap is apprenticeships, with AMHSA operating its own apprenticeship programme – now in its eighth year – in association with car manufacturer, Toyota.

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The AMHSA members exhibiting in the AMHSA Pavilion at IMHX are Actemium Automation, Diamond Phoenix Automation, ek robotics, Elmleigh Electrical Systems, Engelmann & Buckham, Invar Integration, IPL Global, MiTek and Warehouse Control Solutions. The AMHSA members exhibiting elsewhere at the show are Bowe Systec, BS Handling Systems, Conveyor Units, Daifuku, Ferag, Gebhardt European Conveyor Systems, Go Plastic Pallets, Hi-Level Mezzanines, ifm electronic, Interroll, JBT Corporation, Kardex Remstar, KNAPP, Korber Supply Chain, Logistex, Narrow Aisle, Nerak-Wiese, S&S Plastics, Swisslog, Wise Robotics and Witron. 

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In addition to these three conference sessions, several AMHSA members will be delivering their own ‘Power Pitch’ in the Logistics Solutions theatre. Designed to highlight an innovative product, service or solution, these 5-minute slots consist of a 3-minute presentation followed by a 2-minute Q&A. Look out for Power Pitches from Hi-Level Mezzanines, Iconsys, ILS, Kardex, KNAPP and S&S Plastics.

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Step into a logistics world like no other The IMHX Sustainability Zone, which is being delivered in partnership with SEC Storage, will provide visitors with everything they need to develop an effective sustainability policy.

This year’s inaugural Sustainability Zone at IMHX, delivered by SEC Group, will be a hub of digital & physical interaction, displays and educational insights. The large 300 square metre stand centrally located at the event, has been thoughtfully designed to welcome visitors to experience the latest technologies, processes and practices that have come to the forefront of the UK’s warehouse and logistics market. A wide range of pertinent themes will be showcased across the three key areas of Technology, Innovation & Infrastructure, and People. Within the Technology zone, there is a range of cutting edge themes across both Digital and Physical elements. Within the Digital section a range of core innovations from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR), through ››

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Design for custombuilt structure and pick stations using Autonomous Mobile Robots

Design featuring a range of elements including an AMR structure, pick stations, packing desks and automation

›› to Blockchain and Digital Twins will be showcased. These technologies all feature in SEC Group’s warehouse and design processes where the company takes a data-driven approach to analysing operational and product data sets, processing this information through SEC’s AI and machine learning analytics tool, and bringing in Virtual Reality for accurate and engaging design prototyping. These processes using the latest in digital innovation, allow SEC to ultimately design the most efficient warehouse storage solutions. In the physical technology area, visitors will see extended reality features on Robotics with a digitally augmented Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) from Geek+ as well as information and an augmented visitor experience on Hydrogen Fuel Cells from Intelligent Energy. Other core topics within this zone cover 3D Printing, Bionics and Automation.

Warehouse storage design with pallet racking, Cantilever racking and mezzanine floor with storage above and below

revolutionary design tool that uses AI and Machine Learning to drive the most efficient design for a warehouse operation today with built in flexibility to provide an agile warehouse configuration that will meet tomorrow’s needs. The topics featured are also represented in a unique virtual reality landscape replicating the exhibition stand in a virtual exhibition with access to virtual halls demonstrating full scale automated warehouse fit-outs to lecture theatres and more. All linked to a web based Knowledge Hub featuring articles, video and information relating to all the event topics and more.

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Across the People zone sponsored by Cranfield University, a range of topics will highlight important themes that are effecting the warehouse operations of today. From bringing more inclusion and diversity square metre stand to the warehouse and logistics setting, to climate centrally located change and mental health awareness, this Zone at the event aims to educate and inspire the next generation of warehouse and logistics professionals, demonstrating For the Innovation & Infrastructure section, there the impact they can have on an innovative and fast-paced are two core areas featuring technologies for the industry. External Warehouse and Internal Warehouse. The External Warehouse themes include Modern Warehouse Design sponsored Visit the IMHX website for more information about all the themes by Prologis, Solar Panels by ASG Energy and Transport by Crown. and topics that the Sustainability Zone will address and how the Additional topics include Multi-Storey Warehousing, Sustainable Zone can help visitors to uncover innovative solutions that will Materials and On-Site Energy, all with AR functionality allowing enhance their operation's sustainability. Visitors can pre-register visitors to explore each theme simply by scanning a QR code with to attend the event and can be certain of a warm welcome and a a smartphone. valuable learning experience at the Sustainability Zone. https://bit.ly/3KnGEze.  Among the Internal Warehouse themes on show will be DIDO, a

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Time to get logical about last-mile logistics With the growth of online retailing, last-mile order fulfilment facilities must be located within urban areas but, when it comes to developing these much needed units, the needs of the logistics sector remain on the wrong side of planning policy, says Robin Woodbridge, Head of Capital Deployment at Prologis UK. Over the last decade, demand for online shopping has increased exponentially. The boom in direct-to-consumer retailers has led to an increased number of freight vehicles which are in turn facing increased distances of travel. The recent Worth the Weight: Making London’s deliveries greener and smarter report, published by the Centre for London and supported by Prologis, has drawn attention to the need for shorter, ‘last-mile’ delivery routes, if London is to relieve pressures within its logistics operations and meet net zero by 2030. Despite being essential in upholding the UK’s economy over the pandemic, the logistics sector is now facing its own challenges. Every year £54bn worth of goods flow through Prologis distribution centres in the UK alone, equivalent to 2.6 per cent of the UK GDP and CBRE data suggests that for every extra £1bn spent by British consumers online, an additional 900,000 square feet of logistics space is needed. According to Prologis, for every

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square foot of space required for a bricks-and-mortar retail store, three square feet of logistics space is needed to fulfil the same demand online. Online consumers want products to be delivered fast with a growing demand for same day deliveries. With the speed at which goods can be supplied to consumers beholden to how far away they are, last-mile logistics facilities must be located within urban areas of dense populations. This is where the logistics sector currently appears to be on the wrong side of planning policy. While the government recognises the need for more logistics facilities, it’s clear that current proposals to reform the planning system are too focused on supplying new homes with little regard for logistics. This is a concern, especially when you consider a city as economically important as London has already lost around 100 hectares of industrial land annually over the past decade - whilst ››

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‘Last-mile’ delivery is one of most undervalued ways cities like London can meet their net zero targets and build a better society for future generations

›› eCommerce has grown 290% in the same time period. While locating large warehouses on motorway junctions works well for storing goods at a large scale, it is naïve to think that all last-mile facilities can be situated there as well. As the need for goods to be delivered quickly continues to grow, it’s important to make sure there’s a body of goods closer to people. While there is undoubtedly a housing crisis to be addressed, there is also an urgent need for a sense of balance and greater awareness, among consumers and the government, of how important these facilities are.

To combat the issues caused by the last-mile delivery conundrum, Prologis has invested over half a billion pounds in London and the Home Counties in the past 18 months to ensure it can provide the urban logistics facilities its customers need. ‘Last-mile’ delivery is one of most undervalued ways cities like London can meet their net zero targets and build a better society for future generations. 

There is a damaging misconception that locating these facilities outside of cities is good for sustainability, reducing traffic and improving air quality. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Through research produced in partnership with MIT, it has been demonstrated that, to be sustainable, last-mile logistics facilities should be located close to where people live to enable the lastmile route to be faster, as well as to allow the use of electric delivery vehicles, where possible. According to the MIT research, online shopping is 36 per cent more sustainable than bricks-and mortar shops. Transport-related emissions can be reduced by a further 50 per cent if the right number of these buildings are in urban areas, and another 27 per cent via the shift to electric vehicles. Crucially, the challenges of recruiting talent and space are interlinked. Locating logistics facilities closer to where people live not only allows for faster deliveries but creates lots of job opportunities close to home, from entry level to senior management. An Oxford Economics study in 2020 of the 22 industrial logistics parks owned and run by Prologis in the UK found they were responsible for the employment of around 100,000 people.

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With over 40 hours of high-level content, the IMHX 2022 conference programme will deliver a plethora of information that will help attendees from across the logistics and supply chain sectors shape their business strategy, says IMHX event director, Rob Fisher. CONFERENCE CALL IMHX is back. The team and I are absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome you back to the NEC, 6-8 September, as we once again meet at the UK’s biggest intralogistics event, where we will host a series of insightful sessions at the conference. With over 40 hours of high-level content, you can be sure that there are plenty of learning opportunities for attendees from across the logistics and supply chain sector. From the sustainable returns question in fashion to how the new Prime Minister’s policies affect retailers, the programme is home to a plethora of free information that can help you shape your business’ strategy. There will be two conference theatres on the exhibition floor at IMHX: the Logistics Theatre focuses on in-depth conversations about the pressing issues in our industry; the Solutions Theatre showcases the latest in warehousing technology. 

TUESDAY The first day of IMHX is certain to have an unrivalled atmosphere: almost three years to the day since the last edition closed, logisticians from across the UK and beyond are eager to return to the NEC to do business and reunite with the industry. Proceedings kick off in the Logistics Theatre with a panel debate on the topic of Driving sustainability in logistics. The panel is made up of senior representatives from SEC Storage, ASG Energy Services, Ecologi and Intelligent Energy – all of whom can be found in the Sustainability Zone, a new feature for 2022. In the Solutions Theatre, Tim McLean, Managing Director of TXM Lean Solutions, discusses best practice for tackling supply chain disruption. He outlines simple strategies for driving down lead time and smart inventory management that ensures you have just what you need when you need it. Another highlight from day one is a presentation detailing the development of inclusive workplace practices to overcome recruitment challenges, hosted by GXO’s Mark Simmons, HR Director, and Alison Thwaite, Employment Development Manager at Workfit. In the afternoon, visitors can expect to learn about how to tackle the challenge of heavy vehicle decarbonisation, given the current technology lag, in a talk hosted by XPO Logistics’ Environmental & Sustainability Lead, Dr Nicholas Head. 

WEDNESDAY Wednesday at the IMHX Conference is another full day of panels, talks and demonstrations. To learn about how to implement a bimodal supply chain strategy, drop by the Logistics Theatre at 12:00 and let Dr Heather Skipworth of Cranfield University explain how taking this approach can increase agility and address constantly evolving customer needs.

retail to online shopping is here to stay. With major online fashion retailers quietly introducing a fee for returns, Damien Skinner, Country Manager for UK & Ireland at HAI Robotics, explains how ACR technology can improve the accuracy and efficiency of the returns process, enabling warehouses to cut down on costs whilst future-proofing their facilities. Against an ever-worsening economic backdrop, and supply levels at their lowest ever, the industrial property market is increasingly reaching a pinch point. Kevin Mofid, Head of Logistics and Industrial Research at Savills, gives attendees crucial advice on how to navigate the waters of UK warehousing for occupiers. 

THURSDAY The final day of IMHX hosts dozens of high-level speakers keen to share their knowledge with visitors. Clare Bottle, CEO of the UKWA, covers how using warehouse roof space can result in dramatically lower carbon emissions as well as lower energy bills – critical in the coming months, when the energy price cap is set to rise again. In the Solutions Theatre, AMHSA hosts a panel designed to help SMEs take their first steps into automating their warehouse. Five automation experts from Logistex, Engelman & Buckham, Kardex, Hi-level Mezzanine and IConSys cover all aspects of getting the building blocks in place for creating a strong automation plan. The boom in e-commerce that the pandemic accelerated shows no sign of returning to pre-covid levels. With over two decades experience strategizing with Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda; James Osborn, VP of TGW Logistics, shares his advice for retailers on the number one way to increase online supply chain capacity. The UK is under a brand-new premiership with a brand new manifesto. Phil Shaw, Chief Economist at Investec, goes over what the Prime Minister’s policies mean for the logistics and supply chain sector and analyses wider prospects for the economy and interest rates. 

FEATURES On Wednesday afternoon in the Logistics Theatre, the winners of the Supply Chain #NextGen programme, sponsored by Generation Logistics, are unveiled during a drinks reception. The initiative celebrates the contributions of people under the age of thirty who have made a promising start to their careers in the logistics sector. Award recipients will gain access to a number of career-boosting media opportunities to ensure they continue to flourish in their chosen career.

How is your materials handling equipment fuelled? Diesel trucks are a significant barrier to achieving net-zero, and the global lithium shortage is impacting EV manufacturers. A panel of experts hosted by Intelligent Energy brings forth another option, showcasing realworld experiences of hydrogen-powered MHE.

New for 2022, the Power Pitch contest showcases ten products and solutions which are changing the game in the intralogistics sector. Each contestant has three minutes on stage to give their pitch, followed by a two-minute Q&A with the audience and a panel of judges. Both the judging panel and audience have a say in the final score, which enters onto the Power Pitch leader board. The contestant at the top of the leader board at 13:00 is declared Power Pitch Champion and will have the chance to record an episode with The Logistics Podcast, as well as a bottle or two of champagne! 

Data is showing that a large part of the shift from brick-and-mortar

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DAY ONE: Tuesday 6th September SOLUTIONS THEATRE

10:00 - 14.:50

LOGISTICS THEATRE

10.00 - 10.20

10.00 -10.45

Making e-commerce work with Micro Fulfillment Dara Ansari, Innovation & Logistics Expert, KNAPP

DEBATE: Driving sustainability in logistics

10.30 - 10.50 An integrated suite of climate solutions Gerald Chifamba, Business Devlopment Manager, pledge.io

10:00 - 16:15

Harry Watts, Managing Director, SEC Storage Adam Keenan, Business Development & Account Manager, MHE Intelligent Energy Tony Gresty, Managing Director, ASG Energy Services Senior Representative, Ecologi

10.55 - 11.25 How can Autonomous Case Handling Robots help your warehouse with order picking? Damien Skinner, Country Manager UK & Ireland, HAI Robotics 11.30 - 11.50 Warehouse Automation Technology: AMSHA's essential journey guide Dave Berridge, Managing Director, Emkat Solutions Adam Fox, Business Development Manager, Swisslog

11.00 - 11.45 Overcoming recruitment challenges with an inclusive workforce: GXO and Workfit partnership Mark Simmons, HR Director, GXO Alison Thwaite, Employment Development Manager, Workfit Tommy Patrick, Transport Operative, GXO 12:00 - 12:45 Going beyond net zero

12.00 - 12.30 Simple strategies to tackle supply chain disruption Tim McLean, Managing Director, TXM Lean Solutions

Simon Cox, Head of Development Management & UK Sustainability Officer, Prologis 13.30 - 14.15

12.35 - 12.55 Flexibility and sustainability: get ahead of your customer demands Carlo Capoia, Sales Director, Panotec Paul Chapple, Sales Lead EMEA, WestRock 13.00 - 13.20 Achieving the low carbon warehouse of tomorrow Tony Gresty, Managing Director, ASG Energy Services 13.30 - 13.50 Every shipment matters: an introduction to realtime supply chain visibility Matt Holland, Director of Sales, UK, Ireland & Nordic, Tive

PANEL DISCUSSION: Investing in our carbon future through estate transformation Phil Shepley, VP and Head of Commercial UK, Iron Mountain Tom Shaw, Director, JLL. Joe Skinner, Associate Development Director, Tritax Senior Representative, UKWA 14.30 - 15.15 The challenge of heavy vehicle decarbonisation: overcoming the technology lag Dr Nicholas Head, Environmental & Sustainability Lead, UK & Ireland, XPO Logistics

14.00 - 14.20

15.30 - 16.15

Thriving in a volatile word: a revolutionary approach to warehouse automation Remy Malchirand, VP Sales, Western Europe, Exotec

The FareShare Story: social and environmental benefits of redistributing surplus food Carl Hawkes, Head of Network Support, FareShare

14.30 - 14.50 Connecting the packaging dots sustainably Scott Torrington, General Manager, CMC Machinery

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DAY TWO: Wednesday 7th September SOLUTIONS THEATRE

LOGISTICS THEATRE

10:00 - 14.:50

10:00 - 16:15

10.00 - 10.50

10.00 - 10.45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Real-world Experience of Hydrogen Powered MHE

PANEL DISCUSSION: Automation shouldn't cost the earth

Stefan Fenchel, Sustainability Project Manager, BMW Ulf Jorgensen, Founder & Executive Partner, H2 Core Systems Ben Wendrock, Systems Integration Manager, FES Stefan Hanisch-Meinel, Project Manager - Fuel Cell Systems, FES Harry Karmazyn, Head of Low Power Product Development, Intelligent Energy

Hilton Campbell, CEO, Interroll Steve Penney, UK Key Account Sales Manager, GoPlasticPallets Dave Berridge, Managing Director, Emkat

10.55 - 11.25 The £4.4 billion returns conundrum in the UK fashion industry Damien Skinner, Country Manager UK & Ireland, HAI Robotics

Generation Logistics: public perceptions of the sector

11.00 - 11.45

Bethany Windsor, Programme Manager, Generation Logistics 12.00 - 12.45

11.30 - 11.50

Bi-modal supply chains for efficiency and responsiveness.

Take your pick: order, batch, case, or pallet picking using AMRs Melonee Wise, VP Robotics Automation, Zebra Technologies 12.00 - 12.30

Dr Heather Skipworth, Director of the Agile Supply Chain Research Club, Cranfield University NE W

*POWER PITCH: Robotics on Demand: • Autonomous wheel solutions - Ben Katz, Solutions Integration Manager, Wheel.me • AMR Connect - Graham Lee, Business Development Manager, iconsys • RedPilot - Laura Carter, Business Development Manager, KNAPP • Logidot RLTS - Niccolo Corsini, Founder & CEO, Logidot • ILS Flexwipe - Phil Molloy, Business Development Manager, Industrial Labelling Systems

13:00 - 13:20 A place like home: going the extra mile to make Prologis Parks industry leading. Sally Duggelby, Vice President of Capital Deployment & Leasing, Prologis 13.30 - 14.15 UK Logistics Property: how can occupiers secure space in the current environment? Kevin Mofid, Head of Logistics and Industrial Research, Savills

12.35 - 12.55 Flexible power & connected automation: smart solutions for an efficient future Pete Wooding, Manager - Tech & VNA UK, Crown

14.30 - 15.15

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Shane Brennan

PANEL DISCUSSION: To what extent will we see supply chain automation in our stores in the future?

15.30 - 16.15

James Osborn, VP - Business Development eGrocery Investments, TGW Logistics Group Oana Andreea Jinga, Co-founder & CEO, BotsAndUs Mike Young, Director UK Business Development I&L, Client Solutions, CBRE Ashley Hartwell, Managing Consultant, Supply Chain Consulting Group

The winners of the Supply Chain #NextGen initiative will be announced during this reception in the Logistics Theatre

Lessons from Crisis: mapping the Future of Resilient Cold Chains

Supply Chain #NextGen

14.00 - 14.20 Reduce the risk of injury and increase productivity in warehousing and logistics Lewis Robinson, Key Account Manager, Logistics, Piab 14.30 - 14.50

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Level Up! Unlocking the next level of efficiency in your warehouse with AI Robotics Kent Weber, Integrated Marketing, Covariant

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DAY THREE: Thursday 8th September SOLUTIONS THEATRE

LOGISTICS THEATRE

10:00 - 14.20

10:00 - 15:15

10.00 - 10.20

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How innovative investment solutions aid the realisation of intralogistics and automation projects

Supply Chain and Procurement Digital Transformation

Tim Newton, Intralogistics Sales Manager UK & Northern Ireland, DLL Group Cesar Nostri, Intralogistics Sales Manager Europe South & East, DLL Group

Dr Soroosh Saghiri, Course Director: Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management, Cranfield University 11.00 – 11.45

10.30 - 10.50

Walking on Sunshine: how a warehouse roof can save you money and help save the planet

Enter the Smart Warehouse: how IoT and location-based process automation can make your operations leaner and more resilient

Clare Bottle, CEO, UKWA Kevin McCann, Policy Manager, Solar Energy UK Thomas McMillian, Energy Director, Savills Laurence Robinson, Senior Analyst, Delta EE Jenna Strover, Head of Commercial Delivery, Potter Space

Niccolo Corsini, Founder & CEO, Logidot 10.55 - 11.25 Automation and e-commerce: how can you scale your warehouse solution as your business grows?

13.00 – 13.20

Damien Skinner, Country Manager UK & Ireland, HAI Robotics

Newsflash: microfulfilment isn’t taking off! Here’s why

11.30 - 11.50

James Osborn, VP - Business Development eGrocery Investments, TGW Group

PANEL DISCUSSION: Automation strategy for SMEs

13.30 – 14.15

Nigel Lahiri, AMR Consultant, Logistex Richard McClean, Director, Engelmann & Buckham Aaron Thornton, Director New Business, UK & Ireland, Kardex Chris Baxter, Sales Director, Hi-level Mezzanine Graham Lee, Solutions Consultant, Industrial Automation, iconsys 12.00 - 12.30

Leading a new era in business: placing ex-offenders into employment Steve Freer, CEO, Tempus Novo. Val Wawrosz, Managing Director & Founder, Tempus Novo NE W

*POWER PITCH • Konecranes Agilon - Antony Ward, Agilon Sales Manager, Konecranes • Turn-key forklift solution - Alex Manolov, Founder, AdVentura Works • Digitising road freight - Jai Kanwar, Co-founder, Zeus Labs • Robot-ready floor tiles - Chris Baxter, Sales Director, Hi-level Mezzanine • Stop shipping & storing air! - Nick Bortone, Managing Director, S&S Plastics

14.30 – 15.15 Warehouse Automation Outlook Rowan Stott, Senior Analyst, Interact Analysis

12.35 - 12.55 Changes in No 10: What changes for the logistics sector? Phil Shaw, Chief Economist, Investec. 13.00 - 13.20 Democratising robotics – autonomous wheels as the ultimate solution Kai Kreos-Nemcok, Solution Expert & Sales Manager, Wheel.me 13.30 - 13.50 Picking Process For Faster Delivery: gear4Music Success Story Martin Stephenson, IT Director, Gear4Music Carlos Villafane, Country Manager, UK & Ireland, ProGlove. *NEW FOR 2022 14.00 - 14.20 Intelligent master data management for automation Marinus Bouwman, Product Manager KiSoft Pack Master, KNAPP

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Action stations! There's nothing better than seeing the latest technology and equipment physically in action and that's why the IMHX Demo Zone is always such a popular show feature. The Demo Zone is a dedicated area of the event where visitors get to watch new products and ground-breaking tech perform the jobs that they do best within the warehouse or distribution centre environment. With a scheduled timetable of displays across all three days

SAFETY FIRST Inventor of the world’s first advanced polymer safety barrier, A-SAFE has been setting the global standard in workplace safety for almost two decades. From warehouses, cold storage and manufacturing facilities to car parks and airports; A-SAFE provides rigorously tested and certified industrial impact protection for a range of specialist applications.

of IMHX 2022 make sure you don’t miss the chance to see something that might be just what you are looking for to enhance throughput, boost safety, reduce energy consumption, maximise storage capacity or improve picking efficiency within your business. 

CARRYING LONG LOADS SECURELY

A-Safe will also demonstrate their iFlex™ Double Traffic Barrers+ which protect pedestrians, assets and infrastructure from vehicle impacts and are designed for high-traffic environments where pedestrian traffic and heavyweight vehicles share space. 

Baumann has manufactured sideloaders for 52 years and electric versions since the early 1990s. Their ability to carry long loads securely on their bed make them ideal for the timber trade and have since proved vital for steel, plastics, concrete and many other sectors. The 120-volt ELX Series of 3 to 5 tonnes capacity sideloaders are highly efficient and durable electric machines capable of efficiently working in small spaces with incredible runtimes. Baumann electric sideloaders also have zero emissions, extended outreach, are cheaper to maintain, and provide a better operator environment, making them increasingly popular throughout the UK. 

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A-SAFE products featured in the Demo Zone include the iFlex™ Double Traffic Barrier. Designed to safeguard buildings, machinery and equipment from damage caused by high-energy vehicle impacts, it is ideal for facilities with high volumes of heavyweight vehicles in operation.

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FULLY AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS

ZERO EMISSION ELECTRIC FORKLIFTS

BotsAndUs develops robotics and AI logistics solutions for digital twin warehouse environments. The company provides solutions that capture realtime data at the acceptance and storage process to help companies drive better business decisions. The fully autonomous robots measure, track and find goods across warehouses without workflow disruption. They also collect data in real-time on goods as they pass through the warehouse and provide information on their condition, volume, count and location on shelves - fully automating receiving and stock taking processes. The data is easily accessible and can be analysed instantly from anywhere, allowing teams to obtain full warehouse inventory visibility. 

Cesab Material Handling will highlight its completely renewed B series of zero emissions electric forklift trucks. The five new ranges include 3-wheel trucks with 1.0 tonne capacity to 4-wheel trucks with up to 8.5 tonne capacity.

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The Combi-CBE is characterised by multidirectional capability and compact counterbalance design together with quiet, emission-free electric power. This unique combination offers multiple benefits for users such as the safe, space saving and productive handling of both long loads as well as palletised goods. This highly versatile and manoeuvrable forklift works inside and out and can offload and transport products in narrow confines to storage or production facilities. Combilift drivers will be putting this 2,500kg capacity truck through its paces in the IMHX demo area. 

The perfect pairing of innovative technology and intelligently-connected systems, the award-winning Crown ESR 1000 Series reach truck owes its acclaimed performance to the Gena® operating system, which provides operators with a data-rich user experience, enabling them to work precisely and effectively at any height without compromising performance. Gena® is intuitive, customisable and interactive, relaying information to a 7" touchscreen via the InfoLink fleet management system it facilitates operator onboarding and boosts productivity. Another innovation that visitors to the Demo Zone can see for themselves is the optional Xpress Lower™ automation. Capable of doubling mast-lowering speeds to 1.1 m/s, this technology offers a boost to productivity of up to 21 percent. 

All models are fitted as standard with Cesab’s ISD, Intelligent Stability Design, as standard. This active safety system monitors the key parameters of the truck and takes corrective action when necessary to assure the stability of the machine and load. In addition, IMD (Intelligent Mast Design) technology provides industry leading levels of visibility for the operator through the mast. The new Cesab B-Series electric range was developed in consultation with operators, with the present-day handling needs of businesses front of mind. 

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PALLET TRANSFER SOLUTION ek robotics will present its award winning Vario CB AGV which will be moving palletised loads between racking, drop and collect stations. Complementing the Vario will be ek robotics’ low-profile Fastmove vehicle, which will be shown transferring pallets from drop to collect positions. Both machines will be operating on routes that will demonstrate their manoeuvrability and from time-to-time throughout the day they will be opportunity charging their lithium batteries.

FORK WEAR GAUGE SHOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME AT IMHX 2022 FB Chain manufactures leaf chain, anchor bolts, chain kits for telehandlers, pins and pulleys for the materials handling industry - often according to clients’ individual requirements. FB Chain is also at the forefront of materials handling safety for developing and producing the industry standard Professional Chain Wear Gauge and has now developed the Professional Fork Wear Gauge – which will be shown for the first time at IMHX 2022.

These two very different vehicles will be operating under ek robotics’ single control system to demonstrate the flexibility that ek robotics is able to offer. 

As the only leaf chain manufacturer represented by the UKMHA, FB Chain is also a key source of technical and application assistance for both equipment manufacturers and operators. 

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Step into Opex’s virtual warehouse for a Virtual Reality experience of the Opex Perfect Pick - a scalable, goods-to-person picking solution that improves the rate and efficiency of inventory moving through a customer fulfilment or distribution centre. The Perfect Pick, unlike other solutions, is a self-contained, standalone point solution. One aisle is comprised of modular, high-density racking along with a fleet of autonomous robotic delivery vehicles, iBOTs®, which access every storage location within their aisle – both horizontally and vertically. iBOTs deliver inventory directly to a workstation located at the ends of the aisle.  www.warehouseautomation.com/asrs/perfect-pick/

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Protean Software’s next-gen Field Service Management system – ServiceSight – has been developed to help any service business reduce costs, improve productivity and efficiency and, perhaps most importantly, get paid faster! Protean’s cloud technology means users can access vital data from any device, anywhere in the world, at any time. ServiceSight contains CRM functionality to help manage prospects and customers, quoting, complete job and inspection management, stock control with order processing, service contracts, equipment registers and web portal to allow customers to self-serve. Coupled with a state-of-the-art mobile app on Android & iOS for field engineers, ServiceSight can help companies of all sizes reach their business goals.  www.proteansoftware.com

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THE IDEAL SPACE Whittan work with companies large and small to expand storage capabilities and is best known for its wide range of pallet racking, shelving and lockers are manufactured in Britain. The Whittan Group family of trusted brands include some of the most well-known names in storage: Link51, Apex, HiStore, Polypal UK, Polypal Europe, LinkLockers, Probe and LinBins. Three bays of Link51 standard pallet racking have been installed at the demonstration area to help exhibitors display their mechanical handling equipment. Made from high-quality steel and finished with graphite grey uprights and contrasting orange beams to aid pallet placement, the racking provides the ideal space for exhibitors to show off their products. 

DEMONSTRATIONS SCHEDULED TUESDAY 6th SEPTEMBER

WEDNESDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY 8th SEPTEMBER

Company Name

Location

Company Name

Location

Company Name

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E&K Robotics

Robotics area

Crown Lift Trucks

FLT Demo

Combilift

10.15

Cesab

FLT Demo

Opex

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Combilift

10.30

Bots & Us

Pod 1

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Crown Lift Trucks

FLT Demo

FLT Demo Break

Location FLT Demo Breakk

Baumann

FLT Demo

E&K Robotics

Automation Demo FLT Demo

11.00

Opex

Pod 2

Baumann

FLT Demo

Cesab

11.15

Combilift

FLT Demo

E&K Robotics

Automation Demo

Bots & Us

Pod 1

Cesab

FLT Demo

Crown Lift Trucks

FLT Demo

11.30

Break

11.45

Baumann

FLT Demo

Bots & Us

Pod 1

Opex

Pod 2

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E&K Robotics

Robotics area

Crown Lift Trucks

FLT Demo

Combilift

FLT Demo

12.15

Cesab

FLT Demo

Opex

Pod 2

12.30

Bots & Us

Pod 1

Combilift

FLT Demo

Break Baumann

FLT Demo

E&K Robotics

Automation Demo

Cesab

FLT Demo

12.45

Crown Lift Trucks

FLT Demo

13.00

Opex

Pod 2

Baumann

FLT Demo

13.15

Combilift

FLT Demo

E&K Robotics

Automation Demo

Bots & Us

Pod 1

Cesab

FLT Demo

Crown Lift Truck

FLT Demo

13.30

Break

Break

13.45

Baumann

FLT Demo

Bots & Us

Pod 1

Opex

Pod 2

14.00

E&K Robotics

Automation Demo

Crown Lift Trucks

FLT Demo

Combilift

FLT Demo

14.15

Cesab

FLT Demo

Opex

Pod 2

14.30

Bots & Us

Pod 1

Combilift

FLT Demo

Break Baumann

FLT Demo

14.45

Crown Lift Trucks

FLT Demo

E&K Robotics

Automation Demo

15.00

Opex

Pod 2

Baumann

FLT Demo

Cesab

FLT Demo

15.15

Combilift

FLT Demo

E&K Robotics

Automation Demo

Bots & Us

Pod 1

Cesab

FLT Demo

Opex

Pod 2

FLT Demo

Bots & Us

Pod 1

15.30 15.45

Break

Break Baumann

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EXHIBITOR HIGHLIGHTS | September

The essential event After a Covid-enforced hiatus, IMHX the UK’s premier logistics solutions and intralogistics technology event – returns to the NEC, Birmingham to showcase the developments that are shaping the global logistics industry over three action-packed days in September. 52

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“After Covid it will be great to be back at the NEC and I look forward to welcoming visitors and exhibitors alike to an event where it is certain that a lot of business will be done” ROB FISHER Group Director, IMHX

On the 6th, 7th and 8th of September, the chance to see up-tothe-minute advances in technology from literally hundreds of exhibitors will ensure that IMHX 2022 is the essential gathering place for UK logistics professionals seeking the latest storage and handling solutions that will enable them to stay ahead of supply chain trends. Automation is a key focus area for supply chain decision makers and the chance to see working demonstrations of the latest automated handling technology – from entry level solutions to fully automated warehouse systems - is just one of the many reasons to visit IMHX 2022. Sophisticated automated handling technology is now within financial reach of SMEs as well as the biggest players and a host of pioneering and industry-leading automation providers will be demonstrating solutions that range from entry-level technology to advanced, large scale integrated projects at IMHX 2022. For example, IMHX 2022 will be the place to evaluate the growing range of driverless materials handling solutions that are becoming an increasingly common feature within warehouses and DCs. VisionNav Robotics is among the fastest-growing operator-free industrial vehicle manufacturers in the world and the company will use IMHX 2022 to highlight the range of fully automated, visionguided forklift trucks and intelligent operating systems that it has produced for the European market. Exhibitor Swisslog’s automated warehousing technologies include traditional high bay warehouses and innovative robot-based materials handling solutions that provide quality, flexibility and efficiency. Every application is customised to deliver the lowest cost per pick. Visitors to the Swisslog stand can learn about the next generation of the ItemPiQ robot order picking system. ItemPiQ is highly ››

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Locus Robotics will demonstrate its autonomous mobile robot solution that operate collaboratively with human workers to double, even triple piece-handling productivity, all with less labour compared to traditional piece handling systems. Designed to help retailers, 3PLs and specialty warehouses efficiently meet or exceed the increasingly complex and demanding requirements of fulfilment environments, the Locus AMR can be integrated into existing warehouse infrastructures without disrupting workflows. Meanwhile, iFollow will be showcasing Its premium, slimline autonomous mobile robots. Suited to a broad range of applications, even in cold storage, iFollow’s mobile robots can assist order picking operations in sectors such as grocery, manufacturing and logistics. ›› versatile for easy adaptation to a customer's changing product palette. Aided by artificial intelligence, the system "learns" the optimal picking method for each new item. Meanwhile Gebhardt – who celebrate their 70th anniversary in 2022 – will show examples of the kind of customised and innovative intralogistics solutions that they have been supplying to customers throughout the world for more than seven decades. The automated storage, transport, sorting and picking systems supplied by Daifuku include flexible automated guided vehicle (AGV) transport technology as well as rail-guided sorting transfer vehicle (STR) systems, while Knapp’s smart solutions and automated storage systems support the logistics processes of leading companies’ worldwide. BotsAndUs will show how their fully autonomous robots measure, track and find goods across warehouses without workflow disruption, while visitors will also discover how Exotec’s range of robotics deliver sustainable warehouse productivity gains by enabling human workers and robots to collaborate. Locus Robotics will also demonstrate an autonomous mobile robot solution throughout IMHX. The Locus multi-bot solution incorporates powerful and intelligent autonomous mobile robots

iFollow will be showcasing Its premium, slimline autonomous mobile robots

HAI Robotics, the pioneer in Autonomous Case-handling Robot (ACR) systems, will exhibit its highly flexible goods-to-person solutions that are designed to improve operational efficiency and storage density. Warehouse operators visiting the event can find out how they can enjoy the benefits of Covariant’s robotics solution with minimal upfront costs by signing up for the company’s robotics-as-aservice customised subscription agreements and also learn how Amber Industries Ltd – a company with over 40 years’ experience in the automated mechanical handling and conveyor industry - works to enhance the efficiency of its clients’ operations by providing innovative and expertly tailored conveyor solutions at a competitive price. Visitors can also check out the range of automated storage systems for pallets and bins developed by racking and storage solutions supplier, Stow. SUSTAINABILITY With environmental issues very much to the fore, IMHX 2022 will also be the place to examine the advanced lift truck power sources, such as lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, that are remodeling the way that many companies operate their intralogistics processes. For example, Intelligent Energy, a leading fuel cell development and manufacturing business, will showcase the new “H2 E-Pack” – a plug-and-play battery replacement that uses the company’s IE-LIFT™ MHE fuel cell module at its core.” Intelligent Energy is also among the sponsors of a brand new feature of IMHX 2022 – the Sustainability Zone. Combining physical displays, augmented reality, and virtual reality demonstrations, the IMHX Sustainability Zone will give visitors a ‘deep dive’ into the many steps that companies operating in the supply chain space can take to make sure they perform as sustainably as possible. Prominently located within the main IMHX exhibition hall, the ground-breaking zone, which is being delivered in partnership with SEC Storage, will provide visitors with an insight into an array of adoptable sustainable initiatives. Set across 300 square metres, it will allow visitors to take away everything ››

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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE One of the highlights of IMHX is likely to be the special presentation and networking reception that is being held to mark the inauguration of The Supply Chain #NextGen. Thirty of the brightest and most talented logistics professionals aged thirty years old or under who are considered to have made an impressive start to their supply chain careers and who look set to go on to play a key role in the sector’s future will be revealed at the celebration. All finalists will be invited to take part in a number of exciting opportunities including roundtables, speaker panels, podcast episodes and more that will ensure that they maintain a high profile in the months ahead. Rob Fisher comments: “The purpose of The Supply Chain #NextGen is to give the young leaders of tomorrow the chance to gain recognition through an official industry seal of approval that acknowledges both their early success and long-term potential.” 

Of course, embracing sustainability is not just a corporate social responsibility issue – it can be the catalyst for driving operational and financial efficiency and optimising supply chain performance.

Of course, with global energy prices soaring, the commercial incentive for operating in an environmentally-conscious way has never been greater. With many of the world’s leading MHE manufacturers highlighting the latest developments in power sources and fuel cell technology, IMHX 2022 will be the perfect opportunity to see the latest carbon-reducing offerings from many of the world’s leading forklift brands.

Sparck Technologies (formerly Packaging by Quadient) will use IMHX to demonstrate its eco-conscious packaging technology that creates fit-to-size boxes for every consignment quickly and efficiently.

Enviromental benefits have long been at the forefront of Crown Lift Trucks’ product development plans and IMHX 2022 will see the company highlight its family of reach truck models that deliver industry-leading energy savings.

Sparck’s fit-to-size box maker is among a plethora of systems and solutions specifically developed to meet the distinct needs of online retailers and their fulfillment operations will be under the spotlight at IMHX 2022.

Forklift attachment manufacturer, B&B Attachments, will exhibit the new electrically operated and electronically controlled KAUP Electric Fork Positioner - the T160BE. The attachment completely removes the requirement for hydraulic operation - a PLC with CAN-Bus-interface opens new communication possibilities between the attachment and fork truck.

›› they need to develop an effective sustainability policy or benchmark their existing strategy against examples from some of the most successful companies in the industry.

Narrow Aisle Ltd will demonstrate the benefits of the Easi-Pick, a compact ride-on electric-powered vertical order picker designed specifically with e-fulfillment operations in mind. Meanwhile, a range of storage and picking technology ideal for equipping ‘dark stores’ – the new breed of micro-fulfillment centres that are widely regarded as one of the most exciting online retail developments to emerge from the pandemic, will be highlighted by Bito Storage Systems.

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AR Racking will display a wide variety of solutions and services ranging from the design and planning of storage systems to the implementation and commissioning stage of a project. A highlight will be the company’s AR Shuttle semi-automatic solution, which combines the possibility of high density and compact storage with operating agility. ››

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›› ASG Services is using the event to showcase its traditional labelling, safety netting and line marking solutions but in particular, it will be introducing IMHX visitors to two of its latest product ranges, the Kingspan SafeDefence barrier system and the new technology underpinning its Projected Safety Solutions. SafeDefence is a versatile range of products purpose-designed to protect warehouse personnel, building structures and valuable stock from accident damage caused by impacts from material handling equipment. The system is reliant on a high-performance synthetic polymer that flexes on impact to safely absorb kinetic energy. The system includes posts, rails, barriers, goalposts and gates, and its ability to be quickly installed in new-build warehouses, thanks to its single anchor point as opposed to the four-point solution used in traditional steel barriers, is just one of the reasons it is proving popular with ASG Services’ customers. Goplasticpallets.com –an independent supplier of plastic pallets, pallet boxes, containers, crates, and trays - will be showcasing two new products: a Euro format of the space-saving foldable CabCube 3.0 and a new range of Smart Euronorm storage containers, perfect for automated ASRS applications. Visitors to the Goplasticpallets.com stand will also be able to see the APB1210 Pool Pallet, a range of Attached Lid Containers, and a range of lightweight nestable pallets which are said to be ideal for use in retail and export applications.

Following the recent acquisition of mechanical handling technology provider Andron Handling, V Installations will be highlighting its extended range of handling solutions. IMHX 2022 event director, Rob Fisher, says: “After Covid it will be great to be back at the NEC and I look forward to welcoming visitors and exhibitors alike to an event where it is certain that a lot of business will be done. Every aspect of IMHX 2022 will be relevant for the challenges and opportunities presenting themselves to companies in the logistics and supply chain sectors today. “With the vast array of equipment, solutions and technology on show, IMHX 2022 is an essential diary date for anyone whose dayto-day job function involves the storage or movement of goods through the supply chain. “Supply chain issues are at the top of the modern business agenda as retailers, manufacturers and logistics operators strive to keep up with the growth of the on-demand economy and a visit to IMHX is a great chance to see hundreds of intralogistics solutions under one roof and a wonderful opportunity to build a greater understanding of how modern technology can deliver the operational benefits companies across all industry sectors are looking for.”  IMHX 2022 will take place from 6 – 8 September at the NEC, Birmingham and admission is free-of charge. To register for your free exhibition entry pass please visit www.imhx.net.

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Solar PV on the UK’s warehouse rooftops could double the solar capacity of the whole of the UK

Walking on sunshine with UKWA at IMHX Clare Bottle, CEO of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) explains how warehouses could double the UK’s solar capacity, reduce sector emissions, and save £3bn per year

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LOGISTICS THEATRE

Learn more at IMHX seminar and panel discussion To present this ground-breaking research and to discuss the exciting possibilities it raises for our sector, UKWA will be joined in the Logistics Theatre at IMHX on Thursday 8th at 11am by researchers Delta-EE and Solar Energy UK. The seminar and panel discussion is entitled, ‘Walking on Sunshine: how a warehouse roof can save you money and help save the planet’. 

At this year’s IMHX the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) will be sharing the results and implications for the industry and for future government policy of its major research report into solar PV for warehouses. Initially commissioned to explore how solar PV could contribute to the sector’s journey towards net zero, the issue of sustainable energy has subsequently become even more urgent in the light of rocketing energy prices. In short, warehouse operators need to find a solution that reduces carbon emissions AND saves costs. The findings of our report are nothing short of staggering. Conclusions show that 15 GW of additional solar PV on the UK’s warehouse rooftops could double the solar capacity of the whole of the UK, in turn reducing sector emissions by a significant 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year and delivering massive annual savings on energy costs of up to £3bn. To put this in context, the National Grid 2022 future energy scenarios considers UK’s solar capacity needs to at least double by 2030 - our report shows that by adopting solar PV the warehousing sector could achieve that goal single-handedly! Of course, decarbonisation requires action from all industry sectors and warehousing is poised to play its part in reducing emissions. However, delivering net zero is expected to drive increased electricity demand, a particular concern for the warehousing and logistics sector as MHE, rail and road freight transport transition to electrification. The price of electricity has already risen sharply because of global supply chain shortages and costs are expected to continue upwards. Solar PV is widely predicted to be a major part of the solution, providing low cost, secure and green electricity, but so far this option has

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been largely unexplored and untapped in our sector. Yet, solar PV would appear to be an excellent choice for warehouses, which invariably feature high (out of sight), large scale, typically un-obstructed flat roof space, ideal for such installations. Unlike utility scale solar, warehouse rooftop solar does not compete with farmland and is typically close to industrial and residential centres. Solar panels are also becoming an increasingly affordable source of renewable energy. While solar PV seems an obvious opportunity for warehouse owners to reap the benefits of lower energy costs and achieve more sustainable operation, the issue is fraught with potential complexities. The outputs of our solar PV report are threefold. Firstly, it considers the possible barriers – such as upfront investment, payback time, grid connections - and provides an independent assessment of the viability as well as the benefits of solar PV for the UK warehousing sector. Secondly, we have developed a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for UKWA members keen to adopt solar PV, and thirdly – perhaps most importantly, UKWA has created a clear and compelling evidence-based policy paper to government to demonstrate that solar PV on warehouses delivers clear environmental and cost benefits not only to businesses in our sector, but to UK plc On funding, the government’s super deduction on capital investment including solar panels can provide significant investment savings, however this is due to end in April 2023. UKWA proposes this is extended to 2030 to support levelling up the UK's warehousing, which we believe will help address upfront investment concerns. On planning, UKWA will highlight the barriers presented by grid permits and recommend that the approach to DNO/DSO and connection planning should be reformed. Our aim will be to ensure part of the review of the electricity market arrangements by BEIS, and Ofgem's review of DSO governance model, enables the widespread installation of commercial rooftop solar with minimal barriers. On tax, solar energy is excepted from business rates, our message is that this must be preserved and maintained, in recognition of the important role solar plays in supporting improved EPC ratings. We will also promote and support local energy schemes to encourage closer cooperation between businesses and communities, helping to increase the value for exported solar power, while also minimising impact on the wider grid infrastructure. This is the beginning of a quiet revolution for warehousing – so if you’re part of our sector, please visit UKWA at IMHX 2022! 

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E-COMMERCE IMHX 2022 will provide e-commerce fulfilment professionals with an essential opportunity to discover technologies that will real bottom-line benefits to their business, says IMHX 2022 Event Director, Rob Fisher

Online options

Covid-19 – and the lockdowns introduced in an effort to restrict its spread among the population – changed the way goods are stored, picked and moved to the consumer dramatically, with the switch to online shopping in particular forcing retailers and their logistics partners to radically rethink and rapidly adapt well-established working practices. The pace of change was breathtaking. Ten years of forecasted e-commerce growth occurred during the first month of the first national lockdown in 2020, and between February and October of 2021 the value of online sales in total retail sales grew from 19.6% to 28.5%. The logistics sector’s ability to scale-up and adapt its services in response to such massive and rapid changes in consumer spending patterns was hugely impressive and without the expertise and dedication of the industry there can be little doubt that the public would have found the restrictive lockdown conditions even more difficult to live with. For warehouse or distribution centre operators the need to keep pace with the shift away from bulk deliveries to retail stores towards the fulfillment of individual online orders directly to the consumer has necessitated significant adjustments across all aspects of the warehouse operation. For instance, the e-commerce boom prompted many storage operations to reconsider their order picking methodologies. In particular, the space constraints generated by the need to hold more SKUs and the shorter pick times and quicker throughput rates needed to meet the delivery expectations of internet shoppers meant that storage solutions had to be rethought to make the most of the people and (in the majority of cases) limited space available. A plethora of systems and solutions specifically developed to meet the distinct needs of online retailers and their fulfillment operations will be under the spotlight at the forthcoming IMHX 2022 (6-8 September, NEC, Birmingham). With over 300 exhibiting companies logistics and e-commerce fulfillment professionals can be sure that they will leave IMHX 2022 having seen the very latest technological advancements that will enable them to meet the expectations of today’s increasingly demanding online shoppers.  To register for your free visitor pass, please go to www.imhx.net

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THE AXELENT X-PROTECT RANGE OF IMPACT PROTECTION PRODUCTS NOT ONLY DELIVER THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF SAFETY BUT THEIR CLEVER DESIGN ALLOWS WAREHOUSE OR FACTORY BARRIER SYSTEMS TO BE QUICKLY AND COST EFFECTIVELY RECONFIGURED AS AND WHEN REQUIRED

Safety and simplicity Most barrier products on the market work well as shock protectors but can be hard to assemble. Furthermore, many existing products lack true flexibility, are hard to extend and make it impossible for users to build on an existing system of protection. But the Axelent X-Protect range of impact protection products is super easy to install and their clever design means that the different products in the Axelent range are interchangeable. This compatibility allows warehouse or factory safety systems to be quickly and cost effectively reconfigured as required. X-Protect from Axelent is the only impact protection system that changes with a user’s needs. Its unique modular design allows the system’s existing configuration to be easily modified as and when required. This means that with X-Protect protection can be added when needed. Furthermore X-Protect can integrate with the Axelent X-Guard machine guarding system. This is a unique feature in the marketplace.

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Axelent’s impact proection barrier is part of the X-Protect range

The system is designed with flexibility and modularity in mind. For example, while other products require specific posts for different configurations, Axelent’s X-Protect is designed to allow limitless combinations while flexible connection pieces help dissipate the force of an impact - so not only is X-Protect easy to install and replace, it is also incredibly strong. The system has the widest centres between posts on the market, which means fewer holes in the floor are needed, which, in turn, result in lower installation costs and rapid installation speeds. The entire Axelent range is 100 per cent modular and features the same type of floor anchoring system. This makes it simple and straightforward to switch between, for example, impact barriers and pedestrian barriers, without the need to undertake any additional installation work. Checking the condition of safety barriers should be part of every routine facility inspection. If a damaged or worn part is identified the Axelent system allows individual parts to be speedily replaced -right down to component level. This quick switch capability ensures that on-site disruption is minimised while any essential barrier repair work is undertaken. And, because Axelent is a safety company, naturally X-Protect has been

through a series of rigorous tests to ensure that it delivers the highest levels of force resistance. At Axelent’s state-ofthe-art testing facility real world forces and impact zones are used throughout the product testing process so users have the peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that their barrier safety system will deliver the required level of people, product and handling equipment protection at all times. Axelent is a company that takes environmental matters seriously so to ensure that the Axelent impact protection system is produced in the most sustainable way possible only one kind of plastic is used in each part. This optimises the product’s ability to be recycled at the end of its working life: quite simply when an Axelent shock protector is worn out it can easily be turned into raw material for use in the production process of another product. The materials from which X-Protect barriers are produced have been carefully selected to be as long-lived and environmentally friendly as possible and are supplied by companies local to Axelent to further limit environmental impact. Visitors to IMHX 2022 can check out X-Protect and other products in the Axelent range on stand 5B115. 

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X-PROTECT | IMPACT PROTECTION

Designed for a simple future Axelent offers a wide range of smart products for a safer production and warehouse environment. Whatever the challenge, we know the significance of creating solutions that can handle them. We’ve spent years in development to make sure our products exceeds all expectations. To succeed, we need to create something no one has ever done before. Pushing the design to the limit. The result is our refined impact protection system. We call it X-Protect.

X-Protect is a range of modular impact barrier systems and is the most recent addition to Axelent’s portfolio of workplace safety products. Safety is just our starting point. Our goal is flexibility. Welcome to a new era of impact protection with products designed to simplify your future! Bollard Pedestrian

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COVARIANT HAS BEEN DEPLOYING AI-POWERED ROBOTIC SOLUTIONS TO AUTOMATE WAREHOUSES AROUND THE WORLD, FROM THE LARGEST 3PLS AND RETAILERS TO DTC BRANDS AND WHOLESALERS, FOR MANY YEARS. BY AUTOMATING PIECE-PICKING, THE COMPANY HELPS WAREHOUSES TO UNLOCK KEY EFFICIENCIES THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED UNACHIEVABLE

Covariant is showcasing various warehouse automation solutions in action at IMHX 2022

Delivering AI Robotics warehouse automation solutions

robots to handle virtually any SKU or object. Informed by millions of picks, Covariant-powered robots can perform autonomously from day one, while continuously adapting and learning.

While most warehouses have adopted some degree of automation to increase throughput efficiency, the pick-andplace aspect of the process is still predominantly manual and, as a result, can account for 50 per cent or more of an operation’s total labour costs.

The Covariant Brain is a universal Al that allows robots to see, think and act. It is a connected and unified AI Robotics platform that is trained on billions of data points across hundreds of thousands of SKUs from Covariant robots in warehouses around the world.

Traditionally it has not been possible to use robots to automate this part of the warehouse operation due to the dexterity and adaptability required to handle the infinite variety of item shapes and sizes found in modern warehouses. However, the development of Alpowered automation, or AI Robotics, means robots can now perform even the most complex piece-picking operations autonomously.

Regardless of an object’s shape or size, or the packaging it requires —the Covariant Brain allows virtually any type of item in a warehouse to be handled by robots .

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From order picking and item induction to depalletisation and beyond, the Covariant Brain allows a wide variety of warehouse pick-and-place tasks that previously had to be performed manually, to be automated.

This means that Covariant robots can perform with high speed and accuracy resulting in a faster time-to-value straight away. And as robots continue to perform, the Brain continues to learn, adapt, and improve, benefiting all connected robots.

As a leader in Al Robotics and an expert in warehouse automation, Covariant works with customers collaboratively to design, develop, and deploy robotic solutions that seamlessly integrate into the existing operation. Robotic solutions from Covariant and their partners (companies such as KNAPP, ABB, Bastian, MHS) include: • Goods-to-person order picking from Autostore systems, KNAPP shuttles, etc. • Induction onto unit sorters, autobaggers, and AMRs • Kitting and co-packing meal kits, health & beauty items, and more. • Depalletisation of mixed-SKU pallets • Sortation for batch-picking operations and reverse logistics At IMHX, Covariant is showcasing live warehouse automation solutions in action, powered by the Covariant Brain. Visitors can watch as automated robots perform a range of pick-and-place tasks involving a variety of objects, accurately and at high speed. So call at stand 5D10 where you can enjoy some refreshment and a chance to discuss how the Covariant Brain can help your business. 

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R E I M E R P R YOU TICS EVENT S I G O L A R T IN IS BACK! It’s been a long three years, but the wait is finally over. This September, it’s time to welcome you and your industry back to IMHX – the UK’s must-attend intralogistics event of the year.

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THE CHUTE PITCH REDUCER FROM DISTRISORT SLASHES THE SIZE OF THE FOOTPRINT REQUIRED TO ACCOMMODATE A SORTATION SOLUTION BY UP TO 40 PER CENT

Less is more: sorters require 40 per cent less footprint space At IMHX 2022 DistriSort will highlight its latest innovation in automated sortation: the Chute Pitch Reducer cuts the amount of footprint required by a sorter by up to 40 per cent - meaning less space is required for your sorting solution. Alternatively you can have up to 40 per cent more destinations for you sorter. In a market where available floor space is the major restricting factor on the size of a sorter, you have to come up with creative ideas to get the maximum out of every available square meter of the warehouse. DistriSort is already well known for integrating durable high capacity sorters on a small footprint, but is now making a huge step in what was believed to be impossible. Introducing the Chute Pitch Reducer. The Chute Pitch Reducer means that either the sorter itself can drastically reduce in size and budget, or we can fit up to 40 per cent more exits in the same footprint. It represents a massive improvement for customers and a

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revolution in the automated sortation industry. By implementing a pneumatically controlled ‘door’ into the chutes, we can alter the forward movement of a discharged item. When an item is bound for the chute this door is linked to, it activates, rising up and creating a barrier in the chute. This stops the item in its forward slide and guides it down into the designated exit. The result is that for example 400 chutes could fit in the same footprint as 300 chutes previously. This innovation enhances the flexibility while maintaining the capacity, reliability and accuracy that EuroSort sorters are known for. THE CHUTE PITCH REDUCER BENEFITS • Up to 40% more exists on the same footprint • Less materials needed • Less floorspace needed • Higher efficiency for the operators thanks to less walking distance • Very limited effect on capacity • No impact on the versatility and reliability • No impact on the sorting accuracy

DistriSort’S Chute Pitch Reducer cuts the footprint required by a sorter by up to 40 per cent

DistriSort is an integrator of tailormade sorting concepts and solutions. From idea and concept, to the implementation and installation. We pride ourselves on our in depth expertise in high demanding industries like: fashion, e-commerce, books, pharma and postal services. Our concepts can be found in over 40 countries worldwide. In order to provide you the best sorting concept, we go through a step-bystep plan. Together we look at the desired situation and define a common goal. To get to this point we ask a lot of questions, do research and make inventories of the existing situation. We will go as far as provide you with an ROI calculation to make sure you have a well-balanced assessment for a possible investment.  Find out more on: www.distrisort.com

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Concepts for E-Commerce, incoming and outgoing goods, cross docking Separate or combined. Conceptsand for returns. E-Commerce, incoming and outgoing goods, cross docking and returns. Separate or combined. We know what it takes; small, large, odd-sized and different packaging materials, wesmall, have large, a solution for your automated We know what it takes; odd-sized and different sorting requirements. packaging materials, we have a solution for your automated sorting requirements. Visit us at IMHX stand 5E60 Call (0)IMHX 88 205 60 135E60 or e-mail: info@distrisort.com Visit+31 us at stand Call +31 (0) 88 205 60 13 or e-mail: info@distrisort.com THE LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS EVENT

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THE ABILITY TO OFFER SEAMLESS SERVICE IS INCREASINGLY CRITICAL TO THE MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT SALES PROCESS AND WORKING WITH A FLEXIBLE AND EXPERIENCED FINANCING PARTNER HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT

Materials handling can represent a significant expenditure for any business

Building resilience in the materials handling industry Materials handling equipment is integral to many of the UK’s most critical industries, from construction and aerospace, to food and beverage and manufacturing. But the remarkable resilience that the sector has displayed has been driven, overwhelmingly, by the unrelenting rise of e-commerce. Indeed, the Amazon effect has proved transformative to just about every industry, as consumers grow used to delivery within hours and fast and efficient returns policies. The knock-on implications for forklift truck demands have been considerable. Many warehouses are now running triple shifts. Fewer pallets and bulk orders are being shipped, with more emphasis instead on individual items. Warehouse aisles are getting narrower and shelves higher. Meanwhile, a growing number of smaller, regional warehouses designed to cater for lastmile delivery and micro-fulfilment are in

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turn driving demand for equipment that suits these specific requirements.

underwriting and pay-out.

The need for efficiency and increased productivity in e-commerce and elsewhere is being met with other rapid technological advancements. And, as more and better materials handling equipment is needed, demand for the flexible financing tools that can support the investment required is growing too. After all, there is no avoiding the political and economic instability that all industries are facing across the UK.

Your customers may need finance for anything from a single truck to multiple trucks for multiple sites. That’s why we offer businesses a wide range of materials handling finance options, from £5,000 to over £10m.

Materials handling can represent a significant expenditure for any business and justifying substantial financial commitments is tough in the current environment and the uncertainty that the sector’s endcustomers are facing has implications for manufacturers and sellers of materials handling equipment. This means that having the right financing partner in place is particularly critical to any supplier looking to build strong relationships with their customers and maximise their sales opportunities. INVESTEC OFFERS:

Single and multi-asset financing

Simple and quick proposals To make it easy for you to submit your finance proposal directly to us we have created an app. It’s so simple, you can even submit a proposal while you are with a customer. Get in touch for more information. This is a challenging but exciting period for the logistics and materials handling industry so make time to meet the Investec team on stand 5F47 at IMHX 2022 where a refreshing cold beverage will be waiting. Investec’s Chief Economist Phil Shaw will also be giving an insight of the economic climate, the new PM’s policies, prospects of the economy and impact of interest rates in a keynote presentation during the IMHX Conference. 

Personalised service Your dedicated relationship manager takes the time to really understand the equipment sales and finance requirements, to help you structure bespoke deals for your customers. Our wider team is also on hand for quick

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Economic conditions change. We’re here to stay. Having a huge wealth of experience in your market means that we understand the challenges that the changing economic landscape brings. Our team is so embedded in your industry, we understand your pain points. Let us support you through the good times and bad. Come and see us on Stand 5F47 and find out how we can help. Let’s talk.

Investec Bank plc is registered in England. Registered No. 489604. Registered at 30 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7QP. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

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“IMHX IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPANIES TO CONNECT” RICHARD MOSS Chief Sales Officer Whittan

The wide range of solutions available from Whittan, which have been installed in all sectors and industries for over 70 years

Biggest and best Whittan, a leading manufacturer of wide range of storage solutions, will have its biggest and best display ever at IMHX 2022 Sustainability will play a big part in this year’s IMHX. Exhibitors are being encouraged to eliminate waste by reusing and recycling anything they use for the exhibition. As the UK’s largest manufacturer and supplier of storage systems Whittan’s stand will be constructed from UK manufactured products, allowing visitors to see the quality and durability of the company’s solutions. Once the show has finished everything used to make the Whittan stand will go back to the company’s factory and reused. Whittan’s team of experts will be on hand on Stand 5F55 throughout the show to discuss visitors’ specific requirements. The wide range of solutions available from Whittan, which have been installed in all sectors and industries for over 70 years, includes products from industry leading storage brands such as Link51, LinkLockers, HiStore, Probe, Polypal UK, Apex and LinBins. The Whittan range includes an extensive collection of pallet racking which is

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custom designed in a wide range of sizes and capabilities, including wide and narrow aisle, drive-in and dynamic storage. While Whittan’s shelving has been designed to meet different load capacities and work in even the smallest of spaces. Both storage solutions can be designed to include anything from a few simple bays all the way through to a multi-tier structure. Of further interest will be Whittan’s modular range of LinkLockers that can be cleverly designed to fit a client’s space and adapt as the user’s requirements change. And companies looking to maximise every inch of space available, should take the time to discover Whittan’s mezzanine solutions, which work in harmony with the company’s other storage solutions to create valuable extra usable floor space. All Whittan systems are supported by the company’s range of storage accessories that aim to maximise the capabilities of a client’s materials handling equipment, optimise stock control and increase picking efficiency. Quality comes as standard with Whittan and the company’s solutions are designed and manufactured to British standard requirements, SEMA Codes of Practice and British Safety Council Certifications. They are also made in Britain. Furthermore, Whittan has recently been awarded the industry leading Alcumus

SafeContractor accreditation. Richard Moss, Whittan’s Chief Sales Officer, comments: “IMHX is the perfect opportunity for companies to connect with some of the leading industry suppliers and experts working within the UK. With over 70 years’ worth of experience Whittan are equipped to help you increase efficiency, optimise productivity and enhance the future of your business. By visiting Whittan at IMHX 2022, you get the chance to speak to one of our industry leading experts who can work with you to understand your requirements and guide you towards the best storage solution for your business.“ Rob Fisher, IMHX Group Director, said “The team and I are delighted to welcome the Whittan Group to IMHX 2022. With no less than seven wellknown industry brands, Whittan Group’s innovative, game-changing storage solutions will no doubt prove of high interest to the many logistics leaders and professionals that will attend this year’s event.”  Register for IMHX 2022 for free by visiting https://registration.gesevent. com/survey/2869hrd7bdgrm To book a meeting with a Whittan storage specialist at IMHX 2022 email connected@whittan.com Visitors can find Whittan at IMHX 2022 on Stand 5F55.

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Choose Whittan for reliable and sustainable storage Climate change has become a growing problem and industries must find ways to reduce their carbon footprint. As the UK’s largest steel storage manufacturer, Whittan understands the importance of sustainability and how making even small changes can make a big difference.

Our pallet racking, shelving and lockers are manufactured here in the UK across four factories and one in Spain, meaning we’re never far away from our customers. By choosing Whittan you’ll benefit from shorter lead times and avoid supply chain issues, as well as minimising your impact on the environment. Maximising storage capability Sustainability doesn’t stop at how far your products travel. If you need more storage space it can also make environmental sense to expand on your existing system rather than extending the footprint of your warehouse.

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Whittan at IMHX

A storage solution that has been designed correctly for its intended role and manufactured to the highest standards will achieve longevity and reliability and extending the life of a product can offer environmental benefits.

This year our stand will be constructed from our own UK manufactured products and once the show has finished everything used in making the stand will go back into our factory to be reused!

Our solutions meet British standard requirements and British Safety Council Certifications. We are also Full Manufacturing SEMA Members which means our designs are submitted to independent product assessments.

Finally, no matter how carefully you use your equipment, damage can happen which will limit its lifespan. Whittan will support you with our skilled team of SEMA Approved Whittan and our expert team of Racking Inspectors who are perfectly in-house designers can help you positioned to report on the status of maximise your space by building on your installation, regardless of the your existing storage solution and original supplier, and ensure SEMA adding extra capacity with scalable codes of practice. solutions that can grow with your THE LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS EVENT business.

Visit Whittan on Stand 5F55 and you will get to see with your own eyes the quality and durability of our solutions.

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NOTHING SPOILS SOMEONE’S DAY IN LOGISTICS MORE THAN A PERISHABLES SHIPMENT REJECTION DUE TO DAMAGE FROM BEING TOO HOT OR TOO COLD. AND, BECAUSE EACH REJECTION CREATES A CHAIN REACTION THAT NEGATIVELY IMPACTS SHIPPERS AND CARRIERS, TEMPERATURE LOGGERS ARE ESSENTIAL

Taking the temperature With all the risks involved in hauling refrigerated goods, it is essential for shippers and their transportation providers to use temperature loggers for first and last mile cold chain visibility. Whether it’s the distribution of pharmaceutical goods or fresh produce, logistics professionals are responsible for ensuring that their time-sensitive shipments arrive on time without damage or spoilage. Logistics managers have limited visibility into whether their providers are correctly tracking and maintaining temperatures in their cold chain. Some shippers require carriers to manually complete cold chain custody forms, others may send a photo of their reefer temp to communicate that they were following proper instructions. Yet, these methods provide limited data and do not identify whether these loads experienced temperature deviations while in transit. Modern temperature loggers, however, capture temperature conditions at the shipment’s origin, at

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The new Tive Tag temperature logger is like a shipping label with an incredible amount of tech embedded inside regular intervals, and at the shipment’s destination - the result is total temperature visibility on every shipment. Temperature loggers are small, hyperaccurate, paper-thin labels attached to shipments that contain a built-in sensor that tracks the temperature conditions of the shipment. The sensor tracks interior reefer temperatures to fully monitor cold chain conditions. INVEST IN TECHNOLOGY TO LOWER OPERATIONAL COST Rejected truckloads contribute significantly to overall transportation expenditures. Shippers have already been strained by inflation, capacity shortages, rising fuel costs, and global climate conditions. Investing in costeffective temperature loggers is the easiest way for shippers to maintain a high level of quality and safety throughout their entire cold chain. CREATE AN AUDIT TRAIL FOR REGULATORY COMPLIANCE Food, produce, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies are familiar with the requirements necessary to move their goods to ensure quality and safety standards are met. Ultimately, the shipper is responsible for

collecting compliance documentation. Temperature trackers automatically store a digital record of each shipment and allow shippers to download shipment reports, providing full visibility of temperature conditions throughout the entire journey. INTRODUCING TIVE TAG Visitors to IMHX 2022 will be able to see the latest in temperature logger technology – the Tive Tag. The cloudenabled Tive Tag is a temperature logger in the form of a thin, flexible shipping label. It lasts for a year, is designed to be reused trip after trip, and has a non-Lithium earth-friendly battery. And, what’s more, it costs half the price of a conventional logger. Like a shipping label but with an incredible amount of tech embedded inside, the Tive Tag is a simple solution for shippers, retailers, cold storage operators, and last mile delivery. Customers have an audit trail for compliance, the Tag is air freight safe, and supports your ESG initiatives with minimal electronic waste. Simply stick, tap it with your phone, and ship.  To learn more about Tive Tag, please visit: www.tive.com/Tag

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Optimise Your Cold Chain Shipments Simple, powerful, temperature logging

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TGW INDIVIDUALLY TAILORS ITS SOLUTIONS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EVERY CUSTOMER. A NICE EXAMPLE IS THE NEW DISTRIBUTION CENTRE OF HACHETTE UK, THE UK’S LEADING TRADE PUBLISHING GROUP

Hachette’s new DC is in Didcot, Oxforshire

An automation partner for the challenges of today and tomorrow As a system integrator, TGW (www. tgw-group.com) take over planning, production, implementation and maintenance of distribution centres – including everything from mechatronics to control systems and software. TGW’s core industries are fashion and apparel, groceries and industrial and consumer goods. TGW continue to invest in innovation, with a focus on artificial intelligence, software and robotics. These technologies are also the basis for maximum automation of the processes in logistics centres that are the most difficult to staff adequately. A state-of-the-art distribution centre must feature the right degree of automation to ensure that the requirements for quick delivery can be fulfilled and that peaks are covered. But the degree of automation and its application will vary considerably

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because companies have different resources and skills at their disposal. That’s why TGW individually tailors its solutions to the needs of every customer and the more insight TGW has into historical data, business data and personnel levels, the better the simulation they can run to develop a system that meets the planned investment and labour needs of the client. A nice example is the new distribution centre of Hachette UK - the UK’s leading trade publishing group. Hachette’s new DC is in Didcot, Oxforshire. Two previously used distribution centres were merged into the new facility, which is known as the Hely Hutchinson Centre (HHC). The HHC is one of the most advanced distribution centres in Europe. Cuttingedge automation technology and modern systems provide first-rate services to customers and publisher clients. Shorter lead times and lower transport and operation costs are among the many advantages that the new facility has delivered. The new solution supports Hatchette UK’s omni-channel profile with a combination of full case and split case picking methods. Generally, any title can be ordered as a full case or split case. Goods from split case picking are shipped in packages, returnable totes and automatically erected cartons.

Split case picking of single books is fully managed using a TGW FlashPick® (GTP) solution. Five storage aisles, each equipped with a fleet of TGW Stingray shuttles, supply required source totes to one of 10 “PickCenter One TS” workstations. These enable one-toone ergonomics: empty order cartons and totes are automatically provided at the PickCenter One TS stations and, once they are filled, directed towards the outbound sortation area to be consolidated with other cartons and totes for the same shipping destination. TGW Warehouse Software manages all picking as well as the timely coordination of split case titles and copies them to Hachette’s JDA WMS in order to create picking lists and report back details on the contents of finished order cartons and totes. A five-year Lifetime services contract guarantees high-system availability and the solution at Hachette is maintained and supported by seven TGW on-site residential engineers, who provide flexible three-shift operational support throughout the year.  More information on TGW and Hachette UK: https://bit.ly/3Qfm1c6 If you’d like to learn how TGW can help your distribution centre meet the unpredictable demands of today’s supply chains, visit the company’s stand (5E71) at IMHX 2022.

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Worried about challenges lying ahead? We know that investing in automation can be a challenge in a volatile world. We focus on creating long-term partnerships that are built on trust. No matter what the future holds, you can be certain that at TGW we will be here to look after you.

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Talking tough Shane Brennan, Chief Executive of the Cold Chain Federation, is proud of the resilience shown by the UK’s temperature-controlled storage and distribution sector in the face of recent challenges. The cold chain has spent the past three years navigating a path through the extreme disruptions of the pandemic and Brexit, followed swiftly by the labour shortage and now the ongoing energy crisis. Cold chain people have worked tirelessly, drawing on decades of experience and remarkable resilience as well as impressive creativity in finding the new approaches that have been needed to tackle new challenges. The impacts of each of those crises are still being felt by the operators in our industry to greater or lesser degrees – I fear the energy burden in particular will get worse before it gets better – but our industry is in the process of taking stock. We are working together to examine what happened and how we responded, taking the lessons of this period as we shape the way we see the future of the cold chain and how it interacts with customers, partners and governments in the UK. Resilience has always been a high priority for businesses working in the cold chain, with unexpected requests and sudden changes which must be overcome to make sure high quality, safe food is available where it is needed. But there is no doubt that what resilience means for the cold chain is changing as we look towards the UK’s post-pandemic, post-Brexit, net zero future. Both the repeated stockpiling to prepare for Brexit cliff edges and the sudden enforced hibernation of whole customer sectors during the pandemic swung a national spotlight onto the fact there is a physical limit to the UK’s capacity for storing fresh and frozen food in temperature-controlled warehouses. Operators have been sorely tested in making the best use of the space available when stock was no longer moving, and challenged in deploying their workforce effectively when many people were unavoidably off work or required to isolate.

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The cold storage sector has in fact been expanding rapidly for the past decade, buoyed by surging demand and international investment. This growth in capacity is a key factor in ensuring resilience in our cold chain, but the crises of the past three years have shown us much more about what we will need from this additional capacity in future years. The systems and technologies to make best use of space, for example through fully automated warehouses, have come to the fore. But the increase in storage capacity and the adoption of exciting new technologies are only possible if our industry has the people and the skills it needs too. Attracting new people, retaining those in already working in the cold chain, and developing skills for the future are all critical for our industry’s resilience. This is an area where we, along with others in logistics, had been able to coast but the labour crunch as the country came out of Covid restrictions last year was a lesson from which the cold chain is learning. Many individual operators and the industry as a whole are now investing considerably more into ensuring our industry is attractive as a career and that our people have the chance to develop the new skills for the cold chain’s future needs, challenges and opportunities. The theme running through all these considerations for future resilience is the UK’s transition to a Net Zero Economy by 2050. Our industry has been taking important strides forward for some time in improving our environmental impact, but the energy crisis has pushed energy efficiency right to the top of the agenda, particularly the measures that will help operators minimise bills now as well as meeting stringent environmental targets in the coming years.  www.coldchainfederation.org.uk/cold-chain-net-zero-project

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