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Allan Leibowitz introduces news edition #972

Thursday, 30 April 2020 ( #972 )
Editor Allan Leibowitz comments on the news of the week
Editor Allan Leibowitz comments on the news of the week
We're starting to see the real impact of the COVID-19 crisis on materials handling as the major companies release their first-quarter results. As expected, there are significant declines in sales due to the double whammy of production halts and softer demand. Thankfully, for most manufacturers, the current slump comes after some very good times and many had recently reported record orders, sales and profits. Some continued to benefit from strong forward orders in January, but clearly by March, the pandemic had spread globally and the impact was starting to be felt. While the slumps have been sufficient for the major players to retract their previous forecasts and refrain from making fresh ones, there is some comfort in knowing that materials handling products and services are still vital and demand is, in fact, increasing in some areas as activities in retail - and particularly e-commerce - remain buoyant. There is also some optimism as factories re-open and materials handling employment approaches normal levels.
BOLZONI AURAMO is at your side, providing damage-free handling solutions to the whole forest products logistic chain, and when it comes to Tissue paper rolls, Bolzoni Auramo has a dedicated clamp for gentle and smooth Tissue handling.
Reducing waste may not always be easy but it's both environmentally and economically rewarding. Cat Lift Trucks discusses how a company can significantly reduce its environmental impacts.

Movers & Shakers

president & CEO
Enerpac, United States
managing director, sales
Liebherr Container Cranes, Ireland
chief people officer
TVH, Belgium
head of operations
Walker Logistics, United Kingdom
BOLZONI AURAMO is at your side, providing damage-free handling solutions to the whole forest products logistic chain, and when it comes to Tissue paper rolls, Bolzoni Auramo has a dedicated clamp for gentle and smooth Tissue handling.
One of Combilift's most recent developments is the Combilift Xpress (Combi-XC), specifically designed for the quick horizontal movement of containers in a typical container terminal.

Movers & Shakers

president & CEO
Enerpac, United States
managing director, sales
Liebherr Container Cranes, Ireland
chief people officer
TVH, Belgium
head of operations
Walker Logistics, United Kingdom
Reducing waste may not always be easy but it's both environmentally and economically rewarding. Cat Lift Trucks discusses how a company can significantly reduce its environmental impacts.
Cold storage facilities powered by Green Cubes Technology's Lithium SAFEFlex battery systems achieve the best performance for your material handling fleet.

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