News Edition #1002 - 26 November 2020

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Lately, we have commented on two noticeable phenomena - the rise of warehouse automation and the number of new forklift models being pumped into the market.
This week's newsletter reflects both of these themes which seem to have characterised our reporting for the year.
So, while other sectors appear to be beset by challenges, materials handling just powers on.
And on that note, while there may not be too much to be thankful for in 2020, we wish our American colleagues a happy thanksgiving. At this time of reflection, we should recognise the resilience of our industry and the willingness of the broader materials handling and logistics sector to step up in times of crisis. Thanks to all those who provided aid and assistance with the global disasters in the past year. Thanks to those who kept working while the world dealt with the coronavirus - to those who kept their heads down, their supply lines open and conducted business as usual.


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Fewer fatalities – Safe Work Australia  Canberra, ACT, Australia

Safe Work Australia has released new data showing a fall in workplace fatalities. The Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2019 report shows that over the last decade, the number...

Booktopia tests robots  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Online retailer Booktopia is trialing autonomous robots at its Lidcome distribution centre in Sydney to increase capacity and productivity. Booktopia is believed to be Hai Robotics' first customer in...
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BMW offers logistics solutions  Munich, Germany

Automotive giant BMW has expanded into the logistics sector through a new subsidiary, IDEALworks. The aim is to become a leading supplier of autonomous robotics solutions in the logistics...

Toyota adds automated trucks  Columbus, IN, United States

Toyota Material Handling (TMH) has announced two new automated guided vehicles (AGVs) that add the latest in automation technology to existing Toyota products. Toyota claims its new Centre-Controlled Rider...

Doosan launches low-cost electrics  Northampton, United Kingdom

Doosan has launched the NXE Series, a range of four-wheel electric counterbalance forklift trucks suited to the needs of the small-to-medium size enterprise, or where occasional usage or light...

Locus Robotics reaches picking milestone  Wilmington, MA, United States

Locus Robotics has announced that it has passed the 250 million units picked volume level heading into the 2020 holiday peak season. Locus robots now pick more than 10,000...


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Mansfields goes green with Li-ion  Canterbury, United Kingdom

Hiremech has completed the delivery of 15 new Hyster machines, fitted with lithium-ion batteries, to Mansfields. The new fleet is a mix of four-wheel forklifts and platform pallet trucks...

Lowe’s plans PA centre  Shippensburg, PA, United States

After opening a massive 1.2 million sqft. (111,500 sqm) warehouse in the Shippensburg, Pennsylvania area last year, Lowe's will open a 1.1 million sqft. (102,000 sqm) warehouse in the...

DHL trials BYD trucks  Plantation, FL, United States

DHL has added four BYD Class 8 battery-electric trucks in a pilot in the Los Angeles market, just in time for the peak holiday shipping season. DHL plans to...

Forklift halts highway traffic  Nottingham, United Kingdom

Traffic near Nottingham was brought to a halt on the weekend after a forklift truck was found blocking a carriageway on the A453. The large vehicle was lying on...

RIP Anders Karlsson  Linkoping, Sweden

Swedish logistics and transport journalist Anders Karlsson passed away late last month at the age of 50 at his home near Linkoping. Karlsson was for many years the editor-in-chief...
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