News Edition #1030 - 17 June 2021

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If there's one topic that seems to be dominating materials handling, it's automation.
The increasing interest in the application of technology to previously manual tasks is very evident in our news this week, with a report from a leading consultancy noting that automation "has arrived" in European warehousing.
We also share a German case study indicating the immediate benefits of automation - even when it's bolted onto an existing operation.
And, finally, we note the growing investment in automation by courier and logistics giant DHL Express, with significant technology enhancements, especially in the Asian region.


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NatRoad urges driver fitness rethink  Canberra, ACT, Australia

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) is urging the National Transport Commission to go further in its pursuit of making its Fitness To Drive guidelines more user-friendly and push...

Forklift death ‘not work-related’  Gold Coast, Qld, Australia

The death of an elderly man involving a forklift at a Gold Coast workplace last week will not be investigated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors. Authorities have...


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A new report from McKinsey suggests that automation has reached a tipping point for grocery warehouses in Europe. Automation in grocery warehouses has significantly accelerated, thanks to several trends...
The VVA Group, part of Arvato Supply Chain Solutions, has modernised and expanded its distribution centre in Guetersloh during ongoing operations. An automated shuttle warehouse with order picking system...

Equipment Depot gets another Logisnext region  Houston, TX, United States

Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas has appointed Equipment Depot as its non-exclusive dealer for the Cat lift truck, Mitsubishi forklift and Jungheinrich brands across Wisconsin and Northern Michigan, effective 1 July...
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DHL invests in automation  Singapore, Singapore

DHL Express is continuing its digital transformation as part of parent Deutsche Post DHL Group's EUR2 billion technology investment. DHL Express Asia Pacific CEO Ken Lee says logistics companies...

On 1 September 2021, Liebherr will hand over part of its tower cranes rental business to Hexagone Services S.A.S. The group has a fleet of several hundred tower cranes...

Europe’s two-speed performance  Brussels, Belgium

An update to the European Rental Association's (ERA) 2020 Market Report confirms a regional discrepancy in the impact of COVID-19 on the equipment market. The revised analysis shows a...

Lanco sells divisions  Hazel Crest, IL

Lanco International, parent company of Mi-Jack Products, Inc. of Hazel Crest, Illinois, has announced the sale of its Technical Services International (TSI), Hubert Line and Hubert Rail companies to...

Fruit packer saves with Li-ion  Naches, WA, United States

A West Coast fruit and wine company was able to save nearly half a million dollars by switching its forklift fleet to lithium-ion batteries. Allan Brothers installed the world's...
Kingston Wharves (KWL), a terminal operator at the Port of Kingston, Jamaica, has ordered a Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 Mobile Harbor Crane to increase its capacity and efficiency in...
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HELI li-ion products have the advantages of environmental protection, low noise, maintenance-free, high efficiency and energy saving, and have recently been delivered to customers in the Southeast Asian Market.
How building a 'no fuss' campaign, based on a few key advertising principals, can offer great ROI without the usual demands on your time and resources.
How First Financial's leasing solutions create day one savings and can assist you in achieving your short and long term equipment and project goals.
Exide's GNB TENSOR is an advanced lead battery that was designed and conceived with warehouse productivity in mind.
The BLAXTAIR pedestrian detection system is revolutionizing industrial and commercial workplaces using forklifts, making a huge difference in improving workplace safety.

MiMA's new electric four way forklift MQD series has a load capacity of 3.0 tons and can lift up to 8 meters.
Superior Tire is proud to announce the release of their improved and redesigned website and customer store.
Promoting the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion across the logistics industry, Nimble Media and Talent in Logistics (TiL) present The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge 2020.
Informa Markets - Engineering's advanced battery technology and electric and hybrid vehicle events taking place September 15 - 17 will feature an expansive expo floor and educational and networking opportunities.
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