News Edition #1094 - 15 September 2022

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Fleet management technology, like so much else in materials handling, has been impacted by the disruptions associated with COVID, supply chain challenges and geopolitical tensions.
As we read in this week's Special Report, as commerce and industry reacted to the upheaval, the ramifications extended to the systems and tools used to monitor equipment. Some vendors have experienced stronger demand, but at the same time, they have had to deal with the familiar challenges of semiconductor shortages.
And, like other segments of the market, fleet management technology has benefited from the increased warehouse utilisation which has once again shone the spotlight on the value of data and the need to know what your equipment is doing.
For those still using a clipboard and Excel spreadsheet to keep tabs on your fleet, this week's report will certainly be an eye-opener.


Fleet management systems - part of materials handling’s safe, efficient future
Although the disruptions of the pandemic did affect the fleet management software market, sales of the products remain solid, they have broadened their appeal to include smaller businesses, and they have improved in terms of both functionality and performance. Matthew McDonald reports. Read the story


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Few forklifts at Megatrans  Melbourne, Australia

After an absence of two years and a six-month delay, the Megatrans show returned to Melbourne last month. The event enjoyed the support of ICHCA Australia. Under the association’s...

Car dealer fined  Seymour, Vic, Australia

Beer Motor Car Traders (BMCT) has been sentenced without conviction in the Seymour Magistrates' Court after earlier pleading guilty to one charge of failing to maintain a safe system...

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Haulotte has released its half-year results indicating a 15% rise in sales to EUR289.1 million (USD288.76 million), but a fall in operating income due to inflation in the price...

Amazon buys Cloostermans  Hamme, Belgium

Amazon has acquired Belgian robotics company Cloostermans. Cloostermans designs and manufactures mechatronics solutions, advanced technology that is used in Amazon operations to help move and stack heavy pallets and...

Leavitt Machinery adds Clark  Lexington, KY, United States

Clark Material Handling Company has appointed Leavitt Machinery USA, Inc. as an authorised distributor of Clark products for the Washington, Idaho, and Montana markets. “Clark is very pleased to...

Taylor expands dealer territory  Louisville, MS, United States

Taylor Machine Works has extended the territory of Cal-Lift to include the states of Nevada and Arizona. Cal-Lift, Inc. has been an authorised Taylor dealer for over 42 years...

Supply chain investment falls  Jacksonville, FL, United States

The number of new warehouse and distribution centre projects in the United States fell for the second consecutive month in August. The latest report from SalesLeads details 172 new...

Archies 2022 finalists named  Berkshire, United Kingdom

The UKMHA has released details of the finalists for the 2022 Archies awards. The awards recognise achievers in the materials handling industry and the winners will be announced at...

Meijer marks its centenary  Friesland, Netherlands

Dutch forklift attachments and logistics solutions supplier Meijer Handling Solutions celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Meijer Group started as a one-man business in 1921, founded by Jan Meijer...

Guidance Automation sells OTTO  Leicester,, United Kingdom

Guidance Automation has become the first reseller of OTTO Motors’ autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in the United Kingdom. OTTO Motors provides autonomous mobile robots for materials handling inside manufacturing...
Sunlight Group is investing EUR100 million (USD101 million) to ramp up its lead-acid output and establish itself as the largest producer of lead-acid motive power batteries in the world...

Man hospitalised after accident  Boston, MA, United States

A forklift operator was taken to the hospital after a construction accident in Boston’s Seaport neighbourhood, according to a report by NBC Boston. It was reported that the man...

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Fleet management solutions have become essential for businesses managing mixed industrial fleets. GemOne’s Onyx solution helps companies monitor their machines in real time and significantly boost the efficiency of their fleets.
Now more than ever, warehouse space is at a premium and increased volume of stock and number of workers share the same space, leading to situations where machines and people come too close for comfort. Technology from Transmon Engineering can assist.
An FMS Technology technical team have just returned to South Africa after completing the installation of an integrated pedestrian detection & speed control system at a Mozambican graphite mine.
Most companies that manage fleets define “fleet management” and function differently than Fleet Team. We use data and expert consultants to engage you, the equipment servicing network, and OEMs in a partnership where we empower all members to be aligned.

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Workplace Health & Safety Show 2022 is returning on Tue 20 - Wed 21 September 22, bringing trusted industry pioneers and groundbreaking newcomers to Sydney, sharing current trends, research and revealing progressive technology, processes and products redefining the world of safety.
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It’s personal: building connection and a positive safety culture on Koala Farms
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With farming one of the most dangerous occupations in Australia, working as a QA and WHS manager at Koala Farms in Queensland is not without its challenges. According to Christine Stiles, getting to know people on a personal level is key.



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