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There is no better way to find out about the latest developments in logistics equipment and practice than Logistics Link South. Here is a taste of what will be on show when it opens at Sandown Park on 2nd February.
Improving efficiency in the logistics network is vital to a company’s performance – particularly when times are tough. Logistics Link South is a prime opportunity to stay on top of the latest developments in logistics with more than 100 suppliers of innovative products and services expected to exhibit.
One visit to the show could save months of research as you will source new suppliers face-to-face and get up-to-date with the latest industry developments.
This year there will be more free seminars taking place at the show. As well as exhibitors presenting hundreds of different products, systems and services for the logistics sector, the show will feature an extensive programme of free seminars from eight leading suppliers across both days.
Logistics Link South will be held in one of the UK’s most prestigious exhibition venues – Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey. Fresh from a £23 million refurbishment programme, the centre is one of the most sophisticated venues of its kind. There are thousands of free parking spaces on-site along with state-of-the-art facilities, hospitality and catering services.

For more information and to register free, go to: www.logisticslink.co.uk
Savings are more than just talk
Business Computer Projects (BCP) will be showing its complete Accord supply chain system and Accord Voice WMS. It reckons that a voice-directed WMS delivers significant savings with a return on investment typically within six to 12 months. “BCP clients like CJ Lang, Pedigree Wholesale and Appleby Westward Group have all achieved significant savings through the implementation of Accord Voice WMS,” it says. “ADM Londis, for example, quickly achieved a reduction in warehouse running costs of around 300,000 euros per annum following its investment in an Accord Voice Picking system for its central warehouse.”
We’ve got the power
Powered mobile racking has traditionally been used in the cold storage industry, where energy and operational costs are particularly high. It can reduce the warehouse floor area by 40 per cent or increase capacity by 80 per cent, and Index Procon reckons it is increasingly attractive in the ambient market because it can enable an operation to remain within its existing premises. Alternatively, initial capital outlay is minimised while there are cost savings for energy, maintenance and business rates.
Cut stocks and improve service
Cathy Humphreys, business development manager UK at Inform, will use the company’s seminar to look at how to improve service with lower stocks using advanced planning software to reduce stock up to 40 per cent. Case studies from leading manufacturing and wholesale companies will be used to demonstrate improved efficiencies and performance.
Control for entire supply chain
AEB has some 1,000 installations of software for dispatch, logistics and global trade. Its ASSIST4 series comprises integrated global trade and logistics solutions that allow companies to organise, monitor and control the entire supply chain. All ASSIST4 products are standard software, but can be adapted to the specific demands of the customer without compromising their update compatibility. AEB also offers three other software ranges: ATC is a range of plug-ins to enhance the functionality of SAP; SERIES||XPRESS provides web services; and the AEB compliance engine allows compliance tests to be integrated into diverse system environments and all types of ERP systems.
Improve operational efficiency
OBS Logistics will be hosting a seminar looking at how implementing supply chain solutions can increase an organisation’s efficiency, improve green credentials and deliver significant cost savings. There will be real-life client case studies to demonstrate what can be achieved.
Clydebuilt portfolio
Clydebuilt Solutions is the new name for Clandestine Software following a management buyout by long-standing technical director, Jamie Barr. It will be exhibiting its portfolio of warehouse management tools including LocateIT WMS, and can advise on a cost effective and customised facility to suit specific requirements and integrate with your existing investment.
Light touch
Luxonic Lighting, the light fittings and controls manufacturer, is focusing on how to help customers reduce their power consumption and electricity bills. It will have two products (CRP & ILX) being demonstrated on its stand, as well as a video loop showing the products in use. It says that its luminaires provide a better lit space, could save clients up to 80 per cent of their energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint and maintenance costs. Financial incentives are also possible with a Carbon Trust interest-free loan and the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme.
2D meets RFID – new options
The best attended seminar from Logistics Link North is spreading its wings to a full 60 minute presentation at Logistics Link South, to reflect on the impact RFID and 2D visual codes are making on the industry. The presentations will be made by David Drinnan, managing director of barcode label specialists, inotec and Jon Hall, group operations director of mobile computing solutions provider to logistics, Belgravium.
Making the most of mobility
Mobility solutions play an important role in improving the efficiency of companies seeking better visibility and field workforce control. But this is just scratching the surface of what is now achievable. Zetes will be hosting a seminar looking at how advanced technologies for mobility across the supply chain deliver increased efficiency and revenue opportunities.
Doors of perception
Ro-Dor will be displaying three doors. The double skin PVCu roller shutter door is designed for manufacturing areas, chillers, and distribution bays. The door has a degree of flex and so can absorb minor impact and revert to its original position. The Dynaco range has a number of benefits with regard to safety, notably the absence of reinforcing bars, while still providing resistance to wind. The door range has a knockout facility with automatic re-insertion.
Optimising the delivery process
Anthony Munro-Martin of VSc Solutions will use this seminar to explore how integrating systems, information and visibility across the distribution and logistics supply chain can maximise the efficiency of the whole delivery and collection process by providing tailored information views and reporting to specific roles.
More than just a label
ASG Services supplies warehouse rack labels, signs and floor lines and coatings. Rack labels are made from synthetic materials to provide durable and cost effective systems. The range covers all environments from ambient through to cold stores.
SAP rises
Rocket Consulting will be demonstrating SAP extended warehouse management, transport management and various aspects of supply chain management. It will also host a seminar looking at how the components of SAP’s SCM supply chain products can be used to drive efficiency, improve communication, increase availability of information and remove cost from a wide range of supply chain activities.
Optimisation route
Integrated Skills will be demonstrating WinRoute, its software system for transport planning and route optimisation. WinRoute can be used for strategic modelling to investigate new and more effective transport systems and to inform decisions on the configuration and expansion of vehicle fleets. It can be specified for a fleet of less than five vehicles or an operation that stretches across continents.
Keep Track
Vigo Software will be demonstrating its range of specialist software developed over 28 years of supplying traffic and warehouse systems to logistics companies, and hub systems to the overnight networks. It has developed a new Online Customer portal – a single place on the internet where customers enter their jobs, view track and trace and see electronic and traditional PODs and so on. Integrated vehicle tracking and innovative in-cab systems will also be on display.
Global software reach
The Four Soft portfolio comprises logistics software for freight forwarders, NVOCCs, customs brokers, container freight stations, ships agents, warehouses, cartage, trucking and 3PL/4PL companies. It currently has 300 customers with 50,000 plus users across 120 countries. The company offers services that are targeted at the SME sector, as well as large corporations. Applications include: TMS & TomTom, Collaboration, and WMS. Four Soft Collaboration provides browser- based functionality that links everyone in the supply chain, delivering information from the desk top of the customer right the way through to the desk top of the shipper.
Championing green packaging
Easypack is championing green packaging with a range of recycled and biodegradable paper. The Cassette range gives customers a choice of compostable, biodegradable or standard LDPE film, while the cardboard Shredder offers the chance to turn cardboard boxes into a void fill material. These will be on display alongside the Packmate Paper void fill system and Easypack Paper system.
Minster targets mission critical
Minster targets high volume and mission-critical operations. Central to the system is the voice-controlled warehouse management system incorporating the Voice Management Console. The software includes modules for: goods receipts, put-away, replenishment, picking, cross-docking, marshalling, loading, full stock-takes, perpetual inventory, procurement, sales order processing, purchase order processing, requirements forecasting, debt management, ledgers, in-cab integration and full sales order processing.
Get more from existing facilities
Manhattan Associates will be exhibiting its SCOPE (Supply Chain Optimisation, Planning through Execution) model. The software specialist can offer ways to get more out of existing facilities – for example with slotting optimisation software, which can be integrated easily with an existing warehouse management solution. This enables the user to work out the best picking profile for a particular warehouse. In addition, labour management software, which can also be bought as a standalone application, focuses entirely on human resource assets. With labour typically accounting for 55 per cent of the total cost of warehouse operations, performance monitoring is a great way to compare activity levels and improve productivity as well as providing a feedback mechanism.
Win an iPod with Solarsoft
Solarsoft will have an Apple iPod competition on its stand at Logistics Link. It will be exhibiting a range of systems including: warehouse management systems, ERP software, Intermec barcode scanners & printers, and Psion Teklogix Workabout Pro multi-modal units.
Customisable SC execution system
Accellos provides supply chain execution systems designed to be easy to customise and implement. The Accellos One suite of supply chain execution products includes: a mid-market warehouse management system; a specialised WMS solution for outsourced logistics providers; transport management system; load and route optimisation system; supply chain intelligence product; three-dimensional view of the warehouse; and supply chain essentials, a set of products designed to drive measurable ROI.
Routeing as a service
DPS International will be showing logixcentral – the routeing and scheduling software that is delivered as software as a service (SaaS). The company was founded in 1982 producing the established LogiX suite of vehicle routeing and scheduling software. By offering it as a SaaS application, DPS says there is minimal capital investment, five levels of service and savings of up to 25 per cent.
Time to go temping
Aganto offers a range of temporary buildings. Buildings are anchored down to existing hard standing, creating quick, simple and economical installations that keep disruption to an absolute minimum. Aganto canopies and storage buildings are engineered from a modular aluminium frame and various cladding systems dependent on the level of insulation required.
RedPrairie loos at the clouds
RedPrairie, the supplier of supply chain execution systems, will be at the show fresh from launching a series of pre-integrated application modules for NetSuite, the vendor of cloud computing business management software suites. Integration components will be provided across several RedPrairie solutions. “While we have successfully delivered our solutions via hosted and SaaS models for several years, we felt pre-integrated application modules on NetSuite’s SuiteCloud would provide further value for our customers,” says Jim Hoefflin, EVP of products and marketing at RedPrairie. “We believe our integration to NetSuite provides best-of-breed supply chain and store operations capabilities to mid-tier companies that have not been able to justify it through traditional deployment models.”
Shine a light
Lighting specialist Chalmor will be showing a number of new products – StreetLux, Performance, Variance and Variance Batten. The company offers a LifeSaver Plan which is designed to help organisations implement energy efficient solutions without major capital investment. Instead, the equipment is financed from the savings achieved.
Spice up your Tachos
Road Tech will be showing its Tachomaster tachograph analysis software. This analyses both digital cards and analogue charts in seconds, automatically alerting the user to any infringements. Tachomaster offers a forensic trail of harsh breaking and speeding and handles double manning and links to your tracking system. Tachograph information will then be stored on IBM servers. The cost is £1 per driver per week inclusive, with no up front charges.
Galvanised into action
Linpac Storage Systems, the Milton Keynes-based designer and manufacturer of racking and shelving, will be exhibiting its new range of Meta shelving. The Meta shelving range is an industrial strength system with a pre-galvanised finish and simple boltless construction. Shelf options range from 80kg loading up to 400kg. It can be built into a multi-tier structure and is compatible to use as an automated mini load system. A comprehensive accessory collection is available to complement the shelving, including cupboard doors, integrated drawer units, dividers, cladding and bin fronts.
Auto-ID platform
AIDC Systems provides a platform, ADC, that supports all forms of auto-ID including RFID. This simplifies the creation, deployment, and management of systems which use mobile and shop floor devices to drive the core business processes. It also has a suite of accelerator systems to solve problems ranging from compliancy mandates to inventory management to mobile computing systems.
Bendi truck on display
Translift Bendi has been designing and manufacturing space-saving forklift trucks since 1964. Chairman Fred Brown invented the Bendi truck in the early 1980s. The Bendi is now manufactured and sold worldwide – and will be on display at the show.
Activity-based charging
ATMS warehouse management system and supply chain track and trace systems are designed for both third party logistics providers and dedicated in-house operations. ATMS offers an activity-based charging module for optimised client billing for third party logistics operators. It is also attractive for in-house operations moving towards using their warehousing operations as profit centres.
30 years of Chess
Chess has just celebrated its 30th anniversary. Its Empirica WMS range is designed to enable systems built on standard products to maintain full upgrade capability, while also meeting the need for unique functionality. By maintaining an upgrade-friendly system customers don’t miss out on new releases. In addition, features which support unique processes can be provided in a way that avoids core modification, reducing cost and preventing system instability.
Cabinet appointment
Products from Traka will include a range of modular key cabinets from a single ten-key system to networked cabinets capable of supporting thousands of keys. Traka also offers the Immobiliser for vehicle and building control, Micro Traka for auditing access to specific areas, Individual key boxes for use in remote environments and a range of intelligent integrated Lockers.
It’s a wrap
Golden Valley Packaging Systems is a specialist supplier of hand and machine pallet wrap. Golden Valley focuses on technology in stretch film, supplying systems to make wrapping more efficient, safer and less damaging to the environment.
Planning for fast food
Transvision will be exhibiting fresh from winning a contract to supply Giro Food with Transvision Fleet Planner for the optimisation of its fleet of vehicles used for the daily deliveries of food products and ingredients to the food service industry across the UK.
DeltaWMS is an open-database WMS that can be integrated with single or multi-site enterprises or smaller business environments.
Ensign Communications
Ensign Communications will be at Logistics Link fresh from being upgraded to an Aruba Networks Platinum Partner, enabling it to offer competitively priced Wireless LAN systems while maintaining a vendor agnostic stance.
Winning Ways for Flexi
Narrow Aisle is promising a chance to see a unique new product – the Flexi VNA – which it says is the first four-wheel true articulated truck capable of operating in aisles as narrow as 1.6 metres wide. Narrow Aisle reckons it is faster and lower cost than guided man-up and man-up VNA equipment. The Flexi VNA has been nominated in the Design Innovation category of the FLTA Annual Awards 2010.
When & Where
Tuesday 2nd February 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
Wednesday 3rd February 9.30 am – 3.30 pm
Sandown Park, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ.
BY ROAD: From M25 North and West exit at Junction 10 onto A3 towards London. Exit onto A244 at Esher Common roundabout, signposted to Sandown Park. Turn right onto A307, Esher High Street at T-junction/traffic lights. Sandown Park is ¼ mile on left. From M25 South and East exit at Junction 9 onto A244 towards Esher. Over roundabout at Esher Common, then as above. Free parking available.
BY TRAIN: From London Victoria, Waterloo or Clapham Junction to Esher station (20/30 minute journey). Taxi rank at station or 2∕3 mile walk as follows: left onto Station Road, right at T-junction onto A307. Sandown Park is ½ mile on right.
BY AIR: Sandown Park is situated mid-way between London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports.
Picking focus
SSI Schaefer has a portfolio of products ranging from a single plastic container to a high bay automated warehousing system, and its team will be at the show to discuss its latest product range – including a new, low cost pick-by-light system that will be on display alongside a table top demonstration of mobile shelving technology. It can offer multi-tier shelving structures up to four floor levels, automated picking systems up to 1,000 pick per man hours, over 2,000 different plastic containers, and carton live storage up to 6m-deep controlled by pick-by-light, integrated with Schaefer conveyors and controls.
Voice of Proteus
Proteus has developed a voice picking system by adding a voice capability to its Proteus warehouse management system using Vocollect’s VoiceWorld Suite. Howard Turvey, Proteus managing director, says: “These new capabilities will enable Proteus to offer powerful functionality not available with many current voice-based applications; which further increases productivity and efficiency in the warehouse.”
Tailor-made trucks
Aisle-Master will be exhibiting an AC electric-powered forklift from its range of articulated trucks. The trucks can work in aisles of 1.75m, with capacities of 2.5 tonnes and lift heights of up to 12.5m. Managing director Gerry McHugh says that more and more customers are taking advantage of Aisle-Master’s ability to offer tailor-made products: “As we manufacture all our forklifts from start to finish at the factory in Monaghan, we offer a high level of customisation to suit exact operational requirements.”
Mobile upgrade routes
Renovotec will be exhibiting a wide range of mobile computing, printing and barcode scanning technology and it will have consultants on hand to offer free advice. As an incentive to upgrade, Renovotec can offer up to £180 part exchange on legacy RDT devices and also provide an option for replacing them with low cost rugged Linux-based devices. It also offers lease purchase arrangements – enabling customers to split the cost of investment into monthly payments over 36 or 60 months.
Knapp highlights innovation
Knapp will be explaining the technology behind its new optically-guided picking system, KiSoft Vision, which will be launched very soon. The system’s integrated navigation system guides pickers to each required pick location using software that superimposes virtual information – such as arrows – directly in the visual field of the operator using a head-mounted display. At the pick location, the required goods are highlighted and an integrated camera reads barcodes, lot numbers and serial numbers to confirm the pick without further human intervention. This automatic visual recognition means that accuracy is higher than with voice systems.

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