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Cutting edge software, the latest materials handling equipment, live demonstrations – Logistics Link Live has it all. This is a must-attend event for visitors looking to discover the latest warehouse and logistics developments – which will be performed live, right in front of them. Many exhibitors choose the show as a platform for launching new products and solutions so it’s crucial for logistics professionals looking to keep up to date with the latest innovations.

The NEC Birmingham is in an easy to reach, central location, as well as being large enough to create an authentic warehouse feel so visitors get to see products demonstrated as they should be.
There will also be extensive educational content in the seminar theatre taking place on both days of the exhibition. The seminars will feature many practical ideas and are a great opportunity for delegates to see a showcase of the latest solutions including RFID, voice picking, the latest cloud technology and much more, repeated each day of the show.

Visitors to the show will also have the opportunity to network with their peers in the buyers only networking lounge. As well as this, Women in Logistics will be holding a meeting on the 6 June which is a great opportunity for members and other visitors to meet, network and exchange views. This will be followed by a fascinating talk from their founder, Ruth Waring, on how to get the most out of social networking, specifically for logisticians.

Registration is free for logistics and supply chain professionals and ensures fast track entry to the show.

NEW LAUNCH: Online freight exchange
Shipntrak is a new online freight exchange powered by the global vehicle tracking company Simplytrak. The online system will be unveiled at Logistics Link. Shipntrak, positioned as “the smarter online freight exchange” will connect shippers and hauliers on an auction-style platform enabling both parties to work efficiently and reduce costs like never before. It will also allow the option, for the first time, for all shippers to view the locations of their cargo from pick up to delivery live on screen or on their smart phones. The new site will be launched at the NEC show with full features and functionality unveiled during demonstrations throughout the two days.

Datamark manufactures and supplies plain & printed (flexo & digital) self-adhesive labels, thermal transfer ribbons and printing solutions (printers & software), ink-jet print solutions & consumables, also now recently being approved as Reseller for Zetes Print n’ Apply and Pallet Labelling solutions.

Where and When

5 June
9.30am – 4.30pm
6 June
9.30am – 4.00pm

Hall 3a, NEC,
Birmingham, B40 1NT

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Tamlite is the second largest privately owned lighting company in the UK. Based in Redditch, it has over 11,000 products covering commercial, industrial retail, decorative, exterior and hazardous area lighting. It has supplied over seven million fluorescent batten luminaires into industry over the last 40 years and over 135,000 high efficiency HILUX luminaires into the warehouse and logistics sector in the last five years. It will be exhibiting HILUX low energy luminaires for warehousing combined with latest lighting control systems.

Floor-tag technology
The Floor-tag has been developed by Torchwood Technologies for the logistics industry and is durable, truck and abrasion resistant. It is designed for easy identification of stock and pallet movements in the warehouse. It eliminates the need to encase or screw into concrete floors and is less than half the price! Just locate, clean, stick and you are ready to go. Find out more at Logistics Link Live.

Tackling logistics complexity
For companies running a complex logistics operation, either for their own business or as an outsourced logistics service provider, keeping track of products on order and their progress through to final delivery can be time-consuming and costly. OBS Logistics will illustrate how effective use of technology in the supply chain can increase automation throughout the process, reducing the risk of error, duplication and loss and helping to improve the customer experience.

Make social media work for you
Ruth Waring, managing director of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting and founder of Women in Logistics, will be returning to give a seminar on how to make social media work for logistics operators, following the success of her session at Logistics Link South in February. Ruth will be sharing with delegates the secrets to getting better results from social media including making contacts that result in actual business, as well as how to upload card contacts in seconds to Linkedin, run successful groups and get genuine real-world benefits from Linkedin and Twitter.

Make strategy pay
How do you align business led thinking with what actually gets done on the ground? That’s the question that will be addressed by Kevin Zwolinski, managing director of Click On Logistics. He will share an insight into an approach that addresses the divide of business strategy and day-to-day operations. Too often these are disconnected leading to all sorts of problems resulting in poor business performance and failure to deliver “on strategy”, the missing link being an effective operations strategy. And he will share the key steps of the Making Strategy Pay methodology, and then provide some examples of how it has been applied in practice.

How to win the agency battle
As the current economic climate continues to present challenges to the road transport sector. In this seminar, Employ Recruitment will look at how to make the best use of agency support. And it is all too easy during such difficult times for a company to overlook its obligations under an Operator’s Licence, one of the most essential assets of any transport company.

 An Operator’s Licence is conditional upon the licence holder being able to demonstrate sufficient financial standing to maintain the vehicle safely on the road. Using an agency is a very simple process but it’s vital to understanding the importance of protecting the operator’s licence while delivering a cost effective and compliant service. Employ Recruitment is going to present how your agency should be adding value to ensure compliance while its driver is working as an ambassador for your company.

BS Handling Systems
BS Handling Systems is a provider of conveyor, warehouse and storage solutions across industries. It can supply everything from automated picking systems to simple shelving in retail outlets. Its wide-ranging experience enables it to select from a broad supplier base, ensuring you get quality and reliable products. It has completed systems for many different companies across all industry sectors, providing services in the UK, Europe and South-East Asia.

Chess gets into the Spirit
Chess comes to Logistics Link Live fresh from completing implementation of a new warehouse management system for Kuehne + Nagel. The system is being used to manage storage and distribution of food products on behalf of Spirit Pub Company for whom Kuehne + Nagel provide contract logistics services. Operations are carried out at two multi-temperature depots, based in Greenford and at Trafford Park, Manchester, with a total combined space of 18,000 sq m. The Chess system forms part of an integrated ordering and logistics execution solution which includes interfaces with ordering systems used by Spirit, and finance systems operated by Kuehne + Nagel. The system is responsible for creation of supplier purchase orders, and for the capture, processing and invoicing of sales orders. The system also interfaces with vehicle-based delivery solutions installed in the Kuehne + Nagel 60 vehicle distribution fleet.

FLTA extends Safe User Group
The Fork Lift Truck Association has enhanced its Safe User Group service with additional resources. It also now covers up to five additional sites under a single membership, at no extra cost. FLTA technical manager Owen Delaney said: “Fork lift trucks account for at least one hospitalisation or fatality per day and, at last count, their operation was affected by 23 sets of legislation, guidelines and rules. That’s a pretty daunting combination. The FLTA Safe User Group was set up to give managers a reliable solution to that worry – clear, practical, up-to-date information, straight from the horse’s mouth, in whatever format best suits the way you work. It improves safety, lowers risk, and extending the number of sites will mean more workers are protected.” The service costs £177 a year and includes practical safety resources, regular updates on new rules and advances, a monthly newsletter and a confidential telephone helpline.

Intexion has more than 22 years of experience in materials handling supplying all types of warehouse systems, pallet racking, shelving, and mezzanine floors. It can provide a complete turnkey solution including sprinklers, lighting, labelling, rack protection, and warehouse barriers. The Intexion catalogue has over 4,000 products for the warehouse or office, and all of these items can be purchased online…

Integrated Skills
Integrated Skills was formed by Mike Betts and Nick Crick in 1993 to provide environmental advisory and management services to government and industry, especially in the field of waste management and environmental services. In 2000, Integrated Skills acquired distribution rights to RouteSmart, the high-density routeing software. It has become a route optimisation system of choice by a large number of organisations in the UK environmental services sector.

OBS Logistics
OBS Logistics specialises in Software Solutions for 3PLs and end user organisations running large or complex logistics operations. It is one of only a handful of companies able to offer both transport and warehouse management software. Calidus TMS provides electronic signature capture and proof of delivery, online delivery tracking as well as comprehensive transport planning and optimisation. Warehouse management using Calidus WMS provides an integrated solution for multi warehouse and multi owner inventory management that tracks inventory from Goods Receipt through to final delivery. Comprehensive reporting and analysis using Calidus Vision gives unparalleled insight to support effective decision making in real-time.

Cloud WMS from Proteus
Proteus will be demonstrating the Proteus Cloud WMS at Logistics Link Live. Looking towards the future and as a part of the longer term strategic plans for company growth, Proteus has developed Proteus Cloud WMS to complement the Proteus WMS suite. Proteus WMS is a functionally rich suite of software; fully scalable from four to an infinite number of users; delivering process control for all aspects of warehousing. The system gives visibility and full traceability of all stock movements from the moment the stock touches the warehouse to delivery through to the end user. It is available in multiple modes from a simple paper based solution, as a radio frequency or voice directed system or in a combination of all three. Without compromising the functionality of the system, Proteus Cloud WMS has been designed and developed to be available to all sizes of company from business start – up (one or two users) to major blue chip organisations.

Red Ledge
Red Ledge is a specialist in barcode, RFID, voice and sensor technologies which it has integrated into many industrial sectors, notably warehouse and production facilities. It offers a one-stop-shop for business processes including automated scanning systems or bespoke machinery with complete integration to its own business solutions as well as customers’ legacy systems.

Grimsby Resin Floors
Grimsby Resin Floors is an approved contractor under Constructionline, the national register of qualified construction contractors and consultants. It is intended to be the sole source of competent construction firms for public bodies and other major specifiers procuring construction projects. Constructionline assesses the managerial, financial and technical standards of firms against standards set by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Qualified firms’ details are then made available to public and private sector construction clients as a source of qualified construction contractors and consultants.

Renovotec supplies a range of rugged hardware designed to withstand extreme temperatures and humidity as well as dust, drops and knocks. It stocks a wide range of rugged devices from tablets and scanners to truck mounted devices and printers with varying levels of ruggedness for different environments and applications. It offers Hardware as a Service (HaaS), which is challenging the notion that hardware should be a capital expenditure. HaaS is a fully managed service that allows customers to outsource the ownership, deployment, management and support of hardware at a set monthly fee with the options to terminate, upgrade or extend the contract at the end of the term. While similar to leasing, HaaS provides many additional benefits.

Unique ID
From standard label printers and barcode printers, barcode scanners, handheld scanners and portable data capture terminals to the latest mobile computer wireless hardware; Unique ID supplies the latest barcoding and RFID products and solutions available. It offers products from suppliers such as Honeywell, Toshiba, Motorola, Zebra Technologies, Bluebird, Printronix and Datalogic, at competitive prices, enables Unique ID to continue providing industry with the high levels of service for which Unique ID has become known.

Rebrand for LB Foster Materials Handling
Leicester-based LB Foster Materials Handling is to exhibit at Logistics Link Live for the first time. With over 30 years’ experience in the materials handling marketplace, the company’s team of experts will be on hand to explain how automation can help businesses to lower costs while achieving greater efficiency.
Managing director Gary Bale said: “The innovative approach we take to materials handling challenges has enabled us to deliver fully automated turnkey projects to a wide cross section of organisations.
“These range from SMEs to world renowned brands such as Diageo, Clipper Logistics, Caterpillar and Honda.”
LB Foster Materials Handling has recently undergone a rebranding exercise – it was formerly known as CI Logistics. “Our new name reflects the company’s global heritage and aligns us closer to our parent company, the American multi-national, LB Foster,” said Bale.

Queen’s award for Easypack
Easypack, the manufacturer of void fill cushion packaging, will be exhibiting at Logistics Link Live fresh from winning its third Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade in ten years.

Flexi to showcase warehouse systems
Flexi Narrow Aisle will be showcasing its recently launched Warehouse Systems Division at this year’s Logistics Link Live. The aim is to offer a range of warehouse planning, design and implementation services to the logistics industry. Flexi Warehouse Systems offers impartial advice in new warehouse projects but specialises in updating and transforming existing facilities to significantly improve efficiency and reduce operating costs. “Flexi Warehouse Systems works with clients to develop the most efficient and cost effective system for their application,” says John Maguire, Flexi Narrow Aisle’s sales and marketing director. “There are a huge number of existing warehouse buildings across the country constructed and equipped over the last 25-30 years. Due to the huge changes in the retail market and the economy in general, many of these sites are no longer fit for purpose. Often the original usage has changed completely and therefore the storage and material handling equipment installed is no longer efficient to say the least. This can present an opportunity to re-design and re-configure, using new technology and handling techniques, to create a much more cost effective operation often with a very attractive pay back period.”

Mobile manager from Snapfulfil
Snapfulfil WMS will be showing its new Mobile Manager App at Logistics Link Live. Gavin Clark, commercial director for Snapfulfil SaaS Warehouse Management Software said: “We are looking forward to demonstrating our latest reporting tool ‘Mobile Manager’. The App is designed to be deployed via an iPad and allows the data from the warehouse management system to be interrogated while on the move around the warehouse, or even remotely.

Voxter Elite on display
topVOX will have the new Voxter Elite Edition on display at the show. topVOX’s voice terminal has taken a step forward with its advanced technical specifications, setting new standards in voice logistics. Proven flexibility and reliability have made topVOX a market leader in voice technology.

Datalogic specialises in automatic data capture and industrial automation for the manufacturing, retail, logistics and healthcare industries. The Co-operative Food chose Datalogic’s Elf Mobile Computer for speeding up daily operations, thereby increasing productivity of its SMART (Store Merchandising and Replenishment Transformation) system. The Co-operative Food invested £6.5 million in over 6,500 Elf Mobile Computers and associated Wireless LAN infrastructure for more than 2,800 stores in the UK.

Time is right for RFID
A presentation by inotec with live demonstrations and case studies, will show how RFID can be used successfully in warehouse and logistics applications. With detailed comparisons of Auto ID Technologies: Barcode, 2D Code and RFID, this seminar will cover all of the key factors which need to be considered for any Auto ID project, giving visitors first-hand experience of RFID in action. There is even a chance to win a bottle of Champagne in an RFID “Chip and Win” raffle.

Logistics Link Live is part of a series of exhibitions which take place throughout the year and will be followed later in the year by Logistics Link North which takes place 8-9 October in Doncaster.

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