Sunday 20th Jan 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

The vital supply chain link


The supply chain industry faces increasing pressure to move goods as quickly and as safely as possible in order to meet ever increasing customer demand.

Logistics Link North was launched to satisfy requests from business leaders throughout the North and Midlands regions for a specialist exhibition that would help them to sharpen up their supply chains, by ensuring that they keep their customers happy in; getting their goods to the right place, at the right time, in the right condition and at the right cost.

Logistics Link North continues the well-proven concept of offering attendees a one-stop shop for assessing the latest class-leading products, systems and services to maximise the efficiency and agility of their logistics operations. The exhibition is intended to maximise on the productivity of attendees’ time, and logistics professionals will be able to discuss with a diverse range of suppliers in a single visit, within the business surroundings of the Doncaster Racecourse Exhibition & Conference Centre.

Materials handling

No warehousing operation would be complete without lift trucks, stackers and conveyors playing their all important role. Logistics Link North will feature the latest offerings from; Aisle-Master, Jungheinrich, Crown Lift Trucks, Linde, Mitsubishi, BT Rolatruc, Cartwright Group, Narrow Aisle and Translift Bendi. A wide variety of MHE ancillary products and solutions, including fork attachments and weighing equipment will also be demonstrated by suppliers such as; Bolzoni-Auramo.

Mitsubishi will feature two warehouse trucks and will demonstrate the space-saving advantages of a pedestrian truck with the higher throughput needed in more intensive applications. Alongside it is the Mitsubishi reach truck – winner of the Annual Award for Excellence.

Irish forklift manufacturer Aisle-Master, long recognised as a leading manufacturer of LPG-powered articulated forklifts will be there. A major advantage of an Aisle-Master over reach or counterbalance forklifts is a potential increase in storage density of up to 50% due to the narrowing down of aisle widths. Capacities of up to 2000kgs are available, with various lift heights for diverse applications.

Avery Weigh-Tronix will be exhibiting its new Forklift Truck Scale. The company claims that the system can help operators increase profitability by accurately and quickly validating the weight of a customer’s load. The Avery Weigh-Tronix system transforms lift trucks into mobile scales that deliver trade approved weight verification of each pallet as it is picked up so an organisation can now lift, weigh, move and invoice loads within its existing process. MapMechanics Mobile, a practical and straight-forward solution for transport and logistics operators that integrates real-time navigation with routing, scheduling and vehicle tracking, goes on public show for the first time at the Logistics Link North exhibition.

Tailored flexibility

The way that many companies from all sectors of industry approach the outsourcing of distribution and associated services, has led to fundamental changes. Internet shopping and make-to-order manufacturing continue to grow rapidly and have resulted in distribution service providers making a marked shift towards tailored, flexible service provision, and establishing added-value partnerships. Leading players in logistics services will be demonstrating their latest thinking in this area at the exhibition; Sameday UK, RoadFerry and Stiller Group.

Property provision

The distribution property sector has been revolutionised in recent times with design and build contractors and project managers, agents and developers increasingly catering for the specialised needs of warehouse and distribution centre occupiers. Logistics Link North offers those involved in sourcing and establishing logistics property solutions a comprehensive choice of suppliers from total design management, construction and fit-out specialists, developers and consultancies comprising; Gardner Engineering, Ro Dor, Allibert Buckhorn and SSI Schaefer who will be showcasing and talking about their latest products and innovations within the world of storage and handling equipment. An experienced team of logistics professionals will man their stand, from a dedicated packaging specialist to an automotive parts storage account manager and the northern regional management team.

Automating warehouses

Developments in storage and retrieval mean logistics departments can squeeze ever greater levels of operational efficiency and flexibility from their distribution centre operations. Greater use of automation and ever higher levels of integration between systems characterise the modern warehouse environment. Warehouse automation and integrators often play a key role in systems support and development, providing ongoing maintenance and servicing, and expert guidance on extension and reconfiguration. Visitors to Logistics Link North can assess some of the very latest automated handling technology, with experts on hand from several of Europe’s leading suppliers including; Knapp, Computype and SSI Schaefer.

Information technology

The backbone of any organisation with an evolved logistics function is information technology. The latest breed of logistics software products is enabling forward thinking companies to operate with greater control over and visibility of their supply chains. Logistics Link North will provide one of this year’s best opportunities to get to grips with what is new in this fast moving area. Belgravium, Exact Abacus, Inotec, I2 mobile solutions, Manhattan Associates, Zafire, Red Prairie, Proteus, Symon Communications, VSc Solutions, Inotec ATMS and Diamond Phoenix.


The exhibition will also see a range of highly specialised IT solutions such as wireless warehouse technology, ranging from data capture, barcodes and printers to streamline product storage, retrieval and tracking, will be featured; Schoeller Arca Systems a leading manufacturer of plastic returnable packaging for the materials handling industry and at this year’s Logistic Link North exhibition. It will be exhibiting a large range of returnable transit packaging solutions for today’s supply chain.

Fleet management

Many road transport operations could not function properly if it was not for the vital role that information technology plays. Distribution fleet managers constantly have to juggle with increasing congestion, greater downward pressure from environmental legislation as well as spiralling taxation and fuel costs. As a result they have to work smarter to keep networks running to speed. Technology plays an important part in achieving this aim, with sophisticated management software and in-cab hardware able to optimise the profitability, security and agility of goods vehicle operations. From haulage operators to home delivery specialists, the latest telematics and information systems are driving ever greater efficiency in this vital but most burdened area of the supply chain. Logistics Link North will see the very latest in fleet management technologies from leading suppliers; 121 Systems, MapMechanics,

Accommodating technology

The selection of storage and packaging media is one of the basic yet one of the most important investment decisions made for logistics operations. Visitors to Logistics Link North can digest some of the latest thinking in racking design and provision as well as some innovative and cost-effective solutions for product storage and transit protection; Allibert Buckhorn, Filiplastic, Link 51, Linpac, SSI Schaefer and Travhydro.

Several leading racking suppliers including will be on hand to demonstrate a full complement of design, consultancy, supply and installation services, tailored to meet individual requirements. In addition suppliers including will be demonstrating a host of tote and container solutions for storage and transit protection -an area in which, in the light of growing packaging legislation and the cost of raw materials, many logistics operations have already forged significant savings. Linpac Storage Systems who will be exhibiting its comprehensive range of racking and shelving systems. Linpac has a complete product offering that extends from simple adjustable pallet racking and shelving systems through to the most sophisticated mobile storage, garment hanging and high bay installations.

Packaging solutions

Packaging and security seals play an important role within the supply chain and Logistics Link North will feature the latest developments in this sector from; ASG Services, Lighthouse, Weber Marking Systems, Sato, Robstock, Weyfringe Labelling Solutions, Application Developments, Easypack, Shrinkfast and Soabar.

Consultancy and education

The supply chain is constantly evolving, and logistics professionals must keep pace to ensure their own operations continue to be efficient and on the ball. Consultants and educational organisations Bolton Institute, Humber Institute and Total Logistics will be on at hand at Logistics Link North to offer advice; Alliance SSP, Doncaster Investment Team, Karras Worldwide and Logistics College North West.

Business environment

Time is perhaps the most precious commodity in today’s business environment. With a broad range of complementary logistics product, system and service providers on hand, Logistics Link North will offer forward thinking logistics professionals with a valuable means of evaluating the very, latest tools for optimising operations in a single, focused hit.