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Onward Holding The Key At Multimodal To Prime Logistics Sites
Onward Holdings will be offering a variety of solutions in response to the acute shortage of prime sites for warehousing and logistics operations in the north of England when it exhibits at this year’s Multimodal show in April.
Among the services the company will be showcasing at Multimodal are key locations at Featherstone and Castleford in Yorkshire, which are suitable for freight forwarding and businesses needing storage and/or a distribution hub in the region. Both are close to the motorway networks for fast delivery to all parts of the UK, the Humber ports and regional airports.
After letting most of its other units at Onward Park in Featherstone, Onward now has two plots available of up to 25,000 and 70,000 square feet respectively. They are in a superb location and can be utilised for a wide variety of uses, subject to planning permission.
The industrial estate benefits from excellent distribution connections and is also close to the railway freight network via the nearby Wakefield Europort. According to Onward Holdings around 80% of the UK’s population is accessible in four hours, making the site ideal for bulk distribution items. The new plot will be up to 12m eaves height and include good-sized yards, excellent loading facilities and state-of-the-art security systems.
In addition to expanding its Featherstone site, the business’s purpose-built facility in Castleford has also benefitted from investment resulting in more onsite fork lifts that can handle pallets, IBCs and other items up to three tonnes, whilst for those with non-rigid packaging, the warehouse can individually handball sacks, cartons or other non standard product on to pallets.
These complement the Castleford warehouse’s flexibility, which allows for pallet racked and bulked storage space with two dock level loading doors and several ground level loading doors, including covered loading bays, to facilitate the handling of food related items, computerised order picking and various pallet handling solutions.
Onward Holdings, which also operates quality sites at Ackworth, South Kirkby and Scunthorpe, is promoting at Multimodal a combined total of around 200,000 square feet of potential warehousing and storage space in Yorkshire, a region which has seen a huge take up of available space since the economy came out of recession.
A significant knock-on effect of the economic recovery is the scarcity of available warehouse space, due to companies becoming more confident of investing in supply chain facilities and the increasing demand from third party logistics providers and e-retailers seeking additional capacity for their customer fulfilment centres,
Onward Holdings director Neil Storey says: “Multimodal is an excellent platform for the business to promote the range of logistics options it has available to suit most budgets, together with additional value-added warehouse services. We believe that the different facilities that Onward Holdings offers can alleviate the lack of prime sites and help companies gain a vital foothold in the northern supply chain.”
Falling Oil Prices Increase Supply Chain Risk for Food Industry
The plummeting prices of oil is driving down global food prices according to a new report from Rabobank. Food manufacturers are benefiting from the decline in oil prices as it lowers the cost of production and distribution – but this could cause increased competition in the industry. The sectors gaining the most from low energy costs were named as horticulture, coffee and milk powder, potato processing and beer production as these are typically high in gas consumption.
The bank predicts that the prolonged low cost of oil will put a downward pressure on food prices, and some products will reach multi-year lows. Lower oil prices could also open opportunities within transport and distribution, improving the reach of fresh produce. Food experts at QADEX predict that businesses may look for ways to reduce costs further by negotiating with suppliers and distribution companies.
Tracey Cranney, Operations Manager at QADEX, said, “The sharp drop in the cost of oil has had a positive effect on many industries – the food and beverage sector included. Savings will be passed from processors to retailers, and eventually the end consumer. Competition within the industry is then likely to push down prices even further.”
For well managed procurement teams, the fall in oil prices could present an opportunity to identify parts of the supply chain which are anticipated to see reduced costs - and attempt to negotiate prices downwards. This could result in competition between suppliers, and retailers may need to change suppliers which could open up a number of risk factors.
Switching to a new supplier has the potential to cause problems; fraudulent activity could take place from people cutting corners lower in the supply chain, and there is always risk involved if sourcing from a supplier with no history. Additionally retailers and manufacturers will likely experience costs of approving and managing new suppliers – but would it all be worth it to keep end prices as low as possible?
Tracey added, “Switching suppliers is often risky and can be a very stressful time for retailers and processors. Our software streamlines the process, and ensures all suppliers are risk assessed and up to date on certification before being approved. The team at QADEX are ready to help retailers and processors tackle the result of falling oil prices directly.”
Frontline Packaging Beats The Competition For The Supply Of 6 Pallet Wrapping Machines
Frontline Packaging Limited has recently completed the supply and installation of six Atlanta Mytho semi automatic pallet wrapping machines at two sites in East Anglia for a well-known meat producer.
The Mytho was chosen after extensive trials were run on several competitor machines.
Frontline Packaging Managing Director Tony Hacker explains, "The challenge for this particular application was to find a pallet wrapper that could wrap a wide variety of load sizes and weights without having to make lots of adjustments, whilst minimising the amount of film used. Frontline ran extensive trials with the Mytho wrapper and it beat the competition on all scores. The film weighed less, the wrap was more secure and the machine required very little adjustment. It was an easy decision for the customer in the end."
The customer is extremely pleased with the new equipment, and told us why.
"We were very impressed with the Mytho wrappers supplied by Frontline Packaging. In trials they out-performed the competition against all our criteria. The equipment needed to perform in a very hard-working environment to a very high standard and these machines do just that. They are simple to use, extremely robust and we are delighted with them."
The Atlanta Mytho supplied by Frontline Packaging Ltd is a high-quality turntable pallet wrapper with a number of standard features that make it ideally suited to challenging applications.
In particular, the Mytho's PS type film dispenser delivers varying levels of power pre-stretch and lay-on force throughout the wrapping cycle, which allows a wide variety of loads to be secured with the minimum amount of film. The clear panel provides an easy way to store the settings, and its functions allow the machine to wrap many different types of load without adjustment.