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Onward Holding The Key To Logistics solutions In The North
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.”
All the warehouse units available from the company can include 24 hour security and flexible leases, offering the perfect package to help companies maximise their supply chains.
Findings from the UK’s largest online fork lift hazard perception test, suggest room for improvement is needed when it comes to identifying safe hand pallet truck operation.
Mentor Training, who created the test alongside the Fork Lift Truck Association, advises that although not as well documented as forklift accidents, these smaller, more basic pieces of lifting equipment can – and often do – cause injury, damage and disruption when operated incorrectly.
On average, over 4,500 injuries involving hand trucks, pallet trucks and similar handling aids, such as wheel barrows and trolleys, are reported every year*, yet findings from Mentor’s test showed that more than half of the 1300 managers, supervisors, operators and pedestrians that took part didn’t identify incorrect operation of a hand pallet truck as a hazard.
“Businesses shouldn’t disregard these pieces of equipment as harmless when budgeting for training,” says Andy Cartwright, Mentor’s Technical Manager.
“Although they are much less complex and powerful than other materials handling equipment, accidents are common. Operators using them incorrectly often experience bruised and fractured lower limbs and musculoskeletal injuries.
“Remember - there’s a reason why hand pallet trucks are covered by the same legal requirement as forklifts for safety training.”
Regulation 9 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) requires that those operating any type of work equipment should be trained to use it, to understand the risks involved and to take the necessary precautions. It also specifies that supervisors and managers should receive similar training.
Mentor’s hazard perception test highlighted one of the most common errors surrounding this type of equipment: pushing rather than pulling a hand pallet truck. The truck should be pulled with one hand while the operator faces the direction of travel, to ensure visibility and control are maintained. Results show only 42% of managers and supervisors identified incorrect use of these machines as a risk factor.
Mentor advises that adhering to best practice when operating all materials handling equipment, regardless of its size, is vital to maintaining a safe and productive working environment.
Waitrose To Open New Fulfillment Centre For Online Groceries Sales
Waitrose is continuing to build capacity in its online grocery business with the opening of a new bespoke dot.com fulfilment centre in Coulsdon on 3 March 2015.
This facility will employ 450 Partners by the end of January 2016.
Waitrose is proposing to close its existing fulfilment centre in Acton in Spring 2015. The centre will almost certainly be the subject of a compulsory purchase order for HS2 in 2017. Waitrose is consulting Partners about this now so they can take advantage of the job opportunities created by the opening of Coulsdon.
This new centre will have twice the capacity of Acton and so, along with vacancies in nearby branches, there will be enough employment opportunities for all Acton Partners.
Waitrose.com customers in London will continue to receive the same level of service.