The Panama Canal, which was one hundred years old in August last year, has a crucial role to play in the world supply chain, reducing the distances to be covered in commercial routes between America and Asia as well as between both coasts of the American continent. The canal expansion will enable the large New-Panamax vessels to pass through, thus providing a service to the great demands of maritime traffic in modern international logistics.
Logistics is living a period when e-commerce, globalisation and the economy of scale are revolutionising all the different phases in the supply chain, with more and more severe productivity demands in the warehouses, which implies having to resort to a wide range of metal racking systems, automated warehouses and semi-automated picking and handling systems. But all this would not have evolved into what it is today if four decades ago modern tracking and traceability had not been born with the introduction of barcodes.
The relationship between metal racking and drones began to attract great interest when one of the e-commerce giants worldwide announced, a few months ago, that it intended to use drones to deliver products straight from the warehouse to the customer’s door. This is a strategy that could potentially revolutionise urban logistics, one of the main bottlenecks in the growth of e-commerce together with the high cost of the “last mile”.
The International Logistics and Handling Exhibition (SIL), which is held every year in Barcelona and at which ATOX Storage Systems, as a manufacturer of metal racking, is present as an outstanding exhibitor in the handling section, will welcome in 2016 the 32nd edition of the ALACAT Conference, The National Federation of Freight Forwarders and International Logistics Operators for Latin America and the Caribbean.
During 2013, the palletising industry had been watching out for the changes in the Euro pallets certifications. In a previous article, we told you how the European Pallet Association (EPAL) and the Union Internationales des Chemins de Fer (UIC) broke their collaboration agreement for the certification of UIC/EUR Euro pallets and so the EPAL/EPAL Euro pallets with the EPAL logo in the four corners came into being in August, 2013.