May 17, 2020

FTLA announces winners of Awards for Excellence 2013

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Association
Freddie Pierce
3 min
The awards were a "resounding success" said CEO Peter Harvey
Follow @Ella_Copeland The Fork Lift Truck Association (FTLA) has announced 10 winners for its 19th annual Awards for Excellence this week, highlighting...

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FTLA) has announced 10 winners for its 19th annual Awards for Excellence this week, highlighting key industry figures from far and wide across 10 different categories.

Co-presented by Channel Five news presenter, Emma Crosby, the Awards saw key industry figures, from far and wide, descend upon the Hilton Birmingham Metropole to see who had won an Archie – the materials handling industry’s most coveted prize.

 Big product category winners on the night included BMB Weatherproof Canopies’ Pallet Truck Bag (Environment), Yale’s Mast-Mounted LED Lights (Safety), Cat Lift Trucks’ NPP16-20N2 (R)(E) Power Pallet Trucks (Ergonomics), and Aisle-Master’s Cold Store Aisle-Master; each receiving a solid bronze statuette following a public vote through the FLTA website.

Individual Awards were presented to Mathew Wood of Rushlift Ltd (Apprentice of the Year), Malcolm Pearson of Midac UK (Services to the industry), and the Association’s former chief executive, David Ellison, was honoured for ‘Services to the Fork Lift Truck Association’.

Babcock International Group was named “Safe Site” for their innovative approach to safety management. Rather than dictate protocol, Babcock involved all of its fork lift drivers and supervisors in an open and honest discussion on the subject of safety to identify key issues. Discussions resulted in the introduction of 21 safety standards, and empowered more than 550 staff to help achieve compliance.

Since 1995, the Awards has served as a “Pick of the Year” for materials handling products and services, rewarding those who strive to raise standards throughout the fork lift truck industry.

The evening saw representatives from each of the event’s Sponsors, joining the hosts on stage, including: Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks UK, HSS, Aldermore Bank plc, Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK, Yale, B&B Attachments, Powercell, Interfit, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, and Combilift Ltd.

During dinner, the winner of the inaugural Customer Focus Award – identifying the fork truck dealership deemed to have provided the most innovative or appropriate solution to a customer’s particular materials handling requirements – was decided by an open vote of attendees. A great cheer went up as Douglas Gillespie Plant was announced winner.

“Awards 2013 has been a resounding success” said FLTA chief executive, Peter Harvey. “This event continues to celebrate all that is good in the materials handling industry and, for more than 19 years, we have encouraged the progress that has been achieved.

“Every one of our ‘Pick of the Year’ represents a significant advance in ensuring that fork lift trucks are working more safely, more efficiently and with less impact on the environment.  We are proud to recognise and reward such advances.”

Below follows a full list of winners, their categories and Award Sponsors:

 

Award Category

Winner

Sponsor

Apprentice of the Year

Mathew Wood of Rushlift

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks UK

Services to the Association

David Ellison

Handling & Storage Solutions

Services to the Industry

Malcolm Pearson - Midac UK

Aldermore Bank plc

Safe Site Award

Babcock International Group

Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK Ltd

Supplier of the Year

Interfit

Yale

Environment

BMB Weatherproof Canopies

B&B Attachments Ltd

Ergonomics

Cat Lift Trucks

Powercell Industrial Battery Engineers Ltd

Safety

Yale

Interfit Ltd

Innovation

Aisle Master

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions Ltd

Customer Focus

Douglas Gillespie Plant 

Combilift Ltd

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

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Supplychain
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3 min
Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.

 

This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go. 


 

Public-Private Partnerships

With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”. 

 

Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats. 

 

In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.

 

“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”. 


 

How Do We Sustain Immunisation? 

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”. 

 

Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared. 


Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.

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