May 17, 2020

Toyota Material Handling focuses on safer warehouses

Toyota Materials Handling
Freddie Pierce
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SpotMe signals when there is a potential hazard
Follow @WDMEllaCopeland Toyota Materials Handling has developed a new solution designed to protect operators and pedestrians in warehouses. The new Toy...

Toyota Materials Handling has developed a new solution designed to protect operators and pedestrians in warehouses.

The new Toyota SpotMe system will protect goods being transported as well as significantly decreasing damage to trucks and infrastructure.  

SpotMe is built with infra-red director sensitive sensors which detect the presence of forklifts and pedestrians at crossroads and alerts them. Whenever a potential impact danger is spotted a warning unit starts to flash which helps to considerably reduce the danger of collision.


According to Toyota, this unique accident prevention system is user-friendly, easy to fix on the walls, with no set-up on fleet required and low maintenance needs. The warning unit can be either connected to a standalone battery or plugged into the mains.

Tony Wallis, Sales & Marketing Director, Toyota Material Handling UK commented:
“Warehouses are fast-moving working environments that call for extra attention from forklift drivers and pedestrians alike, especially in blind spots. SpotMe uses alternating flashing lights that are much more visible than flashing beacons or other types of warning lights.”

What makes SpotMe efficient?

  1. Warehouse health and safety is improved for workers.
    • The alternating flashing lights (LEDs) used by SpotMe are far more efficient in preventing accidents than flashing beacons or other types of warning lights.
  2. Goods and trucks are better preserved and energy consumption is reduced.
    • Less panic brakes – and therefore an improved driving behavior – help to reduce the risk of dropping goods and keep your forklift in better shape, while also saving energy.
  3. The system is flexible, scalable and fits into most applications.
    • SpotMe can be used at crossings, blind corners, doors and exits, etc.
    • The warning unit can be connected to a standalone battery or plugged into the mains.
  4. The system is easy to install and requires little maintenance.
    • Either you install it yourself, or our technicians can install it for you!
    • The devices are simply fixed to the walls, with no set-up on the fleet required.
    • The sensor battery lasts up to 3 years.

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

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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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