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Safety mirrors for the workplace

How to prevent accidents and reduce theft

mirrorTwo prevalent issues plague businesses nationwide: accidents potentially causing injuries to employees and visitors and theft within the premises. Despite the reduction in theft from a peak of 17,700 offences in 2002/03 to 6,558 in 2022/23, any level of theft remains unacceptable.

21 May 2024/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (152)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Step up to a safer way of working!

The ultimate range of safety steps are launched

stepsMost businesses often use a member of their staff to access something that is beyond a safe reaching height. Whether that might be reaching for a file that has been shoved up on top of a cupboard, changing a light bulb or carrying out a regular order picking task. How many times have you seen colleagues standing on chairs and desks to reach something or climbing up on machinery to gain better access? Please don’t, there is a better way.

30 April 2024/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (292)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Streamlining waste management

Sustaining an environmentally responsible workplace

electric order pickerEffective waste management is crucial for maintaining a sustainable and environmentally responsible society. Industrial waste bins play a vital role in that waste disposal processes, particularly for paper, general or recycling waste.

18 April 2024/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (274)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Efficient order picking

The advantages of electric order pickers

electric order pickerThe world of warehousing and logistics has a crucial element of efficiency and productivity. The use of electric order picking equipment has revolutionised the order picking process and has offered a much more convenient and user-friendly solution for UK businesses.

11 March 2024/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (436)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Do you have a pallet truck graveyard?

Servicing, maintenance and pallet truck repairs could save you a small fortune

pallet trucksThere are many unloved, rusty-around-the-edges pallet trucks lurking in corners or out the back of company premises. Have you got any? Would you consider resurrecting them or perhaps you think they are beyond repair?

19 February 2024/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (356)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Taking the strain out of carrying goods upstairs

The benefits of electric-powered stairclimber sack trucks

stairclimberUnlocking efficiency combined with safety in today's fast paced business world is critical for the transportation of heavy loads when negotiating stairways and other challenging terrains.

23 November 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (508)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Correct hazardous substances storage is very important

Keeping your workplace safe

storageThere are many dangers around the workplace to consider, but one that seems to be continually overlooked is the safe storage of hazardous substances. What are deemed to be hazardous and how do you identify the risks? It's not just flammable material or noxious gases, it's far more encompassing than that.

14 November 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (394)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

The ultimate guide to mobile elevating work platforms

Everything you need to know

scissor liftWelcome to the ultimate guide to Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)! If you're looking to ensure safety and efficiency in your elevated work tasks, you've come to the right place.

06 November 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (596)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

The importance of servicing lifting equipment

LOLER, Thorough Examinations and scheduled maintenance

repairsRegular servicing and Thorough Examinations are essential for maintaining the safety and efficiency of lifting equipment, such as stackers, pallet trucks, forklift trucks, scissor lift tables and indeed all hydraulic lifting equipment.

19 October 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (464)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Stillages and pallets

Choosing the right equipment

pallet stillageWhen it comes to efficiently storing and transporting goods, stillages and pallets are essential tools for many businesses.

21 August 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (602)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Manhole covers

Choosing the right equipment

lifting manhole coverManhole covers are an essential component of the UK’s drainage and sewerage infrastructure, providing access to underground systems for maintenance and repair.

14 August 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (425)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Maintenance and safety considerations for material handling equipment

Prolong the lifespan of your material handling equipment

servicingMaintenance and safety are critical aspects of managing material handling equipment. By prioritising maintenance and implementing safety measures, you can ensure smooth operations and minimise the risk of accidents.

20 July 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (435)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

The benefits of using material handling equipment

Choosing the right equipment

rackingInvesting in material handling equipment offers numerous benefits for warehouse operations. From increased safety and reduced labour costs to improved inventory management and faster order fulfilment, these tools can transform your warehouse into a well-oiled machine.

13 July 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (475)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Streamlining your warehouse with materials handling equipment

How materials handling equipment can improve operations

rackingIn today's fast-paced business world, efficiency and productivity are key to staying ahead of the competition. When it comes to warehouse operations, streamlining processes is essential for meeting customer demands and maximising profits. One effective way to achieve this is by investing in top-of-the-line material handling equipment. From fork stackers and pallet trucks to conveyors and automated systems, these tools can revolutionise your warehouse operations and take them to new heights.

27 June 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (419)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Relocation upgrade

How to take advantage of moving premises

removal truckWhether a forced relocation or by choice, moving business premises can be a fraught enough task in itself, so why not take advantage of the upheaval with floor layout improvements and equipment upgrades.

16 May 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (597)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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The Birds!

How to deal with the nuisance humanely

bird scare productsWe all love seeing and hearing the wonderful array of birds that reside in the UK, with many of us putting out food daily in our gardens for them. As a nation we spend £250m a year on wild bird food, such as seeds, peanuts and fats. However, the cost and disruption to industry from our feathered friends is often disregarded.

25 April 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (534)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Making manual handling safer

Something has to be done, the statistics don’t lie!

stair climberOne-in-three accidents at work are caused by manual handling. In 2022 out of the 1.8 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, 477,000 of them experienced problems from a job-related musculoskeletal disorder according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Furthermore, 300,000 people in the UK were troubled with back pain caused by manual handling incidents!

06 April 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (540)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Just what are Tote Pans?

The tried and tested workplace storage system

menuThis tote has absolutely nothing to do with 'The Tote' that was founded in 1928 by Winston Churchill when the Racecourse Betting Control Board was set up.

14 February 2023/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (848)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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We know bad weather is on the way, so why not prepare early!

Winter packs can easily help to solve your problems

icy conditionsThe two things about the British weather that we all know, is that first off it is not predictable and the second is that we never seem to be prepared for it! Snow in November right through to March or beyond is a distinct possibility and yet businesses across the UK systematically fail to be ready to deal with what should be an inconvenience rather than a complete disaster. Companies would fair better by assessing the risks and then order the equipment and supplies needed in advance so they will be better prepared for what is coming!

14 November 2022/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (467)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
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Form an orderly queue!

A very British pastime?

queueIs there a definitive origin for the art of queueing? The word queue comes from the 12th century Old French word 'cue' meaning tail of an animal, which originates from the Latin word 'cauda'. So when did queueing start in Britain? During the early 19th century queues had become common occurrences as masses of people had migrated from the countryside to the towns to find work during the Industrial Revolution.

01 November 2022/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (899)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 1.7
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A buyer’s guide to sack trucks

Guidance to help make an informed choice

sack truckSack trucks have been around since the industrial revolution and were used to move large sacks of spices around the docks. As this was usually the job of young boys, the simple L-shaped sack truck with two wheels was invented to allow the children single handedly move goods much heavier than they could carry. That design has survived and is still in use today. There have also been further design developments resulting in numerous material handling trucks more suited to specific tasks.

07 September 2022/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (867)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Save lives and premises!

Fire safety advice

fireRecent events have shown how vulnerable we can be to fires when the temperature rises. Bonfires, BBQs, electrical faults or even a simply discarded cigarette stub can start what can turn out to be a catastrophe.

11 August 2022/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (628)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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XXII Commonwealth Games

What a load of rubbish!

waste binWhile the stadiums, gymnasiums and sports venues are filled with 4500 athletes from 72 nations vying for medals, consider the amount of work required behind the scenes to make the Friendly Games a success for the thousands of spectators visiting the 15 venues in the West Midlands over the 12 days of sporting events.

19 July 2022/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (692)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.5
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Are you looking for great new products for your warehouse, factory or site premises?

The dedicated section on our website is the place to find them

menuThere are 113 new products that have been launched onto the market this month. We have a section on our website where all these products are showcased.

25 April 2022/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (572)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Don’t struggle to move materials on building sites

All terrain pallet trucks save the day!

mesh lockersAs everyone knows, pallet trucks are used to move pallets around warehouses, loading bays and factories all over the world. As building construction projects have seen an increase in activity since the relaxing of pandemic restrictions during late 2021, full steam ahead seems to be the mantra for many large projects around the UK.

21 March 2022/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1077)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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We know bad weather is on the way, so why not prepare early!

Winter packs can help solve your problems

icy conditionsThe two things about the British weather that we all know, is that first off it is not predictable and the second is that we never seem to be prepared for it! Snow in November right through to March or beyond is a distinct possibility and yet businesses across the UK systematically fail to be ready to deal with what should be an inconvenience rather than a complete disaster. Companies would fair better by assessing the risks and then order the equipment and supplies needed in advance so they will be better prepared for what is coming!

01 November 2021/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (721)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
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Avoid unnecessary equipment failures and stay on the right side of the law

Protecting your investment

Equipment contractsSometimes we are just all so busy that we overlook the simple things in business. Maintenance and servicing of equipment is an area that is often overlooked, yet with a little help from your friends at Action Handling Equipment this can be a scheduled event that you do not have to worry about.

12 October 2021/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1617)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Buyers guide for choosing clothes lockers

Spend your money wisely!

clothes lockersWhen you start to look at the huge variety of clothes lockers that are available today, it can seem a little daunting finding out which one suits your needs best. Aren’t they basically all the same? A locker is just a locker, isn’t it?

The answer to both of those questions is ‘no’ of course! Buying clothes lockers is easy but buying the best type of locker can be anything but and far too many companies have in the past made poor choices and ended up paying dearly for a rash purchase.

05 July 2021/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (892)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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How to improve racking by turning it into safe storage

Stopping valuable goods from being vulnerable to pilfering

mesh guardAbellio Bus are part of the Abellio Group who run bus services across London on behalf of Transport for London. Recent developments have seen the introduction of their new electric bus fleet with the Caetano e.City Gold Bus operating on certain routes. The company recognised that they needed some steel shelving to store replacement components for their maintenance teams who work at various depots around South London. Their engineers need easy access to replacement batteries for the electric buses along with general replacement parts for the essential maintenance and repair of those buses as and when required.

18 June 2021/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1139)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6
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PVC Strip Curtain - buying guide

Regulate temperatures in your premises, keep the dust out and increase safety

pvcPVC strip curtains have a variety of uses when installed in factory, warehouse or despatch areas. They can be used to keep the heat out in the summer and keep the heated air within the area during the colder months. They provide segregation between different work areas allowing for various processes to take place without disrupting each other. Keeping dust, debris, insects and even pests away from the workplace is very important and these curtains can help to achieve this as well.

21 May 2021/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1589)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Workplace lockers for newly employed personnel

With the advent of more online shopping, logistics companies employ more staff

rackingDemand for workplace lockers has rocketed over the last six months. Home delivery is here to stay and several of our logistics customers have created tens of thousands of new jobs in the UK as they invest over £250 million to meet the demand caused from stay-at-home shopping.

08 December 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1016)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
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Electric platform trucks improve productivity

A safe way to move heavy goods around

packaging tapeWhen there is a pile of goods that are needed to be moved from one area to another, there are various ways in which that can be achieved. You can either handball each item or place the goods onto a truck or trolley of some description and push or pull them to their new location.

19 November 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1304)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Workplace health and safety inspections still take place despite the Covid-19 pandemic

The HSE continue to perform spot checks so be ready!

HSEDuring the past eight months it has been very easy to overlook an important responsibility for employers and businesses when being faced with the new challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic. Health and safety in the workplace is pivotal to company operating strategies and cannot be compromised at any time.

12 November 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (778)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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There’s more to packaging goods than just a roll of box tape!

How to choose the right equipment to suit your packaging application

packaging tapeApplying strapping as a packaging measure to pallets, boxes, cartons and loose products seems like an easy thing to do but getting it right in terms of the actual requirement and the costs involved can be anything but!

22 September 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1167)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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It's autumn and here come those leaves again!

Make sure you have equipment ready to deal with unwanted leaves

autumn leavesYou know it's going to happen and then you find yourself hunting around for an old and no doubt part damaged broom! You remember back to last year when you swore that you would be better prepared this year. Well, you still have time provided you act quickly!

07 September 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1100)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.6
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Help for employers with Coronavirus protection in the workplace

So, where do we currently stand?

face maskThe Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the UK lockdown from March 23rd 2020. Three months later he then reported that lockdown easing measures would start to be implemented from July 4th with the re-opening of some of the hospitality industry and other public spaces.

02 September 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (926)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.5
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A buyer’s guide to drum handling equipment

Moving and storing drums safely

drum mover Moving the drums around in small confined areas is another process that requires careful consideration. The simple and most economical way is by using a drum dolly or drum truck.

22 July 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2784)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4
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Hand sanitising forms the first line of defence

Keeping Coronavirus infection out of the workplace

hand gel dispenserAs the lockdown eases across the UK, thousands of businesses and public buildings are having to consider how they can minimise the risk of infection from entering their premises.

17 June 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2246)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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How to socially distance in workplace canteens & restaurants

Keeping that safe 2 metres whilst still being social

canteen chairsThe lunchtime rest period or tea break is normally seen as a social time for employees in the UK. Businesses are having to adapt in light of the Coronavirus epidemic, whilst still managing to provide that vital time for workers to take a well earned break from daily work duties and to recuperate in time for the tasks ahead.

04 June 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2277)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4
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Staff and visitor welfare stations help to combat Coronavirus

COVID-19 - Protecting welfare in the workplace

welfare stationWe are having to get used to very different rules and guidance in our daily lives regarding the Coronavirus epidemic. This is no more illustrated than in the workplace with businesses having to adapt their working practises and define policies that allow for social distancing and safe practises. Indeed, the front entrance to a building is now being seen as the first line of defence.

20 May 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2432)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Protection screens help to combat Coronavirus

Minimising the risk of contamination in the workplace

office screensFrom May 13th lock-down procedures are being eased across England in an effort to help stimulate the economy. Those who can easily work from home are still advised to do so but for many, returning to their place of work has now become a reality.

15 May 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2358)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Carrying out Thorough Examinations during the Coronavirus outbreak

The HSE recommends the continuation of the testing of lifting equipment

transport lawAction Handling Equipment offer the service of Thorough Examinations, repairs, servicing and the maintenance of lifting equipment. So what should happen during the Coronavirus outbreak? 

24 April 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2002)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
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Anti-bacterial wipes are a must

Action keep calm and help UK industry

hand wipesThese are extraordinary times and our absolute priority is to ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees.

30 March 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2288)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Floor tapes to mark social distancing areas

A rapid response from Action Handling

floor tapeA high street discounter supermarket and a logistics giant both called on Action Handling to supply floor marking tapes to mark out areas where customers and staff should stand for social distancing.

30 March 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (857)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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How to climb stairs with a heavy load

Stair climber sack trucks can prevent injury and damage to goods

stair climberManually moving loads on even a flat surface can be an arduous task at the best of times, but factor in the additional effort to complete this task up or down a flight of stairs and the task can become extremely physical not to mention having a far greater risk of injury. Narrow stairways, twisting stairs and small landings can all present dangers. The risk extends from the individual carrying out the task itself, through to injury of dropping goods on people using the stairs below and of course to the accidental damage to the goods in question.

10 February 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1663)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.2
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What is a Thorough Examination?

Good maintenance reduces injury and saves on replacement costs

transport lawAction Handling are proud to be helping the UK's communications and media services infrastructure. Our service teams have been carrying out 'Thorough Examinations' on lifting equipment across the whole of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. 

07 February 2020/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1635)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4
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Is tool theft out of control?

Prevent the thieves from stealing your livelihood

tool storageOne of the most frustrating and annoying thefts is that of having your tools stolen. Not only are you losing your precious and prized tools, but you are also having your livelihood put on hold and or even at risk. Despicable as it is, the thieves seem to have no qualms about preventing a fellow man from going about his work and providing for his family.

11 December 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (3710)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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Making an entrance!

Creating a safe, clean workplace

matKnock on the door, ring the bell, ring it well, wipe your feet and walk in.  It’s a rhyme I was recently reminded of, that my great grandfather shared with us as we grew up. I am sure if you are from the Sheffield area, it’s a rhyme you might have heard of too. It then got me thinking about entrance matting and how it relates to the rhyme.

02 November 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (3414)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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How to lift a manhole cover

Save time, effort, damage and personal injury

manhole cover with menManhole covers or maintenance hole covers are removable plates that form the lid over an opening of a manhole. This is an opening that a person can pass through or maintenance can be conducted from. It usually gains access to a utility vault, pipe or void and can be rectangular, square or circular, whilst coming in a whole variety of sizes.

04 October 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (11223)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.2
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The movement of awkward loads

Reduce the risk of injury by using the right equipment

sack truckHuman nature often leads us to act in haste but needlessly means we sometimes end up repenting at leisure! We have all tried at one time or other to pick up some awkward load that we wish we hadn’t. Either we end up with a back injury, suffer a fall or damage the load in question. If we had stopped for one minute to ponder what help was at hand, then we might well have saved ourselves from avoidable anguish.

23 September 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (3030)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Limiting slips, trips and falls at work

The most common cause of injury in the workplace

falling manAn analysis of work injuries across all job types, shows that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of physical harm. The degree of harm sustained depends on the hazard in place and the height at which it occurs. A simple stumble can result in anything from a minor mishap to a serious accident which may involve dangerous machinery, or even a person falling from height to death.

31 August 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1104)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Self tipping skips

Help with recycling and site safety

roll forward skipA County Durham based company recently approached us to manufacture three bespoke roll forward tipping skips. Having seen our standard range of skips online, they talked to our sales manager, Jon Ball about having their specific needs and requirements met.

29 August 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2907)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Choosing the right B2B company

More than just a web shop

websiteWhy you should choose a company that offers much more than just e-commerce.

10 July 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (999)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Adapting forklift trucks and stackers ...

... can offer great benefits

drum attachmentBusinesses are often faced with the need to provide new or additional materials handling or access procedures in order to deal with trading expansion, health and safety implementation or new legal requirements. It is very easy to overlook the existing equipment that you already have within your organisation, that could easily be adapted to suit the task in hand.

01 July 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1769)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
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The summer shutdown period provides a great opportunity

Plan ahead and you can use this opportunity to your advantage!

shutdown period

UK business’ often see a summer shutdown as just a period where trading momentum falters and lost revenue occurs. Whilst not wanting to debate that issue, we would like to highlight some obvious benefits that can be derived with some careful advanced planning. Companies who put in place an effective use of their shutdown periods are preparing the ground for better future trading and measures that are designed as a sensible cost saving process.
04 June 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1528)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Why choose podium steps over step ladders or access towers?

podium stepPodium steps are considered a safer method of low-level access than conventional stepladders and platform steps. They comprise of a climbing ladder frame but fitted with a 360° fully enclosed working platform area and normally come with the option of having outrigged stabilisers fitted in order to increase base stability.

28 May 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2444)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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It’s just a pallet truck …

… aren’t they all the same?

pallet truckWhen you normally think of pallet trucks you think of a helpful tool that moves wooden or plastic pallets around a warehouse or factory floor. Well, of course they do predominately do that, but there are also a whole variety of other styles that are designed for many different tasks or uses in less traditional environments.

02 May 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1542)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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Project management in warehouse/factory refurbishment

Knowing when to step forward and when to delegate

office constructionHaving the responsibility for a large warehouse or factory project can be a huge undertaking. However, there’s no need to face this task alone. There are professional companies well placed to handle part or all of the work. Knowing how to delegate is the only skill you’ll need! Find a company that can schedule, organise and deliver it all on time, leaving you to continue with your normal work duties.

02 May 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1007)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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One wrong decision can be costly!

How to choose the correct pallet racking system

pallet rackingChoosing pallet racking for your business can be a very tricky exercise. There are so many options, styles, sizes and basic considerations that you need to factor into making the correct choice. Most decisions on whether to use pallet racking are based on either the need to use a more economic method of storing pallets at your facility, the need to improve the speed of delivery of pallets to customers or the improved use of the pallet contents within your own business..

11 April 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2309)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Staff and student lockers

As Christmas approaches, is there enough room at the inn?

yellow plastic lockers

With Christmas almost upon us, is your business looking to increase its workforce by taking on extra temporary staff to help with the rush? Take a step back and look around your staff facilities; will the sudden increase of numbers put a greater strain on your existing cloakroom or staffroom? Will it become more challenging and difficult for everyone to find their belongings?
30 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2012)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Reel lifters

The benefits of owning one and what you need to consider before purchase

light duty stackerWhilst every company is unique in its own way, the work problems it can encounter on a daily basis are often shared throughout industry. Action Handling has a 48 year trading history, during which it has accrued a fountain of knowledge, so when it comes to finding solutions for work problems, we can often pull on previous projects completed for other customers with similar hurdles to jump.

19 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2451)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Better to be safe than sorry when handling gas cylinders

Helpful advice for moving and storing dangerous cylinders

gas cylinder handlingBefore buying cylinder handling and storage equipment it is important to understand and assess how different types of cylinders need to be handled and also to establish the actual requirements of individual gases by identifying them in the first place.

01 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2293)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4
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Nature's litter and how to deal with it

Who'd have thought that leaves on the line was a plausible excuse!

autumn leavesStunning colours! But if you have company premises, then falling leaves can be a big problem to handle. There's no escaping them, even at home the decaying foliage becomes an unwanted headache to have to deal with.

01 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1630)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4
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We just love to moan about it … the British weather!

But it's time for businesses' to develop strategic planning for it

too hot to workWere you prepared when the temperatures soared? Why is it that UK companies never quite seem to get ahead with extreme weather planning? In the latest heat wave, suppliers across the country ran out of fans, air conditioning units, water coolers and even cold drink machines. To avoid this happening again, Action Handling advise their clients to put in place a strategic plan to cover all the seasons and all the possible extreme weather problems that can happen.

22 August 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2030)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6
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How your fork lift truck can help with maintenance and repairs

A money saving tip!

access platformTraditionally we always associate that the work of a fork lift truck or stacker truck is confined to lifting palletised loads on and off from delivery vehicles on to pallet racking or direct to the shop floor. Whilst it is true that this is their primary function, we at Action Handling Equipment encourage customers to view their lifting trucks as a much more versatile tool than just that.

18 July 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1995)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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How industrial premises can play their part in lowering carbon emissions in 2018 and beyond

Doing your bit for a cleaner planet

environment protectionThrough the Climate Change Act, the UK government has committed to reducing emissions by 80% of the levels they were in 1990, by the year 2050. In order for this target to be achieved, businesses and industry are being encouraged to replace high-carbon investments with greener alternatives when the opportunity arises. We have compiled some ways in which some factories, warehouses and other industrial workplaces can make positive and greener changes, which not only help with lowering carbon emissions but also help save money long-term.

07 March 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1479)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Action Handling’s top tips on preparing your warehouse for winter

... make a plan of action and execute it!


reduced temperatures at workWe all know that there is more to dealing with inclement weather at work than just whacking the heating on; but did you know that, according to the HSE, occurrences of accidents at work statistically increase in the colder months.

23 November 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2210)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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Five common workplace injuries

... and how to avoid them


work injuriesFigures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that an estimated 4.5 million working days were lost in the UK in 2015/16 due to self-reported workplace injuries. Whilst the general trend is that the number of reported injuries occurring at work is reducing over time, the HSE also note that due to the widespread underreporting of incidents, those figures are likely to be considerably higher in reality.

18 October 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (3781)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.1
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Keeping an organised storeroom

Help increase productivity


tidy storageWe all know that it doesn’t take much for an organised and tidy stockroom to quickly become a mess. When things get busy, it’s sometimes easier to cut corners and go back later – however, leaving stock, empty cardboard boxes, packaging and numerous other items lying around can seriously impact on the efficiency and safety of your storage area.

14 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1322)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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The great industrial cross-over

Industrial chic in the office


industrial lookStandard office furniture is designed to complement modern office spaces, all clean lines and smooth finishes, easy to clean and maintain. However, have you considered thinking outside the square and bringing a touch of industrial interior design into your commercial business space?

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1217)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Creating a productive workplace

Keeping it tidy


organised storageWhen running a business, productivity is a key part of management, with teams always looking for ways to improve. However, recent studies have shown that an organised workplace can assist productivity – and when you think about it, it makes sense.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1284)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Personal safety and responsibility

Taking charge


safety equipmentWe've written a few posts discussing employer obligations when it comes to providing a safe workplace for employees. Sufficient training and supervision, equipment suited to the task at hand and implementation of procedures are all part of the process. In the end, however, it comes down to the individual employee to work responsibly, employ correct equipment and act in a safe manner at work.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1201)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
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An organised workspace

Keeping employees happy


workplace storageWe’ve written previously about the positive effects of having an organised workplace and how effective storage can contribute to productivity. Employee well-being is becoming more of a focus for many companies, with fluid employment markets and increased opportunities meaning businesses need to do more to attract and retain the best employees for the job.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1326)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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The benefits of investing in equipment

Trucks and trolleys


hire or buyAs your business grows, chances are your equipment requirements will grow with it, requiring investment in larger items to meet your needs. Sometimes it can seem easier to hire equipment in the short term, but it may be better in the long term, to invest in your ongoing growth by purchasing rather than hiring.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1319)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Today's office space

Keeping employees happy


office chairOffice space has changed a great deal over the past few decades. Gone are the rows of carbon-copy desks and enclosed offices for a chosen few – now open plan layouts, fresh air, central meeting spaces and clean design are the hallmarks of a modern office. Studies conducted over the past few years have found that environment can play a big part in employee satisfaction and well being, leading to improved productivity.

12 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1337)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Think before you buy

Consider the environment


green goodsEco-friendly, sustainable, recycled - none of these are new terms in the modern business world. For many years now, companies have been looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint, use resources to their best advantage and recycle whenever possible. It makes good sense for the planet and also financially, with savings to be found in streamlining practices, utilities and materials so we only use what we need.

12 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1295)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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Access safety platforms

How many staff does it take to change a light bulb?

working at height

It might be a common theme for jokes, but really, how many workers does it take to change a light bulb? Let’s make no mistake about it, having substandard lighting in your factory or warehouse is a potential danger for your employees.

29 March 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2334)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4

Increase speed and efficiency in your warehouse

The man hours lost in your warehouse can seriously jeopardise the effectiveness of your business as a whole.

warehouse boxesThe man hours lost in your warehouse can seriously jeopardise the effectiveness of your business as a whole. A goods inwards delay can prevent the timely manufacture or assembly of finished products and similarly delays in the picking and despatch of those products will mean that your customers will not receive goods on time. What can be a generally accepted first class product can be completely let down by poor warehouse planning.

22 February 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (2942)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Keep outdoor spaces clear of cigarette butts

Littering is a growing problem and cigarette butts a major contributor - we need to provide bins and help stamp it out.

cigarette buttsFew things look more unsightly around your workplace than discarded cigarette butts, yet it’s estimated that 79% of all public places in the UK are blighted by them. Since the smoking ban which prohibits smoking inside any public space came into force in 2007, littering is a problem which seems to have escalated.

22 February 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1617)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.8

Winter weather

The guessing game

weather forecastWinter can be a testing time for any business. Freezing temperatures, high winds, snow and ice can all conspire to make things a little more difficult than they might otherwise be. Obviously, the weather in the UK is somewhat fickle, making it very hard to predict what may or may not happen next month, next week or even tomorrow, which means forethought and preparation are key in keeping things running smoothly.

17 December 2016/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (3001)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

Can you over-protect your goods in transit?

Stretch film and why you need it!

There is nothing more annoying for your customers than deliveries arriving damaged. Every consignment that they have to return costs them both time and money, which means that ultimately, their damaged deliveries will damage your business.

04 November 2016/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (3297)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Wheelie bins

Kings of the recycling world

coloured wheelie bins Almost one tonne per household which is pretty much a Nissan micra each per home, that’s without taking into account large events which we attend and produce a mountain of waste such as sporting events, pop concerts and industry waste, no wonder the wheelie bin is very much an everyday essential especially as our  household waste increases by 3% per year, so on that ratio our waste at home in 17 years will be two Nissan micra's.  

12 July 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2864)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6
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Access towers

Give you safe and easy access

An Access TowerIf you are using any item of work at height equipment within the workplace including a scaffold access tower, either as an employee or self-employed person, the work at height regulations will apply to you

29 June 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (3120)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7
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Adhesive tapes

Quality tapes, so less waste!


coloured adhesive tapeWhen I mention adhesive tapes, straight away you are probably thinking sellotape! The fun you had in your childhood making space stations or princess castles out of mum’s old Rice Crispies cereal boxes, Fairy washing up liquid bottles and empty toilet paper rolls. Sticking them all together with an endless amount of tape to create what you see in your mind as a pure masterpiece. You would feel that you had constructed something far greater than the pyramids.

23 June 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2382)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Anti-fatigue mats

Standing for lengthy periods causes general fatigue plus health problems

Anti Fatigue MatsAnti-fatigue mats are predominantly used in industrial and commercial working environments to provide worker comfort. Standing for lengthy periods of time during your work shift on hard and sometimes cold floors causes general fatigue plus health problems such as poor blood circulation, aches in joints, and pains in feet, hips and back. Standing for long periods is also bad for health because of the strain on the lower limbs. The problems caused with feet can include corns, bunions, flat feet and heel spurs. Medical professionals also link standing for long periods day in day out to varicose veins. These causes to health problems can be easily reduced by providing a comfortable working environment, and anti-fatigue mats also reduce slips, trips and falls. As we know slips, trips and falls mean a decrease in staff productivity, absenteeism and ultimately can cost employers millions of pounds each year.  

23 May 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (3530)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Why use a bendy conveyor?

Flexible expanding gravity conveyors

  

Conveyors for awkward spaces There are many trade names covering this product but at the end of the day it is a conveyor that can be bent around corners or obstacles, it is flexible throughout its length, it can expand in length to suit an application plus you have the option of having the conveyor fitted with either rollers or skatewheels. Sound confusing….well it is not really, it`s just a matter of choices that best suit a situation.  

09 May 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2619)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Cleaning up

cleaning up

We often cite Health and Safety requirements in our blog posts – after, all, they are an integral part of doing business in the UK. The information we cite is for general purposes only – each business should have their own policy in place and all staff should be aware of what it is. However, there are several basic rules that can apply to most companies, such as:

  • Proper staff training
  • Using the correct equipment for the job
  • Keeping equipment maintained and up to date with regular safety checks
  • Providing a clean work environment

 

26 November 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (3758)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Service And Protect

The Benefits of Regular Equipment Maintenance

service and protectWhen you invest in equipment for your business, you naturally want to receive value for money. Negotiating purchases and procuring the right tools for the job are part of running your business effectively, as is protecting your assets once they are yours.

 
26 October 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2220)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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A Winning Choice

Storage solutions for a sporting goods retailer

A winning ChoiceHigh-street retailers generally offer a wide range of quantities and sizes of goods, which can lead to storage issues. Coping with ever-changing stock and seasonal variations can turn a carefully designed stockroom into a difficult to use and highly inefficient area.

 
20 October 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2813)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Thinking Ahead

Making Informed Choices For Shelving Systems

thinking aheadWhen looking at buying any shelving system it’s a good idea to think ahead of your present specification. In our forty years experience supplying the materials handling industry, we’ve found that customer requirements can change within a very short space of time.

 
19 October 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1757)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Archive Shelving

Creating a shelving system for a top tier investment bank in London

Archive ShelvingWhen a high-profile London based investment bank needed to store a vast amount of company records at one of their sites, they contacted Action Handling with a request to assess their requirements and provide a solution. We sent one of our experienced sales representatives to visit the premises where they measured the allocated room, formulated a shelving design layout to best utilise the space and offered a quotation accordingly. The shelving system selected was the Connect 2 system, which offers both a very quick installation and lead-time from the manufacturing process. In addition, the fact that the system could be easily reconfigured to suit the space was another deciding factor.

14 October 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2181)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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A chain reaction

Shelving procurement requirements

A Chain ReactionWhen you introduce a shelving or racking system into a warehouse, you’ll require other associated material handling equipment, a fact that is often overlooked when making the decision to implement these systems. We strongly urge customers to contact us prior to purchase, in order to discuss the complete package of equipment that may be needed. Even taking into account that either a stacker or a fork-lift truck will be required, these items require a level of operator training and a comprehensive maintenance program to support the on-going efficient use of the machine.

13 October 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1678)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Hygienic shelving

Cleaning as part of equipment maintenance

Cleaning as part of maintenanceTake a look around your business premises. Really take a good hard look. How do your shelves look? Are they clean and tidy, or have they amassed dirt, dust and debris from use over time?

01 October 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2935)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Stacking up the benefits

Getting the most out of your available warehouse space

Stacking up the benefitsMany small businesses, particularly those in the retail industry, require secure space on site in which to keep stock, equipment and essential documents. Making the most of the space you have by using an efficient shelving and storage system helps to keep operations running smoothly, and using the correct type of storage equipment is key. Getting the most out of your available warehouse space, properly utilising warehouse shelving and buying products in bulk are all easy ways for small businesses to make the most of what’s available to them.

02 September 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1905)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Safe and secure

Keeping items or employees safe and secure

Safe and SecureSteel security cages can range in size from full sized room down to small boxes, but they all have the same function – keeping items or employees safe and secure.

01 September 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (3328)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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The importance of effective access equipment

If shortcuts are taken (intentionally or not) and accidents occur as a result, the consequences can be dire


The importance of access equipmentComplying with Health & Safety regulations and keeping your employees safe is one of the top priorities for any business. If shortcuts are taken (intentionally or not) and accidents occur as a result, the consequences can be dire. In a worst-case scenario, people are badly injured or even lose their lives, leading to serious legal repercussions for the employers and business

11 August 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2328)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Make a good impression

You rarely get a second chance

When setting up your business, it’s important to take the time to ensure you have the most effective fit out for your industry. Interiors that are designed to flow, the work process mapped out from start to finish. Offices layouts need to be created, décor selected, furniture, equipment and shelving purchased and delivered before being set up on site. Getting your interior flow right is key to effective delivery of services.

10 August 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2335)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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E-Commerce

Keeping Up With Increased Demand

shopping trolley and mouseFrom 2013 to 2014 e-commerce sales increased by 20%, and the pattern looks set to continue in 2015, with changes to e-commerce and consumer ordering being cited as one of the leading industry trends this year. Demand is becoming more varied, with consumers ordering smaller item-specific purchases within a tighter delivery timeframe, as most e-businesses now offer delivery in less than 24 hours. Such specialised ordering means that suppliers now have to provide individual deliveries more quickly than ever before, so having your supply system as streamlined as possible is an essential part of staying competitive within a rapidly growing and changing industry.

08 July 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2837)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Hot desking

Making the most of your work areas

image depicting hot deskingSpace is often at a premium in modern offices, as rents and property prices rise and inner city units come at a premium. Hot desking allows for more employees than desks, with workspace usage being staggered over the day as people come in and out of the office.

22 June 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (4068)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Safe and sound

Staff secure storage


Man putting belongings in lockerWe’ve written before about the importance of keeping your site and workplace secure through tool and materials storage plus the implementation of security measures, both in and out doors. This week, as a follow on to our last post about staff amenities, we’re going to explore the world of staff secure storage, something even more relevant in these days of job shares, hot desking and open plan offices.

12 June 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (3153)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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