Welcome to The Grocery Trader’s quarterly Back of Store feature, updating you on the latest developments in warehousing and logistics products and services for the UK grocery industry.

As the stories here confirm, the leading companies in the UK multiple grocery industry continue to invest major sums in their back of store areas, to ensure they go on delivering maximum productivity in their bid to compete for market share.

As reported on our front page Asda has saved on average 40% space per store in its ‘back of house’ high bay racking areas, thanks to reducing aisle widths to under 2m and operating VNA Bendi trucks. Bendi delivered the first machines to Asda five years ago. Now with the introduction to store of the new Mini Bendi,, Asda are looking to make even greater space savings.

In our other front page story, Easilift Loading Systems recently completed the UK’s largest ever single order for loading bay equipment, a £6.5m plus bespoke solution for Tesco’s new 800,000 sq ft Grocery Distribution Centre in Daventry. Already an existing supply partner to Tesco, Easilift worked closely with Tesco and the main contractor and project managed installation of 40 double deck lifting platforms and 100 dock leveller bays, all housed in external loading pods.

In another recent major project, the Co-operative Electrical’s 230,000 square foot electrical warehousing and distribution operation has picked warehouse performance management system DeltaWMS to support its UK wide distribution service for E-commerce and store network.

A single DeltaWMS system will be networked across three sites, which handle customer orders generated by The Co-operative Electrical website and Co-operative stores, as well as managing third party distribution for other commercial customers. DeltaWMS will be integrated with the existing transport management, business and e-commerce systems.

Also in this feature we have stories about Atlet’s new Tergo advanced reach trucks; Briggs Equipment‘s all new Warehouse equipment range; and two stories from Crown, about their new WT 3000 pallet trucks, which won the prestigious IDEA Gold Award 2011, and Crown’s GPC 3040 2.0 tonne low-level order pickers being picked for Next’s two new 1.1 million sq ft warehouses in Yorkshire’s Dearne Valley. We also hear from GNB Industrial Power, whose Motive Power division offers batteries and chargers for materials handling equipment, EnerSys, who have introduced the Life IQ High Frequency Charger, and Palletline, which has upgraded its technology to match the changing requirements of retail, and can move anything from a single pallet to a full load next day or in line with customer requirements.

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