Online retailers increase warehouse footprint by 614% in six years, but staff and space shortage continues to impact growth says Midland Pallet Trucks


New figures have revealed that the UK’s warehousing footprint has grown by 614% over the past six years, but the economy is still being stifled by a lack of available development space and skilled staff warns Midland Pallet Trucks.

With third party logistics and transport companies such as DHL topping the list of warehousing space consumers in 2021, new warehouses are being created at an unprecedented pace to keep up with the UK’s insatiable appetite for fast-moving customer goods and groceries delivered directly to the door.

Midland Pallet Trucks, which retails high-quality manual handling equipment including pallet trucks, manual stacker trucks and lift tables, has seen an incredible uptake in the need for its products during the Covid-19 pandemic. With this demand showing no signs of abating, the West Midlands firm is urging those taking up new warehousing space to consider the need for comprehensive training on materials handling equipment as new staff enter the industry.

With a real shortage of warehousing space and staff to keep operations running smoothly, Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks, is urging those taking on new staff or signing leases to ensure that they have the correct onboarding procedures and manual handling equipment available. Training is vital to safeguard staff from injury and to ensure that premises get up and running as quickly as possible while minimising health and safety risks.

He said, “If the warehousing and logistics boom has taught us anything, it’s that the value of warehousing staff and robust manual handling equipment cannot be understated. Equipment, training and staffing are primary considerations but must work in tandem to ensure the safe operation of busy spaces during a time of increased demand and lower capacity.”

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