Archive for January 2018

The right van shelving can turn a standard commercial vehicle into a multipurpose workspace that boosts productivity. But how can you choose which setup will work best for your LCV and business?

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Optimising load space

There are more vans on the roads than ever before, but a sizeable minority are being driven without even coming close to reaching their load capacity. This leads to congestion and higher fuel costs for businesses.

One way to combat this is to invest in custom fitted shelving which is tailored to the exact dimensions of the cargo area. Unlike a generic setup, this will ensure that all of the space can be used effectively.

The main disadvantage of this approach is the cost of adoption, but you can recoup your initial investment over time, as the van is able to be used more effectively.

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Embracing adjustability

If the bespoke route is not practical, then getting adjustable shelving is a good idea. Sortimo van racking solutions are a good choice.

Durability will be an important asset to look out for when picking shelves or racks for your LCV, as the toughness of the material from which the assembly is constructed will determine how long it can survive through the rigours of daily use.

Some systems will allow you to add extra features, including drawers and entire cabinets, keeping loose items stowed away during transport and making them easy to access when you reach your destination. The options are almost endless, which means you need to make a decision according to the type of work you do.

Considering security

You may want to think about how your shelving setup protects items stored in your van from malicious third parties, so picking solutions which include lockable points of access will be a good idea if the contents are valuable. You should always remove anything precious from a van which is being left unattended overnight, but this is not practical during working hours, which is where shelving-specific security measures come into play. If you do have to leave valuable goods in your van, it’s essential to consider a van lock, such as those on sale at

Finally, think about the ease with which a particular solution can be adjusted. Some modern shelving allows for entirely tool-free adjustment, although this is not universal.

When HR is tasked with creating an Away Day for a segment of their employees, one of their main objectives is to innovate. However, many teams lose sight of the primary directive of away days, that they are strategic events, designed to solve a problem such as low employee engagement or to offer an off-site meeting in order to break through a problem. With this in mind, we’ve put together a quick list of things to consider.

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1: Create a profile of the average attendee

Just as you would in sales and marketing, for this event, you need to know who your target audience will be. Is it a group of 22-year-old graduate trainees, upper management or a combination? Make sure the event you plan is flexible enough to accommodate all and won’t result in a mass pushback.

2. Get the participants involved in the planning

If you’re looking to improve team cohesion, you can start looking at your deliverables in the planning stage. Plan and conduct a five-minute presentation and invite all attendees, have them brainstorm and vote for the best ideas. Tank driving, anyone?

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3. Take into account the status and intelligence of the attendees

The team planning the event are not always on the same, or higher, horizontal as the attendees. It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of insulting someone’s status and intelligence with a badly planned event. Painting rocks might suit some members of staff but the high-level management will feel as if they are being talked down to. Consider a professional organised day from a more versatile and experienced provider such as, to make sure no one goes away with the impression that they’ve just wasted a day.

4. Be ready with the SMART objective question

What exactly are we doing here? What’s the goal and have you achieved it? By planning the day inline with a SMART objective framework, you’ll be able to answer all relevant questions asked before, after and possibly, during. Is the goal to resolve a current issue or a yearly-required team-building standard? Is the goal specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time specific?

Follow these few points and you’ll be on your way to planning a more effective away day.

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