Freight Industry Times, Issue 76

From the Editor

The latest edition includes articles and comment from a number of authoritative voices from across the supply chain sector, plus articles and reviews from all strands of the industry - air, road, rail, sea and multimodalism.

From the Editor

While those of us working in the freight and logistics sector understand how much the public and UK plc relies on the industry, unfortunately the majority of the public and most politicians still don’t.

Sir Mike Penning MP, Chair of the APPG on Road Freight and Logistics, believes these perceptions have to change. The former Transport Minister and HGV licence holder outlines the APPG's strategy for change and, breaking with tradition, what he plans to do to win the support of his fellow parliamentarians.

Our main focus is on Multimodal 2019, now in its 12th year. We have an extensive preview of what has become Europe’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event. Once again, Freight Industry Times will be exhibiting at Multimodal - please do visit us on Stand 4077 if you are attending the show.

Other highlights in this issue include:

Cargo crime

Chyrs Rampley, RHA’s Security Manager, believes the freight industry could make the criminal’s life a lot more difficult, but it needs to be as clever as the criminals themselves

What lies ahead for the rail freight sector?

Maggie Simpson, Director General of Rail Freight Group, says her organisation is working hard to make sure the outcome of the Williams Rail Review will include the needs of the freight sector.

Onwards and upwards at Heathrow

Nick Platts, Head of Cargo at Heathrow, talks exclusively to Freight Industry Times about the third runway, building closer ties with freight forwarders and shippers, and tackling air cargo’s biggest challenge – its inability to seriously deliver on e-freight.

Ports underpin growth in blue economy

The new Chair of the British Ports Association, Martin Lawlor, suggests ports are part of the solution, not the problem, on a range of challenges facing the UK economy.

We also have comment and analysis from our regular contributors, which includes Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association; Elizabeth De Jong, Director of UK Policy, Freight Transport Association; Peter Ward, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association, Gordon Tutt, Chairman of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers;and Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General.

Enjoy the read!