Freight Industry Times, Issue 73

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

The fog of uncertainty regarding how trade arrangements and supply chains will change post-Brexit is making many freight forwarders nervous about the future, but there are lots of other things going on within the industry they should be watching, suggests Robert Keen, Director General, British International Freight Association, in the latest issue of Freight Industry Times.
 
Meanwhile, for the fourth summer in a row ugly scenes of migrants trying to board lorries have been hitting the news headlines. Such is the desperation of migrants to seek a better life in the UK that they are becoming increasingly bold in their attacks on UK-bound drivers. They operate in gangs, many armed with weapons such as knives and many attempting the crossings are at the mercy of people smugglers to whom they have paid vast sums of money. Despite this, not enough is being done to protect HGV drivers, says Richard Burnett, RHA’s Chief Executive.
 
Other highlights in the summer issue include:
 
The next wave of telematics value
Telematics has come a long way since the first rudimentary systems became prevalent on our highways just less than two decades ago, writes Stephen Watson, Product Director, Microlise.
 
Automation and robotics on the rise
Peter Ward, CEO of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association, says it’s time for the logistics industry to wake up and smell the coffee - automation and robotics are coming so ignore them at your peril.
 
Warehouse or warzone?
Ahead of his presentation at the FLTA’s National Fork Truck Safety Convention in October, special guest speaker Stewart Hill compares the world of war with that of the warehouse - with some surprising revelations.
 
We also have comment and analysis from our regular contributors, including David Wells, Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association; Gordon Tutt, Chairman of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers. Maggie Simpson, Executive Director of Rail Freight Group; and Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager.
 
Enjoy the read!