From the Editor
China’s Belt and Road initiative has recently – and quite suddenly - achieved a much higher profile in the UK. In the latest issue of Freight Industry Times, Ton van den Bosch, Head of Global Ports & Maritime Infrastructure, Ince & Co, outlines what it is, what it means and why it’s so important, not only to UK port operators, but the wider freight industry supply chain.
Another key issue under the spotlight in this issue is the critical shortage of labour in freight supply chain. As part of our ongoing FIT FOR THE FUTURE campaign, Freight Industry Times reports from the first meeting of UKWA’s newly-established Logistics Users Group, where skills, training and recruitment were all high on the agenda.
Other highlights in the Winter issue include:
• Gordon Tutt, Chairman of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers, assess the scope and impact of the GDPR regulations, which come into force on May 24 2018, for UK trade and software systems.
• As US start-up Nikola Motor Company prepares to launch its new hydrogen fuel cell-powered truck with a purported operational range of 1,200 miles, Andy Eastlake, Managing Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership looks at some of the latest low carbon solutions for the UK truck market.
We also have comment and analysis from our other regular contributors, including Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association; David Wells, Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association; Peter Harvey, Chief Executive of the Fork Lift Truck Association; Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB; and Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager.
Enjoy the read!