From the Editor
Training both existing and new talent must be a top priority for supply chain companies if they want to keep pace with change, argues Alex Laffey, Chief Executive Officer of Eddie Stobart, in the latest issue of Freight Industry Times.
As part of our ongoing FIT FOR THE FUTURE campaign we have a special feature on Eddie Stobart’s award-winning training academy, which has recently opened its doors to other organisations in the supply chain.
We also consider Defra’s long-awaited emissions strategy and its ramifications for the freight and logistics sector, with contributions from David Wells, Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association; Richard Burnett, Chief Executive, Road Haulage Association; and Maggie Simpson, Executive Director of the Rail Freight Group.
Other highlights in the Autumn issue include:
• An interview with Lionel Curtis, head of Cartwright’s engineering and design team, who has helped the Altrincham-based body and trailer manufacturer create a continuous flow of new products over the past three years
• Gordon Tutt, Chairman of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers, who discusses the work his members are involved with to ensure adequate provision is available to undertake customs procedures post Brexit, including the implementation of the new Customs Declaration Service
• Chris Welsh, Secretary-General of the Global Shippers’ Forum, calling for an end to the “confrontational” approach that currently pervades the container shipping industry.
• Event preview: Intermodal Europe 2017. With 140+ exhibitors, 75 expert speakers and more than 6,000 visitors, Intermodal Europe promises to provide a platform to gain the latest market insight into the container and intermodal industries.
Plus comment and analysis from our regular contributors, including Peter Ward, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association; Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General, Institute of Export & International Trade; and Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager.
Enjoy the read!