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Andy Connor, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

How can the incoming government support growth in the UK’s logistics sector?

As the nation prepares for the closest general election in living memory, it’s an opportune moment to take a look at what can be done to support growth in the sector.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager

National Minerals Strategy would cater for construction upsurge

Rail freight, which offers a key service to the construction industry, has seen an upsurge in rail borne demand for aggregates and cement. Construction traffic increased by 17% during the year 2013/14 and continued to grow this year with a 9% increase over the previous year for the first quarter of 2014.

Chris Jones, Descartes Systems Group

Is your attitude the real problem?

You wouldn’t think a saying from a fictional pirate would have much relevance in the real world, but sadly the quote attributed to Captain Jack Sparrow: “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem,” sums up one of the biggest challenges facing today’s supply chain: an inflexible mindset.

Do 3PLs offer the only solution to shared warehousing?

According to the Property Data Report 2013* there is £80 billion worth of warehousing in the UK. But, at any one time, how much of it is lying dormant, unutilised?

Cultural consideration is key when doing business in the Middle East

Cultural consideration is key when doing business in the Middle East

We live in an age of fast moving business and virtual transactions, where the explosion of the internet and social media has permanently changed how businesses operate; however for those organisations that have expanded into the Middle East, the corporate world is a very different place.