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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.

A level playing field across freight modes would benefit the economy and society

A level playing field across freight modes would benefit the economy and society

Recent research carried out for the Campaign for Better Transport1, which used existing Government criteria, found that HGVs pay less than half of the costs associated with their activities in terms of road congestion, road collisions, road damage and pollution.

Ian Baxter, Owner and Chairman of Baxter Freight

Should the rest of the UK care about the prospect of Scottish independence?

Scottish residents are about to vote on whether the country should become independent. The rest of the UK won’t get a vote (even if they’re Scottish!) but the outcome matters to all of us for practical not just emotional reasons.