Forwarders set out Multimodal agenda

The UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event, Multimodal 2019, opens its doors next week.

Now in its twelfth year, Multimodal represents every logistics sector under one roof, making it a unique and highly valued industry showcase. And once again, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) will have a significant presence, with staff from the secretariat as well as its regional consultants all being on the trade association’s exhibition booth at the event.

BPA Chair calls for return to stability

 The British Ports Association’s new chairman, Martin Lawlor, has called for a return to stability and a relentless focus on building a business environment that supports investment and skills.

Rejection of M4 relief road: Industry reaction

Scrapping plans to build a £1.4bn relief road in south Wales will cost the Welsh economy hundreds of millions in lost investment, logistics and business groups have warned.

Plans for the ‘black route’ which included a 14-mile, six-lane stretch of motorway around the city of Newport (pictured), have been rejected by the Labour-led Welsh government on the grounds of cost and its environmental impact.

‘Devastating’ skills deficit in logistics sector revealed

The logistics sector has a significant recruitment problem that could potentially cause the nation to grind to a halt, new research from recruitment and training organisation Talent in Logistics suggests.

According to its Changing Perceptions: Attracting Young Talent report, just 8% of young people consider the sector to be an attractive career option while 42% of respondents didn’t know what logistics is. 

Almost 450 students and teachers took part in the research, which also revealed significant concerns around diversity, career opportunities and salary.

Industry co-operation and recruitment to feature prominently at Multimodal 2019

Multimodal 2019, the largest logistics show in the UK that brings together all the sectors in the supply chain, will feature speakers from CILT to share their knowledge and expertise on the topics of industry co-operation and recruitment.

The challenges and opportunities facing businesses across the supply chain post-Brexit, plus the growth of new technological solutions, will also feature prominently at Multimodal 2019, taking place at the Birmingham NEC between 18-20 June.

Haulage sector reduces NOx output by more than half in five years

Harmful NOx emissions from trucks halved between 2013 and 2018, according to new government statistics.

Department for Transport figures show a 52% fall in the five year period as haulage firms upgraded to cleaner Euro VI lorries.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says that the trend is set to continue and projects that NOx emissions from HGVs will have reduced by more than 80 percent by the end of 2025.

SOL review ignores value of workers in logistics industry, says FTA

The review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), published recently by the Migration Advisory Committee, ignores the value which workers at all levels bring to the logistics sector, one of UK plc's most crucial trade drivers, says the Freight Transport Association. 

Name your own Stobart truck at Multimodal!

Eddie Stobart is helping to raise money for Transaid by donating the naming rights of one of its tractor units via a charity auction at Multimodal 2019.

The auction will be held during the Multimodal Awards ceremony on Tuesday 18 June, the first evening of the Multimodal show, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC from 18-20 June 2019.

“Transaid does outstanding work which makes a real difference to people’s lives, and the Eddie Stobart team are proud to be helping them in their mission,” said Julie Daintith, Communications Manager, Eddie Stobart.

Skilled engineer shortage threatens logistics sector

More than half of vacancies for vehicle mechanics, technicians and fitters will not be filled in the near future as staff shortages within repair workshops and vehicle inspection units hit crisis point, the Freight Transport Association has warned. 

Air freight demand continues downward trend

Demand in global air freight markets weakened once again in April, continuing a negative trend that began in January, according to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). 

Demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), fell 4.7% in April 2019, compared to the same period the year before. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometres (AFTKs), grew by 2.6% year-on-year in April 2019. Capacity growth has now outpaced that of demand for the last 12 months.