Taking logistics to the next level

iSec Development Drector Mike Forster comments on how single site clusters and multi-level warehouses are transforming the supply chain management industry

Shortening the path for the movement of goods from A to B is the holy grail for logistics professionals. Every inbound item must reach the right destination accurately and quickly, and with perishable goods like food there is no margin for error.

Thinking big and multimodal

I joined FTA, the organisation that speaks on behalf of the logistics industry, in July 2017 as its Director of Policy. FTA has a strong team of 15 expert policy managers who are specialised in policy areas such as environment, urban issues as well as each region and each mode. All our polices are grounded in real-world advice, with more than 350 members attending our Council meetings each quarter. This supports our offer to government to help it land its policies in the best possible way with fewest unintended consequences for UK plc.

The road to crime

Security is key to the success or failure of any organisation and it’s not just the responsibility of the boardroom.

Security threats are continuously evolving – who would have thought 20 years ago that cybercrime would have been one of the greatest threats today – and so simple for the criminal to carry out from the comfort of their own home anywhere in the world?

Setting the standards

Without suitable apprenticeships standards against which to train recruits, the Apprenticeship Levy is nothing more than a secondary tax on the logistics sector. The FTA, the business organisation which represents the sector, is concerned that logistics businesses, which employ more than 2.5 million people and contribute over £121 billion to the nation’s Gross Value Added, will use vital funds which could be utilised to train the workforce of tomorrow.

Disjointed regulations hit hauliers hard

When will politicians get it? These clean air zone charges will make me pack up my business. Who will make the deliveries with no lorries servicing cities?

These are just a few of the comments from RHA members which sum up the fury and frustration over clean air zone user charging – including London’s ULEZ.

We’ve done much to water down the worst plans; successfully winning the argument for lower charging in Leeds – and winning the no-charge at all argument in cities such as Southampton and Nottingham. But much more needs to be done.

No deal Brexit tariff plans a 'mixed bag' for EU traders

The Government’s proposed tariff regime to apply temporarily in the event of a no-deal Brexit is a mixed bag for the UK’s EU traders.  

While the structure is undoubtedly well-intentioned and will cause some UK businesses to breathe sighs of relief, it also contains potentially significant weaknesses which could well grow to haunt the government and industry.  

Why a Brexit extension is best for British businesses

Given that the Brexit referendum was only advisory, not in any way binding, there have really always been four potential outcomes open to us: leave with no deal, leave with Theresa May’s deal, leave the EU but remain in the customs union, and remain.

Why you should continue to prepare for a no-deal Brexit

The UK’s EU traders should continue preparing for a calamity no-deal Brexit, as this remains a strong possibility and could still occur this month. 

There is currently understandable relief among affected businesses at concessions Prime Minister Theresa May has made in the event of a revised withdrawal agreement being rejected by the Commons in the next couple of days.  

Logistics 2050 - Where is the industry going?

From drone technology and robotics to self-driving vehicles, the world around us is changing fast. As a result, the logistics sector is embracing new technologies and solutions more quickly than other business areas. While the industry has many challenges ahead – such as skills shortages, operational restrictions and Brexit – there are also many opportunities available for those brave enough to embrace our newly connected world.  

Driver CPC: Are you up to date with your training?

HGV drivers have to do 35 hours of periodic training every five years to operate a lorry. They can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without it.

In the months leading up to the last DCPC phase deadline there was a huge scramble to squeeze people onto courses as operators realised they were running out of time. Operators found themselves competing with each other at the eleventh hour for a limited number of spaces and then struggling to manage short notice abstractions whilst their staff were off on their courses.