How can businesses improve their freight efficiency?

Businesses are facing huge pressures from environmental legislation, rising freight costs and constant logistical change; all of which can slow down the efficiency of freight movement. Air freight being in high demand is good news for freight companies, but meeting these pressures and avoiding backlogs can be a real challenge, as we saw last year.

The future of logistics is basic

FTA has been looking at how to deliver a long-term future for our industry in which logistics is flexible and resilient, recognised in its value, optimal in its efficiency and produces zero negativities. One of our biggest campaigns to deliver this future vision is a very basic one: urging action on the poor state of lorry driver facilities.

No-deal Brexit could end UK 14-day returns and will slash EU shoppers’ rights

A no-deal Brexit puts a question mark over online shoppers’ 14 day ‘cooling off’ period, and will immediately end protection for EU shoppers buying British goods. UK online traders face falling sales at home and abroad, warns David Jinks MILT, Head of Consumer Research at ParcelHero.

Brexit may have a considerable impact on UK internet shoppers’ consumer rights – and on the protection offered to European Union (EU) online shoppers buying British goods.

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.