Time for a change?

 
The clocks changed (again!) at 2:00am on the 29th October, 2017. This clock change or 'daylight saving' has been part of our way of life for more than 100 years. Every spring, the clocks 'spring' forward and summer hours officially begin. In the autumn, they 'fall' back to their regular schedule. But why does daylight saving time exist?
 
It was first proposed in 1895, as a way to allow outdoor workers, such as those involved in farming, to continue to work later into the year.

Container shipping industry: Time for a different approach

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is the world’s leading shippers’ organisation, representing shippers’ interests in the main UN and international organisations that set the rules and regulations relating to international transport services.

Pallet weights: Legislation needed to prevent worker injuries

Over the past 20 years, the logistics industry has been transformed, largely as a result of the explosion in e-commerce. With orders increasingly going directly to consumers, some transport operators are being tempted to keep pallet weights high, consignments cheap, and the risks unchecked.
 
As the problem becomes more widespread, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been looking at reducing the maximum pallet weight in a bid to curb the number of injuries sustained by drivers. But are guidelines alone enough?

Seven reasons to have qualified LGV and Lift Truck Instructors in-house

Many businesses question whether to outsource the training of LGV drivers and material handling equipment (MHE) operators, or have instructors in-house. In this article I want to explain some of the benefits of in-house instructors.

Repeatedly, we have seen in-house instructors boost the safety and efficiency of an operation, and provide a good return on investment. However, some employers remain unconvinced that training in-house instructors will add the benefit needed to cover the cost of training them.

So, what are the benefits?

GDPR – how air cargo operators can ensure a safe landing in May 2018

The air freight industry is already one of the most heavily regulated sectors and will become even more so once the EU General Data Protection Regulation takes effect next May.

If air cargo operators avoid making the mistake of thinking that the GDPR does not apply to them, because it relates only to personal data, and plan ahead they can ensure a safe landing for themselves in May 2018.

Driven to distraction

Rule 144 of the Highway Code reads drivers “must not drive dangerously, drive without due care and attention or drive without reasonable consideration for other road users”.1 As drivers, we all know the best way to drive. However, we also know that despite our best intentions, we do not always drive as safely as we could, or perhaps should.

A call to action

The General Election provided an opportunity for the Road Haulage Association (RHA) to call on the Westminster ‘hopefuls’ and while they campaigned for votes, we made it clear that if the challenges facing the road transport and logistics industry were not immediately confronted, then the sector responsible for moving 85 per cent of the UK economy would be placed jeopardy, with thousands of jobs put at risk.

AEO status a "must-have" to ensure frictionless borders, says CILT

CILT represents the expertise and experience of professionals and leaders in the logistics and transport sector – a key element of our economy and UK trade around the globe. For some time now, we have been involved in discussions with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and The Department for Transport (DfT) to deliver impartial advice and offer solutions to the opportunities that will arise from Brexit.

The imbalance between insurance and IoT

There is an imbalance between the Internet of Things and industrial insurance. Hauliers and commercial logistics providers carry goods on long distance journeys across the globe with little to no visibility of what is happening to them.

Working together to drive efficiency

The headline news for 2017 might be positive; but there are always winners and losers in any economy and right now it is transport operators that are under pressure. As the Marmite fracas revealed last summer, retailers are unwilling to accept additional transport costs associated with the fall in sterling – and are pushing back on transport companies.