Freight forwarding apprenticeships are back in business

After many years in the wilderness, apprenticeships for young people wishing to follow a career in freight forwarding are back on the agenda in the UK. 
 
While the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has always offered skills development courses, until recently government policies have not encouraged wider vocational education.

LOLER and PUWER turn 20

December 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of LOLER and PUWER. In this article I would like to reflect on their introduction, what each entails and their ongoing impact on the forklift truck employers.
 
It is fair to say that December 1998 is probably most-widely remembered for its Christmas gales. However, for those in the forklift industry, it was a time of great change.

Raise industry standards with in-house qualified LGV instructors

Repeatedly we’ve seen in-house Instructors boost safety and efficiency in transport businesses and provide them with a good return on investment. We’ve also seen how standardising training processes and ensuring quality with external qualifications for Instructors is set to be a vital part of training the next generation of professional LGV drivers.

Turbulent times for the haulage sector

I can honestly say that I have never known a time when there have been so many issues affecting haulage at the same time. It’s relentless. I recently looked back at the RHA archives and found that 70 years ago the industry was facing some tough challenges then too. It’s interesting to see that so many of the issues are the same – rates, fuel prices and, of course, a shortage of drivers. 
 
It’s been a turbulent couple of years since we voted to leave the European Union.

The changing role of the ship agent

Ongoing dramatic change has been the hallmark of the shipping industry in recent years. In a time of heightened commercial pressures, unprecedented technological innovation and shifting macroeconomic realities, owners and operators face the challenge of an industry that seems to be in constant flux.
 
These shifts are forcing changes in the way shipping companies run their businesses. At the micro-scale, this may be through the introduction of new procedures or technological developments, such as blockchain or digital bills of lading.

Time to mitigate the risk of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit?

What happens on 29 March 2019 when the UK leaves the European Union is pretty much anyone’s guess, and it is this huge uncertainty over what form of Brexit we may experience at our borders that is putting the UK supply chain at great risk.
 
As the months tick by there is mounting danger that a ‘no deal’ will result in turmoil at our ports, with long queues of lorries parked-up at Dover and Calais, creating days of delays for freight in transit and causing shortages in the supply of vital goods and components to just-in-time manufacturing lines, retail stores, eng

The next wave of telematics value

Telematics has come a long way since the first rudimentary systems became prevalent on our highways just less than two decades ago.
 
The early telematics solutions were primarily used to monitor vehicle location, but the technology has come a long way in the past decade and is now much more sophisticated, creating significant opportunities for road freight operators.
 
Smart, software-driven telematics solutions are adding significant value, delivering timely intuitive information to transport professionals enabling them to act and reduce

Why fleet managers should still have faith in diesel

In the summer of 2017, the French government announced it would ban the sale of diesel, petrol and hybrid vehicles by 2040. The UK government made a similar public commitment not long after. While these announcements gave a clear endpoint for diesel, the fuel had been in the headlines for the wrong reasons for some time. Policymakers hadn’t anticipated the impact of nitrogen oxide emissions and other particulates when they offered significant tax incentives to buy diesel vehicles in the early 2000s.
 
Now sales of diesel vehicles are in rapid decline.

Automation and robotics on the rise

At the recent meeting of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association’s Warehouse Technology Group, the over-riding message for the logistics industry, which historically has relied on an increased labour force to meet the needs of new client contracts, is wake up and smell the coffee – automation and robotics are coming and you ignore them at your peril.
 
A number of factors are driving this trend and, of course, Brexit is one of them.
 
The combination of falling unemployment levels, minimum wage rises and a potentially reduced labour poo

Can training reverse a backwards attitude to the vehicle banksman?

Recent news articles have been awash with workplace accidents caused by reversing vehicles, and if you look at the facts, nearly a quarter of all deaths involving vehicles at work happen when a vehicle is reversing. This makes the job of a vehicle banksman, also known as a signaller or reversing assistant, a matter of life and death.
 
Proper training is about far more than turning up and getting a certificate.