'Norway Plus' is least damaging form of Brexit

The so-called 'Norway Plus' option is the least damaging practical form of Brexit for UK companies trading with EU countries. 

It seems the draft withdrawal agreement and political declaration agreed by Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU Commission is almost certain to be rejected by the House of Commons on 11 December. Equally, there is apparently no majority in Parliament for the UK leaving the bloc without a deal next March, the default option under the Article 50 withdrawal process.   

Simple driverless transport for quick retail returns

A high volume of returns is a fundamental characteristic of e-commerce: the more goods are ordered over the internet, the more returns will need to be processed. 
 
Goods ordered online generally cannot be properly examined or tried on prior to purchase – driving online retail’s particularly high return rates.

Fuelling the freight industry’s future with gas

This year’s Freight in the City Expo took place at the beginning of November, and there was a real range of lessons to be learned from the event.

 

Going the distance: the advantages of bespoke steering for HGVs

What are the most common reasons a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) fails its MOT? Brake issues, headlamp outages and steering mechanism faults are all up there, and it’s time to address the latter. In this article I want to explain the growing need for bespoke steering systems for long-distance HGVs.
 
On average, a long-distance HGV will travel around 125,000 miles each year. These lengthy distances, often carrying varying loads, can put significant strain on a vehicle and its steering system.

Are you ready for Euro Stage V?

As of 1st January 2019 new diesel and LPG powered forklift trucks sold in the European Union (EU) will start to have to comply with the world’s toughest emission standards for non-road vehicles, Euro Stage V. Although the UK is set to exit the EU shortly after its introduction, the standards will almost certainly be adopted here too.
 
So what will this mean for those planning their forklift truck fleets? Should buyers be reconsidering their fuel or power options?

How agile a supply chain can you afford?

Many retailers are drawn into a potentially damaging position where investments into complex logistics systems designed to compete through offering later and later cut-offs, diverse delivery options such as to store, locker or home, and even same-day delivery, are simply creating fixed costs that could prove damaging if circumstances change.

Driving efficiency home for Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, people up and down the country start purchasing piles of food, beverages and presents for their friends and families. For fleet managers, this represents one of the most challenging periods on the calendar.  

Visibility – the saviour of retail operational excellence?

Retail has never been tougher or more competitive. Consumer experience expectations have never been greater; what delighted us yesterday becomes the new normal tomorrow.
 
The supply chain which enables the new service proposition has never been more complex.

Building business resilience

As we become more and more reliant on the technology that we use in our daily lives so does the need to have reliable software and hardware.
 
The freight and logistics industry has embraced new technology which is used to ensure the movement of goods is efficient and cost effective.

Forklift safety inspections: Are you at risk?

Every logistics or transport manager worth their salt knows exactly how their HGVs and PSVs are inspected and maintained. But the truth is, it’s the lift truck in your fleet that is far more likely to be involved in a life-changing accident… and have its inspection regime questioned by the HSE.
 
Legislation
Fork lift trucks are not subject to an MOT, as HGVs are, but they do require a Thorough Examination under both LOLER and PUWER regulations.