New decade will bring new IT challenges

It is important to warn shippers and freight forwarders of the need to act during the first half of this year to ensure that their IT systems are ready for the end of extended support for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems on 14 January 2020.

The end of Windows 7 support has been creeping towards us for a very long time now. Windows 7 has been a loyal servant to many of our customers and to businesses worldwide since its launch in 2009, but it’s now time to move things forward.

Five key logistics trends and technology implications for 2019

Last year could certainly be summarised as a turbulent year in logistics and transportation management. On the one hand, ecommerce continued to grow at record levels without the slowdown that many were predicting, leading many organisations to recognise the importance of reaching beyond traditional strategies to enhance their logistics and transportation capabilities.

The future of freight

Whether its shoppers making the most of online sales, retailers stocking up their shelves or manufacturers getting crucial parts delivered, our economy increasingly relies on the smooth operation of our freight industry.  

This network – one of the best in the world – delivers to communities from Newcastle to Newquay with few people ever really paying attention to how that is achieved.  

Brexit: Only 10 weeks to implement if changes are ultimately needed

With the UK Parliament rejecting Theresa May’s deal; the EU’s position on the withdrawal agreement and request from clarity from UK parliament there continues to be uncertainty and there remains a real risk that we could face a hard Brexit. Therefore No-Deal planning continues and companies need to ensure they are ready for the UK leaving the EU on the 30 March.

This means that all goods to/from the EU will likely require some form of customs declaration. This article outlines the current state of play and considerations for the UK-EU supply chain.

Timing of new customs declaration system could make a bad Brexit worse

Disruption for traders with the EU following any no-deal Brexit will be intensified by delays in introducing the UK’s new system for managing customs declarations. 

This is because the key implementation period for replacing the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system with the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) could now be coming at the worst possible time.

Lithium-ion’s environmental credentials and the labour challenge

Supply chain operations are increasingly centre stage as organisations embrace 24/7 warehousing in response to customer led demands – and one of the biggest issues is finding the right people to fulfil these new requirements.

Fit for purpose: five resolutions to transform safety in your workplace

It’s the start of another New Year… a time to review our lifestyle choices and work out how to turn things around.

Where better to begin than at work and in particular your materials handling operations – an area fraught with particular danger.

At accrediting body AITT we’ve come up with five resolutions that everyone – forklift operators and employers alike – can actually keep.

1. Keep fit

What businesses can learn from 2018’s corporate scandals

Hefty fines, criminal investigations, consumer backlash and job losses hit the business headlines in 2018 with the impact of some major corporate scandals leaving shockwaves across several sectors.
 
Construction giant Carillion went into liquidation, costing taxpayers £148 million, Patisserie Valerie’s shares were suspended as fraud investigations continue into accountancy irregularities and thousands are boycotting Facebook after millions of users had their personal data harvested by Cambridge Analytica without authorisation.
 
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Five critical factors in recruiting for an agile supply chain

Much of a retail business’ ability to remain competitive and relevant to a market depends upon the readiness of its supply chain to react and adapt swiftly to change. Smart technology and flexible processes may go some way to facilitate this, but organisational agility is heavily reliant upon people and their attitudes, skills and enthusiasm for change.
 
Considering the importance placed on creating an agile supply chain, little is said about the critical role people play in enabling agility.

Integrating man and machine: a fresh approach for modern grocery warehouses

As one of the most repeatable, well-understood, and mature supply chains across all industries, the grocery supply chain has mastered predictable processes around every conceivable aspect of warehouse operations as grocers operate around unusually razor-thin profit margins. Not surprisingly, grocery DCs have increasingly embraced automation to help reduce labour-intensive manual work and increase overall efficiency so that fresh goods get delivered to shelves as fast as possible.
 
In 2017 alone the UK population spent £219bn on food, drink and catering.