Adapting for success in an unpredictable world

We are living in times of rapid global change, possibly unprecedented in our modern business world.

Why AEO accreditation is freight’s best defence against a no-deal Brexit

We are now just months away from Britain leaving the European Union and, somewhat worryingly, a no-deal scenario is looking an increasing possibility.

While many are still holding out hope that an agreement will be reached by the 19 March 2019 deadline, there is a strong possibility that the EU will reject the Chequers Deal put forward by the UK Government.

Port 2050 – what the UK’s biggest ports think could shape the port of tomorrow and boost trade

Ports have been a crucial foundation in each of the UK’s great economic leaps forward, from the earliest days of trading in open boats across rough seas to the huge flows of goods and materials that transited the UK’s ports in the steam-driven days of the Industrial Revolution.

Electrifying freight – it’s time for collaboration between industry and academia

The challenges facing the freight industry have remained largely unchanged over the last century. Driver shortages, fuel costs and operational demands, albeit on a different scale to the early 1900s, are as relevant today as they were in Edwardian times. 
 
Freight has faced a difficult few years from a reputational point of view, often cited as a disproportionate contributor to current pollution levels. Decarbonisation, air quality and changes in energy and communications technologies are all impacting the sector.

The Road to Zero

The Government’s Road to Zero strategy was finally published this July.

Vehicles as weapons: A game changer

Recent events in the UK and around the world remind us all of the terrorist threat we face, which in the UK remains ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely. Police and security agencies are working to protect the public but it’s also important that communities remain vigilant.
 
The variety and type of security threats we face are changing, fast.

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.