The reasons behind the HGV driver shortage

The current driver shortage is now at a critical stage, it’s not getting any better and it’s not hard to see why.  I am sure some HGV drivers will disagree but in my opinion it’s not about the wages as decent rates are currently being provided across the industry.  I believe the issue is more likely linked to the way HGV drivers are perceived and treated and the poor image of the industry as a whole.

Logistics is a great career for women

Logistics: a male dominated, old-fashioned industry based around pain-in-the-backside, slowing-us-down-on-the-way-to-work, dirty trucks.  That's probably the idea of the logistics and parcels delivery industry held by most people in the UK.  In terms of a career many woman would think ‘absolute nightmare’; but not me.

Calais scenario – are our drivers just sitting ducks?

As a company that has been operating trucks around Europe for many years, the issue of migrants attempting to access trailers in and around the Calais area is nothing new.

However since the beginning of the year the situation has progressively deteriorated resulting in companies such as ours having to constantly review security measures in an effort to safeguard not only our customers' freight but also our equipment and the welfare of our drivers.

Exporting to Russia – the top five tips for UK businesses

A year on from the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions by the EU and USA against Russia, the outlook remains uncertain for British companies who currently export there – and for those businesses that are seeking to expand into the country.

Calling on politicians to support rail freight

Every year in the UK, more than £30 billion worth of goods are moved by rail freight and our industry generates more than £1.5 billion in benefits for UK plc.

At the Rail Freight Group, we know this – and many more facts about the importance of rail freight – but we recognise that getting this message across to industry, potential customers, politicians and the wider public is a continuing task.

Is Royal Mail capable of surviving on its own?

The news that the Government is to sell-off its remaining 30% stake in Royal Mail will free the company to make urgent investment in its ageing infrastructure.  However, in my opinion, the new company would be a ripe candidate for a take-over.

Sector needs investment, incentives and a cut in fuel duty!

Every five years, companies pause their investment decisions while the nation decides which party will be in government.  It puts the country’s economic recovery on hold, but having seen a Conservative majority win, confidence in the market has soared.

As a logistics firm, we are reliant on a robust transport infrastructure to successfully operate our national network.  This takes investment from the Government, and incentives for businesses and commuters.

Clearing the path for one-click culture: what does the emergence of eCommerce mean for logistics?

Customers from all over the world are modernising their shopping habits, taking trade away from the high street and into the world of eCommerce.  With the option of next day delivery now virtually standard, a host of new demands are being placed on the logistics behind our one-click culture.

Is a sea change needed for the shipping industry?

The world of container shipping is crucial to our everyday existence.  More than 60% of the goods we use every day are transported by sea.  This takes its toll on the environment.  Maritime transport accounts for approximately 3% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 4% of the EU’s total GHG emissions.

RTITB addressing safety issues in the food industry

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), each year over 200 people in food and drink factories are struck by forklift trucks and other vehicles, frequently resulting in serious injuries (source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/food/transport.htm).