Asset finance – the flexible option for business growth

Leasing commercial vehicles or buying through hire purchase makes good business sense, and the latest figures from the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) bear this out.

In the ten months to October 2014, the finance extended to customers for this kind of asset grew by 18%, compared with the same period last year – and during the month of October 2014, it was up by 28%.

Chancellor continues fuel duty freeze but ‘could have done more’

When delivering his Autumn Statement to a packed House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that fuel duty is to remain frozen at 57.95 pence per litre, the level it has been at since 2011.

How is the CPC likely to continue to impact on the transport industry?

The passing of the five year deadline for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in September raises some important questions in the transport industry – most significantly, how will the legislation continue to affect the industry and those who work within it?

Do 3PLs offer the only solution to shared warehousing?

According to the Property Data Report 2013* there is £80 billion worth of warehousing in the UK.  But, at any one time, how much of it is lying dormant, unutilised?

HGV road user levy is a spectacular failure not a great success!

After years of campaigning by the British haulage industry for a ‘level playing field’ with Europe, the Government finally caved in on 1st April by introducing the HGV road user levy.  The levy is paid by all trucks running on British roads but is only an increase for foreign registered vehicles, as UK trucks have their vehicle excise duty rebated by the same amount.

How to effectively manage the reverse logistics process

Customers are much more likely to make purchases online if they know that they have the flexibility to make a return if they need to; in fact, it has been estimated that customers return up to a quarter of the garments they purchase for one reason or another.  If a retailer has a complex return and refund policy, more and more consumers will be turned off from shopping on the site in the first place.

The increasing complexity of wreck removal requires specialist advice

In the past, removing wrecks from an area of coastline was conducted from a pragmatic perspective.  Local authorities would make an assessment of the likely dangers to navigation and the impact on the natural environment and then decide if the wreck should be left in situ or taken away for disposal.  Today’s different approach requires almost all wrecks to be removed and the natural environment restored to its original condition.

Cultural consideration is key when doing business in the Middle East

We live in an age of fast moving business and virtual transactions, where the explosion of the internet and social media has permanently changed how businesses operate; however for those organisations that have expanded into the Middle East, the corporate world is a very different place.

Business is personal and having the best product or service is simply not enough.  In the Middle East, a key area for many UK companies, including those in the supply chain sector, people prefer to do business with people and organisations they know and trust.

The economic sustainability of shipping

In June 2012, alongside the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) represented the world’s shipowners at the United Nations ‘Rio+20’ Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.

Driving distracted

Lorry driving is one of the most difficult professions in the world.  Drivers spend many hours on the road, logging millions of miles, to make sure freight is delivered on time and – most importantly – safely.

Unlike the majority of work environments, the road is a dangerous place.  In fact, in its most recent update in 2012, the World Health Organisation pushed ‘road injury’ to one of its global top ten causes of death – the only cause not originating from disease.