What fleets can learn from F1’s marginal gains philosophy

F1 racing is the pinnacle of motoring – an elite competition that requires cutting-edge innovation in engineering and tech to propel cars round a track at incredible speeds.  The sponsors are the planet’s biggest brands, and the drivers are celebs, out-earning most of the world’s other high-profile sportsmen and women.

Stiff penalties for failure to observe new container weight safety rules

Major new international rules will come into force on 1st July 2016 which require a container’s weight to be verified by prescribed methods before it can be loaded onto a ship.

The laws will stipulate the weighing of packed containers by calibrated and certified equipment although, in limited circumstances, pre-weighed packages may be placed into the container and added to its tare weight.

Let’s make apprenticeships work

Such is the present government’s enthusiasm for apprenticeship schemes that companies that take on and train apprentices will soon be able to receive up to £28,000 per year in grants and subsidies.

For the logistics industry – which has been wrestling with the problem of how best to address its shortage of adequately skilled workers for far too long – the availability of such enticing levels of funding can only be regarded as positive news.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, laid out how apprenticeship schemes will be partly funded in his 2015 Autumn Statement.

Software and systems key to continuing sector success

This year’s Multimodal Show at the NEC promises to be even better than that of previous years.  The range of products and services on show expands year on year covering all the modes of transport and products provided to the freight and logistics industry.

Software and systems providers are amongst the groups of exhibitors each year and play an important part in participating in the success of Multimodal.

Making the case for Brexit

For me it is clear that the EU is set on a misguided and damaging course, which is why I will vote for Britain to leave the EU on the 23rd of June.

75% of Europa Worldwide Group's business is the distribution of goods between the UK and Europe.  In fact, it is our stated objective is to become the market leader for distribution between the UK and Europe by 2018.

Leaving the EU, would mean that every shipment between the UK and Europe would require customs clearance.  Therefore, Brexit would undoubtedly make our business a more complex one.

LGV and cyclist collisions – ‘who is responsible?’

Recent statistics show that the number of road accidents involving cyclists has risen over the last ten years.  Media focus has pointed to technology and legislation as the solution, but leading workplace transport training body, RTITB, suggests drivers should be more accountable, with a focus on improving driver training and awareness to tackle the problem.

Explaining the fall in DVSA prosecutions

It was recently revealed in a parliamentary question and answer session that DVSA prosecutions have fallen by almost a third over the last year.  But what are the reasons for the drop and why might it be a step in the right direction?

The notable reduction in DVSA prosecutions may be initially worrying, however, it really should come as no surprise given the enforcement agency’s transparency on its aims.

Breaking up is never easy: Brexit and its potential impact on the logistics industry

The battle lines have been drawn and in less than four months from now Britain could start the process of separating itself from the European Union (EU).

A lot of the public debate, particularly in the tabloid media, has focused on freedom of movement and the nation’s so-called ability, or inability, to control its own borders. Beyond this rather emotive subject, another freedom – free movement of goods – is an equally important factor for the UK economy and central to an effective and efficient logistics network operating throughout Europe and the wider world.

Extending the paperless mandate

Technologies to enable effective, paperless operations have been in place for many years.  Yet despite the proven benefits of reduced cost, improved efficiency and enhanced customer service, too many organisations wait until paperless processes are mandated through legislation or competitive pressures before making the move.

Delivering the added ingredient

For many companies a lack of facilities, manpower or resources can mean that making even the simplest product enhancements becomes anything but the straightforward task that it should be.