On paper, the proposed ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in Leicester sounds like a positive, green idea. The first scheme of its kind outside of London, it is designed to reduce pollution and improve air quality by banning certain kinds of vehicles in a pre-defined area.
However, as operations director of a network that distributes palletised freight on behalf of businesses throughout Europe, when I look at the practicalities involved, I see things differently.
Posted on: December 3rd 2015
Customer expectation has changed radically over the past decade – and it is the quality of customer experience as much as the products, services and delivery options offered that increasingly influences online buying behaviour. Retailers are caught in a catch 22: how to provide choices that are convenient for the consumer with guaranteed, timed delivery slots and added value services such as installation or customisation without incurring unacceptable additional costs that make the new premium offer uncompetitive?
Posted on: November 17th 2015
It’s no secret that Britain is facing a serious logistics skills gap. With an estimated 60,000 new HGV drivers needed by 2020, this is not only an issue that affects logistics firms, or companies with logistics arms, but could impact the entire British economy. Left unchecked, we’re talking empty shelves in supermarkets, shrinking profits for businesses and an overall slowing of economic growth.
Posted on: November 4th 2015
Incoterms are one of most important features of international trade, but sadly, one of the most misunderstood: they feature regularly in the lives of a wide range of people involved in exporting or importing (sales, customer service, purchasing, accounts, freight and shipping personnel), but many do not appreciate the full significance of the terms which they are dealing with.
Posted on: October 21st 2015
Connected vehicle technology is a wireless-based technology which enables vehicles to communicate with each other as well as traffic infrastructure such as traffic lights. They can communicate through devices which are installed on-board the vehicle which receives warning signals ahead of time about road closures, accidents, weather conditions and other potential hazards.
Posted on: September 30th 2015
I wonder how buoyant the recruitment market is for transport directors these days. This is a sector overburdened with legislation, demanding clients, compliance issues and now to top it all, fines faced by international operators and their drivers when they unwittingly import illegal immigrants. Why would any sane person set up a haulage firm?
Posted on: September 15th 2015
Alcohol duty fraud, particularly in beer and wine, is a significant problem for the Exchequer and legitimate business. HMRC’s measures to counter the fraud thus far have had limited success (and this includes the supposed ‘ideal’ anti-fraud measure – the electronic excise movement and control system for EU duty-suspended movements – EMCS).
Posted on: September 5th 2015
The UK aerospace industry is one of the biggest in the world and accounts for nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of the global defence export market. However that’s not to say that, as a sector, it doesn’t face challenges particularly given the nature of an industry when every second counts.
Posted on: September 5th 2015
With the DVSA having announced its intent to focus on the worst offending transport operators, there is a growing recognition that technology can help organisations demonstrate to the authorities that they are actively managing their compliance.
Caroline Hicks, DVSA Head of Enforcement has commented: “We want the cost of compliance to be relatively low, relatively steady and relatively known. As soon as you choose to be non-compliant the costs will increase and they will keep increasing so that no business can afford to sit in that non-compliant area.”
Posted on: August 28th 2015
In a bid to improve safety on the UK’s roads, WheelRight has been offering a free pressure check to HGV drivers and motorists on one of Britain’s busiest stretches of road – the south-bound M6.
The unique pilot scheme launch of our drive-over tyre pressure system at Keele Services, which is running in association with Highways England and Welcome Break, has proven so popular that it’s been extended until Christmas.
Posted on: August 21st 2015