Why a Brexit extension is best for British businesses

Given that the Brexit referendum was only advisory, not in any way binding, there have really always been four potential outcomes open to us: leave with no deal, leave with Theresa May’s deal, leave the EU but remain in the customs union, and remain.

Why you should continue to prepare for a no-deal Brexit

The UK’s EU traders should continue preparing for a calamity no-deal Brexit, as this remains a strong possibility and could still occur this month. 

There is currently understandable relief among affected businesses at concessions Prime Minister Theresa May has made in the event of a revised withdrawal agreement being rejected by the Commons in the next couple of days.  

Logistics 2050 - Where is the industry going?

From drone technology and robotics to self-driving vehicles, the world around us is changing fast. As a result, the logistics sector is embracing new technologies and solutions more quickly than other business areas. While the industry has many challenges ahead – such as skills shortages, operational restrictions and Brexit – there are also many opportunities available for those brave enough to embrace our newly connected world.  

Driver CPC: Are you up to date with your training?

HGV drivers have to do 35 hours of periodic training every five years to operate a lorry. They can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without it.

In the months leading up to the last DCPC phase deadline there was a huge scramble to squeeze people onto courses as operators realised they were running out of time. Operators found themselves competing with each other at the eleventh hour for a limited number of spaces and then struggling to manage short notice abstractions whilst their staff were off on their courses.

New decade will bring new IT challenges

It is important to warn shippers and freight forwarders of the need to act during the first half of this year to ensure that their IT systems are ready for the end of extended support for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems on 14 January 2020.

The end of Windows 7 support has been creeping towards us for a very long time now. Windows 7 has been a loyal servant to many of our customers and to businesses worldwide since its launch in 2009, but it’s now time to move things forward.

Five key logistics trends and technology implications for 2019

Last year could certainly be summarised as a turbulent year in logistics and transportation management. On the one hand, ecommerce continued to grow at record levels without the slowdown that many were predicting, leading many organisations to recognise the importance of reaching beyond traditional strategies to enhance their logistics and transportation capabilities.

The future of freight

Whether its shoppers making the most of online sales, retailers stocking up their shelves or manufacturers getting crucial parts delivered, our economy increasingly relies on the smooth operation of our freight industry.  

This network – one of the best in the world – delivers to communities from Newcastle to Newquay with few people ever really paying attention to how that is achieved.  

Brexit: Only 10 weeks to implement if changes are ultimately needed

With the UK Parliament rejecting Theresa May’s deal; the EU’s position on the withdrawal agreement and request from clarity from UK parliament there continues to be uncertainty and there remains a real risk that we could face a hard Brexit. Therefore No-Deal planning continues and companies need to ensure they are ready for the UK leaving the EU on the 30 March.

This means that all goods to/from the EU will likely require some form of customs declaration. This article outlines the current state of play and considerations for the UK-EU supply chain.

Timing of new customs declaration system could make a bad Brexit worse

Disruption for traders with the EU following any no-deal Brexit will be intensified by delays in introducing the UK’s new system for managing customs declarations. 

This is because the key implementation period for replacing the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system with the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) could now be coming at the worst possible time.

Lithium-ion’s environmental credentials and the labour challenge

Supply chain operations are increasingly centre stage as organisations embrace 24/7 warehousing in response to customer led demands – and one of the biggest issues is finding the right people to fulfil these new requirements.