Making big data manageable

Connectivity is totally changing the way in which fleets operate.  Real-time visibility on the likes of assets and remote equipment, wireless engine software revisions, instantaneous customer-service feedback, dynamic routing and scheduling is having a fundamental impact on how organisations drive efficiencies and deliver compelling customer experiences.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg for what connectivity can bring.

Top three advantages of tyre pressure monitoring

Formula One pit crews can change a tyre in less than three seconds.  This impressive achievement is difficult to replicate outside the track; instead, tyre maintenance in real life situations is a time-consuming and costly issue.

The condition of tyres is the second most common reason for failed MOTs, as well as one of the most common reasons for road accidents.  This article discusses the top three things commercial vehicle owners can improve using tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).

Sector responds to EU Referendum outcome

Following the outcome of the EU Referendum, where the majority of those who voted decided in favour of leaving the EU (51.9 per cent compared to 48.1 per cent), key industry players have offered their views on the potential consequences and the way forward for the supply chain logistics sector.  This article includes just some of the many opinions that have come our way since the result was announced.

What does Brexit mean?

Staying in the EU does not mean ‘no change’ and leaving does not mean regulatory freedom – the vote itself creates volatility.

UK EU traders face three potential outcomes from a Brexit vote

British businesses trading with EU countries face three possible outcomes if the UK chooses to withdraw – the so-called Brexit option – in the referendum on 23 June.

These alternatives can be dubbed the Norway, Switzerland and China scenarios.

Easy and cheap

Five things that add value to a van

Some options can really enhance the value of a light commercial vehicle or make it easier to sell when the time comes.  Here are the top five optional extras that, according to Glass’s, add value when it comes to selling your van.

A van equipped properly with extras sourced from the manufacturer will often add value.  Equally, there are plenty of options that are expensive when new but have little resale appeal or return when the van is offered on the open market.

SMEs are taking off thanks to the aerospace industry

The aerospace industry is flying high, and the UK is one of the biggest players boasting the world’s second largest industry[1].  As a major aerospace exporter, in 2013, almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of total British aerospace exports were outside of the EU. Consequently, aircraft manufacturers’ order books have never been so full, leading to a host of knock-on benefits, especially among Britain’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Soaring growth

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.