How agile a supply chain can you afford?

Many retailers are drawn into a potentially damaging position where investments into complex logistics systems designed to compete through offering later and later cut-offs, diverse delivery options such as to store, locker or home, and even same-day delivery, are simply creating fixed costs that could prove damaging if circumstances change.

Driving efficiency home for Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, people up and down the country start purchasing piles of food, beverages and presents for their friends and families. For fleet managers, this represents one of the most challenging periods on the calendar.  

Visibility – the saviour of retail operational excellence?

Retail has never been tougher or more competitive. Consumer experience expectations have never been greater; what delighted us yesterday becomes the new normal tomorrow.
 
The supply chain which enables the new service proposition has never been more complex.

Building business resilience

As we become more and more reliant on the technology that we use in our daily lives so does the need to have reliable software and hardware.
 
The freight and logistics industry has embraced new technology which is used to ensure the movement of goods is efficient and cost effective.

Forklift safety inspections: Are you at risk?

Every logistics or transport manager worth their salt knows exactly how their HGVs and PSVs are inspected and maintained. But the truth is, it’s the lift truck in your fleet that is far more likely to be involved in a life-changing accident… and have its inspection regime questioned by the HSE.
 
Legislation
Fork lift trucks are not subject to an MOT, as HGVs are, but they do require a Thorough Examination under both LOLER and PUWER regulations.

Adapting for success in an unpredictable world

We are living in times of rapid global change, possibly unprecedented in our modern business world.

Why AEO accreditation is freight’s best defence against a no-deal Brexit

We are now just months away from Britain leaving the European Union and, somewhat worryingly, a no-deal scenario is looking an increasing possibility.

While many are still holding out hope that an agreement will be reached by the 19 March 2019 deadline, there is a strong possibility that the EU will reject the Chequers Deal put forward by the UK Government.

Port 2050 – what the UK’s biggest ports think could shape the port of tomorrow and boost trade

Ports have been a crucial foundation in each of the UK’s great economic leaps forward, from the earliest days of trading in open boats across rough seas to the huge flows of goods and materials that transited the UK’s ports in the steam-driven days of the Industrial Revolution.

Electrifying freight – it’s time for collaboration between industry and academia

The challenges facing the freight industry have remained largely unchanged over the last century. Driver shortages, fuel costs and operational demands, albeit on a different scale to the early 1900s, are as relevant today as they were in Edwardian times. 
 
Freight has faced a difficult few years from a reputational point of view, often cited as a disproportionate contributor to current pollution levels. Decarbonisation, air quality and changes in energy and communications technologies are all impacting the sector.

The Road to Zero

The Government’s Road to Zero strategy was finally published this July.