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.

Act now to prevent Bacs interruption

Did you know that Bacs is making important changes to the security of its payments service and that of its approved software suppliers?  If not, it is imperative that you read on because it’s a significant shakeup that you must act on: if you haven’t made the necessary software update by 13 June 2016 then you will not be able to make payments using Bacs or collect direct debits.

As Bacs warns: “It is crucial to your organisation that you understand and take action regarding the imminent security changes to your payment submission process called SHA-256 SSL and TLS1.1/1.2.”

Are you at risk of complacency creep?

There’s a costly danger facing the freight industry and we need to make sure it doesn’t go unnoticed – complacency creep – that decline in standards of safe operation which is allowed to take root as a result of inadequate supervision.

It’s a common occurrence, due to the often repetitive nature of tasks carried out by forklift operators.  And even the best-trained and most safety-conscious teams are at risk if managers and supervisors aren’t equipped to implement best practice.

Change is in the air: A milestone for the eAWB

Fifteen air carriers will switch to the Electronic Airway Bill (eAWB) as the preferred process for shipping air freight from 1 March 2016.  This is a significant milestone in the air cargo industry and creates a new level of urgency for forwarders to move toward the eAWB.

On the carrier side, the benefits of the eAWB are clear – airlines need the information to populate security filings and to streamline a high volume of air freight shipments.  On the forwarder side, the advantages are less defined.  Forwarders must have business value to make the transition.