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.

Thirteen revised Statutory Documents: Oh no, more red tape – or is it?

‘Statutory Documents’ were first issued in 2011.  Thirteen (what a number!) revised Statutory Documents were republished in December 2015 and came into force on 1 January, 2016.

To many, this could only mean one thing – more red tape and more bureaucratic burden in, what some would say, is an already over-regulated industry.  Perhaps though, before they are condemned outright, it should be asked exactly what a Statutory Document is?

What is a Statutory Document?

The Great British Diesel Rake Off

UK motorists, businesses and the haulage industry are deliberately being fleeced at the pumps as oil prices continue to tumble.  With various businesses in the fuel supply chain from refineries to retailers shamelessly increasing their profits, our recent fuel pricing data from highly reputable sources shows that it is diesel that is being exploited predominantly at the pumps.

Keeping businesses moving through the migrant crisis

With no sign yet of 2016 heralding any fresh solutions, there is little hope of the migrant crisis abating in the near future.  A humanitarian disaster of historic proportions, the effect continues to be felt throughout Europe.  It’s a costly issue in more ways than one, and the European supply chain is certainly not immune.

The skills gap that could see UK business grind to a halt

The UK economy is heading towards ‘a crippling logistical crisis’, after new research reveals that the already chronic driver shortage is being underplayed – and is set to worsen yet further.  With 50,000 drivers already needed by 2020, the lorry driver shortage needs smart action now.