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.

Delivery Wars 2016: Driverless deliveries, drone drop-off and the return of pedalling posties

Deliveries will be the new retail battleground in 2016, with delivery choice as important as price for many consumers.  Powering these delivery wars will be driverless vans, delivery drones… and the return of old-skool pedal-power.

The transport management revolution

Advances in technology have brought the logistics and transport industry many advantages, enabling us to do things faster, cheaper and more efficiently.  However, these advances have also changed the way that transport is managed, placing increased emphasis on the importance of instant access to information.

The positives and pitfalls of doing business in Poland

If you are transporting goods to Poland via land, sea or air, it is important that you understand the market you are trading in.

Calls of ‘ultra-low emissions zone’ fuelling the problem

On paper, the proposed ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in Leicester sounds like a positive, green idea.  The first scheme of its kind outside of London, it is designed to reduce pollution and improve air quality by banning certain kinds of vehicles in a pre-defined area.

However, as operations director of a network that distributes palletised freight on behalf of businesses throughout Europe, when I look at the practicalities involved, I see things differently.

Delivering an end to end customer experience

Customer expectation has changed radically over the past decade – and it is the quality of customer experience as much as the products, services and delivery options offered that increasingly influences online buying behaviour.  Retailers are caught in a catch 22: how to provide choices that are convenient for the consumer with guaranteed, timed delivery slots and added value services such as installation or customisation without incurring unacceptable additional costs that make the new premium offer uncompetitive?

Preparing for the skills gap

It’s no secret that Britain is facing a serious logistics skills gap.  With an estimated 60,000 new HGV drivers needed by 2020, this is not only an issue that affects logistics firms, or companies with logistics arms, but could impact the entire British economy.  Left unchecked, we’re talking empty shelves in supermarkets, shrinking profits for businesses and an overall slowing of economic growth.

The importance of Incoterms® for international trade

Incoterms are one of most important features of international trade, but sadly, one of the most misunderstood: they feature regularly in the lives of a wide range of people involved in exporting or importing (sales, customer service, purchasing, accounts, freight and shipping personnel), but many do not appreciate the full significance of the terms which they are dealing with.

How will connected vehicles affect us?

Connected vehicle technology is a wireless-based technology which enables vehicles to communicate with each other as well as traffic infrastructure such as traffic lights.  They can communicate through devices which are installed on-board the vehicle which receives warning signals ahead of time about road closures, accidents, weather conditions and other potential hazards.