Why freight forwarders need to work harder than ever to differentiate themselves in their business

The impact that Brexit will or won’t have on international trade and supply chains is inevitably dominating many of the conversations I am currently having with BIFA members.
The huge uncertainty on how trade arrangements and supply chains will change post-Brexit is making many freight forwarders nervous about the future, as are many of the macro-trends happening in the world right now.
There are other challenges the freight and logistics industry faces including everything from the impact of technology and the state of the global econ

How digital disruption is influencing the forklift rental market

Digital disruptors are influencing every aspect of business in every vertical, whether it’s shaping growth, inspiring change or prompting new business models, the digital world is one that shows no signs of slowing. The implications for all sectors are significant and the logistics and materials handling market is no different.

How to build supply chain resilience

Over recent weeks the mainstream media has been full of stories about global fast-food retailer, KFC, running out of chicken, or more specifically not being able to supply the right amounts of chicken to the right places.
This was a classic supply chain interruption on a massive scale. KFC had just switched its logistics supplier from specialist food supplier Bidvest, to global delivery giant DHL.

Are spiralling diesel costs linked to insolvency spike?

Every year the Freight Transport Association produces many pages of advice and information, all designed to help our members manage their businesses as successfully as possible. As we move into spring, two trends have been standing out; the continued increase in fuel prices and a dramatic rise in freight companies going bust.
At the start of 2018, the price of a barrel of crude oil had gone up by around 17 per cent compared to the same time the previous year.

HMRC begins roll-out of new Customs Declaration Service

This year will see a number of important changes which will impact on all those companies moving goods into, out and through the UK. System developers and AFSS have been actively engaged in discussions with HMRC on the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) for more than two years and many AFSS members are now engaged in the first-stage testing of CDS.

Are we heading for a breakdown in regulation?

Previously I said that the next 12 months would be critical in terms of local regulation. We have concerns about London, and now other cities, setting their own standards for heavy goods vehicles and their operation. We are witnessing an acceleration in the breakdown of cohesive national and international regulation, and this is already having a practical impact on business.
So far the impact on UK productivity and competitiveness has been negligible. But we cannot be complacent and if unaddressed, the potential problems will be significant.

Rising to a trillion pound challenge

Across road, rail, ports and air, the freight sector is a vital and dynamic part of the UK economy. The sector produces £1 trillion in annual turnover contributing £124 billion in Gross Value Added to the UK economy. It is also a major employer with over 2.5 million employees, around eight per cnt of the total UK workforce.
The freight sector is vital for the simple reason that without it, the rest of the economy would grind to a halt.

Wanted: A champion for freight in London

An estimated half a million kilometres are ridden by cyclists in London every day. Over the course of a year, and given current growth rates, that is heading for 500 million kilometres a year.
Commercial vehicles (trucks and vans) account for about five billion kilometres a year, that’s 10 times as much. Yet the Mayor of London has a dedicated Cycling Commissioner who is devoted to promoting the needs of cyclists and cycling as a vital part of London life.

Entering the ‘Belt and Road’ era

The forces shaping global port infrastructure are the same forces shaping all of our lives. Economic trends, geopolitical imperatives, demographic shifts, technological innovation and the natural environment; what is true for our ports is also true for the world around us. 
Some of the most interesting and impactful changes in the ports world aren’t taking place in the West, but in emerging markets, particularly in Africa and Asia. This reflects the reorientation of global trade towards the east and of course, China’s Belt and Road initiative.

Time for a change?

The clocks changed (again!) at 2:00am on the 29th October, 2017. This clock change or 'daylight saving' has been part of our way of life for more than 100 years. Every spring, the clocks 'spring' forward and summer hours officially begin. In the autumn, they 'fall' back to their regular schedule. But why does daylight saving time exist?
It was first proposed in 1895, as a way to allow outdoor workers, such as those involved in farming, to continue to work later into the year.