Are you ready for the Apprenticeship Levy?

In April the government is to introduce a new ‘payroll tax’ in the form of an Apprenticeship Levy.  Those businesses with an annual payroll bill in excess of £3 million will see their payroll costs increase next year by 0.5 per cent – a substantial extra cost burden for any company affected, across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

However, despite the shock that this will be for many businesses there are opportunities too for these organisations to benefit from the levy, provided they seek to fully understand its implications early and plan well in advance.

Latest EU Driver CPC proposals

The EU Commission released proposals on the 1st February to modify driver CPC, both for initial licence acquisition and on-going periodic training. Unfortunately, there appears to be little or no benefit for the UK in any of the Commission’s proposals.

Expectations too great?

The online shopping channel currently accounts for in the region of 12% of all UK consumer spending and it is forecast to reach a staggering 40% in the not too distant future. As the percentage of online sales continues to mushroom, so does the level of competition among internet retailers. 

Smart time slot management systems can prevent trouble at the loading dock

Issues at loading docks have been the cause of conflicts between shippers and transport partners for a long time. It seems quite unnecessary today. With all the developments in streamlining supply chains, digitising businesses, and advancing autonomous driving, it seems completely inappropriate to lack visibility of incoming deliveries, incur truck waiting times, struggle with staffing, or experience traffic jams in the yard.

Sports Direct coverage must not be bad news for logistics industry, says UKWA CEO Peter Ward

'There's no such thing as bad publicity' is a phrase that’s thought to have been coined by the 19th century American showman, circus owner and self-publicist of the first order, Phineas Barnum.

The idea that a lack of publicity can do harm is clearly open to question and, in today’s social media-obsessed society where bad news spreads fast, shareholders in firms that have suffered falls in their market price due to unfavorable press coverage will almost certainly feel differently to Barnum.

Driver shortages will ‘hit the pockets’ of UK residents, says FSDF

The Food Storage and Distribution Federation has backed the House of Commons Transport Select Committee’s report warning of the dangers of the driver shortages and the insufficiency of current measures in place to deal with it, which was published at the end of July.

Tidy warehouses improve productivity, experts say

In a fast-paced retail market, warehouses have become an integral part of a business’ success. Full of hundreds of items ready to be shipped to customers, warehouses are arguably just as important as physical shops.

According to Midland Pallet Trucks, one of the country’s leading retailers of manual handling equipment, making sure warehouses are tidy and in order is imperative for maintaining productivity to meet the needs of customers and ensure a business’ success, regardless of whether the business has a presence on the high street, or if it sells solely online.

Falling fuel supply prices not being passed on to customers, says FairFuelUK

The fuel supply chain continues to avoid passing on reduced oil prices to UK motorists since Brexit, according to FairFuelUK, who claims that while wholesale prices of petrol and diesel continue to fall, prices at the pump remain unchanged. 

Shared car ownership key to greener travel

The combination of connectivity, automation and shared vehicle ownership has the potential to make car travel greener and cheaper, cutting energy use and helping accelerate the introduction of low carbon vehicles, according to newly released research.

Making big data manageable

Connectivity is totally changing the way in which fleets operate.  Real-time visibility on the likes of assets and remote equipment, wireless engine software revisions, instantaneous customer-service feedback, dynamic routing and scheduling is having a fundamental impact on how organisations drive efficiencies and deliver compelling customer experiences.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg for what connectivity can bring.