According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), each year over 200 people in food and drink factories are struck by forklift trucks and other vehicles, frequently resulting in serious injuries (source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/food/transport.htm).
Posted on: May 11th 2015
Research recently conducted by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) on agency workers highlights the fact that many are unaware of their rights and are afraid of raising concerns. It is right, and valid, that Acas has brought this important issue to the fore, and begs the question: Why are agency workers so ill informed of their rights?
Posted on: May 7th 2015
As the nation prepares for the closest general election in living memory, it’s an opportune moment to take a look at what can be done to support growth in the sector.
Successive governments have promised the earth when it comes to the UK’s transport infrastructure, only to deliver very little. Real investment is required to improve the UK logistics network. We have become over-reliant on our ageing roads, and despite numerous investment promises and an 80% increase in road traffic since 1980, capacity has been increased by just 10%.
Posted on: May 5th 2015
FedEx's €4.4 billion ($4.8 billion, £3.2 billion) bid for Dutch parcel delivery firm TNT Express has sparked a boost in courier company shares. It’s not only the courier industry that will benefit, however: it is customers that should ultimately be the real winner. The resulting company will introduce stronger competition within Europe and globally.
Posted on: April 13th 2015
In light of the continuing debate over the Labour Party’s plans to scrap the non-domicile rule, I feel it’s essential that The Baltic Exchange highlights the importance and value to the UK economy of the many foreign ship-owners who reside in the UK and pay tax in the UK but also enjoy the benefits of non-domiciled status to ensure their global businesses are not brought into the UK tax net.
Posted on: April 9th 2015
Moves by the German and French authorities to apply minimum wages on foreign drivers operating in their territories could have a major impact on the UK’s export drive.
While Germany introduced its controversial minimum wage of €8.50 per hour on 1st January, France has now confirmed that it plans to impose a similar minimum hourly wage of €9.61 for drivers involved in cabotage operations within its borders.
Posted on: April 7th 2015
Following its introduction, the new drug-driving law operates in a similar way to the drink-driving laws that the public is familiar with, with testing taking place at the road-side.
Under previous legislation, it was an offence to drive under the influence of certain drugs, and the latest laws should also see a reduction in the number of failed prosecutions. Police no longer have to prove that the driver is unfit to drive, just that there is an illegal level of drugs in their system which can be tested at the road-side with new so called ‘drugalysers’.
Posted on: March 20th 2015
In the quest for competitive differentiation, we are beginning to see more and companies highlighting the merits of their supply chain. While this tactic may not be ground-breaking in itself, the difference we’re now experiencing is that companies are exposing their supply chains directly to their customers, with capabilities that are intended to benefit the customer as opposed to just themselves.
Posted on: March 5th 2015
Rail freight, which offers a key service to the construction industry, has seen an upsurge in rail borne demand for aggregates and cement. Construction traffic increased by 17% during the year 2013/14 and continued to grow this year with a 9% increase over the previous year for the first quarter of 2014. This growth has been driven by the following factors:
Posted on: March 4th 2015
The combination of falling oil prices and economic recovery has created more positive conditions for the haulage industry than we have seen for almost a decade. After years of continually rising fuel costs reducing profit margins to the limit, at last hauliers – and their customers – have some good news.
Since June 2014, global oil prices have been steadily falling from a high of £1.17 per litre to £0.85 per litre, resulting in lower prices for consumers and haulage companies for the first time since September 2009.
Posted on: March 4th 2015