Clearing the path for one-click culture: what does the emergence of eCommerce mean for logistics?

Customers from all over the world are modernising their shopping habits, taking trade away from the high street and into the world of eCommerce.  With the option of next day delivery now virtually standard, a host of new demands are being placed on the logistics behind our one-click culture.

Is a sea change needed for the shipping industry?

The world of container shipping is crucial to our everyday existence.  More than 60% of the goods we use every day are transported by sea.  This takes its toll on the environment.  Maritime transport accounts for approximately 3% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 4% of the EU’s total GHG emissions.

RTITB addressing safety issues in the food industry

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).

Why are agency workers so ill informed of their rights?

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?

How can the incoming government support growth in the UK’s logistics sector?

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%.

FedEx’s bid for TNT will create a more competitive market

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.

The importance of non-domiciled shipowners to the UK economy

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.

Minimum wage for ‘transitory’ hauliers is anti-competitive

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.

Stay on the right side of new drug-driving law

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’.

Welcome to the customer facing supply chain

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.