Freight Industry Times, Issue 78

From the Editor

The latest edition includes articles and comment from a number of authoritative voices from across the supply chain sector, plus articles and reviews from all strands of the industry - air, road, rail, sea and multimodalism.

From the Editor

As we head towards another general election, ongoing uncertainties surrounding Brexit, the economic outlook and the political situation continue to impact on the UK’s freight transport and logistics sector. 

In the latest issue of Freight Industry Times, UKWA’s Peter Ward considers the true impact of Brexit on the warehousing and logistics sector and asks whether there is more to this gathering crisis than meets the eye.

We also lift the lid on decarbonisation and our proposed transition to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. The FTA’s Alex Veitch assesses the prospects for change across the four key freight transport modes of road, rail, sea and air.  

Other highlights in this issue include:

East Midlands Airport: Flying high in the face of adversity

EMA’s Managing Director Karen Smart on weakening global trade, the airport’s burgeoning relationship with East Midlands Gateway and getting ‘under the skin’ of freight forwarders.

Does HS2 carry any weight for freight?

With the findings of the latest cross-party review of HS2 about to be revealed, Maggie Simpson, Director General of the Rail Freight Group, outlines the benefits for the rail freight sector.

Ports in slow going race to innovate 

The pace of innovation in the ports sector has been painfully slow compared to other industries, especially over the long term, writes PEMA’s Ottonel Popesco. A sharper focus on efficiency, he argues, has to be the industry’s core challenge in the years ahead.

We also have analysis and comment from our regular contributors, which includes Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association; Elizabeth De Jong, Director of UK Policy, Freight Transport Association; and Steve Bartlett, Chairman of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers.

Enjoy the read!