Freight Industry Times, Issue 81

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

According to Professor Richard Wilding, one of the world’s leading supply chain academics, the Covid pandemic is driving a ‘new normal’ in the supply chain – and it’s time for businesses to embrace it. Writing exclusively in the latest issue of Freight Industry Times, Richard highlights five things businesses can do now to plan and prepare for operating in a post-Covid world.

Other highlights in this issue include:

People movers

With 90 per cent of the UK fleet parked up, the coach sector requires urgent support, operational guidance, and tailored solutions to support business recovery, says Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association.

The road ahead for logistics

How has the UK’s departure from the EU impacted the logistics industry, and what is in store for the near future? Logistics UK’s Alex Veitch looks at the key issues going forward.  

Reasons to be cheerful

Despite the ongoing challenges of Covid and a post-Brexit world, there are a few reasons to feel positive about the year ahead, UKWA’s CEO Peter Ward insists.

HS2: Upgrading freight Britain

Logistics UK’s Zoe McClernon on the rare opportunity HS2 provides for the rail freight sector.

D-Day for freeports

Up to 40 bids to obtain freeport status in the UK have been submitted to the Government, with a ministerial decision on the successful proposals expected imminently.

Bring on the bots

Procurement teams are turning to automation and artificial intelligence to combat the turbulence in the air freight sector, according to Keelvar’s CEO Alan Holland.

As well as the latest news affecting the road and logistics sectors, we have analysis and comment from our regular contributors, which includes Robert Keen, Director General, British International Freight Association; Tim Waples, Director, Fork Lift Truck Association; Steve Bartlett, Chairman, Association of Freight Software Suppliers; Laura Nelson, Managing Director, RTITB; and Maggie Simpson, Director General, Rail Freight Group. 

Enjoy the read!