Freight Industry Times, Issue 77

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

The food cold chain comes under the spotlight in our latest issue, not just because of the short-term disruptions of getting through Brexit, but for the positive impact that effective cold chain has in defending us all from the causes and effects of climate change. As Shane Brennan, Chief Executive of the Cold Chain Federation argues, it will be these policies – far more than Brexit – that will shape both the medium and long-term future of the industry.

And while the road transport sector is committed to reducing its emissions, we can’t change the planet on our own, says Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General of world transport organisation the Road Transport Union. Umberto calls for an enabling legislative, business-friendly environment which encourages both growth and decarbonisation.

Focusing on supply chain innovation, we examine logistics digitalisation and the notion of Big Data with analysis from some of the world's leading supply chain academics.

We also host an extensive preview of one of the industry’s key events of the year – IMHX 2019 – which takes place at the NEC at the end of September.

Other highlights in this issue include: 

Is it the end of the road for the freight forwarder profession?

Flexible and adaptive services are key to freight forwarder survival, says Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association

Beyond Brexit

Tim Morris, Chief Executive of the UK Major Ports Group, highlights what’s needed to improve the freight connectivity of the UK in order to compete outside the EU.

Lift truck training: In or out?

Many logistics businesses do not realise that by outsourcing their lift truck training to unaccredited training providers, they are potentially wasting thousands of pounds each year, says RTITB’s Laura Nelson.

We also have comment and analysis 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; Peter Ward, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association; and Steve Bartlett, Chairman of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers.

Enjoy the read!