RFG elects Neil Sime as its new Chair

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has elected Victa Railfreight’s MD Neil Sime to be its new Chair for the coming year. Neil has served as Vice-Chair of the RFG for the past two years.

A long-standing supporter of the group, Neil has sat on the Board since 2003. He takes over from Ken Russell, Director at John G Russell, who has served as Chair since 2019. 

Willie Walsh set to become new Director General of IATA

The former CEO of International Airlines Group, Willie Walsh, is set to become the International Air Transport Association’s new Director General from 1 April 2021.

Walsh will replace the current Director General Alexandre de Juniac, who will step down from his role on 31 March 2021.

De Juniac made known his intention to step down from the Association several months ago which enabled a search process to facilitate a smooth leadership transition. 

HSE to target transport and logistics businesses in the run-up to Christmas

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says it will be stepping up its inspections of transport and logistics businesses in the run up to Christmas to ensure they are managing the risk of coronavirus.

HSE inspectors and local authority officers will be visiting warehouses and distribution centres across the country to make sure workplaces are Covid-secure and following the relevant guidance.

FLTA providing clarity amid confusion

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is reminding owners and users of work equipment to make the most of available support during these turbulent times. It also advises that industries facing rapid change can benefit from fixed reference points.

Tim Waples, Chief Executive of the FLTA explains: “As we move through an uncertain future and companies strive to balance operational challenges, Covid precautions and safety responsibilities, it is important to gain guidance on best practice and compliance. FLTA members are uniquely placed to offer this.

Are we heading for another Black Friday delivery disaster?

Lockdown 2.0 will create another monster Black Friday that could “snap” supply chains, says home delivery expert ParcelHero.

ParcelHero is forecasting an £8.49bn Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend, warning that stores must learn from the disaster of Black Friday 2014 or delivery chains could snap once again this year. Black Friday 2014 turned from a retailer’s dream to a delivery nightmare as overwhelming demand crashed many UK websites and snapped supply chains. ParcelHero fears a lockdown Black Friday will be even worse this year.

Logistics firm’s collapse uncovers director’s previous ban

A couple who ran a logistics business in Lincolnshire have been disqualified from managing a company for 16 years after it was discovered that the husband, a banned bankrupt, was running the business. The discovery came to light after the firm, DRP Distribution Ltd, went bust.

Daniel Ross Patchett received a 10-year ban for managing a company when bankrupt, while his wife, Yasmin Patchett  has been disqualified for 6 years. 

Rail freight boost for Cheshire

Freight services through Cheshire are now benefiting from a more reliable railway after work to replace two railway bridges.

The Middlewich branch line reopened recently following a £4.5m Great North Rail Project investment. The railway was closed for five days so the bridges over the Trent and Mersey canal and Whatcroft Hall Lane in Northwich could be rebuilt to modern standards. An 800 tonne crane was used to lift the new structures into place. 

Gove lined up for Logistics UK’s Brexit conference

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP has been lined up as the keynote speaker at Logistics UK’s upcoming “Get Ready for Brexit” virtual conference.

The half day event, which will be held online on Wednesday (25 November 2020), will help hauliers understand what they need to do to be ready to operate effectively from 1 January 2021.  

Confidence in UK logistics at lowest ever level, new survey suggests

Confidence in the UK logistics sector has fallen to its lowest ever level, according to the latest Barclays-BDO Logistics Confidence Index, which assesses the expectations of more than 100 senior decision-makers across the sector. 

The Confidence Index has fallen from 49.7 in 2019 to 47.1 this year, continuing the downward trend seen in recent years and taking the score to its lowest level since the survey began in 2012.

FLTA providing clarity amid confusion

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is reminding owners and users of work equipment to make the most of available support during these turbulent times. It also advises that industries facing rapid change can benefit from fixed reference points.

Tim Waples, Chief Executive of the FLTA explains: “As we move through an uncertain future and companies strive to balance operational challenges, Covid precautions and safety responsibilities, it is important to gain guidance on best practice and compliance. FLTA members are uniquely placed to offer this.