Turbulent times for Flybe highlight lack of cargo capacity for exporters

Some creative Government accountancy may have found Flybe calmer skies; but ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says its narrow escape highlights the precarious state of UK aviation. He warns that with Heathrow's expansion plan seemingly in an eternal holding pattern, UK PLC is missing out on up to £14 billion a year in lost trade.

Planning for the no-collar workforce: where will automation leave us?

Rapid advances in AI, cognitive technologies and robotics are upending traditional assumptions about careers, the role of technology and the way work gets done in the logistics sector. pymetrics' Tom Viggers looks at what Deloitte labels the ‘no collar’ trend where we are reimagining an entirely new organisational model where man and machine complement each other’s skills in a new, unified digital workforce and explores how the logistics industry can best exploit it and plan people strategies in the light of such incredible uncertainty.

Debunking freight myths

As part of FTA’s political engagement we consistently face a number of commonly held views about freight that are not true. I’d like to share the five most notable with you.

 “Rail is an out-of-date method for freight and we should give its space on the railways to more passenger services.” 

Not a done deal

Getting Brexit Done’ has become a mantra central to the election campaign. But passing a Withdrawal Agreement will be just the start of Britain’s EU exit process, says Peter Ward, CEO of the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA)

‘Get Brexit Done’, the much-used phrase of the Prime Minister has become a mantra central to the election campaign. However, although an effective soundbite politically, closer scrutiny reveals that the idea of ‘Getting Brexit Done’ by passing a Withdrawal Agreement is deeply misleading. 

The road to reality for decarbonisation

The road transport industry is the lifeblood of the global economy. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear – even the medicine that keeps us alive and healthy – almost everything that keeps our society prosperous is transported by road at some point during its journey into our homes.

How can businesses improve their freight efficiency?

Businesses are facing huge pressures from environmental legislation, rising freight costs and constant logistical change; all of which can slow down the efficiency of freight movement. Air freight being in high demand is good news for freight companies, but meeting these pressures and avoiding backlogs can be a real challenge, as we saw last year.

The future of logistics is basic

FTA has been looking at how to deliver a long-term future for our industry in which logistics is flexible and resilient, recognised in its value, optimal in its efficiency and produces zero negativities. One of our biggest campaigns to deliver this future vision is a very basic one: urging action on the poor state of lorry driver facilities.

No-deal Brexit could end UK 14-day returns and will slash EU shoppers’ rights

A no-deal Brexit puts a question mark over online shoppers’ 14 day ‘cooling off’ period, and will immediately end protection for EU shoppers buying British goods. UK online traders face falling sales at home and abroad, warns David Jinks MILT, Head of Consumer Research at ParcelHero.

Brexit may have a considerable impact on UK internet shoppers’ consumer rights – and on the protection offered to European Union (EU) online shoppers buying British goods.

Taking logistics to the next level

iSec Development Drector Mike Forster comments on how single site clusters and multi-level warehouses are transforming the supply chain management industry

Shortening the path for the movement of goods from A to B is the holy grail for logistics professionals. Every inbound item must reach the right destination accurately and quickly, and with perishable goods like food there is no margin for error.

Thinking big and multimodal

I joined FTA, the organisation that speaks on behalf of the logistics industry, in July 2017 as its Director of Policy. FTA has a strong team of 15 expert policy managers who are specialised in policy areas such as environment, urban issues as well as each region and each mode. All our polices are grounded in real-world advice, with more than 350 members attending our Council meetings each quarter. This supports our offer to government to help it land its policies in the best possible way with fewest unintended consequences for UK plc.