Drivers help keep the wheels turning during lockdown

The Government’s decision to ensure school provision for the children of delivery drivers has helped keep couriers, delivery drivers and truckers working; and, while it’s far from ‘business as usual’, most UK and international destinations are still being routinely served by couriers, says David Jinks MILT, Head of Consumer Research at the home delivery specialist ParcelHero.

Coronavirus: Be prepared for the worst

Manufacturers, exporters and freight companies of all sizes are facing up to a new threat that’s unlikely to have featured in most organisations’ risk analysis. The coronavirus could have a worldwide impact bigger than the 2008 crisis, or it could run its course like a typical flu outbreak. David Jinks MILT, Head of Consumer Research at ParcelHero, says everyone involved in logistics needs to prepare for the worst, even while hoping for the best.

Greater awareness needed on one trip slings

A general lack of understanding over ‘one trip’ and low quality slings is threatening safety in ports and docks as well as the construction, timber and steel sectors, warns Dave Cormack, board member of The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA).

Productive picking on every level

Multi-tier shelving will improve warehouse efficiency by allowing simultaneous order picking on several tiers to reduce order throughput times, writes Edward Hutchison, Managing Director of BITO Storage Systems.

Sustainability will drive a trend of ‘lean and green’ supply chains

Sustainability is a hot topic and will drive a trend of lean and green supply chains in 2020. Many businesses are already investing in programmes to reduce their carbon footprints and we’ll see greater focus placed on enhancing such initiatives through eco-first efficiencies.

Keep calm and carry on... for now

Brexit is here, but freight operators are still entirely in the dark about what to expect, says ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT (pictured above, inset). He believes the Government’s £100 million Brexit information campaign was largely about a no-deal Brexit; and logistics operators have been given few facts about what happens during and after the new transition period.

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.