Critical Issues

FTA issues checklist for no-deal Brexit to Keep Britain Trading

FTA issues checklist for no-deal Brexit to Keep Britain Trading

The UK logistics sector is urging caution to ensure that UK trade and industry can continue to operate seamlessly post-Brexit.

Set financial standing rates in pounds not euros after Brexit, says FTA

Set financial standing rates in pounds not euros after Brexit, says FTA

The logistics industry has been spared a further rise in the amount of financial standing required for operators to continue trading next January by a matter of weeks, due to a bounce in the strength of the pound in September.

Warehouses could be heading for a Christmas crunch thanks to Brexit

Warehouses could be heading for a Christmas crunch thanks to Brexit

Pallet Trucks UK, the manual handling equipment provider, has warned warehouses over the UK that Brexit could lead to a shortage of staff in the period leading up to Christmas.

Cautious welcome for Shipping Register Targets

Cautious welcome for Shipping Register Targets

The maritime professionals' trade union, Nautilus International, has given a cautious welcome to a commitment from UK Shipping Minister John Hayes to double the number of vessels registered to the UK flag, and has called on him to ensure that this translates into more jobs for UK seafarers.

Christmas under threat from Home Office proposals to reduce EU workers in logistics sector

Christmas under threat from Home Office proposals to reduce EU workers in logistics sector

Proposals set out in a leaked Home Office document would end the free movement of labour immediately after Brexit and prevent all but the most highly-skilled EU workers from entering Britain.

Warehouse staff shortages make logistics and supply chain automation an imperative

Warehouse staff shortages make logistics and supply chain automation an imperative

Staff shortages are making the role of automation even more important in the logistics and supply chain sectors, a sector expert has claimed.

"The effects of Brexit and the weak pound make it less attractive for overseas workers to seek employment in the UK, creating significant resource gaps in warehouses and distribution centres," said Darren Wildman, Vice-President of Asset Management at Apex Supply Chain Technologies.

7 reasons to have qualified LGV and Lift Truck Instructors in-house

7 reasons to have qualified LGV and Lift Truck Instructors in-house

Many businesses question whether to outsource the training of LGV drivers and material handling equipment (MHE) operators, or have instructors in-house. Laura Nelson of RTITB explains some of the benefits of in-house instructors.

Delivering in the city

Delivering in the city

Congestion is a critical city logistics issue. Craig Ryder, director of Go Supply Chain, explores some of the many solutions to getting deliveries through the last mile challenge.

Congestion, created by both road freight and passenger vehicles, means slower speeds resulting in longer trip times. Factors are mounting to make congestion a critical urban logistics issue, not least the rapidly expanding urban population.

3G vehicle cameras can cut premiums by more than half, says First Insurance Group

3G vehicle cameras can cut premiums by more than half, says First Insurance Group

First Insurance Solutions, a specialist commercial insurance broker, is using 3G vehicle cameras to implement risk management that is reducing insurance premiums for its fleet clients by as much as 55% in some cases.

Out-of-hours deliveries could lead to more death on our roads if safety is not given top priority

Out-of-hours deliveries could lead to more death on our roads if safety is not given top priority

According to road safety campaigner SteerSafe, more has to be done to protect cyclists during winter evenings and early mornings – as the number of cyclists killed after dark in the UK continues to rise.