Critical Issues

Forget Christmas - That ship may have already sailed, warns ParcelHero

Forget Christmas - That ship may have already sailed, warns ParcelHero

The home delivery firm ParcelHero says the next week or two are critical for retailers stocking their warehouses for Christmas, but a massive bottleneck at Felixstowe means container ships loaded with toys and gifts are now sailing away to EU ports.

Time’s up – new research reveals almost three quarters of businesses don’t have the skills to succeed in a post pandemic world

Time’s up – new research reveals almost three quarters of businesses don’t have the skills to succeed in a post pandemic world

A new study into the concerns business leaders in the UK currently hold in relation to a post-pandemic world, has highlighted that a staggering 73% of businesses don’t believe they have the skills needed to succeed.

P4D’s Digital Freight solution helps UK hauliers get around driver shortages

P4D’s Digital Freight solution helps UK hauliers get around driver shortages

Following the impacts of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses in the UK have struggled to meet supply demands due to the lack of HGV drivers. Not only has this had a significant impact on end customers, it has also created financial disruption for many hauliers and businesses that rely on open supply lines.

Warehousing and fulfilment – it’s increasingly a people thing

Warehousing and fulfilment – it’s increasingly a people thing

Worker quality and numbers is fast becoming one of the trickiest aspects of finding and properly utilising people in the DC, says Smitha Raphael, Chief Product & Delivery Officer for WMS technology innovator SnapFulfil.

More support to help people to become HGV drivers among package of Government measures to ease risk of shortages

More support to help people to become HGV drivers among package of Government measures to ease risk of shortages

Up to 4,000 people will soon be able to take advantage of training courses to become HGV drivers, as part of a package of measures announced by the Government to ease temporary supply chain pressures in food haulage industries, brought on by the pandemic and the global economy rebounding around the world.

Warehousing industry is ‘ready’ but deliveries aren’t coming say UK-based material handling experts

Warehousing industry is ‘ready’ but deliveries aren’t coming say UK-based material handling experts

The warehousing industry is ready for incoming deliveries from abroad, but nothing is coming due to post-Brexit customs delays, says Midland Bearings, an equipment supplier to the UK warehousing and logistics sector.

Prepare for basics shortages as 23% of stores report low stocks and 20% of transport companies stop trading, says ParcelHero

Prepare for basics shortages as 23% of stores report low stocks and 20% of transport companies stop trading, says ParcelHero

New UK trade figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are extremely concerning, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero. They reveal widespread shortages for retailers and tumbling profit margins for transport companies, as the Brexit-created driver shortage bites deeper.

Predicting demand: How fashion can stop filling our landfills

Predicting demand: How fashion can stop filling our landfills

Fashion has a waste problem. Three-quarters of our clothing will end up incinerated or landfilled. Plastics – still heavily relied on for fashion packaging -  are thrown away 72% of the time, never to be recycled.

Fast track to ATEX forklifts when OEM lead times grow

Fast track to ATEX forklifts when OEM lead times grow

In the shadow of COVID, global Printed Circuit Board (PCB) supply shortages and ongoing steel supply problems, forklift OEMs are pushing lead times further than Pyroban has ever seen. For those businesses that need an ATEX forklift truck fast, Darren Boiling, Materials Handling Sales Manager for Pyroban® says there are five options.

Consumers say sustainable packaging influences their purchasing decisions

Consumers say sustainable packaging influences their purchasing decisions

A new report by Drapers, the B2B publication covering the fashion retail industry, in partnership with Smurfit Kappa, the paper-based packaging company, has revealed that packaging matters to UK consumers and plays a significant role in the purchasing decisions of shoppers.

Government blame ‘poverty wages’ on warehousing staff shortages

Government blame ‘poverty wages’ on warehousing staff shortages

With the warehousing and logistics industry facing one of the worst staff shortages in known history, the Government has been blasted by industry experts with ‘poverty wages’ and poor conditions cited as reasons for failing to attract more candidates to job vacancies.

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