Critical and key issues in material handling, logistics and distribution

Critical issues are thought provoking articles relating to strategy,legislation,technology,best practice and the some of the most challenging business topics in the world of material handling.The articles in this section have been contributed by senior industry leaders, research analysts, trade associations such as the UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association) BIFA (British International Freight Association), the FTA (Freight Transport Association) and the FLTA ( ForkLift Truck Association), as well as many others.

 

Other important topics covered in this section concern Health and Safety in Logistics with articles from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).Taxation, government policy,climate change,recruitment and training schemes are all covered, as well as educational opportunities at various UK logistics educational facilities such at Cranfield University

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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.

The seven critical steps to successful warehouse automation

The seven critical steps to successful warehouse automation

Omnichannel retailers are turning their attentions to warehouse automation. The reasons may be all too apparent, but the path to a successful project is not so obvious, writes Neil Adcock, Consulting Partner at Bis Henderson Consulting.

How mobile robots will transform material handling and logistics industries

How mobile robots will transform material handling and logistics industries

By Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director, IDTechEx.

Mobile robotics in material handling and logistics will become a $75bn market by 2027. It will then more than double by 2038.