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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Logistics UK response to announcement on motor insurance law

Logistics UK response to announcement on motor insurance law

In response to the announcement that the government will not implement an EU ruling into UK law which would have meant all motor vehicles operating on private land will need motor insurance – also known as the ‘Vnuk’ ruling.

How can warehouses optimise waste management?

How can warehouses optimise waste management?

By Ed Smith, freelance journalist.

Waste management is a problem in warehouses across the UK. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can minimise your business’s carbon footprint and improve your brand’s image in the process.

Online boom makes oversized packaging unsustainable

Online boom makes oversized packaging unsustainable

The pandemic has propelled ecommerce to new heights, making online retailers’ use of oversized, wasteful packaging unsustainable, writes Jo Bradley, Business Development Manager for packaging solutions at Quadient.

UK material handling industry must remain resolute in 2021

UK material handling industry must remain resolute in 2021

The UK material handling industry can look forward to a better 2021 but must remain resolute in the face of the ongoing pandemic and the bedding in of post-Brexit trade deals, the UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA) has said.

The future of logistics: Training a smart workforce

The future of logistics: Training a smart workforce

The pandemic has caused considerable disruption to the UK economy, and with that, unemployment has increased considerably. At the end of 2020, unemployment was at 5%, with experts predicting this is likely to increase to 7.5% by mid-2021, with 2.6 million people unemployed.

Warehousing units transformed into last-mile delivery hubs as online shopping demand soars

Warehousing units transformed into last-mile delivery hubs as online shopping demand soars

As the demand for click and collect and online shopping continues to soar, investors are turning their attention to retail warehouses near heavily built-up areas in a bid to transform them into last mile delivery hubs.

Safety and planning must be embraced in 2021

Safety and planning must be embraced in 2021

By Will Dunn, CEO of Lifting Equipment Store, and President of Lifting Equipment Store USA.

The challenging circumstances created by COVID-19 have brought extreme pressure on offshore and onshore production and storage facilities to maintain top levels of safety and resilience.

Luxury retail: Why a customer should love your packaging first, and then your product

Luxury retail: Why a customer should love your packaging first, and then your product

More and more, brands are beginning to see the value of their packaging in influencing consumers’ purchasing decisions.

As Amazon conquers yet another market, it’s no surprise Amazon Logistics is now the UK’s second-largest courier, says ParcelHero

As Amazon conquers yet another market, it’s no surprise Amazon Logistics is now the UK’s second-largest courier, says ParcelHero

In 2015, ParcelHero predicted that Amazon Logistics would become a major carrier in its own right. It is now the second-largest UK courier and ParcelHero says its growth won’t stop here.

Report reveals UK warehousing industries ready to adopt robotics

Report reveals UK warehousing industries ready to adopt robotics

A recent report looking at the state of automation in UK warehousing published by OW Robotics, supplier of flexible automated warehouse solutions, has identified Retail and 3PL as the two sectors that could see strong potential gains from the robot revolution - in both the short and long-term.

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